by Kari Tervo
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To party, we need a great party music mix!
I tend towards EDM events these days for my music enjoyment, but I threw a certified bash for the Fourth of July in 2008. Well, by my standards. I invited 20 people, and 50 showed up. There were fireworks from a cool vantage point (accompanied by the Kiss version of the national anthem), many foods and drinks, unexpected actors passed out on the floor, and grown men throwing Pop Its in each others' faces! I even had a freaking pinata.
Photo Credit: Matt Carpenter
But what's all of that without a great soundtrack? Would any awesome even happen without one? When I go to a party, I love party music. You know, those songs pretty much everyone loves and can sing along to, or get a good groove going on. So when it came time to decide on music for my party, I thought about all the songs I love to sing along and dance to when I'm in a party mood.
People loved the mix! Walking through the room, I'd be hearing, "omg! I love this song!" People were dancing on the patio. But this was 2008! Would my mix stand the test of time? I recently unearthed those party mix CDs, and was really excited to find they're still mostly great. So, I want to share my list with you as inspiration for your own party mixes! 
CLICK RAWR TO UNLOCK A TREASURE CHEST OF AUDITORY PARTY FAVORS!
Here we go! I've picked a few out for you to listen to as you read. Feel that party flavor!
Mr. Brownstone--Guns N RosesNeed You Tonight--INXS
I Kissed A Girl--Katy Perry
One Nation Under A Groove--George Clinton
Suck My Kiss--Red Hot Chili Peppers
Better Faster Stronger—Kanye West
Tainted Love—Soft Cell
Four Minutes--Madonna
American Boy--Estelle/Kanye West
Boogie Nights--Heatwave
Heatwave: Boogie Nights. A great party song, and one of the most hilarious and wonderful videos I've seen.
Blister in the Sun--Violent Femmes
Get Started--Black Eyed Peas
Crazy Little Thing Called Love--Queen
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough—Michael Jackson
Hey Ya!--Outkast
Ignition Remix—R. Kelly
Kickstart My Heart—Motley Crue
Are You Gonna Go My Way—Lenny KravitzLove Shack—B52s 
R. Kelly: Ignition Remix. 
Bounce bounce bounce!
Golddigger—Kanye West I'd go with the radio edit, unless you want your party peppered with n-bombs.Hey Baby—Gwen StefaniMove Shake Drop—Pitbull/Flo Rida/DJ LazWhere My Party People At? –Black Eyed Peas We're making a party music mix!I Wanna Be Sedated—RamonesParty Like A Rockstar—Party BoyzGroove Is In The Heart—Deee-LiteRock This Town—Stray Cats Bang on the Drum All Day—Todd RundgrenFree Fallin’ –Tom PettyBrown Eyed Girl—Van MorrisonIn Da Club—50 CentToxic—Britney Spears
Britney Spears: Toxic. Need party favors? Play this, and in 6 years, two of your party-goers will have a first grader. The ultimate souvenir!
Nobody Walks In LA--Missing Persons A must-have for your Los Angeles house party mix.Ring of Fire—Johnny CashShake It Up—CarsBrick House—The CommodoresDrop It Like It’s Hot—Snoop Dogg Again, radio edit suggested. I like to say, "When a scissor get an attitude. . ."Proud Mary--Creedence Clearwater Revival100% Pure Love—Crystal WatersTalk Dirty To Me—PoisonPump It Up—Elvis Costello
Poison: Talk Dirty To Me.Ya know, I never seen ya look so good. 
  Rockafella Skank--Fatboy Slim Get the radio edit--the album version has a repetitive part not good for a house party vibe.Low--Flo RidaCrazy--Gnarls Barkley I think this was a bad choice for a party mix, but it was a popular groove at the timeClint Eastwood--GorillazBarracuda--HeartAdd It Up--Violent FemmesDon't Stop the Music--Rihanna.

 Rihanna: Don't Stop the Music.Dance dance dance!
Fantastic Voyage--Coolio Sweet Home Alabama--Lynyrd Skynryd In retrospect, I think a Black Crowes tune would have done the great bar song duty here.Real Wild Child--Iggy PopDon't Stop Believin'--Journey This was BEFORE GleeLow Rider--WarMan, I Feel Like A Woman--Shania Twain. Get a little outta line!Sexy Back--Justin Timberlake. Bad to the Bone--George ThorogoodGet Down Tonight--K.C. & The Sunshine BandSmile--Lily AllenThe Joker--Steve Miller Band1-2-3-4--Coolio N-word alert! There's a clean edit.

Coolio: Fantastic Voyage.You can't have the hop if ya don't have the hip!
Got to Be Startin' Something--Michael JacksonHey Baby--Gwen StefaniBust A Move--Young MCLivin' On A Prayer--Bon JoviPush It--Salt N Pepa
This mix lasts approximately five hours, which means you won't have to worry about fussing with the music while you have fun with your guests.
What do you think of this party music mix? Please share what songs you would have on your own party soundtrack!



by Kari Tervo
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To party, we need a great party music mix!
I tend towards EDM events these days for my music enjoyment, but I threw a certified bash for the Fourth of July in 2008. Well, by my standards. I invited 20 people, and 50 showed up. There were fireworks from a cool vantage point (accompanied by the Kiss version of the national anthem), many foods and drinks, unexpected actors passed out on the floor, and grown men throwing Pop Its in each others' faces! I even had a freaking pinata.
Photo Credit: Matt Carpenter
But what's all of that without a great soundtrack? Would any awesome even happen without one? When I go to a party, I love party music. You know, those songs pretty much everyone loves and can sing along to, or get a good groove going on. So when it came time to decide on music for my party, I thought about all the songs I love to sing along and dance to when I'm in a party mood.
People loved the mix! Walking through the room, I'd be hearing, "omg! I love this song!" People were dancing on the patio. But this was 2008! Would my mix stand the test of time? I recently unearthed those party mix CDs, and was really excited to find they're still mostly great. So, I want to share my list with you as inspiration for your own party mixes! 
CLICK RAWR TO UNLOCK A TREASURE CHEST OF AUDITORY PARTY FAVORS!
Here we go! I've picked a few out for you to listen to as you read. Feel that party flavor!
Mr. Brownstone--Guns N RosesNeed You Tonight--INXS
I Kissed A Girl--Katy Perry
One Nation Under A Groove--George Clinton
Suck My Kiss--Red Hot Chili Peppers
Better Faster Stronger—Kanye West
Tainted Love—Soft Cell
Four Minutes--Madonna
American Boy--Estelle/Kanye West
Boogie Nights--Heatwave
Heatwave: Boogie Nights. A great party song, and one of the most hilarious and wonderful videos I've seen.
Blister in the Sun--Violent Femmes
Get Started--Black Eyed Peas
Crazy Little Thing Called Love--Queen
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough—Michael Jackson
Hey Ya!--Outkast
Ignition Remix—R. Kelly
Kickstart My Heart—Motley Crue
Are You Gonna Go My Way—Lenny KravitzLove Shack—B52s 
R. Kelly: Ignition Remix. 
Bounce bounce bounce!
Golddigger—Kanye West I'd go with the radio edit, unless you want your party peppered with n-bombs.Hey Baby—Gwen StefaniMove Shake Drop—Pitbull/Flo Rida/DJ LazWhere My Party People At? –Black Eyed Peas We're making a party music mix!I Wanna Be Sedated—RamonesParty Like A Rockstar—Party BoyzGroove Is In The Heart—Deee-LiteRock This Town—Stray Cats Bang on the Drum All Day—Todd RundgrenFree Fallin’ –Tom PettyBrown Eyed Girl—Van MorrisonIn Da Club—50 CentToxic—Britney Spears
Britney Spears: Toxic. Need party favors? Play this, and in 6 years, two of your party-goers will have a first grader. The ultimate souvenir!
Nobody Walks In LA--Missing Persons A must-have for your Los Angeles house party mix.Ring of Fire—Johnny CashShake It Up—CarsBrick House—The CommodoresDrop It Like It’s Hot—Snoop Dogg Again, radio edit suggested. I like to say, "When a scissor get an attitude. . ."Proud Mary--Creedence Clearwater Revival100% Pure Love—Crystal WatersTalk Dirty To Me—PoisonPump It Up—Elvis Costello
Poison: Talk Dirty To Me.Ya know, I never seen ya look so good. 
  Rockafella Skank--Fatboy Slim Get the radio edit--the album version has a repetitive part not good for a house party vibe.Low--Flo RidaCrazy--Gnarls Barkley I think this was a bad choice for a party mix, but it was a popular groove at the timeClint Eastwood--GorillazBarracuda--HeartAdd It Up--Violent FemmesDon't Stop the Music--Rihanna.

 Rihanna: Don't Stop the Music.Dance dance dance!
Fantastic Voyage--Coolio Sweet Home Alabama--Lynyrd Skynryd In retrospect, I think a Black Crowes tune would have done the great bar song duty here.Real Wild Child--Iggy PopDon't Stop Believin'--Journey This was BEFORE GleeLow Rider--WarMan, I Feel Like A Woman--Shania Twain. Get a little outta line!Sexy Back--Justin Timberlake. Bad to the Bone--George ThorogoodGet Down Tonight--K.C. & The Sunshine BandSmile--Lily AllenThe Joker--Steve Miller Band1-2-3-4--Coolio N-word alert! There's a clean edit.

Coolio: Fantastic Voyage.You can't have the hop if ya don't have the hip!
Got to Be Startin' Something--Michael JacksonHey Baby--Gwen StefaniBust A Move--Young MCLivin' On A Prayer--Bon JoviPush It--Salt N Pepa
This mix lasts approximately five hours, which means you won't have to worry about fussing with the music while you have fun with your guests.
What do you think of this party music mix? Please share what songs you would have on your own party soundtrack!