February 02, 2012
Party Music: What and What Not to Play
Pi Kappa Alpha
Every party needs music, otherwise people are just awkwardly standing around not really knowing what to do. Music is what makes the party flow throughout the night. Whether if it's to make people dance or to just get people in the mood to socialize, a party isn’t a party without the presence of music.
Now the biggest factor in this concept are the songs you play during the party. There are certain songs and genres that will make the party flow and will make it a hit, and then there are certain songs and genres that will end the party as soon as you play it. Luckily for you guys, I am here to give you some guidance on what and what not to play at social functions. I have had the responsibility of being in charge of the music many times, and trust me, there’s a lot of pressure. There’s nothing scarier than a couple hundred people yelling at you for playing a song that ruins the vibe of the party. So to avoid that situation, here are Zaldy’s tips on what and what not to play at parties.
WHAT TO PLAY:
Hip-Hop Songs that have a fast beat and a BIG bass.
This is the basis of just about every dance party. Once people hear that bass coming from the stereo, they’ll be drawn towards the music and therefore that’s their cue to start dancing… or at least move to the music.
Just about any song by LMFAO
Let’s face it, these crazy-haired guys know how to party, and they explain it in their songs. Their songs are also very catchy, and you never know, you could start a big shuffle session.
Popular “Swag” dance songs
Songs such as “Teach Me How to Dougie,” “Cat Daddy,” “Wop,” and “Move It Like Bernie” (Though I don’t think it takes much swag and coordination to be able to “Bernie”) are always popular with the party-goers. Once they hear the introductions of the songs, they will stop whatever they are doing and will attempt to do the dance that is appropriate to the song that is played. For all that don’t dance… watch, it’s free entertainment.
Perfect for a rave but it’s also appropriate for dance parties. Once people hear the drop, let the head banging begin. Skrillex is a popular dubstep producer, but if you happen to find dubstep remixes to popular songs, then utilize it.
WHAT NOT TO PLAY:
Yes, ladies do worship him and his voice, one in which I don’t understand, but nonetheless if you play any of his songs, people will look at you with a bizarre look and you shall be stripped of your DJ responsibilities… and your music choice will be questioned… forever.
Cha Cha Slide or Cupid Shuffle
Though these songs were popular during our middle/high school years, we have grown up, and so has the mainstream music. Don’t play these songs, otherwise people will slide to the right… right out of your dance floor and you really will be “walking it by yourself.” (See what I did there?)
No………… just no…..
Slow Dance Songs
Now unless it’s a formal, and even then it’s rare to hear slow romantic songs, leave the slow dance songs for other occasions, like in high school, or a wedding, or for you to listen to when you’re lonely.
Last Minute Advice
Unless you’re a professional DJ, try to not take requests from people, because they might request a song in which fits the “Don’t play under the penalty of law” category. Then you’d have to lie or tell them why you won’t play the song, and therefore hurt their feelings and you don’t want to be the bad guy now do you? No... of course not.
Zaldy is a sophomore studying journalism. You may contact him at email@example.com..