Top Ten Songs to Get the Suite Going Wild

Illustrated by Emily Cai

It’s Friday night, and the hot guy you’ve been eyeing all evening finally meets your gaze. He smiles, runs a hand through his luscious locks, and motions toward the AUX cord. You pretend not to notice, attempting to escape DJing for what’s practically a group of strangers, but alas, he’s persistent. “Hey!” He gives you a nod. “Wanna play some stuff?”

That’s when your heart rate skyrockets. Beads of sweat rise to the surface of your skin, and your palms fall victim to the shakes. Your music taste is not what the masses would consider “good.” You oscillate between show tunes in the shower, emo indie-pop while walking to class, and utterly undanceable instrumentals while locked up in Yale’s glorified dungeon: Bass. The last time you AUXed at a party, the host allowed you one song before snatching the cord back. You’re still recovering from the humiliation. 

But this time will be different—it must be different—you have to impress your new beau. You muster all of your courage and creep toward the speaker. In a pure state of panic, you try to construct a balanced Spotify queue. Then, all of a sudden, you remember that the Herald has your back. You simply run a quick Google search and come across this article: “Top Ten Songs to Get the Suite Going Wild”

  1. “INDUSTRY BABY” by Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow
    This song, which boasts a great downbeat and singable lyrics, will unite the pop and rap fans in the room, making for a loud, rowdy dance moment.  
  2. “Friday” by Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufasa & Hypeman
    The hype is undeniable. Enough said. 
  3. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
    Throwing in a classic never hurts, and this track will have your friends unabashedly channeling their inner disco. The perfect mix of nostalgia, groovy instrumentals, and challenging high notes, “September” always delivers. 
  4. “Feel So Close – Radio Edit” by Calvin Harris
    Did someone ask for a beat drop? 
  5. “Pepas” by Farruko
    Even if you don’t know the lyrics, you will find yourself screaming along to the melody of “Pepas”; the power of its Latin flare is impossible to resist. 
  6. “Starships” by Nicki Minaj
    Another great beat drop, and more lyrics that are recognizable to the masses. What more could one ask for? 
  7. “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
    With this tune blasting, it’s a done deal: “tonight’s gonna be a good night.”
  8. “Time of Our Lives” by Pitbull and Ne-Yo
    This song is a true belt-it-out song. On a campus where you’ve likely become used to the angelic voices of your acapella friends, get ready to hear some blissful Friday night cacophony. 
  9. “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar and Lucenzo
    If you want to see a suite full of poorly executed salsa dancing and dazzling smiles, this track is a solid pick. 
  10. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers
    I stand by the claim that everyone needs a cathartic, early 2000s angst moment.

I know this playlist may be basic. Nevertheless, it should do the trick. A solid mix of quality beat drops, crowd pleasers, sing-along songs, and Latin dance music, these songs can get anyone on their feet—even the Grinch. Or perhaps that super cute guy who asked you to DJ in the first place. Actually, hey, I think he’s pretty impressed. He might even be beckoning you to come dance…

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