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Christmas time is the party season, and the ultimate test is to arrange music which will suit everyone from kids to grandparents. Follow my guide and you can't go wrong!! Basically there are categories of songs which contribute to a great party!! 1) *** Dance Routine Songs *** These are the ones which the kids can learn and the teenagers know (but won't admit it) and the young at heart love! Everyone can join in, here's a selection: Black Lace Classics - The Music Man - Agadoo - Superman Gap Band - Oops upside your head Rocky Horror - Time Warp Village People - YMCA BeeGees / Steps - Tragedy Jackson Five - Blame it on the Boogie Whigfield - Saturday Night Sweet - Wig Wam Bam The Firm - Star Trekkin The Birdy Song Locomotion The Conga 2) ***The Wave Your Hands in the Air Songs*** Sing as loud as you can ? link arms with your mates and get sentimental! The Monkees - Daydream Believer Robbie Williams - Angels ABBA ? Dancing Queen Jeff Beck ? Hi-ho Silver Lining - Love is in the Air ***The Christmas Classics*** Get into the Christmas Spirit I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid ***The Current/Recent Dance Hits*** Time to show off your dance moves! Kylie Minogue ? Can?t Get You Outta My Head SClub7 ? Don?t Stop Movin Pied Piper ? Do you really like it Daniel Bedingfield ? I?m gonna get through this Supermen Lovers ? Starlight ***The 60s Classics*** Lulu ? Shout (could also feature in jump around category) The Who ? My Generation Beach Boys ? Surfin USA ***The 70s Classics*** Synchronised dancing again folks!! Bee Gees ? Saturday Night F
ever or Stayin Alive ABBA ? Waterloo or Mamma Mia Weather Girls ? It?s Raining Men Jackson 5 ? I want you back Rose Royce ? Carwash Donna Summer ? Hot Stuff Queen ? Bohemian Rhapsody The Grease Megamix ***The 80s Classics*** Wham ? Wake me up before you Gogo The Bangles ? Walk Like an Egyptian Deelite ? Groove is in the Heart Soft Cell ? Tainted Love Frankie Goes to Hollywood ? Relax Bon Jovi ? Livin on a Prayer ***The 90s Classics*** Spice Girls ? Wannabe or Who Do You Think You Are Take That ? Relight My Fire Five ? Keep on Movin Chesney Hawkes ? The One and Only Vanilla Ice ? Ice Ice Baby Salt n Pepa ? Push It MC Hammer ? Don?t Touch This ***The Jump Around Like a Nutter Songs*** House of Pain ? Jump Around Toni Basil ? Hey Mickey Madness ? Baggy Trousers Robbie Williams ? Let Me Entertain You Nirvana ? Smells Like Teen Spirit Blur ? Song 2 ***The One?s You Can Smooch To*** Eric Claption ? You Look Wonderful Tonight Well that?s it we don?t want to much smooching we want partying!! So the above are what I believe are the vital ingredients for a successful Xmas and New Years Eve Party. Have funxxx Ps Sorry if I?ve missed your favourite tunes out!!
I like ice t He is the best man for music but when I go to a party at christmas then I like to hear other songs that make me feel all nice and christmassy my friend said that Iam a bit of a woosy pinhead for liking christma s music but it makes me dance What I have done right now is to write a list of songs I like to hear if iam at a christmas party Oops upside you head by the gap band This is really good for doing the oops upside your head sitting on the floor gaME Dancing on the ceiling by lionel richie This song is really groovy Breakdance party by break machine This is so I can show all the older people how to pop lock and general break Apache by michael viners incredible bongo band The best song in the world that has bongo drums in it Mr blobby by mr blobby This song always reminds me about how mr blobby used to be really funny and cool Ymca by the village people This is really good because everyboddy knows how to do the special dance to go with the song and the same with macerana and Saturday night by whigfeild Can can by bad manners I like to kick my legs really high Hey hey we are the monkees It is really funny to do the monkees walk when you put your arms around each other and do the funny walk and sometime we all fall over I cannot remember anymore because I have got a bit of a headache but the songs I have listed are the ones I most want to hear at christmas I think that I will be going to about 2 partys this christmas and I will buy myself a brand new jumper to wear I might drink some champagne if there is some there but not to much because the last time I had some drink to make me dizzy I burned my leg on a chip frier
I don't really have an album or a playlist of songs I'd like to hear for Xmas, but if I was in charge of an Xmas compilation by a label for people like myself, I'm sure I'd include atleast these gems, even though their relevance to Xmas is pretty much equal to zero. Manic Street Preachers: You Stole The Sun From My Heart - This is such a happy song really. It's kind of like New Order in the percussion department, with an uplifting tune and lyrics. It's good because you don't want to depress yourself over Xmas. But if you are or want to make yourself feel worse (feels good when you feel bad to me, ironically), some earlier Manix stuff may be of interest. Green Day: Minority - One of the tracks from Green Day's latest offering, and it's a happy little ditty about non-conformity. It's basically love-yourself-cos-you're-better-than-the-next-person-so-realise-it type song. Lovely. Metallica: Die, Die My Darling (Misfits cover) - This is just basic punk rock of the comedy horror kind. I like it because it's fun, fast and energetic. Probably a good workout inducer after Xmas loafing maybe. Echo & The Bunnymen: Don't Let It Get You Down - This is a very grand sounding guitar song with a lot of optimism preached in it, delivered by a man who's voice along speaks wisdom, as does his words, and does his band - class! (South Park's) Terrence & Phillip: Uncle F**ker - It's only just over a minute, but swearing is big, clever and fun, as is farting, and it makes you childishly happy and immature; and I like that a lot! The Smashing Pumpkins: Once Upon A Time - This song from 'Adore' is actually quite Xmassy with it's jingling bells, and it's both musically and lyrically warm and touching, and so has to go in there. Mogwai: Christmas Song (or Xmas Steps, a different song) - The title alone suggests that it has to go in some form of Xmas
compilation, and aptly it's also rather warm and Xmassy sounding. Crank it up when it starts to snow (highly unlikely). Mr Oizo: Flat Beat - Furry yellow Levi selling puppets headbanging to a cool and catchy bass line rings my bell, baby. Gay Dad: Joy! - Whatever happened to Gay Dad, eh? Well, I quite liked their album (yeah, I bought it, and it was good, though not 'enough' to justify the over-your-head hype), and aswell as debut single 'To Earth With Love', this number's a nice disposable ditty of disco glam pop, indeed. Depeche Mode: Waiting For The Night - This musically could remind you of snow falling. Well, whatever it does it's beautiful, and serene and ambient and hypnotic. It numbs you, it's amazing! Nine Inch Nails: Underneath It All - A short number of elasticy industrial noise fuzz, and I like it. A lot. Good soundtrack to a headache or hangover maybe? Though maybe not advisable to hear during that exact time. Robbie Williams: Rock DJ - This is so crap isn't it? All compilation albums are crap, so I have to atleast inject one crap thing, so here's one I can think of, and here it goes. Hope you enjoy this. It's not available in the shops or anywhere - but the individual artists and labels will be happy if you buy the individual records, and you'll find more things to discuss with me. Bye!
While there is a lot of Christmas compilation CD’s in the shops at the moment (Platinum Christmas, Now The Christmas Album, etc) you can guarantee that if you buy one they’ll be at least one song on there that you can’t stand, ruling out the option of just sticking it in the stereo and leaving it to play through. So, I have found that the best option is to make your own compilation tapes, with the order and everything worked out before hand, or spend some time downloading some mp3’s and make up a Christmas Party play-list. But what music should you put on? The first problem with those annul Family bashes, is that there’ll be lots of different people, their ages ranging from 5 to 95 and their musical tastes ranging from hard rock to pop. To keep everyone happy I firstly suggest that you play music from all the decades from the 50’s (Elvis), right through the 60’s (the Beatles), the 70’s (Abba), the 80’s (Madonna) and the 90’s (the Spice Girls, Take That), right up to modern day (Craig David and Westlife. Also, S Club 7 and Steps recommended for the kids. ‘Tragedy’ is a party must!), and secondly that you play a variety of different genres, making sure there’s something for everyone. The next problem is playing the right songs at the right time. After all, you can’t sip sherry and have a decent conversation with your favourite Auntie with Oasis blaring in the background. So, here’s my basic guide. At the start of your party people are still arriving and everybody else will be standing around talking, admiring each others dresses, picking at the finger-food, etc, so begin the party with quiet music. I recommend jazz, soul or R ‘n’ B for a peaceful atmosphere. Next do the songs with a faster tempo (latin, pop, soft rock, etc) to get everybody up on the dance floor. Save the REALLY wild ones (rock, punk, da
nce/club, etc) later when the kids are in bed, Granny’s gone home and most people are very drunk. I promise it’ll make some wonderfully humiliating photos to pass round next Christmas! Also, don’t forget the all-important slushy tracks (Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’), the cheesy sing along and silly dancing songs (Village People’s ‘YMCA’ and Whigfield’s ‘Saturday Night’ for starters) and of course the Christmas numbers to get you in the festive mood. Nobody particularly likes all the traditional carols, especially at a party, but you can’t really go wrong with Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ and Wizzard’s ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ and Diana Ross’s ‘White Christmas’ is a classic. For a twist play old songs done by new artists. I particularly like Macy Gray’s ‘Winter Wonderland’, off the Christmas Ally McBeal CD and Christina Aguilera’s version of ‘Silent Night’ off her latest album. As well as all these throw in a few of your favourite tracks and all the long-established celebration tunes. My personal Party favourites include: Michael Jackson – Thriller The Wannadies - The You and Me song Tom Jones – Sexbomb Spice Girls – Who do You Think You Are? The Wannadies – You and Me Song Madonna – Music Abba – Dancing Queen Robbie Williams – Let Me Entertain You, Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing Ricky Martin – Livin’ Lavida Loca John Travolta and Olivia Newton John – the ‘Grease’ melody Eiffel 65 - Blue Lou Reed – Perfect Day Chumbawamba – Tubthumping Stereophonics – Just Looking Britney Spears – Baby One More Time Prodify – Firestarter And many, many more
… Follow this opinion as a guideline and you’ll have the perfect party, so have fun!!
If you are like me and enjoy the magic of christmas,imagine this! Your sitting beside the crackling open fire with s glass of your favourite drink listening to some really festive music. You glance outside and its snowing which gives you this warm feeling inside. Your children are all in bed dreaming of santa. Peace is all around,you relax close your eyes and get carried away to the sounds of.... White christmas-Bing crosby Winter wonderland-Al green Frosty the snowman-Jackson 5 Joy to the world-The four seasons Let it snow-Doris day Away in a manger-Take 6 Walking in the air-Aled jones O little town of bethlehem-Willie nelson Christmas alphabet-dickie valentine The first noel-andy williams Jingle bells-jim reeves Marys boy child-harry belafonte Holly and the ivy-alex de grassi I believe-robson and jerome In the bleak midwinter-pierce pettis Peace on earth/little drummer boy-david bowie and bing crosby Many many more,infact 39 brilliant christmas tracks.This great compilation called The Best Crristmas Ever will give the whole family a warm heart. A must have for a happy christmas and a Wonderful new year!
Well, it's that time of year again. I'm one of the annoying people that start playing Christmas music in October (I hear you all moaning!) but I can't help getting excited for this wonderful time of year and what more to satisfy my needs than my fave Christmas tunes. Here they are but in no particular order. 1. Slade - Merry Christmas Everyone 2. Wham - Last Christmas 3. John + Yoko - Happy Christmas(War is over) 4. Mike Oldfield - In Dulci Jubilo 5. Paul McCartney - Wondeful Christmas 6. Dean Martin - Let It Snow 7. Nat King Cole - Christmas Song 8. Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone 9. Roy Wood & Wizzard - Merry Christmas 10. Pogues and Kirsty McCall - Fairy Tale of New York. Some others that I like nearly as much Gary Glitter - Rock N Roll Christmas Elton John - Step Into Christmas Jonah Lewie - Stop The Cavalry.
As a bit of a record anorak-turned-DJ (now retired - sort of) for more years than I care to remember, one of the things I've always loved about Christmas is dusting down the records that always have to be tucked away come the new year to wait for the next festive season. In the last few years, the choice of Christmas compilation CDs has been mind-boggling, and from mid-November you can't walk into the average HMV, Virgin megastore or Woolies without tripping over a brightly coloured rack laden with same. But with advances in technology, why not compile your own rather than pick up one of the ready-mades and complain "Why have they left out such-and-such?" and "What on earth is THAT doing on it?" And it does mean that you can ring the changes to include a little something for everyone, from the 70s tinsel tunes, to the nostalgia of Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, and even a few traditional carols from that well-worn vinyl album recorded at King's College Cambridge which your grandparents bought circa 1950. (I still have one of those, on chunky HMV with the old scarlet and gold label and that painting of Nipper the terrier). Or you could also take a few selections from the series of 'A Very Special Christmas' albums launched a few years ago by Jimmy Iovine, known best for producing artists like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. These are an interesting variation on the old theme, as they feature contemporary acts performing old Christmas songs, alternatively hymns and standards. The fifth album in this sequence, most of which was recorded live last year at the White House, features artists like Macy Gray, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (naturally), and a duet with Wyclef Jean & Stevie Wonder. It's all in a good cause, as royalties go to the Olympics Disabled fund. Going back to Christmas oldies, I always like popping in the odd rarity. Hands up anyone who's ever seen a c
ompilation album with the Kinks' 'Father Christmas' (1977) or Yes members Chris Squire & Alan White's 'Run With the Fox' (1981) on, because I haven't. My original 45s of those two are probably not that common these days. Also as a 'Minder' fan, I can never resist sneaking in Dennis Waterman & George Cole's 'What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors'. If you're putting music together for a party, you don't want non-stop Christmas stuff, of course. Depending on the age group, a decent batch of oldies from the days of 'Rock Around the Clock' onwards - rock'n'roll, 60s, 70s, 80s - never goes amiss. 'Anarchy in the UK' might be a bit politically sensitive though. Stick with 'Hi Ho Silver Lining' and 'Rockin' All Over The World' - everybody knows the choruses. 'The Locomotion', either by Kylie or (preferably) the original Little Eva version, and 'Let's Dance' by Chris Montez, go together like the proverbial horse and carriage. Or, continuing on the festive theme, there's always 'A Merry Jingle' by the Greedies, a one-off 1979 Christmas single featuring members of Thin Lizzy and surviving (S)ex Pistols - one of the few punk or heavy metal records you can play at a party for all ages and get away with. Don't forget the much-maligned 'Birdie Song' or those Black Lace Party albums. A few glasses of punch and everybody will be grinning inanely as soon as they recognise the first few bars of 'Superman'. Play them too early and you'll get mutters of "Do you have to?" or worse. Show you've done your homework by giving 'In The Mood' a quick airing. And if you still have Slade's 'Crackers' party album (first out in 1985 and since reissued on CD in slightly different form, though it may be elusive), the final track is a corker. 'Auld Lang Syne' begins in
appropriately reverential fashion up to the end of the chorus, before Noddy and the lads decide they'll throw in a burst of 'You'll Never Walk Alone', followed by an endearingly raucous rocked-up 'Auld Lang Syne'. Robbie Burns would never have approved...well, he might. Another record hard to find nowadays is George Harrison's 'Ding Dong' ("Ring out the old, ring in the new"). A single in 1974 from the poorly-selling 'Dark Horse', EMI's 'Best of George' omitted it for some strange reason, but if you can lay hands on it, that is THE record to work in to your new year's eve bash at the obvious time. Abba's 'Happy New Year', from the LP 'Super Trouper', which I would have thought an obvious choice for a single at the time, is also recommended, though its slow tempo makes it a tune to smooch rather than party to. Being a child of the late 60s, 70s and early 80s, it's time I name-checked ten of my festive faves and took my leave. ("About time too!" I hear you say). 'I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday' - Roy Wood & Wizzard; 'Merry Xmas Everybody' - Slade; 'Step Into Christmas' - Elton John; 'Wombling Merry Christmas' - The Wombles; 'Lonely This Christmas' - Mud; 'I Believe in Father Christmas' - Greg Lake; 'In Dulci Jubilo' - Mike Oldfield; 'Ring Out, Solstice Bells' - Jethro Tull; 'Do They Know it's Christmas' - Band Aid; 'Thank God it's Christmas' - Queen. I've left out Jona Lewie, Shakin' Stevens, John and Yoko, Paul McCartney, the Pogues with Kirsty, East 17, and all those Christmas songs by Sir Cliff Richard, but I expect you spotted them yourself. Happy Christmas, and have a good Yuletide boogie.
Buying a compilation Christmas album is a tricky thing to do. There are so many variants that come so close to deserving your hard-earned money, yet fail cause they're missing that 'must have' track. Each year I attempt to buy one and fail miserably. Perhaps Napster could be the answer but this is not a very festive alternative. Seasonal tunes are strange, artists that normally create nauseous reactions have merry little ditties that are dear to me (Wham for example). Anyway until that perfect album comes into being I won't be shelling out. My top 10 Yuletide favourites are in no particular order. 1) I was born on Christmas day - Tim Burgess and St. Etienne. 2) Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewis. 3) Fairytale of New York - The Pogues. 4) Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC. 5) Last Christmas - Wham. 6) I believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake. 7) Pipes of Peace - Paul McCartney. 8) Do they know its Christmas - Band Aid. 9) War is over - John Lennon. 10) Winter Wonderland - The Cocteau Twins. Jeepster records are bringing out a Christmas compilation this year so maybe this year my quest could be at an end. Update: The Jeepster album is called 'It's a cool cool Christmas'. Brilliant album well worth buying for at least half a dozen stone cold Christmas classics. Check out 'Little Drummer Boy' by the Dandy Warhols, 'Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland' by Grandaddy or 'Just like Christmas' by Low and you have 3 more standard bearers for the best season of them all. Happy Holidays!!!