Plan the Perfect Party Playlist for your New Year's Eve 2013

One of the most important planning processes for your New Year's Eve party celebrations is what music you will be playing.

One easy way to select a soundtrack is to match the music to your décor. If your party interior decorating ideas involve sophisticated colours, mood lighting and you've got gourmet canapés lined up, you'll probably want to choose music to match the mood - your beloved Spice Girls songs may be out of place here.

However, if you're planning a Hawaiian-themed bash to ring in the new year, feel free to bring out all your pop hits to get the dance floor going! Songs by the Beach Boys, John Farnham, Elvis and Elton John will go hand in hand with more contemporary upbeat numbers, so don't hold back.

If your party doesn't have a theme, the musical world is your oyster. Here's a rundown of some of the best party picks.

Toto - Africa

This is a perennial party classic and is bound to get your guests singing and dancing along. Play it loud and proud!

We Like to Party - Vengaboys

Party animals who frequented nightclubs in the 1990s will love this blast from the past. It's probably best saved for once everyone's on the dance floor, as it may seem a bit full on at the start of a party - but played at the right time it's sure to get everyone on their feet.

John Farnham - You're the Voice

This is an absolute staple for any Australian party. Your guests are bound to know all the words and get well and truly into the spirit of the song. Sing alongs are encouraged! Back it up with a Jimmy Barnes song and you'll have the holy grail of Aussie soundtracks.

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