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Recommended Party Music

Motown/Disco/Funk


ABC – Jackson 5
Ain’t too proud – Temptations
Build me up buttercup – Foundations
Get ready – Rare Earth
I can’t help myself – Four Tops
I feel good – James Brown
I want you back – Jackson 5
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
My girl – Temptations
Papa’s got a brand new bag – James Brown
RESPECT – Aretha Franklin
YMCA – Village People
Stayin alive – Bee Gees
Shake your booty – KC & Sunshine Band
Play that funky music – Wild Cherry
Celebration – Kool & the Gang
Copacabana – Barry Manilow
Dancing queen – Abba
Disco inferno – Trammps
Car wash – Rose Royce
Brick house – Commodores
Get down tonight – KC & Sunshine Band
I will survive (orig) – Gloria Gaynor
Ignition (remix) – R Kelly
1999 – Prince
Beat it – MJ
Can’t get enough of your love babe – Barry White
Family affair – Mary J. Blige
Get down on it – Kool & the Gang
Get up offa that thing – James Brown
Get up sex machine – James Brown
Gonna make you sweat – C & C Music
Groove is in the heart – Dee Lite
Hot in herre – Nelly
It wasn’t me – Shaggy
Jungle love – Time
Kiss – Prince
Lady – Commodores
Party train – Gap Band
Pick up the pieces – AWB
Ride wit me – Nelly
Rock steady – Whispers
Let it whip – Dazz
Let me freak ya – R Kelly
September – Earth Wind & Fire
Superfreak – Rick James
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
This is how we do it – Montell Jordan
Wanna be starting something – Michael Jackson
Thriller – Michael Jackson
You dropped a bomb on me – Gap Band
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Shake your body – Michael Jackson
Let’s stay together – Al Green
Lets get it on – Marvin Gaye
More than a woman – Bee Gees

Rock


All I wanna do – Sheryl Crow
All right now – Free
All summer long – Kid Rock
Another one bites the dust – Queen
Back in black – ACDC
Bad case of loving you – Robert Palmer
Bad to the bone – George Thorogood
Bizarre love triangle – New Order
Black Betty – Ram Jam
Blister in the sun – Violent Femmes
Born to be wild – Steppenwolf
Brown eyed girl – Van Morrison
Brown sugar – Rolling Stones
Cherry bomb – John Mellencamp
China grove – Doobie Brothers
Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
Cowboy – Kid Rock
Crazy little thing called love – Queen
Crocodile rock – Elton John
Don’t tell me you love me – Night Ranger
Dude looks like a lady – Aerosmith
Everybody have fun tonight – Wang Chung
Feel good inc – Gorillaz
Feelin alright – Joe Cocker
Fight for your right – Beastie Boys
Fly – Sugar Ray
Foolin – Def Leppard
Girls, girls, girls – Motley Crue
Honky tonk women – Rolling Stones
Hungry like the wolf – Duran Duran
I love rock & roll – Joan Jett
I wanna be sedated – Ramones
I want you back – Nsync
It’s my life – Bon Jovi
Jack & Diane – John Cougar
Jessies girl – Rick Springfield
Jumping Jack Flash – Rolling Stones
La grange – ZZ Top
Livin on a prayer – Bon Jovi
Long train running – Doobie Brothers
Love shack – B52s
Low rider – War.wav
Magic carpet ride – Steppenwolf
Mustang Sally – Blues Brothers
My own worst enemy – Lit
My Sharona – Knack
Never say never – Romeo Void
Old time rock & roll – Bob Seger
Pour some sugar on me – Def Leppard
Pretty fly – Offspring
Pure energy – Information Society
Rebel yell – Billy Idol
ROCK in the USA – John Cougar
Rock lobster – B52s
Rock me Amadeus – Falco
Rock the casbah – Clash
Rock your body – Justin Timberlake
Semi charmed life – Third Eye Blind
Shook me all night long – ACDC
Situation – Yaz
Smells like teen spirit – Nirvana
Soak up the sun – Sheryl Crow
Some kind of wonderful – Grand Funk
Start me up – Rolling Stones
Stray cat strut – Stray Cats
Stuck in the middle w you – Stealers Wheel
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams.wav
Sweet home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd.wav
Sweet home Chicago – Blues Brothers.mp3
Tainted love – Soft Cell.WAV
Takin care of business – BTO.wav
Unbelievable – EMF.wav
Walk like an Egyptian – Bangles.wav
We’re an American band – Grand Funk.wav
What I like about you – Romantics.wav
Wild wild west – Escape Club.wav
You spin me RR – Dead or Alive.wav

Oldies/Swing


Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel
C’est la vie – Chuck Berry
DEC 63 – Frankie Valli
Do you love me – Contours
Doo wah diddy – Manfred Mann
Good lovin – Rascals
Grease Megamix
Great balls of fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Hanky panky – Tommy James
I saw her standing there – Beatles
I’m a believer – Monkees
In the mood – Glen Miller
Jailhouse rock – Elvis Presley
La Bamba – Los Lobos
Pretty woman – Roy Orbison
Rock this town – Stray Cats
Shake ya tailfeather – Ray Charles Blues Bros
Sugar sugar – Archies
Strokin – Clarence Carter
Swing the mood – Jive Bunny
Tequila – Champs
Twistin the night away – Sam Cooke
Under the boardwalk – Drifters
Wanderer – Dion
Wooly bully – Sam Sham and the Pharoahs
Zoot suit riot – Cherry Poppin Daddies

What should you look for in a DJ?

Private parties are unique, personalized events and as such, can often be challenging for an entertainer. A guy who works a club all the time, will probably fail at your private party. Why?

Because he only knows what works at his club, for his audience… and often his ego gets wrapped up in the thought that he knows what’s hot/current, as opposed to what your friends and family would respond to.

A wide variety of music is always best at private parties. Your parents and friends don’t really care whether a song is brand new and “hot”… they just want to enjoy themselves with your group of friends. Often at weddings or birthday parties, the biggest song of the night is 30 or 40 years old – and yes, I am speaking from a vast amount of personal experience.

Sure you want to have some new music at your party… some of these newer songs are a lot of fun and there’s a certain energy that comes from having a hot club track playing on a great PA system. But if that’s all you hear all night, that excitement quickly wears off and people leave early. The real energy at a private party comes from the contrast of musical genres and making sure (that) everyone who wants to dance at your party, gets a chance to do so with a song they really like.

You should look for a guy who is personable, easy to communicate with, willing to subordinate his own personal taste to the wishes of the group, and has the ability to observe how people respond to certain kinds of music and then adapt accordingly. The best DJs go into a party with some sense of what they would like to do, then react to the circumstances as they present themselves. They help create excitement and energy at your party, by interacting with the crowd in a variety of ways… whether it’s on the mic or even getting out on the floor a little bit.

Last point – a good DJ will try to find out what you like, and get some sense of your musical taste for two reasons: one, it’s your party and the mix should represent your taste to a certain extent and two, because the odds are good (that) if you like a song, some of your friends and/or family will probably like it too. Not always, but often that is the case. And the mark of a really good DJ is the ability to make the mix reflect your taste in music, while (still) making sure the party succeeds. In other words, finding a way to create an appropriate, specific mix of music that is totally unique to your event and entertaining for your guests. It is not an easy thing to do, yet the very best DJs I know make it look almost effortless.

And I should know, I’ve trained quite a few of them!