Arguably the most important thing at any party is the music. In fact, a party isn’t a party without the music. This makes your music playlist the single most essential item on your party planning to-do list. Here are a few tips on how to create the perfect party playlist to please any crowd.
How much music
The ideal length of the playlist will depend on how long you expect your party to be – you don’t want the playlist to hit repeat. And while having a longer playlist is important, you also want a carefully crafted playlist, which means you can’t just plug in your music library and hit shuffle. Plan for at least 3 to 4 hours worth of music, and whatever you do, stay away from the shuffle button.
The weather is warm, most people are in holiday mode and having a good time, so try and keep the playlist upbeat and summery. Play the latest summer chart hits, as well as those from the last couple of summers, then mix it up with some summer themed classics. The mood and theme of the party will determine which of the hits and classics you choose, but don’t be scared to throw in a couple of surprises.
Keep the flow
How the playlist flows from one track into another can be the difference between a good playlist and a great one. You want tracks to flow into one another, so listen to the rhythm of the tracks when putting them together. The same goes for the overall mood – ease into the playlist by starting off mellow, then gradually increasing the tempo as the party gets going, then start dropping the tempo as the party starts dying down.
Decide what you’re going to use to play the music, whether it be a sound system, your computer or MP3 player. Choose whichever one gives you the most control and that requires the least supervision, because you don’t want to be sitting at your computer or in front of your MP3 player the whole evening. However, pay attention to people’s reaction to the music – if everyone seems bored, it’s time to skip ahead and mix it up.
Love thy neighbour
Be considerate to your neighbours, and check the noise levels to make sure that you don’t get an angry, half asleep neighbour knocking on your door at 2 in the morning because the bass in the music is making his windows rattle. When you compile the playlist, ensure you tone things down a notch towards the end of the playlist.
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