Music for the just play upbeat music during dinner and cocktail hour...and

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  1. soundmasterdj

    soundmasterdj Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    What do you play when you are given the direction to just play upbeat music during dinner and throw in some alternative music as well
  2. nextgen1

    nextgen1 The Next Generation DJ

    Nov 15, 2005
    For me, that might mean a little more current stuff. I have been known to play Jack Johnson, Adele, John Mayer. Even older would work but a little more fast paced. I think they just want to keep it lively with out a bunch of slow romantic songs, though quicker romantic songs might work as well. Hell I would probably have "White Wedding" in there also, but this is just me. I get props all the time because of the dinner, cocktail music. For alternative, the fray, cold play groups in that vein might work. I have learned that in Cali if your music is to much in the vein of slower stuff. People are unmoved, I even try to through in some side "B" dance type stuff towards the end of dinner. Just to get people thinking of moving their feet and wanting to dance.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2012
  3. djtunes

    djtunes Checking Reality

    Feb 18, 2007
    Clumsy, Fergie
    Your Love, Nicki Minaj
    The way you look tonight, Frank Sinatra
    L.O.V.E., Nat King Cole
    River Of Dreams, Billy Joel
    Just a gigolo, David Lee Roth
    Forever And For Always, Shania Twain
    Forever And Ever, Amen, Randy Travis
    How Forever Feels, Kenny Chesney
    Drift Away, Uncle Kracker version
    Big Yellow Taxi, Counting Crows
    Good Vibrations, Beach Boys
    Volcano, Jimmy Buffett
    You Make Loving Fun, Fleetwood Mac
    Spirit In The Sky, Norman Greenbaum
    Just The Way You Are, Bruno Mars
    No Letting Go, Wayne Wonder
    Say Hey (I Love You), Michael Franti & Spearhead
    Price Tag, Jessie J
    Heaven, Los Lonely Boys
    This Love, Maroon 5
    The Remedy (I Don't Worry), Jason Mraz
    Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
    Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye
    Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), Harry Belafonte
    Could You Be Loved, Bob Marley
    Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven, Kenny Chesney
    (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You, UB40
    Baby I Love Your Way, Big Mountain

    There... that should get you through dinner. :)
  4. djtunes

    djtunes Checking Reality

    Feb 18, 2007
    Don't forget: Our Song, Taylor Swift
    I Do, Colbie Caillat
    Better Together, Jack Johnson
    Stuck Like Glue, Sugarland
  5. djtunes

    djtunes Checking Reality

    Feb 18, 2007
    American Pie
  6. JTizzle

    JTizzle New Member

    Nov 28, 2011
    I always try to throw in a few upbeat tunes - especially towards the end of dinner, to get the mood picked up.
    I know there is some cheese in this list, but sometimes the cheese works!

    Better Together - Jack Johnson
    For Once In My Life - Buble
    Love Will keep us Together - Captain and Tenille
    More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
    Rhythm of Love - Plain White Ts
    Sweet Caroline
    My Girl
    Hey Good Lookin' - Buffet and Friends
    Hooked On a Feeling - BJ Thomas
    We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
  7. soundmasterdj

    soundmasterdj Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    Thanks, worked great!
  8. DJ Jonny T

    DJ Jonny T New Member

    Jun 16, 2008
    I would have them name a few specific tunes and then build a playlist from that. Personally not a big fan of jumping all over the place but if necessary, I will but group songs together . . . so 15 mins of pop rock, 15 mins of country, 15 mins of alternative . . . etc., etc.
  9. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Mobile Beat Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 12, 1999
    All Night Long - Lionel Ritchie
    Rock With You - MJ
    Sunrise - Simply Red
    On Broadway - George Benson
    Rhythm Of The Night - DeBarge
  10. jodi

    jodi Active Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    follows is a real request-list I had for a wedding I did last summer.....

    You'll see some indie-rock and little used oldie stuff here

    By the way - yes - it was a "bit" of a challenge, but SO perfect for them, and such a great party, and once they saw I took them and their personalities seriously, i was able to mix in some good old fashioned "familiar" songs when dancing started (and lasted an hour and a half past originally scheduled end time) It was all good

    music ideas
    OLDIES ~ for cocktails and dancing

    More Today Than Yesterday Sprial Staircase
    One Fine Day Chiffons
    For Once in My Life Stevie Wonder
    It’s Not Unusual Tom Jones
    Chantilly Lace Big Bopper
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice Beach Boys
    Love Me Do The Beatles
    She Loves You The Beatles
    All My Lovin’ The Beatles
    And I Love Her The Beatles
    That’ll Be The Day Buddy Holly
    The Wanderer Dion
    This Magic Moment Drifters
    Runaway Del Shannon
    Come Go With Me Del Vikings
    In The Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
    Ain’t No Woman … Four Tops
    Ain’t That a Shame Fats Domino
    Love & Happiness Al Green
    Lovely Day Bill Withers
    What a Fool Believes Doobie Bros
    Save the Last Dance For Me Drifters
    Burnin’ Love Elvis Presley
    Wipe Out Surfaris

    SLOW SONGS/MID-TEMPO ~ for dinner and dancing

    Air on A G-String Bach
    It Had To Be You Billie Holiday
    Sunrise Norah Jones
    Turn Me on Norah Jones
    Come Rain Come Shine Ray Charles
    All the Way Harry Connick Jr
    That Old Black Magic Rosemary Clooney
    Stardust Nat King Cole
    I’d Rather Be With You (new mix) Joshua Radin
    Today Joshua Radin
    Closer Joshua Radin
    She Will Be Loved Maroon 5
    Upside Down Jack Johnson
    Angel Jack Johnson
    Careless Whisper Wham
    Layla Eric Clapton

    ROCK/OTHER ~ cocktails, dinner, dancing or anytime

    Yellow Ledbetter Pearl Jam
    Just Breathe Pearl Jam
    Wishlist Pearl Jam
    PDA Interpool
    Feel The Pain Dinosaur Jr
    That’s What You Get Paramore
    Thirty Three Smashing Pumpkins
    Landslide Smashing Pumpkins
    1979 Smashing Pumpkins
    Disarm Smashing Pumpkins
    Dashboard Modest Mouse
    12:51:00 The Strokes
    Last Night The Strokes
    Hard to Explain The Strokes
    Red Light The Strokes
    You Only Live Once The Stokes
    Here Comes Your Man The Pixies
    Rusholme Ruffians The Smiths
    Hard to Concentrate Red Hot Chili ..
    So Wathcha Want Beastie Boys
    Where The Streets Have No Names U2
    One U2
    Pachebel Meets U2 John Schmidt
    Rock and Roll Eric Hutchinson
    Till Kingdom Come Coldplay
    Shiver Coldplay
    (If You’re Wondering If I Want you To) Weezer
    Island in The Sun Weezer
    The Girl Got Hot Weezer
    Liztomania Phoenix
    Lasso Phoenix
    Lazy Eye Silversun Pickups
    Well Thought Out Twinkles Silversun Pickups
    Animal Neon Trees
    Time To Pretend MGMT
    Kids MGMT
    Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt 1 Flaming Lips
    Do You Realize Flaming Lips
    M79 Vampire Weekend
    Holiday Vampire Weekend
    Come on Get Higher Matt Nathanson
    Wedding Dress Matt Nathanson
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2012
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