Essential soundz of NOW
December 3, 2012 8:16 PM   Subscribe

What essential hits of NOW must I have with me when I DJ tomorrow night?

Last minute gig. Fairly sophisticated audience of mid-20s onward (average age maybe 28, grad-student types). I have a good grasp of various genre classics through the years but I haven't been paying much attention to recent Top 40 essentials (the past year or two).

What songs will I regret not having with me tomorrow night?
posted by philip-random to Media & Arts (27 answers total) 57 users marked this as a favorite
Gangnam Style!
posted by purpleclover at 8:24 PM on December 3, 2012 [10 favorites]

Best answer: Alesso - Calling (Lose My Mind)
Ellie Goulding - Lights
Jessie J - Domino
La Roux - In for the Kill
Foster the People - Houdini
Calvin Harris - Bounce
David Guetta feat Kid Cudi - Memories
Drake - The Motto
posted by chloe.gelsomino at 8:32 PM on December 3, 2012 [4 favorites]

Ke$ha's Your Love Is My Drug instantly united a diverse group of girls at a karaoke party of late-20s folks the other weekend.

I like your beard.
posted by troika at 8:34 PM on December 3, 2012 [3 favorites]

Disparate Youth by Santogold and Lights (Bassnectar remix) by Ellie Goulding are both great songs and were popular but not in a "Ugh not this song AGAIN" way (sorry can't link from phone!)
posted by lovableiago at 8:35 PM on December 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
Katy Perry - California Gurls
Rhianna - We Found Love*
PSY - Gangnam Style*
Pitbull - Calle Ocho*
Skrillex - Bangarang*
David Guetta and Nicki Minaj - Turn Me On
Mr. C - Cha Cha Slide
Calvin Morris - Feel So Close
Deadmau5 - Ghosts N Stuff*
Avicii - Levels

*Don't Actually Hate these.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 8:36 PM on December 3, 2012 [3 favorites]

Alex Clare - Too Close
posted by Exchequer at 8:38 PM on December 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Azealia Banks - 212
posted by dydecker at 8:41 PM on December 3, 2012 [8 favorites]

I heard Flo Rida's "Whistle" on the pop station when I was in the car going TO the gym and in the car coming back FROM the gym a couple hours later, so it may actually be oversaturated.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 8:48 PM on December 3, 2012

Best answer: We Run the Night (Pitbull/Havana Brown)
Give Me Everything (Pitbull/Ne-Yo/Afrojack/Nayer)

Grad students might especially like Shake It Out (Florence and the Machine)

on preview: That Flo Rida "Whistle" song is so dirty, I just can't
posted by purpleclover at 8:50 PM on December 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Kanye West, Mercy
Fun, Some Nights
posted by Snarl Furillo at 8:51 PM on December 3, 2012

Fun. - We are Young.
posted by cushie at 8:52 PM on December 3, 2012

Good Time (Owl City/Carly Rae Jepson)

I listen to so much Top 40 now
posted by purpleclover at 8:53 PM on December 3, 2012

On the Floor (Jennifer Lopez/Pitbull)
posted by purpleclover at 8:59 PM on December 3, 2012

Muse, Madness
posted by fshgrl at 9:01 PM on December 3, 2012

Best answer: My wife and I don't go to clubs or listen to internet radio or have friends who're into music or whatever. So "#1 Dance Hits" kinds of lists are our sole exposure to what's popular. But that kind of sounds like what you want. Here are some things we've liked from 2011-2012:

Martin Solveig & Dragonette, Hello
Kylie Minogue, Put Your Hands Up (Basto's Major Mayhem Mix)
Leona Lewis + Avicii, Collide (Afrojack Mix)
Gloria Estefan, Hotel Nacional
Rihanna, You Da One (Gregor Salto Vegas Club)
Neon Hitch, Fuck U Betta
Avicii + Madonna, Girl Gone Wild (UMF Mix)
Dave Audé feat. Lena Katina, Never Forget You
Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know (Tiësto Remix)
Rihanna, Where Have You Been (Hardwell Club Mix)
Eva Simons, I Don't Like You (Nicky Romero Remix)
Kylie Minogue, Time Bomb (Extended Mix)
Scissor Sisters, Let's Have A Kiki (Almighty Club Mix)
Karmin, Hello (Razor N Guido Radio Edit)
posted by Monsieur Caution at 9:01 PM on December 3, 2012 [5 favorites]

Best answer: Please don't play Gangnam Style. As a mid-twenties person who is friends with mid-to-late-twenties grad student types, I am so. god damn. sick. of that song.

May I add:

Katy Perry -- Teenage Dream
Chris Brown -- Don't Wake Me Up I do not condone him as a human being, but this was a great summer jam. On the other hand, he is kind of a piece of garbage, so I don't blame you if you skip this one.
Justin Bieber -- As Long As You Love Me Bonus: Big Sean's rap has kind of a positive relationship message in it about making it work with the one you're with.

And I second Azealia Banks. Hard.
posted by too bad you're not me at 9:22 PM on December 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Die Young (Ke$ha). The hook is ... I sing it all the time. I am sort of ashamed.

I object to Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" because (a) he is a horrible person and (b) I have thought about and seriously don't understand the lyric "If your heart is a pillow/this love's the bed." I have a BA in English literature. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN??? pls memail if you know
posted by purpleclover at 9:36 PM on December 3, 2012 [9 favorites]

Best answer: Not Top 40, but maybe your hip 'gothy' guests want to nod gloomily in the corner while you weird the rest of your friends out?:
Crystal Castles - Wrath of God
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not in Love

and for your remaining friends:
Blood Diamonds feat. Grimes - Phone Sex
posted by MetalFingerz at 10:01 PM on December 3, 2012 [3 favorites]

Best answer: No mention of Call Me Maybe yet?
Starships - Nicki Minaj
Last Friday Night (TGIF) - Katy Perry
Brokenhearted - Karmin
Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida featuring David Guetta
posted by SisterHavana at 10:07 PM on December 3, 2012 [2 favorites]

Best answer: I forgot to add Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera
posted by SisterHavana at 10:11 PM on December 3, 2012 [2 favorites]

Best answer: My friends are a little younger than your audience will be, but Macklemore's big right now. If the crowd does irony, give him a shot.

Thrift Shop
And We Danced

Not quite the Top 40 mainstays you asked about, but could seriously make some people's nights.
posted by estlin at 12:49 AM on December 4, 2012 [3 favorites]

Best answer: I add that La Roux's Bulletproof goes over best with my crowd, and Santigold's Go rather than Disparate Youth. And Janelle Monae's Tightrope or Dance or Die - I like to dance to Tightrope and am baffled about why it's not the album's dance hit.
posted by Frowner at 5:15 AM on December 4, 2012 [1 favorite]

Another vote in favor of Gangnam Style!
posted by Lobster Garden at 5:28 AM on December 4, 2012

Best answer: "Adorn" by Miguel. Phone makes it tricky to link a YouTube vid but here's a wiki link. Also, "Motivation" by Kelly Rowland. Slow dance jams.

I think the "Don't Wake Me Up" lyric means, like, this love is the place where your heart belongs, your heart will complete the love making the bed functional for, like, bedding in.
posted by milk white peacock at 8:56 AM on December 4, 2012 [1 favorite]

I would like to note for the record and other interested lurkers that I just seeded a new Pandora station with 2 songs from the above lists: Skrillex - Bangarang and LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem, and it instantaneously started bringing up pretty much every nifty, earwormy, pop-dance anthemic sort of thing (Pitbull/Kevin Rudolf/Ellie Goulding/Bassnectar) that I've been hearing in cafes and H&M juniors' jeans shops for the past six months and was too lazy or otherwise occupied to SoundHound.

This is a feature, not a bug. I am old and un-hip but I still enjoy new and different poppy party-rock earworms to clean the house and work on bikes with, and this was a great way to do that effortlessly.

plus my husband just walked in while I was playing "Sexy and I Know It" SUPER LOUD and I was dancing around the kitchen with the cat because I love that stupid song completely unironically, and now they both think I've lost my mind, which is also a feature
posted by lonefrontranger at 5:23 PM on December 4, 2012 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: Thank you all. Party was last night. It went very well. Ended up playing a few suggestions from this thread (I am now officially a fan of Skrillex having seen people turn themselves inside-out to it, and reminded of how hilariously great the Scissor Sisters can be).

But more important, it's been a damned fun past 48+ hours listening to all of this stuff (and various Youtube extrapolations from there). Cool fun POP music is alive and well and living the second decade of the 21st Century.
posted by philip-random at 12:29 PM on December 5, 2012 [3 favorites]

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