People around the world are hosting socially distanced parties via video streaming services, and the playlist is what will make or break your event!

A party is a great ‘pick-me-up’ for anyone wanting to boost their mood during the coronavirus crisis. According to a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Ultimate Ears,  two in five Americans have even embraced viral trends and learned a new dance, while 38% have thrown a party with friends via video chat.

What songs are tops on a socially distanced party list?

When asked what songs respondents want on their socially distanced dance party playlist, current hits like “Rain on Me” from Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa, “Say So” from Doja Cat and “Hot Girl Summer” by Megan Thee Stallion were mixed in with classics like “September” from Earth Wind and Fire and “Hey Ya!” by Outkast.

Best dance songs of all time

When asked about the best dance songs of all time, Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” came out on top of a predetermined list of dance favorites. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson and “Stayin’ Alive” from The Bee Gees also made it into the top three.

Four in five people in the survey (79%) cited music as a way to help them stay connected with others while social distancing.

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Mood-boosting music genres

The survey found these top 5 genres lifted respondents’ spirits the most:

  1. Hip hop came out on top with 50%
  2. Rock (47%),
  3. Pop (45%),
  4. Country (42%)
  5. Dance/electronic music (31%) rounded out the top five mood-boosting genres.

Music can make or break your event

Music definitely plays a vital role in the success of a party since four in five think it can “make or break” the event.

Music came only second to drinks on a list of elements for a successful get together with food rounding out the top three.

Respondents don’t want quiet background tunes either. Eighty percent said good volume and bass are essential to a great party.

If you’re hosting a party and looking to get guests on their feet and dancing, a killer playlist is a party must-have. Seventy-eight percent of respondents said there are certain songs guaranteed to make them move.

“We know that a gathering isn’t a party until people are up and dancing. That’s why the data is no surprise to us, and we designed our latest speaker HYPERBOOM to bring massive sound and extreme bass to any party, loud enough to get whole rooms of people on their feet dancing,” said Doug Ebert, Global Product Manager, Ultimate Ears.

“What makes for an amazing party isn’t just one playlist,” Fournier added, “With HYPERBOOM, we made it easier for friends to share their music from different devices, without that awkward pause when you’re switching music,” Ebert added.

Social Distanced Dance Playlist

  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
  • Bille Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
  • Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
  • Dancing Queen – ABBA

  • Just Dance – Lady Gaga
  • Hey Ya! – Outkast
  • Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  • Work – Rihanna ft. Drake
  • Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

  • Yeah! – Usher
  • Crazy in Love – Beyonce
  • I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
  • SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
  • One Dance – Drake
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • Jump Around – House of Pain

  • Everybody – Backstreet Boys
  • Old Town Road – Lil Nas ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Wannabe – Spice Girls
  • Sorry – Justin Bieber
  • TiK ToK – Ke$ha
  • Bad guy – Billie Eilish
  • Twist & Shout – The Beatles

  • Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  • Toxic – Britney Spears
  • Get Busy – Sean Paul
  • Pump up the Jam – Technotronic
  • Thank you, next – Ariana Grande
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • September – Earth, Wind, & Fire

  • Senorita – Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello
  • Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • I Love It – Icona Pop ft. Charlie XCX
  • Dance Monkey – Tones and I

  • Truth Hurts – Lizzo
  • The Twist – Chubby Checker
  • Vogue – Madonna
  • Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
  • Let Me Clear My Throat – DJ Kool
  • Sucker – Jonas Brothers
  • Dancing on my Own – Robyn
  • Savage – Megan Thee Stallion

  • Disco Inferno – The Tramps
  • Groove is in the Heart – Deee-Lite
  • Shout – The Isley Brothers
  • It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
  • Adore You – Harry Styles
  • Levels – Avicii