You’ve got all the makings of an incredible New Year’s Eve party – the fridge is stocked, your closest friends are coming and the sofa is pushed to the side of the room to make space for the dancefloor.
But the magic ingredient to guarantee your guests have a night to remember is a tailor-made, crowd-pleaser of a playlist. Here are our tips to make your party playlist better than your neighbour’s.
Mix old and new
It’s an absolute must to include this year’s "bangers" on your playlist, but don’t forget to add in some old classics as well. Maintaining a mix of old and new songs means people of all ages can singalong and hit the dancefloor; think Pharrell followed by Fleetwood Mac.
A few days before New Year’s Eve, send out a note to your guests asking if they have any special song requests to add to the playlist. This gives everyone an opportunity to contribute to the party and will result in a really eclectic mix of songs. Best of all, no one gets to complain if they don’t hear their favourite tune!
Get the timing right
Badly-timed songs are the ultimate party buzzkill. With five seconds to go before the clock strikes midnight, you’ll want to play a fun, upbeat party song that everyone knows the words to. And if it’s getting late and people have overstayed their welcome, you can subtly try to get rid of them by putting on a song that’s a little slower and more subdued.
Select a variety of genres
While you might be a passionate fan of jazz, bear in mind that not everyone will appreciate a nine-minute saxophone solo while the New Year’s Eve countdown is on. Incorporating a variety of genres into your playlist will vary the pace of the music and keep your guests guessing.
Get the right speakers
There’s no point spending time and energy on compiling the perfect playlist if you can’t turn up the volume and enjoy the music. Bose speakers – retailing from just $169 – offer exceptional sound quality and will give your well-thought out playlist the justice it deserves.
If you still need a little help, get some inspiration from Spotify's New Year's Eve Party Bangers! playlist.
And if you're struggling to decide what to feed your guests, get some tasty ideas here.