Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Prom and Homecoming Music list format guide and 2016 popular school dance song list

So the fall 2016 season has hit and it's time to start putting together your DJ music list for those proms and homecoming dances. Building a music list that's appropriate and also really keeps the crowd happy is definitely a challenge. You've been through website after website for teen music lists, high school and middle school DJ song lists and more. We have some song help and tips to make your crowd move to the beat for that high school dance, middle school dance and even college dance formals.

Any school dance is going to have a mix of tastes and styles of songs. You've got your hip hop and rap crowd, your heavy rock crowd, electronic and dubstep music crowd and even Latin music crowd. Having a variety playlist that focuses heavily on the majority and of course fits in what the other crowds are listening for is exactly what you want. You also want to incorporate the usual line dance songs too. Even for you DJs out there this is a great guide to keep you in tune with how to keep your dance floor crowd happy.

The format that is fairly standard at many schools for a music request list is beginning of the evening pop and moderate paced hip hop songs, working your way into the top hits, hip hop and pop dance type songs, throw in a line dance every 4-5 songs, a slow dance every 5-6 songs and in between that an electronic and a rock song. Here's a breakdown of a proven method we use for over 100 school dances a year. We will breakdown examples

Top 40 pop songs beginning,  2-3 hip hop songs, 1-2 pop songs, rap song, 1-2 electronic dance style song, line dance, (your choice; Latin song or rock song) then start all over.

(Make sure you have RADIO EDITED MUSIC) Most schools we know of expect clean content.

Below is a song example and at the very bottom I will have a list of some popular 2016 below this.

Major Lazer Cold Water, Twenty One Pilots Stressed out, The Weeknd Can't feel my face, Justin Timberlake Can't stop the feeling, Pitbull Fireball, Flo Rida My house, Fifth Harmony Work from home, Meghan Trainor No, Sia Cheap Thrills, Drake Jumpman, Martin Garrix Animals, Cupid Shuffle, Elvis Crespo Suavemente, then add in a slow song maybe; Ed Sheeran Thinking out loud.

Then start the process over with the next line of songs. Now of course you can mix it up and add more songs, less songs, your own picks and whatever works for the students. This is just an idea of a good format that works. Below are some great selections for songs to keep your dance crowd happy.

Silento - Watch me whip
Cha Cha slide
The wobble
Hit the Quan
Lean & Dabb

Chainsmokers - Closer
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Drake - Jumpman
Rihanna & Drake - Work
Flo Rida - GDFR
Rihanna - This is what you came for
Mike Posner - I took a pill in Ibiza
Pitbull - El Taxi
Shawn Mendes - Stitches
Desiigner - Panda
Chainsmokers - Roses
 Flo Rida - Low (Apple bottom jeans)
D.R.A.M - Broccoli
Fall Out Boy - Uma Thurman
DNCE - Cake by the Ocean
Drake - One Dance
Meghan Trainor - No
Calvin Harris - How deep is your love
Chainsmokers - Don't let me down
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
Rihanna - Needed me
DRake - Controlla
Lil Jon - Turn down for what
Gente De Zona - La Gozadera
Future - Wicked
Lil Dicky - Save day money
Pitbull - Fireball
J Balvin - Ginza
Kiiara - Gold
Drake - Too good
Skrillex - Where are you now
David Guetta - Hey mama
Wiz Khalifa - See you again
Natalie La Rose - Somebody
Nicki Minaj - Truffle Butter
Justin Bieber - Sorry
Drake - Hotline Blong

You can add in some other classics from the early 2000s as well but these are popular on the charts. Enjoy and happy Prom, Homecoming and School Dance planning out there!


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