We've all been to parties where the music didn't inspire a dancing atmosphere, where people stood there as if they were wallflowers. The key to a festive party with a full dance floor is to play tunes that inspire people to boogie on down. Here are a few suggestions of the best songs for a dance party playlist. This is just a small sample of some of the very best, intended as a beginning lineup that will get people cutting a mean rug in no time.
“Stayin' Alive” – Bee Gees
Perhaps one of the most effective songs ever for filling a dance floor, “Stayin' Alive,” by the Bee Gees, has definitely stayed alive at parties and in nightclubs since it was released back in 1977. Perhaps the most iconic dance song of all time, this fun, cheesy classic never fails to please.
“Thriller” – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's “Thriller,” a favorite Halloween-themed tune, is also among the most danceable songs ever made. The best thing about including it on your dance party playlist is that not only will people dance, but they will do it in a style reminiscent of the iconic video for the song, which was an event in its own right when it first premiered on MTV. There's no reason to explain what the “Thriller” dance moves look like; you'll recognize them when you see them.
“D.A.N.C.E.” - Justice
Speaking of the King of Pop, a great entry for your dance playlist should be a song that was produced as a tribute to Michael Jackson. Add “D.A.N.C.E.”by the French duo Justice to your playlist, and the floor will suddenly be full with people who just can't help getting their bodies moving.
“One More Time” – Daft Punk
Another duo from France, two DJs collectively known as Daft Punk are responsible for one of the most infectious dance songs ever produced, “One More Time,” released in 2000. This huge hit was no doubt among the most played dance club songs of the decade.
“Blue Monday” – New Order
A favorite number for sampling and remixing, “Blue Monday” has been reworked in myriad ways since its 1983 release by British new wave ensemble, New Order. The synth-heavy anthem for '80s British dance is impossible to resist, and it's sure to pack your dance floor in mere seconds in its original form or in the form of one of the various remixes.
Of course, any dance party worth its salt will have a huge playlist of great songs. These are just a few suggestions of danceable grooves to form the backbone of your list. Or, save the songs on this list as a sort of first aid kit for your dance party; crank them up when your party is on life support and you need a special number to revive things and get the dance floor moving yet again.