You’re leaving the bar but that doesn’t mean the night has to end. In fact, things are just getting started. Music will help fuel this fledgling after party, so make sure you have the tunes to keep you and your fellow late-nighters in the mood to take advantage of the remaining moonlight. This playlist should get the job done. Click the button below to listen to the full set on Made Man’s Spotify.
1. “I Love It” by Icona Pop
It’s important to build your momentum right at the start of this post-party celebration, so get things moving with Icona Pop’s upbeat and all-too-catchy “I Love It.”
2. “My World” by Iggy Azalea
The after party isn’t for children, and neither is Iggy Azaelea. That’s why the Australian rapper’s signature sexpot style and lyrical attitude are the perfect fit for a late-night rendezvous with debauchery, and why the heavy, slow-rolling vibe of “My World” should be played at full volume.
Iggy Azalea’s sexpot style and lyrical attitude are the perfect fit for a late-night rendezvous with debauchery.
3. “Gold” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Change things up a little with the fun flows and vibrant beats of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. “Gold” is guaranteed to elevate the mood and maybe even launch an off-tune group rap session once you and your crew get the chorus down.
4. “Opposite of Adults” by Chiddy Bang
MGMT’s “Kids” adorned the soundtrack of many a memorable party when it first debuted. Two years later Chiddy Bang reshaped the track (and cleverly renamed it) into a rousing rap anthem that delivers the same pounding beat and spirited atmosphere as the original, fused with a heavy serving of hip-hop cool.
5. “Cheers (Drink To That)” by Rihanna
Few tracks raise glasses quite as well as this party-ready Rihanna number. Turn it up and grab your bottle of choice.
6. “Keep Up With You” by Teenage Bad Girl
Electronic music sounds best at night, particularly while you have a drink in your hand and a group of fellow partiers in your immediate vicinity. Teenage Bad Girl’s fast-paced “Keep Up With You” will kick things up a notch and leave your fingertips vibrating long after the last hint of synth has trickled from the speakers.
Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser demonstrates proper late night party form.
7. “I Fink U Freeky” by Die Antwoord
Things tend to get weird around this time of night. It’s not that nothing good happens after 2 am, it’s just that you have to adjust your senses slightly to appreciate the experience. So adjust accordingly with the unabashed weirdness of Die Antwoord. The South African rap-rave duo’s latest single blends hip-hop and dancehall electronica into an odd, infectious and completely appealing package that’s right at home on an after-party playlist.
8. “Shuffle a Dream” by Little Dragon
After Die Antwoord, cool off with a dose of Little Dragon. Singer Yukimi Nagano’s smooth vocals play off sparse instrumentals to create a sound that’s just right for a brief lull in the festivities.
9. “Higher Ground” by TNGHT
Of course that lull shouldn’t last too long, and TNGHT is here to throw you right back into go-mode. “Higher Ground” is trap-rave in its latest and greatest incarnation, a series of looped vocal shards and rolling snares overlaid with gut-throbbing bass and a deep synth horn that seems to yell “get up, the night is young” with every blast.
10. “Peso” by A$AP Rocky
The fast-rising rapper just released his debut album, but it’s this track off his blogger-adored 2011 mixtape that we recommend for your after-party purposes. The slow beat lets Rocky’s smooth flow shine, and the R&B-influenced chorus lends a chill vibe to the entire production.
11. “Celebrate + Finale” by Lifesavas
It has the word “celebrate” right in the title, which is exactly what you’ll want to keep doing once you hit play on this track from underground Portland hip-hop outfit Lifesavas.
12. “Young Blood” by The Naked and the Famous
Thanks to the pervasive power of pop music, you and your friends have heard this catchy indie-electro track more times than you can count. That makes it the perfect end point for this playlist, because the crew can rally around a familiar song that still elicits a rousing, feel-good response two years after its initial release.
Honorary Mention: “Delancey” by TiDUS
If it was available on Spotify, this track would’ve topped this list. Alas, it’s still only on YouTube. Enjoy anyway: