The party playlist

Amrita Prasad
Friday, 29 December 2017

With dance being the soul of all your New Year’s parties, we ask DJs and musicians to share the perfect party track list to make sure you welcome 2018 with swag

The dinner menu is all set, you’ve selected your party outfit and the house is decorated and you’re ready to ring in the New Year with a fun-filled party. But what’s a New Year party without some bangers that urge even the most introverts to leave their seats and hit the dance floor? And when everyone is  looking forward to letting their hair down and setting the dance floor on fire, your playlist must be as awesome as possible.

For an energetic gang of people who want to sway to the beats, the right tempo is extremely important. So city-based DJs Rohen Anttony and Avneet Sawhney aka DJ Sonu, share a list of songs that will tempt your guests, young and old, to get up and shake a leg. While DJs at clubs are playing heart-thumping and foot-tapping music, you can also set the tone for your party by creating your own playlist with their suggestions.  
However, for a party where all you want to do is sit around and have a conversation with friends over a hearty meal, soft numbers — old and new, English and Hindi classics work.

The year 2017 has seen a huge number of old songs being recreated with a new twist and winning the hearts. “From Hare Krishna Hare Ram in Commando 2 to Oh ho ho ho in Hindi Medium, Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast featured in Machine to Laila Main Laila in Raees, Hawa Hawai in Tumhari Sulu to Raat Baaki in Ittefaq and so on, new remixes are quite a hit at parties. As a DJ and musician,  I’m getting a lot of appreciation and requests for recreating old Hindi and English numbers,” says DJ Sonu, who plays in EDM, Bollywood, pop and hip-hop and heads a music production and deejaying institute and event management company. He says that people instantly connect with Bollywood numbers hence he often creates and suggests BDM  (Bollywood dance music) for parties.

Anttony, who plays hip-hop, moombhaton, Bollywood, commercial house, future house, Punjabi and trap, says that while English numbers by some of the biggest pop and EDM stars remain the obvious choice, people mostly go by the songs that have a great tempo, fast rhythm and a disco theme in them.   “With Punjabi music becoming cool and some of the coolest Punjabi artists creating great numbers, the party season becomes a perfect time to play these songs. Numbers like Nav Inder and Badshah’s Wakra Swag, Harrdy Sandu’s Naah, Backbone, Hornn Blow, Guru Randhawa’s Lahore, Gabru, Patola and Suit Suit, Mankrit Aulakh’s Gangland, and Zack Night’s Bom Diggy Diggy featuring Jasmin Walia, Kudi Gujarat Di from Sweetie Weds NRI, and so on will set the tempo and mood for a dance party,” Anttony says, adding that by creating a mix of popular songs like Despacito and Shape of You with bhangra beats, he attempts to give internationals hits a local feel. “It is refreshing to see the crowd ready to rule the dance floor when these songs are played and youngsters totally love them,” he says.

Desi dance numbers
Swag se Swagat (Tiger Zinda Hai)
Beech Beech Main (Jab Harry Met Sejal)
Party Nonstop (DJ Zeus)
Dil Chori (Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety)
Twist Kamariya (Bareilly Ki Barfi)
Mehbooba (Fukrey)
Pallo Latke (Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana)
Galti Se Mistake (Jagga Jasoos)
Mercy (Badshah)
Udd Gaye (Ritviz)

English beats
Wolves (Marshmello feat. Selena Gomez)
Swalla (Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)
Near (Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran)
Despacito (Luis Fonsi adn Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber)
Havana (Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug)
New Rules (Dua Lipa)
Shape of you (Ed Sheeran)
Mi Genta (J Balvin and Willy William feat. Beyonce)
Are You Ready For It (Taylor Swift)
Dirty Sexy Money (David Guetta and Afrojack feat. Charli XCX and French Montana)

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