Dancing at parties is a right of passage. If you think about the biggest and best pirates you have ever been to in your life and ask yourself, How many of them didn’t have a dance floor? The answer to your question is most likely a big fat zero. Everyone loves to dance when they are in a crowded room.
If you are hosting the party, you have to have music that people like to dance to; luckily, below is a list of the top genres to get your hips gyrating.
EDM, Electronic Dance Music, was created for the sole purpose of getting people to dance. The sounds of big bass drops and a fast-paced rhythm make EDM the perfect type of music for most social gatherings where people want to gyrate their hips. Almost all of the sounds put into EDM are generated from a computer, so instruments aren’t used, and it is hard to recreate live, so the best way to hear it is from a DJ.
Pop is another great piece of music to get people dancing. Pop music isn’t quite as intense as EDM, so more skilled dancers are more likely to be fond of pop music. In other words, you can’t go jump up and down to every pop song and call it dancing. You don’t have to be an expert in dancing to dance to pop music; it just isn’t as crazy as EDM.
Another head-banging, high-paced genre of music is punk rock. Most people love punk rock when it is playing live from a stage, and people love to go crazy when Blink-182 comes on the radio, so imagine how exciting your party would be with a punk rock band there.
R&B music is great when you want to slow it down and slow dance with a partner. Grab your lady, get to the dance floor, and play some Boyz 2 Men. That is a recipe for a happy woman and a great party.
Depending on your audience, it might be appropriate to include a cultural piece in your music. There are several talented Latin singers that can be both culturally enlightening and make your hips move.
Cotton-Eyed Joe is one of the most famous dancing songs of all time. Everyone knows the dance, and as soon as it comes on, everyone falls in line to dance together. If you want to put on a song that immediately draws everyone to the dance floor, that song is Cotton-Eyed Joe.
There are other big group dance songs that almost everyone knows, like the Cha Cha Slide, but something about Cotton-Eyed Joe just makes everyone go nuts.
There is a good song for every moment, and to find that song, you need to play music. For a party, there are so many different styles of music that everyone loves it’s so hard to pick just one, but one thing is for certain, you want people to dance.