Hello OG DJ's. I know a bunch of you DJ. I DJ occasionally just for fun for family and what not. I am doing a party for a 21 year old niece. It's just for fun, no money or anything like that. Family affair. I need your recommendations for good songs to play at a party where the majority of the people there will be 19-23.
I have several folders already set up with matching BPM/matching genre sets such as:
90's Uptempo Rap Anthems: Scenario (tribe), The Choice is Yours (black sheep), Jump (kriss kross), etc.
90's Dancy Rap: Summertime (fresh prince), Nuthin but a G Thang (snoop/dre), Ain't No Fun (dre)
House/Dance (2012 to 2015): Sweet Nothings (Calvin harris), Clarity (Zedd), Summertime Sadness, Avicii stuff, etc. etc.
Annoying Club/Dance (2012 to 2015): Timber, Gagnam Style, LMFAO Shots, Annoying club songs, etc.
80's Electro/Dance: Take a Chance (Nuance), Funky Little Beat (Connie), etc.
Random Floor Fillers: Apache (Sugar Hill Gang), YMCA, Tonight (Black Eyed Peas) crap like that.
2015 Fluff: Love Me Harder (Ariana Grande), Shake it Off (Taylor Swift), Etc.
Are there any must have songs that kids are listening to that are upbeat? I don't know any of the new acts like Childish Gambino, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, etc. So I don't know what's hot right now as far as the last 2 years goes.
Are there any Summer party anthems that came out this year?
Are there any songs that aren't well known but are upbeat and will get people dancing?
It really really matters what she & her closest friends are into. They might be country line dancers for all we know.
Seems really unlikely they're gonna know or care about 90s rap like Tribe & Blacksheep, & more unlikely that they'll be into cheeze like Kris Kross or Hammer unless you're boozing them up. They're at an age where pretending to be cool is wicked important. They may even reject Taylor Swift who they love love love just so they don't look square.
Play to your audience. Ask her ahead of time, or better yet find out where she & her friends are hanging out & figure out what the set list is there.