Let’s Dance: A Party Playlist

Dinner has ended, the plates have been cleared, and the sit-down portion of the night is over – it’s time to party! How do you get your guests up out of their chairs and onto the dance floor? It’s all in the playlist.

According to Pete Pershall, of DJ One, guests young and old won't be able to resist tapping their toes to these catchy tunes. "Don’t worry if some of the songs seem cheesy or clichéd," Pershall says, "it may not win a Grammy, but who doesn’t love doing the Funky Chicken? Inviting guests to just be silly is a surefire way to get more participants on the floor."  Here are his top 20 selections:


20. Let’s Get the Party Started, Pink
19. Twist and Shout, Beatles
18. Celebration, Kool and the Gang
17. Brickhouse, Commodores
16. Old Time Rock and Roll, Bob Segar
15. Get Down Tonight, KC and Sunshine Band
14. In da Club, 50 Cent
13. Yeah, Usher
12. Sexy Back, Justin Timberlake
11. Disco Inferno, Trammps
10. 1999, Prince
  9. Dance to the Music, Sly and the Family Stone
  8. Wooly Bully, Sam the Sham
  7. What I Like About You, Romantics
  6. Hot in Here, Nelly
  5. Cha Cha Slide, Mr. C
  4. Electric Slide, Various Artists
  3. Party Train, Various Artists
  2. You Shook Me All Night Long, AC/DC
  1. Hey Ya, Outkast


Top 10 Dance Songs, via a Rolling Stone readers' poll:

10. Staying Alive, Bee Gees
  9. Le Freak, Chic
  8. Groove is in the Heart, Deee-Lite
  7. Thriller, Michael Jackson
  6. Shout, The Isley Brothers
  5. Vogue, Madonna
  4. D.A.N.C.E., Justice
  3. Twist and Shout, The Beatles
  2. Blue Monday, New Order
  1. One More Time, Daft Punk


Top Singles of 2013, in random order, Billboard.com

10. Gangnam Style, Psy
  9. Thrift Shop, Macklemore
  8. Scream and Shout, will i.am, featuring Britney Spears
  7. Suit and Tie, Justin Timberlake
  6. Don't You Worry Child, Swedish House Mafia
  5. Sweet Nothing, Calvin, Harris, featuring Florence Welch
  4. Daylight, Maroon 5
  3. Harlem Shake, Baauer
  2. Feel This Moment, Pitbull, featuring Christina Aguilera
  1. I Love It, Icona Pop, featuring Charli XCX

Of course, not every song on the list may be appropriate for every occasion. Pershall recommends following a few rules of thumb when selecting your party playlist.
* Consider the age range of guests attending, and pick a variety of music that young and the young-at-heart will enjoy.
* Avoid music with lyrics that may offend older or more conservative guests.
* If you want people to dance, make sure your upbeat tunes outnumber the slow songs.