Remixes for Every Stage of Your Party: From the Meet-and-Greet to the Crowd-Clearing Finale

Kanye West in 2007
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Kanye West attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2007 at the Atlanta Civic Center on Oct. 13, 2007 in Atlanta.

Unplanned parties happen. You accidentally invite more friends to come over than you expected. Not only that, but people misinterpreted your B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Buffalo chicken dip), and now you have an impromptu party on your hands. Have no fear! We’ve laid out some solid remixes and mashups for each stage of the party, from what to play to get people talking to the perfect song to clear everyone out at the end of the night.

The Meet and Greet

People are flocking in like crazy. As you make your rounds of giving hugs and salutations, you need to let people know they’re in for a solid night. “Good Life in L.A.” is a great mashup of Kanye’s “Good Life” and Vulfpeck’s great instrumental “Christmas in L.A.” Check it out here.

Swaying to the Dance Floor

It’s tough to get everyone to dance at once. Barb from accounting might be more interested in checking work emails and Derrick might be in the middle of trying to pitch his script to five people who could care less. You need to pick a song that is familiar, but gets people excited. Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” gets a solid remix from Zanski. It’s sure to get everyone up and singing along.

The Energy Saver

Listen, ideally we would all be able to dance the night away. However, halfway into the third song we’ve all hit our target heart rate and might need to slow things down. No sweat, just throw this on and slowly glide around like a leaf in the wind.

The Indie Lovers

Let’s face it, sometimes you can’t get the indie kids to get up and dance. Play them a tried and true classic. Yacht’s “Psychic City” gets a great remix that will get the hips of any hipster moving.

The 'Get Out' Song

It’s 4 a.m. and Barb and Derrick are actually hitting it off. Fortunately for them, they can scoot and leave whenever they please. You still have to clean up. It’s time for a music bomb. Something that will clear everyone out and let you get your place back to yourself. Neil Cicierega is a mastermind, able to meld the worst ingredients into a fun but potent mood killer. The party is over, now you can relax!


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