9 Songs to add to your party playlist

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By: Tyler Phillips

How’s your party playlist set up for the weekend?  Are you going heavy on the rap music, or is it a loop of country music hits?  If you are looking for new additions to bring some variety into your playlist, we have a mix of throwback hits and today’s frat party favorites to grow your list of party jams.

  1. “Ignition (Remix)” – R. Kelly

Now I usually don’t do this, but I’m going to start this list with a remix – and a great one, at that.  Although everyone in the room might be doing his or her own thing before the song comes on, R. Kelly knows how to bring people together with four simple chords and with lyrics about taking a partygoer home.  Plus, everyone loves to bounce, bounce, bounce to the interlude before the second chorus begins – you know, the one no one ever bothers to learn the lyrics to?

  1. “Let’s Get It Started” – The Black Eyed Peas

If the title of the song isn’t enough to get a party going between you and your guests, the bombastic chorus is sure to get people moving.  With the buildup in the opening verse, it’s enough to get people out of their seats, and it won’t be a shock when you are all dancing.

  1. “Closer” – The Chainsmokers (featuring Halsey)

Because you haven’t heard this song enough yet.

  1. “Mr. Brightside” – The Killers

The opening guitar line brings out everyone’s inner middle school emo.  Singer Brandon Flowers made the second verse the same as the first, making it easier for us as the night progresses and our singing capabilities go dry.  White girls go crazy for it, too.

  1. “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap

Although we are in a time when trap music seems to dominate a large part of the music scene (and your SoundCloud stream as a result), let’s not forget what made the subgenre popular in the first place.  This is a contender for the most commercial trap song, but that also makes it more digestible and appropriate for parties without getting too dirty and dangerous

  1. “Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett’s biggest (and according to his compilation album, only) hit is another that seems to bring together all music fans when it comes on the radio.  Across the ocean of songs about having a drink in one hand and not a care in the world, the island that is “Margaritaville” stands out among the rest.

  1. “Swimming Pools (Drank)” – Kendrick Lamar

The most likely song on this list to give listeners alcohol poisoning, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” gets everyone at the party into a fluid motion.  Between the mellow vocal delivery in the verses and the wall of sound in the choruses, the song jumps from one end of the spectrum to the next.  This song can actually be viewed from a pretty depressing perspective if you are familiar with Kendrick’s adolescent home life, but hey, no one is getting philosophical at midnight in the middle of the dance floor.

  1. “Hips Don’t Lie” – Shakira

Every party needs at least one song with a Latin groove, and this is the one.  If Shakira has had any influence in the world, it’s getting people to start moving their hips when this song comes on.

  1. “Piano Man” – Billy Joel

Possibly the greatest song to end a party as guests slowly depart, there is a relatable verse for everyone in this song.  The piano waltz throughout the song is perfect for swaying to with the remaining guests, even if you are pushing them out the door in the process.


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