How to make a music list for a Bollywood dance party

This is a Life Hack Post.

I was at a Bollywood dance party last night. The play list for the dance party had to have a diverse list of songs catering to the different people at the event: Older Aussie-Indians, more authentic Indians, Firangis (Kiwi-Aussies), young Aussie-Indians, young Indians. North Indians (mostly) with a few south Indians.

In a successful Bollywood party people have to sing out the songs and so have to know the songs. Which means as the DJ making the list I had to make a list of song categories to work to. These four categories – (a must) – are: Danceable Film Hits, Item Numbers, Remix of Old (older the better) Songs, & Indi Pop Songs.

  1. Popular Film Songs: Major Hits that can be danced to. Plus songs that are Antakhsari Favourites.
    1. Older Songs – Timeless songs.
    2. Newer Songs –
  2. Item numbers: this had to have a selection of contemporary items numbers, some from the past decades, then a few of the evergreen item numbers – with at least two of them featuring Helen Ji. I had Chaiya Chaiya in this list
  3. Remix list: I made a remix list with songs going back to the 40s ( mere priya Gaye Rangoon).
    1. Really old Songs – 40s to 60s: Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon is an all time favourite to make the party smile.
    2. Not so old – 60s and 70s:
  4. Indi Pop songs: then I had these non film songs – Daler, Sukhbir, Stereonation plus “ludicrous Gujarat Di”.

So this was my list – roughly 70 songs. I was working towards a 3 to 4 hour list. I imagined some of the songs would be played more than once.

FILMI SONGS OLDER

  1. Piya Tu Ab To Aaja
  2. Chura liya hai
  3. Mehbooba Mehbooba
  4. Yeh Mera Dil
  5. Kajra Mohabat Wala
  6. Sharara Sharara
  7. Tanha Tanha
  8. Ek Pal Ka Jeena
  9. Radha Kaise Na Jale
  10. Chunari Chunari
  11. Raat Ko Aaoonga Mein
  12. Taal Se Taal Mila

FILMI SONGS NEW

  1. Mujhko Pehchaanlo Don 2
  2. Aaj Ki Raat Don 2
  3. Dhoom Machale Dhoom
  4. Barso Re
  5. Bhar Do Jholi Meri
  6. Lungi Dance
  7. Why This Kolaveri Di
  8. Selfie Le Le Re
  9. Khwaja Mere Khwaja
  10. Deewani Mastani

ITEM Numbers

  1. Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast
  2. Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai
  3. Crazy Kiya Re
  4. Nimbooda Nimbooda
  5. Chaiyya Chaiyya (Alt – Briptu Norman Kamaru)
  6. Kajra Re
  7. Munni Badnaam Hui
  8. Sheila Ki Jawani
  9. Chikni Chameli
  10. Pinga
  11. Radha

REMIX OLD Songs (40s to 60s)

  1. Mere piya gaye rangoon
  2. Leke pehela pehela pyar
  3. Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re
  4. Hothon Pe Aisi Baat
  5. Mujhe buddha mila gaya
  6. Kabhi aar Kabhi paar
  7. Jadugar Saiyan
  8. Ek pardesi mera dil le geya
  9. Jhumka gira re
  10. Yeh hai reshmi

REMIX OLD Songs (60s to 70s)

  1. Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche
  2. Daiya re Daiya chad gayo papi Bichua
  3. Kaanta Laga
  4. Mere Naseeb Mein
  5. Aa Jaane Jaan
  6. Choti Si Umar
  7. Meri beri ke ber mat todo
  8. Hai Hai Yeh Majboori
  9. Dafliwale

Indi POP

  1. Ishq Tera Tadpave – Sukhbir
  2. Lift Karadey – Adnan Saami
  3. Tunak Tunak Tun – Daler Mehndi
  4. Kina Sona Tenu – Nusrat
  5. Made In India – Alisha Chinai
  6. Nashe Di ye Band Botle – Stereonation
  7. Oh Carol – Stereonation
  8. Nachange Saari Raat – Stereonation
  9. Dil le gayee kuri gujarat di – Jasbir Jassi
  10. Aafreen Aafreen – Nusrat
  11. Dama Dam Mast Kalandar – Mika Singh and Yo Yo Honey Singh

This list worked brilliantly. It excited people, made them laugh – made them jump and shake. Try it – pass it on. The categories work – the songs? Well you possibly have your favourites. And you may want to think of who will be at the party.

This below is Malhari – I have to add this to my next list. If you have suggestions to this list please post in the comments section.

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Soumitri Varadarajan

Soumitri lives in Melbourne, Australia - #probonodesign #codesign #sustainability #patientexperience #quantifiedself #mdg

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