Trying to put together a New Year’s Eve playlist to welcome 2017 in style? Don’t worry; we have a great mix of suggestions for you!
From undeniable pop hits, to some slightly more underground suggestions, to oldies you won’t want to miss, here are our ideas for your New Year’s Eve playlist!
Let’s kick off with the more mainstream stuff!
Drake – One Dance (Listen on Spotify)
We have to kick off this list with Drake – the king of streaming. “One Dance” is one of the biggest hits of the year and turned Drake into the most streamed artist ever! “One Dance” was the first song to ever reach one BILLION plays on Spotify, so you can’t go wrong with this one.
Rihanna – Work ft. Drake
But Drake isn’t just a hit on his own – his collaboration with pop superstar Rihanna was one of the hottest tracks of the year. And that’s particularly amazing since no one can understand a word of what she’s singing!
Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For ft. Rihanna
Speaking of Rihanna – Just like Drake, the Barbados singer also lent her talents to another artist. Her track with electronic music producer Calvin Harris was everywhere this summer and is sure to bring back fond memories of those happy days in the sun.
DJ Snake – Let Me Love You ft. Justin Bieber
Another big electronic hit was this collaboration between DJ Snake and pop phenomenon Justin Bieber. A sure-fire way to get everybody moving!
Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl
And still on the summer vibes – you can’t go wrong with “This Girl”, by Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners. The catchy saxophone and bouncy bass line will get everybody on their feet in no time, while dreaming of sandy white beaches and clear blue water.
The Chainsmokers – Closer (Lyric) ft. Halsey
This American DJ duo already had a couple of hits under their belts, but they truly exploded with “Closer”. This song became their first number one single on the charts.
Sia – Cheap Thrills
There’s no stopping Sia and her winning streak of pop singles. Everything she touches turns to gold. “Cheap Thrills” has a great sing-along vibe and a great message everyone can relate to.
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Bruno Mars can do no wrong, with his undeniable talent, impeccable style and catchy pop hooks. This retro pop ditty didn’t quite achieve the same status as his massive hit “Uptown Funk”, but it’s absolutely infectious. Let the 80’s vibe take you over and let loose!
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
J.T. – what else is there to say? Dance your cares away with one of the catchiest and poppiest songs of the year. You really can’t stop the feeling on this one!
The Weeknd – I Feel It Coming (Listen on Spotify)
Another pop juggernaut that can do no wrong. The Weeknd initially came from a far moodier and more leftfield RnB sound, but has transformed himself into an absolute pop sensation over the last few years. “I Feel It Coming” is from his most recent album, “Starboy”, and is produced by the fantastic Daft Punk. It will instantly remind you of Michael Jackson in the best possible way.
If these 10 songs are too poppy and mainstream for you, why not try one the following suggestions?
These are all songs you can still move to, but that don’t necessarily get played on mainstream radio a lot:
The xx – On Hold
Up the cool factor with indie pop band The xx. “On Hold” is their latest single, from the upcoming album “I See You”. This is a great song to bop along to!
M83 – Do It, Try It
M83 surprised (and alienated) a lot of fans when they ditched their trademark electro sound and released a full album, called “Junk”, inspired by the 80’s. We think the new style is a perfect fit, what do you think?
Wild Beasts – Get My Bang
Amazing production, throbbing bass line and unique vocals make up this awesome Wild Beasts single, from their album “Boy King”. Impress all your friends with this song.
Justice – Safe And Sound
The electronic band released a new album, “Woman”, this year, and it’s full of songs that will get you on your feet. Get inspired by the disco influences of their first single off the album, “Safe And Sound”.
Flume – Never Be Like You ft. Kai
The Australian producer Flume continues to rise in popularity with his second album “Skin”. “Never Be Like You” was the infectious lead single, with vocals by Kai.
Glass Animals – Youth
Inspired by a woman coming to terms with a terrible loss, this song by Glass Animals might not be the most obvious choice for a party. But the incredibly catchy chorus and upbeat melody will have everone bopping along to it.
Die Antwoord – Banana Brain
And if you really want to make a big impression then you can’t go wrong with Die Antwoord. The South African rap-rave group has been making waves with their crazy songs and edgy videos ever since they came out, and it’s no different with their latest album “Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid”. “Banana Brain” was the first single off the record.
Apart from some great songs released this year, 2016 was also a year of great musical losses. Some iconic artists passed away and it’s only fitting to pay them some sort of tribute. Here are three suggestions:
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
The greatest chameleon of pop, Bowie, was a true artist who broke down musical, artistic and gender barriers with his clever song writing and aesthetics. And he could really make you move as well – just listen to his classic song “Let’s Dance” if you need proof!
George Michael – Freedom! ‘90
It’s hard to pick just one song from British pop king George Michael. “Careless Whisper” was a really close contender, but we ultimately chose “Freedom! ‘90” for its inspiring message and for the turning point it represented in Michael’s own irreverent career.
Prince – Purple Rain
Even though it’s not exactly a party song – come on! There’s no way you can skip this amazing Prince classic. The perfect song to close off the dance floor. Everyone will be slow dancing and singing along.
Now bring on 2017!