He Said She Said: Songs for Your New Year's Eve Party
You know when you're at a bar or a party and everything seems über-subdued, then suddenly someone pops a dollar in the jukebox or a CD in the player and it's just the right song for the moment? And then everyone hops up and does this synchronized line -ance perfectly choreographed for the song just like some scene from a movie?
Right. That's never happened to She Said either. But music can make or break a party, and if your New Year's Eve fête is boring - if the boys are lined up on one side of the room and the girls on the other - you've got problems. Below, ten of She Said's favorite songs for getting the party started. "1999," Prince
A little obvious, maybe, but it's also funny because it's ironic , right? We mean, last decade when this song, at that time already 17 years old, finally reached maturity, everyone played it at their New Year's party. Now the song is 27 years old (and the Purple One is just past 50) but it still sounds as funky and fresh as it did two decades ago. "Party Hard," Andrew W.K.
Right. You can't go wrong with the artist behind such classics as "Party Hard," "Party Party Party," "It's Time to Party," "Big Party," "The Party God," and "Party 'Til You Puke." "Judy Is a Punk," The Ramones
Actually, any song by the Ramones will do, this just happens to be their best one (prove us wrong). It's got everything you need - lyrics about girls, the perfect beat to pogo to, a singalong chorus, easy-to-remember words. The second verse is same as the first. "Goody Two Shoes," Adam Ant
Holy shit, look at Adam Ant dance. This one goes out to all the New Year's Eve teetotalers. Also? All the dandies. "Ca Plane Pour Moi," Plastic Bertrand
She Said is not having a New Wave-themed NYE party, she swears. It's just that music from the late '70s/early '80s is so easy to dance to. Never mind that Plastic Bertrand's French rendition of "Jet Boy Jet Girl" makes no sense at all. Tell us you can dance like this to Them Crooked Vultures.
"Dance Commander," Electric Six
This Guy. He's always at the party. Keep him away from the tequila, and anything breakable. He'll also probably be the one you have to kick out at 4 a.m. "Nobody But Me," The Human Beinz
She Said is such a sucker for songs that call out fad dances. Wilson Pickett, be still my heart. This song is so catchy, and slow enough even for the drunkest dancer to wiggle to. "Where Did Our Love Go?" The Supremes
She Said has never been a huge fan of prissy Diana Ross, always preferring the grit of Memphis to the polished acts of Motown. But Psychedelic Sex Panther and his crew played this song the Saturday after Christmas at The Mink's dance party, and the dance floor went fucking bonkers. People clapping hands, grabbing dance partners, whoo-ing for more. It was pretty awesome. "Girl From Baltimore," The Fleshtones
This band gets overlooked a lot but this song is a perfect example of how they can fill a dance floor after nearly 30 years of rocking (they proved it at at Rudyard's). Also, She Said has been on a major Fleshtones kick lately. "In the Mood," Glenn Miller Orchestra
As the clock approaches midnight, its time to change things up a bit. People have been dancing to this song for generations, and it's the perfect way to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. Pour your guests several glasses of champagne, give Robert Burns his minute after midnight, then start the new year off with Glenn Miller's swinging hit. The year might be over but the party's just begun!
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