Summer’s coming, are you ready? You’re going to need some tunes to start the party and keep it going. So here are 13 indispensable party tracks for the summer of 2013—rapper teaming with country duo included. Click below to listen to the full set on Made Man’s Spotify.
“Started From the Bottom” by Drake
“Started From the Bottom” is the song that will have people lurching and jerking on the dance floor until the wee hours. The infectious, sideways twisted beat will get stuck in your brain for days and have you shaking your booty in your office chair just thinking about it.
“Wings” by Little Mix
From the second the horns kick in, you know you’ve got a bomb dance tune in the works. The beat is a stomper, so look for the ladies to be bouncing up and down before they’ve even cleaned the burgers off their paper plates. Think of Little Mix as 2013’s Spice Girls and then remember that, yes, you were known to lift a leg to their jams back in the day.
With its light R&B groove, “Suit and Tie” is perfect for taking things down a peg while keeping the party going. It’s smooth enough for adult conversation but funky enough for adult dancing.
“Remix (I Like The)” by New Kids on the Block
Don’t hate. This is a stone cold jam that will have you nostalgic for your wee years while also making booties bounce at your party. The kids have grown up and this classic R&B-influenced jam is the proof. What’s more, the ladies are going to love it. All you need to do is spend a little time indulging their tales of crushing on Joey McIntyre before leading them out to the dance floor to get better acquainted.
“Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake
Whether you’re having an outdoor barbecue or a grown-up cocktail party, this joint plays a key role your 2013 party mix. With its light R&B groove, it’s the perfect track for taking things down a peg or two while still keeping the party going. It’s smooth enough for adult conversation but funky enough for adult dancing.
“Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars
Listen, it’s 2013 and you just don’t have a party without a little Bruno Mars. Skip his most recent piano ballad and instead, hearken back to last autumn’s track, which fits much better during the summertime than it does when leaves are falling. It’s got an infectious beat that will have even the biggest of wallflowers moving around and feeling less self-conscious than ever.
“Cruise (Remix)” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly
They’re a little bit country, he’s a little bit R&B. This tune’s going to satisfy your friends from the South and the backwoods as much as your friends from the big cities. Mark our words: it’s going to be synonymous with tipping a few beers and watching the sun go down this summer.
“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
From the second that the piano hook drops, you know that this is one you’re going to remember for many summers to come. Macklemore might not be the critics’ darling, but your party guests are going to love it, even if they say otherwise.
“X You” by Avicii
No collection of summer fun songs would be complete without a little EDM. Avicii’s latest has dropped just in time for summer sun and fun. It’s a catchy, memorable track that’s perfect for a little dancing or just sitting back and having a conversation with friends over drinks.
“Endless Night” by Graveyard
A surprisingly upbeat number from the reigning kings of Swedish retro rock (sorry, Ghost BC), this is a great track to throw in when the crowd demands a rocker. The guitar tone is straight out of the summer of ’76, with clean vocals reminiscent of Robert Plant. Play this for your rock buddies and they’ll be talking about it around the water cooler on Monday.
“She Lied to the FBI” by The Alkaline Trio
Never mind that basically all their songs are suicide anthems of love and loss; the melodies and beats are so catchy that your partygoers aren’t going to notice. Throw this pop punk anthem on while you get the grill heated up and watch a bouncy energy cloak the crowd. It’s about a man going to jail for a woman, but no one will be the wiser.
“Full of Fire” by The Knife
The latest Knife album is honestly a bit of a downer of noisy electronic-influenced rock/rock-influenced electronica. The one high note? This funky little platter with a danceable groove straight out of 1983. It’s a bit weird but perfect for your friends who like weird. Add it to the mix and no one will miss a beat.
“Beyond the Flames” by Killswitch Engage
It’s metal, but it’s metal with melody and hooks to spare. Some of the ladies at your party might not be fans, but it’s a great way to get the energy going. This is a metal band with a decidedly modern sound and a track with a defiantly upbeat variety of anger.
“Better Off Now (That You’re Gone)” by Lady Antebellum
Country music is known more for weepy ballads and sob stories than upbeat numbers. This track is an exception. Sure, it’s a song about lost love. But rather than dwelling in the cellar of the lovelorn, it’s a triumphantly upbeat number about the one that did you a favor by getting away. Here’s to finding a far superior replacement around the bonfire while it plays in the background…