Dance party

You remember how mixed tapes and creative playlists are my spiritual gift, right? I’m on a mission and I need help. I need your recommendations for a DANCE PARTY playlist.

I know what you’re thinking and the answer is OF COURSE I ALREADY HAVE A DANCE PARTY PLAYLIST. With that said, I’ve recently discovered a few things about said dance party playlist:

1. Sometimes, fun songs that end up on the playlist aren’t really good dancing songs. They may have been perfect for my eighth grade cheerleader routine at the pep rally, but “3AM Eternal” by KLF is a bit on the redundant side when it comes to a wedding reception in 2012. In other words, I like to sing Bon Jovi’s epic anthem “Dead or Alive” like any normal red-blooded human being. But I can’t really groove to it. Awesome song. Terrible dance jam.

2. I don’t know what’s popular right now. I have a tendency to jump on certain bandwagons about a year after they are popular. I barely knew Lady GaGa until her music was on that one episode of GLEE. I’m not old. I’m just distracted by other things in life, like work and staying away from carbs.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to help me create an amazing playlist that hits several genres of music. You should know that I approach line dancing with the same distaste that I have for green beans, but I’m open enough to know that it is something that white people all over the globe love to do, so I’ll allow suggestions. I myself only participate in “Cotton-Eye Joe” and “Copperhead Road” unless forced by peer pressure to “wobble” something. All I ask is that you not suggested the song that gives me hives. (If you don’t know what that song is, click HERE)

Think back to your wedding reception, prom or last Saturday night when all your friends were together on the dance floor. What song, no matter what’s happening, will get warm bodies out to the center of the ring? (My vote: “YMCA”) What’s your favorite song to two-step to? (My vote: “Neon Moon”) I know that sounds easy, but there are others that are better than some. Am I right? What’s your favorite line dance? I can’t believe I just typed that sentence. What’s your jam? Is it wrong to play and perform the dance from NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” and do I care if it is?

I’ll make a big list for everyone once we get suggestions in the comment section. Ask your friends to chime in. I think this will be a wonderful anthropological study on the wonder that is group dance. Some college kid reading right now is going to jank this idea and make an “A” on their mid-term. Kudos to you, kid. And stop laughing at my NSYNC comment. They were talented.

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