15 of the Best Songs for Your Club Music Playlist
We all have go-to playlists for various activities in our lives, and we’re willing to bet that several club mix songs have found their way into many of them. Upbeat and high-tempo, dance songs release an endorphin rush as soon as the music picks up.
A good night club song doesn’t just make you want to get up on the dance floor (or at your work station); it’s an instant motivator and mood-booster. If you’re trying to find music to lift spirits and motivate your crew, there’s no better choice.
However, when curating a playlist, it’s not as easy as throwing all your favorites together. What you like in a club song may not be everyone’s cup of tea. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of crowd-pleasers for a club music playlist. These songs are sure to get everyone’s spirits up.
A Reason to Party
Music is a big part of our lives — sometimes more than we realize. Happy songs make you feel light and optimistic, while sad songs sit with you as you wallow. It’s true that listening to music has a big impact on our mood. One survey found that most people use music to improve motivation and focus. Or, people play music in the background as a means of regulating mood and easing stress. Across cultures, people have used music to accompany social events for centuries.
So why should you use dance mix songs in your business? For one, it’s a great way to keep boredom away and increase motivation. Being an instant mood-booster, club dance music will ensure everyone has a good time. Your employees will associate these positive feelings with your business. Accompanying a launch event with some popular dance songs creates a fun and exciting vibe. If you play club music in your store on weekends, you’ll drum up customer interest while making people want to spend more time (and money!) scanning the aisles.
Club music can also have a positive internal effect. Imagine an office party with drab music playing in the background. Everyone will want to pull their teeth out. Change to a club music playlist on a casual Friday afternoon and allow your employees to decompress from the week.
Club Music Playlist Must-Haves
We’ve scanned the apps and top lists to compile some of the most popular night club songs across decades that you can play in almost every setting.
- Happy - Pharrel Williams
“Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do,” the lyrics say, and that’s exactly what everyone listening to this song will do when the song carries them along. Whatever they do, this song makes everyone want to move: even U.S. presidents. Pharrell Williams originally wrote this song for the animated film Despicable Me 2, but it exploded as a global hit.
- Need U (100%) - Duke Dumont
Every dance music lover will instantly recognize the name of English electronic dance musician Duke Dumont. As one of the most original and exciting dance music producers, he creates magic for clubs, festival stages, and office parties alike. The mix of soul and dance in this song makes it a hit among people of all ages. We recommend it because it has a tempo that builds until everyone is either bobbing their heads, tapping their feet, or full-on dancing.
- Bulletproof - La Roux
A high-tempo, sing-along song, this synthpop classic is perfect for a club music mix. However, despite its popularity, it is not an obvious choice, so your audience won’t feel as if it is overplayed. It is also a great way to slip in some early 2000s to the party. Everyone will appreciate the variety.
- Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
All the best dance club mix songs have some soul influence in them, and this song is no exception. An international smash hit and the breakout single that put alternative/soul group Gnarls Barkley on the map, “Crazy” is a song that will set the tone for a fun and upbeat afternoon, party, or event.
- Call Me Maybe -Carly Rae Jepsen
If you’re looking for a song that will get everyone singing along, “Call Me Maybe” is your go-to. From her high-pitched voice to the catchy chorus, this pop song was made for the dance floor (and any other setting where you need to enliven the crowd.) A fun fact: this song was initially written as a folk song before it was rewritten as pop.
- Hideaway -Kiesza
Inspired by 1990s dance music, “Hideaway” is an uptempo pop, dance, and deep house song. In addition to its hypnotic beat, this song has a deep bass and drums that will get everyone’s head bobbing. The lyrics are simple too, which means more people singing along and enjoying themselves.
- Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars
“Uptown Funk” is described as a “funk-pop, soul, boogie, disco-pop, Minneapolis soundtrack, with a light EDM influence.” All of these genres are sure to get people moving, so you can imagine what a mash-up like this is bound to do when you play it. What’s more, the video choreography is heavily influenced by 1980s funk, the type of dancing that people can do in groups.
- Beat It - Michael Jackson
He wasn’t nicknamed the “King of Pop” for no reason; Michael Jackson’s music still gets people moving to this day. “Beat It” can only be described as a masterpiece of pop music, yet it also has heavy rock influences. Either way, the result was a much-loved hit. This signature track appeared on Jackson's mega-selling album, Thriller.
- I’m Coming Out - Diana Ross
Though released in the 80s, this song remains a club hit to this day. Today, “I’m Coming Out” has become an anthem for the LGBTQ community. But they aren’t the only ones singing the catchy lyrics out loud. Many movies use this bop in their soundtracks.
- Shake it Off - Taylor Swift
This song is so infectious that everyone will be humming, singing, or shimmying to it. Even though the song came out in 2014, it’s still capable of instantly lifting the mood in any scene. Viral videos on Tiktok, covers, and remixes are still released to this day, so you’ll have plenty of options to add to your dance club mix if you want to change it up.
- Like a Prayer - Madonna
Turn it up and lose yourself to 80s and 90s pop bliss. “Like a Prayer” was the icon of the rave scene at the time and continues to cause euphoria on dance floors. This confessional anthem is loved for its catchy hooks and soulful tune, which, coupled with Madonna’s voice, always makes everyone want to sing along.
- This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
Released as the lead single from Montell Jordan’s debut album of the same name, this song has everything that a party needs: an infectious beat, crunching breaks, and a rave-along chorus. The song represents the rap-soul style that was popular at the time and has continued to influence hip hop music today.
- Single Ladies - Beyoncé
Beyonce is the undisputed queen of the modern R&B music scene, but that doesn’t mean that her music is out of place in a club music mix. This song caused a frenzy when it was released back in 2008 and is still quite popular: There’s a reason it won a Grammy for Song of The Year in 2010. A bouncing beat, funky dance moves, and Beyonce’s powerful voice will do the trick at any party.
- DJ Got Us Falling In Love - Usher ft. Pitbull
We can’t talk about songs with a mass appeal without mentioning this joint effort from R&B maestro Usher and dancehall artist Pitbull. This song is a popular option for any playlist, whether it be a party or a soundtrack for your business. It has a catchy, upbeat tune, sultry vocals, and dance influences that resonate with fans from all over.
- Hey Ya - Outkast
This banger was years ahead of its time upon its release in 2003 and will remain timeless forever. One of the hits from Outkast’s Speakerboxxx / The Love Below double album, “Hey Ya” hit the top spot in music charts worldwide. The song is a vibrant production that blends rock, soul, and pop. It’s one of the most surefire party-starters in any night club music mix.
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