Summer is here and you’re planning a party. You’re set as far as food, drink, and locale go, but one crucial task remains — music! Whether you are entertaining tots to teens or mid-lifers to late-lifers, you want your tunes to turn up the energy and engage all your guests. Here are 10 tried-and-true favorites to get your party started:
Ten Magical Tunes
1. ”I’m a Believer,” originally by The Monkees, regained popularity with the Smash Mouth’s version for the movie ”Shrek.” Upbeat and fun, this song appeals to all ages and will get the good times going.
2. The Beach Boys’ ”Surfin’ USA” is the next summer party must-have. Everyone loves to do a little ”land-surfing” so, even if you’re not dancing, you’re laughing.
3. Lynyrd Skynrd’s southern classic ”Sweet Home Alabama” will get even the lawn chair potatoes up and on their feet. If not, they’ll at least be singing along. (That’s a good thing, right?)
4. ”Hotel California,” by The Eagles, is another crowd sing-a-long; one of those songs where you think you don’t know the words until it starts playing. And, if you still don’t, it’s fun to pretend you do.
5. With its happy-go-lucky rhythm and beats, Bob Marley’s ”Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright” will have you believing it actually is. Never mind you’re currently unemployed and scanning dollar menus.
6. The popular Clash song ”Should I Stay or Should I go” is not a question anyone will be asking when you play it. The back and forth slow to fast tempo gives you a second to catch your breath before you start flailing arms and legs about.
7. ”Mony Mony,” by Tommy James and the Shondells, is a surefire party favorite that raises the energy level so much you think the dead will rise and dance. Depending on how late the party is, they just might.
8. Three Dog Night’s ”Shambala” will have you moving like you really are on the road to bliss. You may not feel that way in the morning, but our concern here is the party.
9. The Kinks’ song ”All Day and All of the Night” will make you want to dance just as long as the song suggests — at least while it’s playing and you’re still able to breathe.
10. ”Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” an oldie but goody by Otis Redding, may land you arm in arm with whomever is in reach. By that time you’ll be so worn out from dancing that you may not care who grabs you. Whatever the case, you’ll be safe when the song is over — well, hopefully.
Now that you have 10 top great party songs, grab your grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, or whatever other party paraphernalia you feel fit, and let the summer fun begin!