With 2012 now upon us, it seems like a good time to look back at what newer music has been filling our dance floors this past year--for wedding receptions as well as school dances and college events. This isn't a list of the best songs of 2011, as we aren't in the business of being music critics (we're in the business of throwing great parties). These are 10 really fun, high energy songs that get us dancing behind the DJ booth every time!
10. Pumped Up Kicks (Skeet Skeet Remix) - Foster The People
Really didn't like this song when it came out, but it grew on me--especially this particular remix version.
9. Honey Bee - Blake Shelton
We're in Iowa, so a little bit of country is mandatory--this is one my favorites of the year.
8. Give Me Everything - Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo
This starts out a little bit weak in terms of dance-ability, but once it builds to the beat it's hard not to start dancing--a great party song!
7. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
Good song--just wish the video didn't feature so much nude colored spandex so I could play it at school dances with our big screen video system.
6. Last Friday (T.G.I.F) - Katy Perry
Call this one a guilty pleasure... hard not to sing along.
5. Tonight Tonight (Andrew Goldstein Remix) - Hot Chelle Rae
This is a song that I really liked when I first heard it, but felt it was a little bit weird to dance to. This remix version fixes that, without ruining the feel of the song like some remixes do.
4. Country Girl (Shake it For Me) - Luke Bryan
Best country dance song since "Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy"? That's a pretty bold statement, but I'd say it might be at least debatable. Gets me tapping my toes every time!
3. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris
This one came out earlier in the year so it's somewhat less popular now... but it's hard to argue with a great dance beat + Ludacris.
2. Where Them Girls At - David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida
Another big dance beat with super-catchy vocals over the top--really sort of underrated IMO.
1. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
If you hung out with me at all this year, you probably had this one figured out from the beginning. I knew this one was going to be big when I first heard it... I know I forced more than a few people to listen to it if they hadn't heard it yet, and it was high in the rotation to get played at practically every event I DJed. Though it's getting to the point of being a bit overplayed now, it's still far and away the best new dance song of the year.
Sidenote: I've been a Seattle Mariner's fan for years, and one "Party Rock" hilight for me this year included seeing the grounds crew at Safeco Field drop their rakes and do the dance around 2nd base during the 7th inning stretch! Totally random and totally awesome!
Agree? Disagree? Agree to disagree? Comment and let me know what your top 10 are!