Your Ultimate Party Playlist: 8/13

Now, this playlist in no way advocates intoxication, but in the off chance that you are having a party and were completely lost in the music department, I figured I’d lend a helping hand! Now, usually every party is portioned off into three very distinct sections: The Pregame, The Stride, and The Haze. If you want your party to be successful, you need to cater the music to match the current state of the party! The wrong audio backdrop could completely ruin the outcome of the night. Don’t worry, though, because Hidden Under Headphones is here to help. I have crafted three playlists, one that pairs with each portion of the ultimate party night. It’s not so much about good music as it is about fun music. A party is never the time for being critical; it’s time to indulge your guilty pleasures and reveal to the world that you still know all the words to your favorite 90s songs without any ounce of shame! Clearly, this playlist is very “now,” and will be updated when appropriate. Whether you’re having just a few friends over or a wild house party… here is your ultimate soundtrack. You’re welcome.


Much in the same way that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the pregame is most important section of any party. If you’re planning on going out to the club or bar, this is an economically sound preparation, but people tend to forget that even the best house parties require a pregame! Inevitably, there will be a time when only a few people are there, and trust me, they’ll need to be entertained! The soundtrack to the pregame needs to pump everyone up and inspire the group to have fun and let loose. This is no easy feat, so keeping the energy up with fun and familiar tunes is the way to go! This one is paced so that by the end of the playlist, the whole party is prepped and ready to take it to the next level!

Your Ultimate Party Playlist, Part I: The Pregame


Now, by this point in the night, everyone is feeling good! Anyone who is far too fashionably late should be walking into, for lack of a better term, a shitshow. Embrace it! This is where your party has hit its stride! The music for this portion is (a bit evilly) designed to play to everyone’s weaknesses. It’s all about the big sing-a-long moments and the opportunity for everyone’s sleaze to make a showing. This is where individuals are going to have their embarrassing “yolo” moment, whether it’s what they’re doing with that guy in the corner or it’s standing on the table leading the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Spice Up Your Life.” This is the real meat of the party, so it should have plenty of memorable moments. As it progresses, more and more “OMG! This song!” moments start to pop up; it’s all about that surprise factor! By the end of it, no one will even know what hit em!

Your Ultimate Party Playlist, Part II: The Stride


So here we have the part of the night when everything starts to get really hazy. The party has been going on for several hours now (it’s probably early in the morning,) but things are not dead yet! You’ll have a real mix of people at this point. Some won’t be able to stand up, some will be completely passed out in a random place, and some will seemingly just be getting started! At this point, it’s no longer about the sing-a-longs or group dances, it’s about keeping the party’s pulse pumping. The music should be like what you’d hear at a club late at night; the dance music needs to be harder and the hip hop needs to be grittier. Forget about having too many epic pop or rock moments… the music should be pretty mindless, but still recognizable and enjoyable for those hardcore heavyweights who still need some attention. Naturally, if you make it to the bitter end, as much as it makes me vomit at the mere thought, “Don’t Stop Believing” is the cliché way to go.

Your Ultimate Party Playlist, Part III: The Haze


Your Ultimate Party Playlist: 8/13


  • Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”
  • Outasight “Tonight Is The Night”
  • Foster The People “Pumped Up Kicks”
  • Missy Elliott featuring Ciara and Fatman Scoop “Lose Control”
  • Passion Pit “Little Secrets”
  • Janet Jackson “Feedback”
  • Fat Joe featuring Ashanti and Ja Rule “Wut’s Luv?”
  • Britney Spears “I Wanna Go”
  • Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg “The Next Episode”
  • Bell Biv DeVoe “Poison”
  • Pink “Raise Your Glass”
  • Gwen Stefani “What You Waiting For?”
  • Rita Ora “How We Do (Party)”
  • Outkast “Hey Ya!”
  • Wreckx-N-Effect “Rump Shaker”
  • Enrique Iglesias “Bailamos”
  • Jennifer Lopez “Play”
  • Cee Lo Green “Fuck You”
  • Kris Kross “Jump”
  • Mary J. Blige “Family Affair”
  • Ace Of Base “The Sign”
  • Destiny’s Child “Jumpin’ Jumpin'”
  • Rihanna “S&M”
  • Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It”
  • 50 Cent “In Da Club”
  • Toby Keith “Red Solo Cup”
  • Cam’Ron featuring Julez Santana, Freeky Zeekey, and Toya “Hey Ma”
  • Katy Perry “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”
  • Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester “Good Girls Go Bad”
  • Eminem “The Real Slim Shady”
  • Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse “Valerie”
  • Jagged Edge featuring Nelly “Where The Party At?”
  • Will Smith featuring Kool Moe Dee and Dru Hill “Wild Wild West”
  • Ke$ha “We R Who We R”
  • Beastie Boys “Brass Monkey”
  • Beyoncé – Countdown
  • Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris “Yeah!”
  • Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger”
  • Next “Too Close”
  • David Guetta featuring Akon “Sexy Bitch”
  • Chris Brown “Forever”
  • Sisqó “Thong Song”
  • 2Pac featuring Roger Troutman and Dr. Dre “California Love”
  • Taio Cruz “Dynamite”
  • Digital Underground “The Humpty Dance”
  • Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé “Telephone”
  • Aaron Carter “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)”
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby Got Back”
  • T.I. “Whatever You Like”
  • Flo Rida “Good Feeling”
  • Survivor “Eye Of The Tiger”
  • Daft Punk featuring Pharrell and Nile Rogers “Get Lucky”
  • Nicki Minaj “Starships”
  • Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer “Give Me Everything”


  • fun. featuring Janelle Monáe “We Are Young”
  • B-52s “Love Shack”
  • Sean Kingston “Fire Burning”
  • Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger”
  • Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette “Hello”
  • Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell “Blurred Lines”
  • Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland “SexyBack”
  • Lady Gaga featuring Colby O’Donis “Just Dance”
  • One Direction “Best Song Ever”
  • Miley Cyrus “Party In The U.S.A.”
  • Shaggy featuring RikRok “It Wasn’t Me”
  • Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
  • Haddaway “What Is Love?”
  • TLC “No Scrubs”
  • Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris “We Found Love”
  • Nelly “Hot In Herre”
  • *NSYNC “It’s Gonna Be Me”
  • Ke$ha “TiK ToK”
  • Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  • Snoop Doggy Dogg “Gin and Juice”
  • R. Kelly “Ignition (Remix)”
  • Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
  • Spice Girls “Spice Up Your Life”
  • Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”
  • Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe”
  • Eiffel 65 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”
  • Ludacris featuring Pharrell “Money Maker”
  • Toto “Africa”
  • Aqua “Barbie Girl”
  • Kelly Clarkson “Since U Been Gone”
  • Pitbull “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”
  • Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX “I Love It”
  • Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”
  • LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
  • M.I.A. “Paper Planes”
  • Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Backstreet Boys “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz “Thrift Shop”
  • New Kids On The Block “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
  • Kendrick Lamar “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”
  • Britney Spears “Stronger”
  • Bon Jovi “Livin’ On A Prayer”
  • Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats”
  • Lil Jon & The East Side Boys featuring the Ying Yang Twins “Get Low”
  • LFO “Summer Girls”
  • Dexys Midnight Runners “Come On Eileen”
  • Katy Perry “Hot N Cold”
  • Dizzee Rascal featuring Armand Van Helden “Bonkers”
  • Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay “212”
  • City High “What Would You Do?”
  • Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar On Me”
  • The Darkness “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
  • Daft Punk “One More Time”


  • Baauer “Harlem Shake”
  • Jay-Z “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”
  • Robyn “Dancing On My Own”
  • Kelis “Milkshake”
  • Skrillex featuring Sirah “Bangarang”
  • Kid Cudi “Day ‘N’ Nite” [Crookers Remix]
  • Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”
  • Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
  • Ini Kamoze “Here Comes The Hotstepper”
  • Grimes “Oblivion”
  • M83 “Midnight City”
  • Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop”
  • Notorious B.I.G. “Hypnotize”
  • Robin S “Show Me Love”
  • Diplo featuring Nicky Da B “Express Yourself”
  • Lil Wayne “A Milli”
  • La Roux “Bulletproof”
  • Avicii “Levels”
  • Fatboy Slim “The Rockafeller Skank”
  • Ellie Goulding “Starry Eyed”
  • Dev “In The Dark”
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Heads Will Roll”
  • AlunaGeorge “You Know You Like It”
  • Sean Paul “Temperature”
  • Madonna “Hung Up”
  • Cypress Hill “Insane In The Brain”
  • Junior Senior “Move Your Feet”
  • MGMT “Time To Pretend”
  • Salt-N-Pepa “Push It”
  • Crystal Waters “100% Pure Love”
  • ATC “Around The World (La La La)”
  • Iggy Azalea “Work”
  • Cascada “Everytime We Touch”
  • Far East Movement featuring The Cataracs and Dev “Like A G6”
  • David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland “When Love Takes Over”
  • Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz “Beez In The Trap”
  • Alexandra Stan “Mr. Saxobeat”
  • Nero “Promises”
  • La Bouche “Be My Lover”
  • Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz “Mercy”
  • Goldfrapp “Strict Machine”
  • Eve featuring Gwen Stefani “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”
  • Shop Boyz “Party Like A Rock Star”
  • Real McCoy “Another Night”
  • Shakira “She Wolf”
  • Eric Prydz “Call On Me”
  • Solange “Losing You”
  • House Of Pain “Jump Around”
  • Mystikal “Shake Ya Ass”
  • Dirty Vegas “Days Go By”
  • M.I.A. “Bad Girls”
  • A$AP Rocky “Goldie”
  • Journey “Don’t Stop Believin'”

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