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Playlist: Emergency Dance Party

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by Maddie Eisenhart, Digital Director & Style Editor

Playlist: Emergency Dance Party | A Practical WeddingPlaylist: Emergency Dance Party | A Practical Wedding

In my three years shooting weddings, I’ve witnessed an impressive number of wedding-related emergencies take place on the day of:

  • The time there was a hurricane
  • The time there was a blizzard
  • The time the rings got left behind
  • The time the certificate got left behind
  • The time the rings and the certificate got left behind
  • The time the beer ran out
  • And on and on

The good news is, thanks to resourceful family and friends willing to step up, most emergencies work themselves out in the end, one way or another. But it’s nice to have a little extra help. A few weeks ago I shot an APW wedding where it happened that midway through cocktail hour the couple realized their iPod (and subsequently all the music for their reception) had been left behind at the church. Luckily for us, there was a friend with a car willing to run to the church and a man with an accordion willing to play through the early parts of dinner until the friend with the car came back. (And boy was it worth going to get, because their playlist kicked ass.) But there isn’t always going to be a friend with a car or a man with an accordion to save the day if you leave your entire playlist behind at your wedding.

So inspired by Rachel and George (the APW couple in question), today’s playlist an APW emergency dance party in a box. Rachel and George generously donated their awesome set list to the cause, which means this playlist is field-tested (the dance floor was not empty once the whole night). And since the 8-tracks app is available for download on your phone, it means that if you find yourself in a dance party emergency situation, all you have to do is download and hit play. We’ll do the rest.

And of course, a big thank you to Monogamy Wines for sponsoring our summer concert series. Today is our last Monogamy playlist (sniffle), and it’s because of them that we were able to go all out with it. Thank you Monogamy for helping make the APW mission possible!

Emergency Dance Party from practicalmaddie on 8tracks Radio.

  1. “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5
  2. “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole
  3. “My Girl” by The Temptations
  4. “Shout” by The Isley Brothers
  5. “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson
  6. “Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke
  7. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
  8. “Reach Out I’ll Be There” by Four Tops
  9. “What I Like About You” by The Romantics
  10. “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)” by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
  11. “Get Down On It” by Kool and The Gang
  12. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  13. “Just What I Needed” by The Cars
  14. “Close to Me” by The Cure
  15. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen
  16. “Love Shack” by The B-52’s
  17. “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang
  18. “Love Vigilantes” by New Order
  19. “Age of Consent” by New Order
  20. “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
  21. “Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners
  22. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” by Four Tops
  23. “Modern Love” by David Bowie
  24. “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads
  25. “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths
  26. “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash
  27. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
  28. “Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates
  29. “In a Big Country” by Big Country
  30. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
  31. “Heart of Glass” by Blondie
  32. “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince
  33. “Kiss” by Prince
  34. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
  35. “American Girl” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  36. “Train in Vain” by The Clash
  37. “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles
  38. “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart
  39. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” Whitney Houston
  40. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk
  41. “What’s Luv?” by Fat Joe
  42. “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJ’s
  43. “Heartbreaker” by MSTRKRFT
  44. “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
  45. “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates
  46. “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads
  47. “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie
  48. “Countdown” by Beyonce
  49. “We Found Love” by Rihanna
  50. “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz
  51. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

Photo: Adaptation of Creative Commons ImageIn Case of Emergency” by Ho John Lee

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**This post was sponsored by Monogamy Wines. Thank you Monogamy for helping make the APW mission possible!**

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Digital Director and Style Editor. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and the future of Miley Cyrus’ career. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Jessica B

    This is exactly what I needed at work today. Hope I won’t need it for my wedding, but it’s great!

  • Laura C

    Watching the March on Washington anniversary right now, but making a note to listen to this — has enough of my must-have songs that I’m curious about the ones I don’t know.

    How’s this for a playlist emergency? I was at a wedding a few months back where they didn’t have a playlist even though they did want dancing. The groom said he was buying music suitable for dancing, took suggestions on Facebook for songs, then the night of the wedding he handed his laptop to a friend and asked him to DJ. There was no playlist, and the iTunes library was thousands of songs, most of them totally inappropriate for dancing, so searching for the few that were was a tough job. The impromptu DJ ended up recruiting various people’s phones and having to swap the connection to the speaker system from phone to phone to laptop between almost every song.

    • LIZ (SINCE 1982)

      Oh my gosh. Medal of honor to the impromptu DJ!

  • Karen

    This is awesome!!!! I was just thinking about our eventual playlist. Problem solved! We’re gonna hook this up to the sound system and hit play! Yeah!!!!

  • Sarah E

    Kick. Ass.

  • Anne B

    So many great go to songs. I’ll definitely be checking back in here to remind me of some of these goodies.

  • Stephanie

    Dang, is this a great playlist! Our wedding is 3 1/2 weeks away, and we’re slowly assembling the dance party playlist. The hardest part is narrowing it down for our time frame.

    Okay, I also have some songs that fall in the category of “Catchy But Sketchy,” as in, yeah, the songs are fun and catchy (to *me*, at least), but their content is sketchy at best. Like “Blurred Lines.” Damn that song; I wish it didn’t make me want to dance. (Also in this category? “Call Me Maybe” and “Escape (the Pina Colada song).” And, as much as I love Lyle Lovett, I’m going to leave “I Married Her Just Because She Looks Like You” off the list.)

    • jlseldon7

      Call Me Maybe is always a good choice. Though I prefer to belt it out in the car….

      • Emily

        You two made me want to hear the song, so I asked Siri to play it. She didn’t quite get me.

        • Kat91314

          That is awesome :-) Examples like this are exactly why I disabled Siri on mine!

        • Stephanie

          Ahahaha!!! Oh, Siri. So close and yet so far.

        • Beth

          That is awesome. Thanks for a much-needed early-morning chuckle. :)


    Enjoying listening through this list! Not going to lie, I clicked on the hot pink ‘PRESS’ button on the picture to play it… *hand to forehead*

    • Stephanie

      I did, too!

      • Maddie

        I love you guys.

  • Emily H

    Yay! A lot of these are already on my playlist, though we’re having a no-dancing wedding. It’s just for cheerful background music :)

  • Jesi L

    Aha! I thought it was going to be the Open Forum on Carrers that would push me over the edge into comment land but it turns out this little guy here is the winner. The latest wedding decision I’ve been agonizing over is DJ vs iPod with my biggest fear being that my own taste in music isn’t stellar and I didn’t want that to be the deciding factor in whether or not my guest and family enjoy the night. This puts a lot of fears at ease because all of these songs are so much fun. THANKS AGAIN APW!

  • del678

    this one is total win – I love that it is loooong. While quite a few are on our play list already, the rest will form part of the “in case people request them” playlist. thanks!

    • del678

      other songs in this vein:
      I was made for lovin you, Kiss | can you feel it, Jackson 5 | play that funky music (white boy) | hippy hippy shake, Georgia satellites | RESPECT Aretha | you should be dancing, Bee gees | I don’t feel like dancing, Scissor sisters | call me , Blondie | Rebel yell, Billy Idol | boom! Shake the room, DJ Jazzy jeff & the Fresh prince | my sharona, the knack

  • alpelican

    Oooh, this is good. I would sub out “September” (on my personal ban list) and put in “Africa” by Toto, because, yeah. And “Crazy in Love” is required at all dance parties.

  • Molly

    I’m going back and forth on the playlist idea (though te logical/rational side of my brain thinks it’s a great idea for mostly money-saving reasons) but I’m starting to work out a song list now so this is most excellent1 Thanks!

  • marbella

    wahoo! I will be using this as we finish laying the rest of our flooring!

  • Katherine Harrison

    Can you easily create a playlist of these songs in itunes? I can’t figure out how. I too press the pink play button…

  • Beth

    So many of these songs were on the “Definitely Play” list for our DJ – and it was an awesome dance party! I will be using this to liven up an otherwise blah day at work. Thanks!

  • Meadhbh

    This is brilliant!!! And September by Earth Wind and Fire is now a MUST PLAY at our wedding in 3 weeks time…the 21st of September, wooo!

  • Anya

    Wish I had this on my wedding day! Aka – that day with the hurricane. My sister ended up doing the playlist only from songs she had saved on her computer, which meant that older folks had nothing to dance to. One of the things I regret about my wedding (but I only noticed because my mother in law made a comment about it. yuck yuck yuck.)

  • Sam

    Wow, THANK YOU.

    I love your playlists, including this one! Has anyone at APW considered putting these on Spotify? (Nothing against 8Tracks). :)

  • Nawaz Roodi

    I am really thankful to your for sharing your great playlists. Being a part of leading Wedding DJs in Michigan I am always looking for such playlists. Now I have got one, and here are the thanks for its sharing!!!!

  • Marina

    Started dancing in my seat just reading this playlist, no lie.

  • Christina McPants

    At a wedding on Saturday and the DJ was a no-show. No lie, we ran the first hour or so of the dance party off the venue’s bose stereo and this playlist off my phone until a friend brought our computer and we played some of our wedding mix for the rest of it.

    I think they liked y’all’s playlist more.

  • Betty

    some incredible songs :)
    I really love this one :

  • Molly Beatrice

    THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS IS AMAZING. My stomach has been in knots trying to find a list like this. Might make a few sentimental additions, but this is sooooo nice!

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