Using music to create the perfect vibes for your summer party is essential for throwing a great bash. Using these guidelines will help you find the perfect party playlist:
– Select fun, upbeat, positive songs
– Pick recognizable music your guests will recognize
– Play a variety of songs mixing between dance songs and anthems
Keeping these keys in mind, here are 10 summer party favorites that will make any party a success
1. “Summertime” – Will Smith
This is the perfect “chillin” summer party song ripe with strong images of playing basketball, trying to impress girls, and block parties. Use this one early to set the mood for your summer soiree.
2. “And We Danced” – The Hooters
This is one of those 80s songs that party-goers exclaim “I love this song!” With a light and upbeat melody, this 80s classic is another song used early in the party to get your guests in a happy mood.
3. “Foreplay / Long Time” – Boston
I don’t know if this one would have made the cut if I hadn’t seen a cover band play it and the crowd respond so well. While the “Foreplay” portion of this one is a bit long, it is well worth it, as that transition drum bit and guitar riff invites rocker head bobbing from every party-goer.
4. “Blister in the Sun” – Violent Femmes
Now that the party should be in full swing, this selection will add to the energy. This fast-paced classic is one that partyers of all ages know quite well.
5. “Iko Iko” – The Dixie Cups
Everyone knows this song. Everyone loves this song. But no one ever thinks of playing this song. This 60s classic has a fun beat and a summery feel.
6. “Raise Your Glass” – Pink
It’s important to have music from all eras to show your music acumen. This one from Pink is a good party anthem that everyone has heard.
7. “Surfing Bird” – The Trashmen
One of the more unusual songs in pop music history, Surfing Bird continues delight partyers with its chaotic melody and repeating lyric.
8. “All Summer Long” – Kid Rock
Combining classic party songs “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Werewolves of London” into a popular song about days gone by, this favorite is a perfect twist for any party.
9 . “Why Can’t We Be Friends” – War
Another “anthem” song, War’s classic is fun, happy, and a great sing-along.
10. “American Pie” – Don McLean
Yes, it may be overplayed a bit, but there are few parties that can escape a rousing rendition of this all-time great. Save it for the end and make fun of your friends fumbling their way through this one.