Maybe you’ve seen the tweets and memes, but one of the recent fun traditions of NYE party planning is finding the perfect timing for your favorite song, so that right at midnight an epic phrase or beat drop occurs. Basically, it goes, “If you start this song at 11: [Minutes and seconds], this will happen at exactly midnight. Start your year off right.”
And some of them sound pretty amazing:
There are hundreds if not thousands of these perfectly timed moments set to music out there, and we get why. The right music can make or break a party — which puts even more pressure on the party itself! So we’re going to help you plan your dance music for the perfect evening on NYE.
Here’s the perfect playlist for every step of the dancing at your New Year’s bash that will take you right past midnight:
PART I: THE INTRO VIBES
2018 was a hard year. Last year you said that, too, but last year’s you was so innocent by comparison. You need to talk about the shit that’s been going down, you need to commiserate about your frustrations and fears. Let’s take a moment with one of the best songs of 2018.
So hit play on…
This is America — Childish Gambino
Okay so, you’ve gotten your, “Why was 2018 such a dumpster fire?” convos out of the way. And sure, in about a million ways it could all be over soon. But tonight, we’re alive. So let’s use Prince as our guide for where to head next.
“People, let me tell you somethin’ If you didn’t come to party, don’t bother knockin’ on my door. I got a lion in my pocket and baby he’s ready to roar. Everybody’s got a bomb, we could all die any day. But before I let that happen, I’ll dance my life away.”
That’s right, it’s time to party like it’s…
1999 — Prince
You grooving now? Time to let it all go, if only for tonight. Clear your head of the shit that happened this year and…
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing — Stevie Wonder
There you go. Everyone is starting to loosen up a little. Feet are tapping, folks are heading to the dance floor (or center of the living room as it may be). You don’t want to be negative going into the New Year — you want to wish everyone some straight up…
Joy To The World — Three Dog Night
Okay. Now that you’ve awkwardly made eye contact with a crush and sang the lyrics, “If I were the king of the world. Tell you what I’d do, I’d throw away the cars and the bars and the war and make sweet love to you,” there’s no turning back.
Plus, they seemed kind of not “Anti that sentiment” right? Hopefully. This night is going to be…
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
PART II: TIME TO GET IT POPPIN’
Let’s set the mood for this now, fam. If anyone isn’t sure how we do it, then tell them, literally…
This Is How We Do It — Montell Jordan
Turn down the lights. We see you dancing — I know you love to show off, so let’s go back to the good old days of Ye…
Flashing Lights — Kanye West
Time to turn it up a notch, people want to start jumping and really dancing. Is this next song corny and old and sorta dumb? YES.
Will it get people moving though? Also yes. Because seriously…
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Tonight’s gonna be a good night and also…
Anything Could Happen — Ellie Goulding
If anyone is still standing by the (spiked?) punch bowl, now’s the time for a call to arms. Also, it’s nice for people to know who’s availible by playing an ode to all the…
Single Ladies — Beyoncé
There we go now. The party is…
Jumpin, Jumpin — Destiny’s Child
Is it the punch or do people think you look way hotter than usual?
Bang Bang — Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
PART III: MIDNIGHT APPROACHES
Time to scout this party for midnight kiss potential. Get your dance card out because:
I Wanna Dance With Somebody — Whitney Houston
Yeah, that’s the guy/girl/orgy for you. Let him/her/them know…
Your Love Is My Drug — Kesha
This is a party now. And if it’s within domestic borders it’s also a…
Party in the USA — Miley Cyrus
Now you need to change the tone wildly and go absolutely un-contemporary. It’s time to announce to everyone that you’re a…
Dancing Queen — Abba
And as we approach midnight, it’s time to start to get a little funky, you’re all in this together, no more room for anyone who is:
Toxic — Britney
Hey Shorty, it’s the New Year, we’re gonna party like it’s the New Year:
In Da Club — 50 Cent
Now let’s really get turnt with:
The Entire Hamilton Soundtrack
Okay, we’re kidding. Are we? We are. But a few tracks wouldn’t hurt is all we’re saying.
At this point in the night, things are starting to get a bit wild. You’re letting it all out, dancing hard (or if you went with the Hamilton idea, SINGING HARD) and you feel it. That magic where you’re in a moment that you want to live in. Euphoria.
Did you make some mistakes over the past year? Sure. Who didn’t? Have some of those mistakes happened this very night? Maybe. But look, if your friend didn’t want you to propose you make out with her boyfriend for a bit, then why bring him, huh? WHY. BRING. HIM. AT. ALL?? And you’re done apologizing. For 2018 and maybe ever. You’re killing it. What’s it? LIFE. And you’re…
Sorry Not Sorry — Demi Lovato
It’s almost midnight, will 2019 be better? It will be. You can feel it. Just:
Like a Prayer — Madonna
PART IV: THE BALL DROPS
Here we go! Pause the music for ten seconds and get ready for that countdown! 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….And
Raise Your Glass — Pink
The champagne is flowing, your hearts are full. God, isn’t the world actually so beautiful? And your friends, they’re so beautiful. And so are you because baby, you’re a…
Firework — Katy Perry
You’re riding high! This year is going to be the best one yet. “Truly,” you announce at a yell, “I have to tell you that…”
I Love It – Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
Some people are trying to leave. Stop them in their tracks. Bar the door! This is the time to:
Stay – Kygo ft. Maty Noyes
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough — Michael Jackson
PART V: GOODBYE 2018, HELLO 2019 (AND ALSO PROBABLY A HANGOVER)
Time to take it home. 2019 will be filled with love, laughter, and travel. It will be spectacular. Just like the rains down in:
Africa — Toto
Happy New Year!