Guidelines to the Ultimate Party Playlist

Afua Nuro, Contributing Writer

   You may find yourself at the Sip and Sail (or maybe the Upper Deck when it was still open), a fraternity party or sorority party and wonder what music is playing. The only people who seem to be enjoying themselves at that party are the ones who are too drunk or high to even know what’s coming out of the stereo. You probably are standing in a circle with your friends wondering why you even took the time and effort to come out that night. The one thing that can kill any party mood is the music; not the bad or watered-down drinks or the annoying biddies running everywhere, but the music.

   There are five types of music that reliably will make any party great. The first two are hip-hop and dubstep. You need something with a dance beat; when you are at a party, that is not the time to play Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood. For the hip-hop fans, try something by Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Usher or even some of Nicki Minaj’s old music; for the dubstep fans, Skrillex, Avicii and Bassnectar are good choices.
The third type of music you should have on your party playlist is any song with a corresponding dance move; for example, “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District, “Cat Daddy” by The Rej3ctz, “You’re a Jerk” by New Boyz or almost all of Soulja Boy’s music such as “Crank that Superman,” or variations like “Crank that Batman,” “Crank that Homeless Man,” etc. The list of songs with dance moves goes on and on. When you play one of these songs, people at your party will most likely get hype and try to or fail to do the dance moves that go with the song.

   The fourth type of music you should play at your party are throwback hip hop songs. Don’t go too far back! Try some songs like “Love Like This Remix” by Faith Evens and Fat Man Scoop, some Ludacris, like his song “Move,” or some of the music T.I. made (before he went to jail for the first time).

   The last thing that you need to play at your party to make it complete is… wait, let me give you a clue: “What’s Gucci my N****.” Yeah, you know that line and I bet you know the one that comes next!

   For those of you who are clueless, the name of the song is “N****s in Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West. Yes, this may not be a genre or category of music like the ones I listed before, but it is one of the best songs to play at a party. Whether you are a fan of rap music or not, I bet you know the words to this song and will scream out the lyrics when it is played. When this song is played at the bars, everyone suddenly turns into the new best rappers and rap the lyrics like they are Kanye West himself.

   Now you have no excuses to have lame music at your party, and all the DJs out there have no excuses to not have good music on their playlist. I have told you about the genres and have given you some song titles; if your party is still lame then maybe it’s not the music — it could be that horrible punch, but that I cannot help you with.

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