My Ultimate Party Playlist

There is something about music at a party that brings people who would never have believed they had anything in common until they start shouting the lyrics to that same song. I often find myself reaching for the aux or offering up my phone to be in control of the music at social events. This is mainly because I enjoy choosing queues of songs that I believe match the people in the room, making it a memorable evening for everyone.

Although I will acknowledge that putting your music and ultimately your impressions of others to the test can be a vulnerable position to be in, I have classic party anthems I fall back on for the ultimate party playlist. Out of these songs below, it’s almost guaranteed nearly everyone at the party will recognise and enjoy one of these tunes.

The 00s classics

Anything by Destiny’s Child

A strong start and honestly, can you really go wrong with a bit of early Beyonce? My favourite songs are Bills, Bills Bills and Jumpin’, Jumpin’ to get everyone on to the dance floor.

“All the things she said”- t.A.T.u

A strong intro straight into the chorus line with heavy drums and just a 00s anthem that deserves to be played at least once.

Hey Ya” – Outkast

Most Outkast songs can get the party started again as their catchy beats and lyrics are easy to dance to, but Hey Ya is probably the most well known and played song of theirs. Also, any man that actually wants to “make you comer” gains some extra points.

Womanizer”- Britney Spears

Just anything by Britney is an acceptable 00s classic.

“Fire burning” – Sean Kingston

If you don’t know this one someone will because it brings back all the memories of a primary school disco.

Misery business” – Paramore

Paramore at their peak when everyone was proud to be emo.

House anthems for days

Memories” – David Guetta and Kid Cudi

After reappearing on TikTok, this song is a great dance tune with the constant beat and featuring Kid Cudi, who’s recently collaborated on a new song for the film ‘Don’t a look Up’, this song combines two great artists.

“Flowers” – Sweet Female Attitude, Sunship radio remix

You can’t go out anywhere without hearing this remix and I am not complaining.

Joel Corry in general

I am biased because apparently my Spotify wrapped featured Joel Corry at least 10 times so clearly his remixes are necessary for a party playlist.

“Acceptable in the 80s” – Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris outdoes himself here.

Other genres core songs for ultimate party playlist:

Oldie but goldies

This genre is an important one for all those people that believe they should have been born in a different era or grew up with their parents’ music on constant repeat. To be honest, they are all classic tunes that everyone should get to hear once in the night…

“What you waiting for” – Gwen Stefani

“Heart of glass” – Blondie

“Suddenly I see” – KT Tunstall

Other songs I would include:

Prodigy – “Fire starter”

Depeche Mode- “Just can’t get enough”

Electric Light Orchestra- “Mr blue sky”

The even older knees up songs

Just for those guys who act like middle-aged men and like to dance around the room with their knees up to their chins. You can appreciate these songs without the dad dancing though…

“Tubthumping” – chumbawamba

“ParkLife” – Blur

“Any way you want it” – Journey

Other songs I would include:

“We didn’t start the fire” – Billy Joel

“Tainted love”- Soft Cell

“Baggy trousers” – Madness

Dance anthems

For even those people with two left feet and no rhythm, it’s hard not to want to dance to these dance anthems. Easy to choreograph a step-up style dance-off too…

“Can’t hold us” – Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Ray Dalton

Good times” – Roll Deep and Jodie Connor

Dance wiv me”- Dizzee Rascal

Other songs I would include:

“Kickstarts” – Example

Anything by Kesha

“Say something” – Karen Harding, Zac Samuel Remix

“Scandalous” – Mis-teeq

Viral hits everyone has heard

If you haven’t heard these songs at all the last year then you genuinely have been living away from any civilisation. They may be associated with TikTok but they do set the party mood up perfectly…

“Blinding lights” -The Weekend

“Good 4 u” – Olivia Rodrigo

“Cupids chokehold” – Gym Class Heroes

Other songs I would include:

“Stay” – Kid Laroi and Justin Beiber

“Electric feel” – MGMT

“Feel it still” – Portugal. The Man

Alternative bangers

These are some of my personal favourites that I believe fit any kind of situation: a pres, club dance floor, house party or supermarket aisle. They just bring a little extra something in between the other songs…

Anything by Two door cinema club

I bet you look good on the dance floor”- Arctic Monkeys

How to be a heartbreaker” – MARINA

Other songs I would include:

“Don’t delete the kisses” – Wolf Alice

“Don’t upset the rhythm” – The Noisettes

“The great escape” – Boys Like Girls

Ibiza incoming

We all like to pretend it’s summer even freezing weather, socially distanced, sat outside in the pub garden. These songs give everyone that warm feeling that the party is picking up and summer is around the corner…

Fine girl” -ZieZie

“Hangover” – Taio Cruz

“Black magic” – Jonasu

Other songs I would include:

“Your love (DeJa Vu)” – Glass Animals

“Push the feeling on” – Nightcrawlers

“AM to PM” – Christina Milian

Image courtesy of Elena de Soto

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