What's On Our Disco Playlist for Teen Parties
Putting together great parties for teenagers is one of our specialties here at DNA Kids. We provide the best laser disco parties, UV glow parties and karaoke disco parties, which are suitable for younger and older teenagers. When organising a disco for teenagers, it’s important to get areas such as lighting, catering, and the venue right, while also ensuring that you have an excellent range of different songs.
Our DJs are able to pick the best and latest songs across different genres, and can also work with playlists chosen for the night. Special lighting and smoke machines can also be used to create a distinctive atmosphere at parties, while special requests and call-outs for the birthday boy and girl can be made. Above all, though, a great teenage disco is about the songs, and our playlists tend to feature everything from recent chart hits to the best of R&B and dance music.
Recent Chart Hits
In terms of the best songs of 2013, it’s difficult to get away from the hits of Miley Cyrus, with ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘We Can’t Stop’ now a staple for parties. Some of the other top songs that can be played for a disco include Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’, Lorde’s ‘Royals’, Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Applause’, Paramore’s ‘Still Into You’ and Ellie Goulding’s ‘Burn’, to give just a sample of some of the chart topping songs that have been popular over the last year.
Taking a look at the award winning songs from the Teen Choice Awards and other celebrations of music from 2013 also show the ongoing popularity of One Direction, and particularly their track ‘Best Song Ever’. ‘True Love’ by Pink and ‘Made in the USA’ by Demi Lovato have also been successful in the past few months, as have songs such as Mumford & Son’s ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ and Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding’s ‘I Need Your Love’, as well as Rihanna’s ‘What Now’.
We keep up to date with the biggest selling pop songs of 2013, both on and offline; some of the most successful songs of the last year included ‘Get Lucky’, which was pretty hard to get away from during the summer, selling over 1.3 million copies. Other songs that received a lot of airplay included ‘Wake Me Up’ and Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’, as well as Lily Allen’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, which was the most memorable of the songs used in the Christmas adverts in November and December.
R&B & Hip Hop
While getting versions of R&B and hip hop songs with ‘clean lyrics’ is usually required for teen parties, there are many songs that can be played at events for younger teens without causing problems. Some of the best songs to go for, in this way, include Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’, as well as ‘Good Feeling’ by Flo Rida. Other songs that tend to do well without containing problematic lyrics include ‘Glory’ by Jay-Z, ‘So Good’ by B.o.B, and the radio edits of tracks by the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Missy Elliott, and Sean Kingston.
Drum & Bass & Dubstep
There are a large number of D&B and dubstep songs that can be suitable for a teen party, as long as your venue is properly fitted out for handling a lot of bass. Some of the tracks that can work well at the moment for a playlist come from D Bridge, Skrillex, and Defcom 69, and from tracks such as ‘Alive’ by Krewella and ‘The Scientiest’ by Flux Pavilion. ‘Save the World’ by Swedish House Mafia can also be a good idea, as can ‘Ska du me & flya’ by Panda Da Panda.
If you’re looking for the best dance tracks for teen parties in 2014, you can start off with some of the most played songs of 2013; these include NERVO’s ‘Hold On’, as well as tracks from new albums and EPs by Knife Party, Burial, and Basement Jaxx. Icona Pop and Charli XCX’s ‘I Love It’ can be similarly good ideas, as can Martin Garrix’s ‘Animals’, and tracks from the last Daft Punk song - you can’t go far wrong with ‘Get Lucky’ at any rate.
Recent songs that have been popular on teen disco playlists include consistent hits like Carly Rae Jepson’s ‘Call Me Maybe’, One Direction’s ‘You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful’, and songs such as ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’. The Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Gotta Feeling’ can similarly work well, as can Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’; you also can’t go wrong with Beyonce and Lady Gaga, or with classic pop songs like Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’.
For birthday parties, it’s worth including some celebration-specific songs on a playlist, which can be ideal for getting a party started. Some popular songs include Lady Gaga’s ‘Just Dance’ and Rihanna’s ‘Birthday Cake’, as well as LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem’. Ke$ha’s ‘We R Who We Are’ is also a popular choice, as is Pitfull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer’s ‘Give Me Everything’, all of which can be good first song choices at your next disco.
Many parents can get concerned about the lyrics included with songs on a disco playlist; to this end, it’s worth looking for radio edits and ‘clean’ versions of tracks, which are typically straightforward to find if you’re editing a playlist online. Songs that can work well for parties with younger teens can include Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Holy Grail’, as well as Drake’s ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’, and novelty songs like ‘Harlem Shake’ and PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’.
It’s also worth remembering that our DNA Kids DJ’s are happy to take requests in advance, with the vast majority of songs now straightforward to find and put together on the night. Parents can also check to see what songs are likely to be played for a specific party, while care can also be taken to include messages and shout-outs from a DJ during a party so that they’re right for the size and the ages of a party, making it possible to have a great night.