Party Playlist: How and Where to Find the Best Party Music

Party Playlist

So you’re having a party…

You probably need some music. Unless you know exactly what you want to play and have a party playlist ready to go, you’ll probably need a little help. Luckily, there is a near-infinite number of streaming music services that are just begging to help.

Types

Playlists: A set list of tracks that are skippable

Radio: Like a radio station, constant stream of tracks that are either automatically-generated or selected by a DJ

Mixtapes/mixes: A selection of songs usually packaged together. Individual tracks are not skippable

Catalog: On demand library of tracks

I’ve arranged them alphabetically for impartiality (we love them all!).

8tracks party playlist

8tracks
  • Type: Playlists
  • Pros:
    • The playlists are made by actual people
    • There are lots of cooler, more abstract/fringe playlists
  • Cons:
    • The playlists are made by actual people, so no guarantees in quality

bop.fm

bop.fm
  • Type: Playlists/radio
  • Pros:
    • You can chose between radio or playlists with a simple toggle
    • Pulls from all the other music services to make sure you don’t miss a track
  • Cons:
    • No pre-made or user-made playlists

iHeartRadio

iHeartRadio
  • Type: Radio/playlists
  • Pros:
    • You can listen to actual radio from over 1,500 real-life stations
    • Automatically-generated playlists
  • Cons:
    • US-only
    • Clear Channel affiliates only (probably not a huge concern for your party but worth mentioning)
    • Commercials

Mixcloud

Mixcloud
  • Type: Mixtapes/DJ mixes
  • Pros:
    • Legitimate, professional DJ mixes
  • Cons:
    • Maybe a little too professional, if you know what I mean
    • No skipping tracks

Pandora

Pandora
  • Type: Radio
  • Pros:
    • Automatically-generated radio stations based on certain songs/artists
  • Cons:
    • US-only
    • Commercials in the free version

Songza

Songza
  • Type: Playlists
  • Pros:
    • Curated playlists (lots of them…)
  • Cons:
    • Can’t make your own playlists

Spotify

Spotify
  • Type: Catalog/radio
  • Pros:
    • Many many many many songs
    • Automatically-generated playlists based on songs you like
  • Cons:

YouTube

YouTube
  • Type: Catalog/playlists
  • Pros:
    • Lots of music
    • Official (and unofficial) videos
  • Cons:
    • Playlists are a bit hit and miss
    • The occasional wrong/sped up track; inconsistent quality
V- v-… v- video party?

You bet, now you can have your own music video dance party. Here are some of your options (including YouTube which was already mentioned):

Take control of your party playlist with Apptui

Once you’ve decided on a DJ-assistant, you might find that having a computer out during a party might not be the best setup. That’s why we made Apptui, and app that lets you control your whole computer with your phone. We’ve also made remotes for almost all the sites mentioned above. Take a look at our Spotify, Grooveshark and iHeartRadio remotes for example. We are also more than willing to make more, so if you have a site you love to use but would like to control from around the house or on the couch, let us know at support@apptui.com.