Need some inspiration for what kind of music you’d like played at your event? Our DJs have put together some Spotify playlists that cover a number of different genres to give you a few ideas
Your First Dance
The first dance is the starting point of every wedding reception. It is the symbolic first act of the married couple and for this reason, it is often one of the most highly thought about decisions of the day. However, with so many possible song choices and a multitude of musical styles available to you, finding the right song can feel like a minefield. Do you go for something heartfelt and slow? Something upbeat that other people can dance to? Do you try and become the next YouTube sensation and come up with a choreographed dance routine? To help you decide, we’ve put together our top 100 first dance selections, covering all genres and styles to help give you a little inspiration.
At almost every wedding, birthday or event you’re likely to have a broad range of people, ages and musical tastes. However, catering for a broad audience does not mean that you have to resort to playing a lot of overly cheesy party music. We’ve put together a small selection of tracks here that are well known enough to be enjoyed and danced to by people of all ages whilst also being great, non-cheesy selections. Tunes like “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5, “Love Machine” by Girls Aloud, “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk are sure to keep your dance floor busy all night and for this reason we often suggest having at least a few of these tracks thrown into your set.
Disco & Motown Hits
Disco and to a lesser extent, motown can very often be viewed as music that veers into the cringeworthy side of wedding DJing and so we approach these genres with some caution. However, when done right there are plenty of great dance floor filling tracks to be found here that always go down well, no matter what the audience. Tunes like “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “Young Hearts” by Candi Staton, “Band of Gold” by Freda Payne and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by the one and only, Stevie Wonder are all timeless classics sure to get people onto the dancefloor, especially early on in the night.
Whether you’re a huge fan of classic rock and would like your night to be filled with it or someone who just wants a few tracks scattered in with the rest of your set, there should be something for you in this playlist. We’ve put together a few of the biggest and best dance floor fillers from the genre for you to peruse. From the frenzied singalong that is Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer”, to the classic David Bowie track, “Rebel Rebel”, through to the soaring, air guitar inducing, “More Than a Feeling” by Boston and Aerosmith’s ahead-of-the-curve song about transgender issues, “Dude Looks Like a Lady”, these are all winners.
If you’ve only got a mild indie obsession that you would like reflected in your event or if would like an entire night of indie classics then have a quick look at our Indie Disco Playlist. Here we’ve put together some of the very best indie disco hits to give a bit of inspiration. We’ve included some of the more obvious dance floor fillers from The Arctic Monkeys, Blur, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand and The Smiths right the way through to some of the more niche but still huge tracks from bands like Boy Kill Boy, Shed Seven, Hot Hot Heat and Foals.
Everyone loves a little bit of R&B and whether you’re a fan of the 90s, 00s or 10s there’s a huge amount to choose from in this broad ranging and highly danceable genre. We had so much fun putting this playlist together and the only struggle was having to whittle our shortlist down from well over 300 to just our absolute favourites. There should be something for everyone in here from the stylish pop of Destiny’s Child, to the 90s swagger of Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It”, to the timeless slow jam, “I Know What You Want” by Mariah Carey and Busta Rhymes right the way through to the mind-bendingly infectious, “American Boy” from Kanye West and Estelle.
When she’s not DJing at events for RedLine, one of our hugely talented DJs, Vicki Lou can be found spinning tunes as one half of “Dolly Mixtures DJs”, an all female duo that put the emphasis on playing the very best female musical output throughout the years. With this in mind we asked Vicki to put together a playlist containing her absolute favourite party tunes from female artists. Her playlist takes in the very best tracks from massive artists such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Blondie and Destiny’s Child as well as some slightly more leftfield selections from Tove Lo, Ibeyi and The Go-Go’s.