Favorite Kid Party Songs!

July 24th, 2012

Top Party Songs For Little Kids

 

In this blog entry I plan on listing some of my favorite kid’s party music.  This is a good list to check out for the younger aged children under 10 years old (older kids will roll their eyes at some of these selections – you’ve been warned!).

 

  1. The Chicken Dance – I really get a kick out of teaching kids this dance.  While everyone is in a circle hold your hands up by your ears and pretend your hands are beaks, then flap your arms like chicken wings, then shake your tail feathers, and finally clap your hands.  At the break everyone holds hands and walks around in a circle and halfway through change directions.
  2. Cotton Eyed Joe by Rednex– The dance is a little fast but it’s worth learning.  This is a must at elementary school dances.
  3. We Like To Party by theVengaboys – 90’s Eurodance track that got a new life as the song from the Great Adventure commercials.
  4. Firework by Katy Perry – One of the only Katy Perry songs where the lyrics are appropriate for a kids party.
  5. Clap Your Hands by They Might Be Giants – This is off the here come the ABCs CD.  Clap your hands, stamp your feet and jump in the air.  All things the little one’s can relate to.
  6. Mover Music by the Imagination Movers – This kids show theme song is another tune that has simple instructions during the chorus for kids to dance to.
  7. Great Day by the Fresh Beat Band – Another TV show theme song means a lot of kids will recognize the song and enjoy it!
  8. You’ve Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman – The Toy Story movie series popularity almost guarantees that this song will be loved by kids for years to come.
  9. Build Me Up Buttercup – A good oldie to get the kids and the moms and dads out on the dance floor together.
  10. ABC by the Jackson 5 – There is NOTHING better than the sound of 10 yr. old Michael Jackson on those first few number one’s by the Jackson 5.  There is even an album out on iTunes now that just isolates Michael’s voice so you can hear just him singing.
  11. Leave it All To Me by Miranda Cosgrove – While this series is aimed at kids a little older the theme song to iCarly is a pop jem that all kids will recognize.
  12. Whip My Hair by Willow Smith – The frenzied whipping of hair that occurs when I play this at elementary school dances is incredible.
  13. Almost Everything Is Boinga by the Backyardigans feat. Alicia Keys – If you ever pay attention the band that plays on the songs for the Backyardigans they are incredible….especially the drummer.  Alicia Keys sounds great on this one too.
  14. The Hoedown Throwdown by Miley Cyrus – I don’t know how to do the dance to this one though…too many steps!!!!

 

Best Karaoke Songs Of All Time

September 15th, 2011

Ok….so after looking through a few greatest karaoke song lists on line I figured I would try one out myself.  There is no method here and they are in no particular order.  I’m just going from memory of all the karaoke gigs I’ve done and trying to think of the most popular, most crowd pleasin’ tracks I can think of.   Please let me know what I’ve missed or forgotten about!  I’m sure I’ll have to make a Best Of Part 2 list soon so I’ll just throw this one out there and see what people think!   – DJ Rob

 

Best Female Karaoke Songs

 

Hit Me With Your Best Shot-  Pat Benetar

Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

Killing me softly  Fugees

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

You Oughta Know – Alanis Morrisette

I Will survive – Gloria Gaynor

It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

Shoop – Salt n Peppa

Spice Girls – Wannabe

Like A Prayer – Madonna

I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler

Best Male Karaoke Songs

Jack and Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp

Mr Brightside  The Killers

Livin On a Prayer – Bon Jovi

Just a Gigalo – David Lee Roth

Don’t Stop Believin  Journey

Sweet Caroline  Neil Diamond

Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks

Wonderwall – Oasis

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns and Roses

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

I Love This Bar – Toby Keith

Copacabana – Barry Manilow

Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield

Zoot Suit Riot – Squirrel Nut Zippers

Basket Case – Green Day

Santeria – Sublime

Piano Man – Billy Joel

 

Best Duet Karaoke Songs

Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Meatloaf

Summer Nights – Grease

You’re The One That I Want – Grease

Picture – Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee

Love Shack – B-52’s

Bring Me To Life – Evanesance

Don’t You Want Me Baby – Human League

 

All Time Favorite Best Alternative 80’s Dance Songs

August 10th, 2011

This weekend I DJ’d two events that had a lot of old school New Brunswick folks asking for their old Melody Bar favorites.  So I thought for today I would list some of my favorite alternative 80’s dance dance tracks.  Let me know what songs you would add to the list!

 

  1. Add It Up – Violent Femmes: People like to sing along to this one and get crazy.  It was fun to watch the dance floor fill up to the a cappella start to this song as people realized what I was playing.

 

  1. Blue Monday – New Order:  You could put True Faith or Bizarre Love Triangle instead of Blue Monday but this is the track that makes me feel like I’m at the Melody the most.

 

  1. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode: Not Depeche Mode’s greatest song but one of their happiest tracks by far and the easiest to dance to. Always works when you are doing an 80’s dance set.

 

  1. Tainted Love – Soft Cell:  My brother in law said this is the track he would put on when he was a bartender back in the 80’s when the atmosphere left something to be desired.  I still like to sing it karaoke.  I lost a bet to my buddy Vinnie one time not realizing that Tainted Love was a cover by Soft Cell.  I thought it was only the Where Did Our Love Go 12 inch remix part that was a cover but both songs are actually remakes.

 

  1. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood:  Remember the shirts that came after this song?  Great track.  I heard the singer refused to perform on the VH1 show bands Reunited.

 

  1. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners:  This is a song that I didn’t get when it came out.  I hated it.  I turned to another channel every time it came on MTV.  What was I thinking?  Unbelievable vocal and an original sound.  Became my go to karaoke song later in life when I wanted to get the crowd pumped.

 

  1. Close To Me – The Cure:  I also really like Love Cats and Why Can’t I Be You from the Cure.

 

  1. Situation – Yaz: Great track.  I always thought that Erasure had a girl singer and Yaz had a guy singing.  Who knew?  Same guy on the synth writing the tracks however.

 

  1. This Charming Man – Smiths: I don’t know.  Maybe you can’t dance to the Smiths after all but I couldn’t leave them off the list.  If I remember correctly How Soon Is Now? Was played at the Melody all the time….how the heck to you dance to that?  I love this band too much to leave them off the list.

 

  1. 52 Girls – The B-52’s: Ok I admit I probably play Love Shack at every wedding and party for people when they ask for 80’s dance music and almost never get to play this track but It’s my favorite and it’s my list darn it!

 

 

Now if you’re reading this list as a fan of the Melody and are my age I didn’t start really hanging out at the Melody until the 90’s and there were a lot of great 90’s alternative songs that you’d think of when reminiscing about the Melody.  (Charlatans UK – The Only One I Know, Blur – There’s No Other Way, Step On – Happy Mondays…..the stuff that Matt Pinfield and the other DJs used to spin in the early 90’s).  What other alternative 80’s or 90’s dance tracks did you love?  Let me know and maybe I’ll add it to my next 80’s party playlist!