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Saturday Night Fever: Family-Friendly Party Mix

by Caitlin Carter   Nov 30, 2013 17:36 PM EST

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The theme for this week’s Saturday Night Fever playlist are songs the whole family can get down to — songs for your Grandma to your teenie-bopper little cousins. Thanksgiving is over, but you might still have some family parties that linger throughout the weekend. So, consider your playlist covered.

Now we know that each family is different and has particular tastes, but the songs we chose are, for the most part, pretty uncontroversial. Picking songs that are universally acceptable for people of all generations in your family can be rough. And if you’re family is large, it’s hard to really know what song might piss off Uncle Rick or what songs your moody cousin Meredith is into. Going with the classics is key. Mainstream music is popular for a reason — it has mass appeal.

We are starting off the night with songs Grandma and Grandpa will know. They are going to be going to bed earliest, so getting them into the party early will allow them to have an enjoyable evening and will spare them from the music they think kids are crazy to like these days. We will progress into the classic rock era that generally gets a good response from baby boomer parents and is recognizable to your Belieber cousin. Finally, we get into some sloppy dance tracks for once everyone is good and tipsy. No need to find slower songs to end the night. You know grandma or your stickler aunt will shut the party down at a reasonable hour to allow the older family members to get some sleep.

So grab those leftovers, restock the beer and let these songs set the mood.

01. Frank Sinatra “Fly Me to the Moon”

02. Bing Crosby “Swinging on a Star”

03. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run”

04. The Eagles “Hotel California”

05. James Taylor “How Sweet It Is”

06. Elton John “Tiny Dancer”

07. The Who “Who Are You”

08. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”

09. Madonna “Into the Groove”

10. Beastie Boys “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)”

11. Haddaway “What is Love”

12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Can’t Hold Us”

13. House of Pain “Jump Around”

14. Aloe Blacc “I Need A Dollar”

15. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Listen to the playlist in full here, and let us know what you think in the comments section below. What are your favorite family songs?

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