10 Top songs for your 18th birthday party. That’s what I asked two interns: Felix Cooney and Dominic Lowth who were working with Viva Live Music for a week. IN this blog, Felix shares his top tips for putting a memorable playlist together for an 18th Birthday party.
What the perfect 18th birthday party sounds like
We all have a different taste in music. Music can seriously affect the atmosphere at parties, I, for one, would prefer to have a rocking playlist compiled of Oasis and Green Day rather than Eminem rapping away. So, to combat this, Dom and I, on our work experience at Viva Live Music, have compiled the top 10 songs that your 18th’s playlist cannot go without. We have mixed the modern dance music of the likes of Charli XCX with the sing song tunes of bands like Queen.
The playlist starts with a classic Black Eyed Peas song, ‘I Gotta Feeling’. This sets the entire tone for the night and it does so very well with the self-explanatory line of “tonight’s gonna be a good night”. It goes on to say “tonight’s the night, lets live it up”, this is what you want everyone doing at your 18th and hopefully they will follow the Black eyed Peas’ advice and do exactly this. The playlist the moves into ‘Moves Like Jagger’ to get the crowd dancing. Maroon 5’s upbeat tones will bring the life into the party with the crowd dancing and singing away.
If that wasn’t enough to bring a wild atmosphere to the dance floor, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ will surely do the job. Everyone will be clapping along while the true Pharrell fans will be singing every word. The crowd will be in the right frame of mind now. It is hard to find a person that doesn’t have the chorus of ‘Happy’ stuck in their head after the radio didn’t give it a rest for 3 months. ‘She Looks So Perfect’ then brings the musical satisfaction that this playlist so far has been lacking with guitars and drums being played for all their worth. The 5 seconds Of Summer song has been very popular this year and will be a most definite crowd pleaser. Charli XCX’s ‘Boom Clap’ will bring the noise the crowd craves with the boisterous stamping and clapping the song fuels. Charli’s song is sure to reignite the dancing if the energy levels have slightly dropped over the past song or two.
Your friends will simple be thinking that there was no place they’d rather be as your party is going so well. So we then support their view point with Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’. This song causes a big sing along with everyone thrusting limbs every which way. Mark Ronson’s worldwide hit ‘Uptown Funk’ is a crowd pleaser. The cheerful sounds will bring the slightly random feeling into the crowd which will stimulate the sort of dancing which brings the atmosphere to an all-time high. Freddie Mercury singing ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ will definitely portray the consensus of your friends because they don’t want your party to “stop at alllllllllll”. You cannot go wrong with this song as everyone knows the words (and if you don’t you need to take a long hard look at yourself) and they are sure to sing along.
As the playlist draws to a conclusion you want to get everyone hyped for the end so you play L.A. Love (la la) by Fergie. The chorus will get everyone leaping around in a frenzy which sets up for an awesome finish. There is no other way of ending a party; a big sing along to finish will make your 18th the most memorable party in decades. A Noel Gallagher masterpiece is the best way to do this. You would have to search the globe to find a person who cannot recite the words to Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’. The Emotional sing song is just what is needed to end your party on high, the line “so Sally can wait” will be ringing around everyone’s heads for the foreseeable future.
So, to round it all off, these songs should not be missed off anybody’s 18th birthday playlist. Your big 18th celebration will go down in history as having the best sound track that has ever been heard. The combination of dance and singing is sure to please any crowd of rowdy teens.
-by Felix Cooney
I am a 16 year old student at St Columba’s College, living outside Harpenden. I am the social media coordinator for my Dad’s band, The Bee Stung Lips, and I have previously written a 5000 word essay on the defining influences and events of the Britpop music era. I am also a rugby fanatic with a season ticket at Saracens. Thank you for reading and please check out Dom’s blog www.thunkuk.blogspot.co.uk