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Dance Your Face Off!: A Party Music Playlist

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So it’s been a mild winter and maybe snow has only just fallen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still imagine ourselves in a tropical paradise: sipping fruity drinks and dancing our faces off! But what thump, thump, techno beats would we be dancing to underneath the stars? Luckily, I have just returned from Mexico where I was doing just that, and here’s what the DJs were spinning:

 

 

 Wepa  Gloria Estefan

From her dance album Little Miss Havana, this song title is PR slang for “Cool,” “Yeah,” and “Go for It.” Miami based singer Gloria Estefan has been around a long time, so it’s great to see her back with a new electronic dance album. As for the song, it is impossible not to dance to and is even better played at a very loud volume.

Love You Like a Love Song  Selena Gomez

While I don’t consider myself a big Selena fan, this song — from When the Sun Goes Down —is pretty darn infectious, especially if there is a dance beat behind it. Confession time: I did see her film Monte Carlo in the movie theater, although at the time, I said I was seeing it “ironically.” If you’re not a Selena fan yet, you just may become one after listening.

On the Floor  Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull

I never thought I would say this: I’m not a JLo fan (at all), but I found myself dancing my face, arms, and legs off to this beat (from her 2011 album Love?). In fact, I think I jumped up on a lighted cube in the middle of the dance floor and just went crazy. I bet it will make you want to do the same!

Hello  Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette

This is a song you probably already know, but you just don’t know you know it. It’s all over TV and film... but have you danced to it in a club full of sweaty strangers all waving “hello” to each other? FYI Martin Solveig is a French DJ and music producer. Find the song on the Ultra Dance 12 compilation album.

We Found Love  Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

You can’t escape RhiRhi! Just when I think I am over her, she comes out with another incredible album (Talk that Talk) and single. How can you not love it? The video is insane! The remixes are sick! It’s the kind of song that pulls you onto the dance floor even if it’s 2 a.m. and you are wasted from dancing all night. So come on, feel the euphoria.

Domino  Jessie J

I’m feeling sexy and free/ Like glitter is raining on me
With its infectious beat and killer hook, Domino always gets me in the mood for a party. This British songstress first made a name for herself performing on Saturday Night Live last year with her song Price Tag (featuring B.O.B.). Check out her full album Who You Are.

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)  Kelly Clarkson

This song will totally make you want to take on the world and the dance floor. From her new album Stonger, add this single to the list of K.C. anthems, alongside "Since U Been Gone" and "My Life Would Suck Without You," that make you want to pump your fists and jump up and down — almost against your will. 

Last Friday Night  Katy Perry 

I know this is so summer 2011 of me! But listen: this song takes on a whole new life as it is blasted into the starlit sky at full volume, and you and a hundred other people are loudly chanting “T.G.I.F.!” For the uninitiated, it's from her 2010 album Teenage Dream. For even more old school Perry fun, listen to the Kaskade Club remix of "Teenage Dream" found on Ultra Dance 12.

When I Get You Alone  Blaine and the Warblers

Baby Girl, you the s***/ that makes you my equivalent
This list wouldn't be complete without a little Glee. Mainly because I listen to a lot of Glee — I totally want to marry Blaine! So get in line. I am love with the Glee presents The Warblers soundtrack, especially this track, a remake of a great hook-up song by Robin Thicke.

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