These popular songs are getting people through quarantine one dance at a time
Three in five Americans are boosting their moods with indoor dance parties and karaoke sessions after so much time at home, according to a new poll.
Two in five have even embraced viral trends and learned a new dance, while 38% have thrown a party with friends via video chat.
The study of 2,000 Americans examined the important role music has played in light of current events.
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.
And 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 (79%) cited music as a way to help them stay connected with others while social distancing.
The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Ultimate Ears, found when it came to the genres that lifted respondents’ spirits the most, hip-hop came out on top with 50%.
Rock (47%), pop (45%), country (42%) and dance/electronic music (31%) rounded out the top five mood-boosting genres.
When it comes to their actual taste in music, many think of themselves as tastemakers.
Three in five Americans think “good taste” in music is a talent they’re born with.
Music preferences can even have an impact on the dating game, as two-thirds said bad taste in music is a romantic buzzkill.
One in two have been embarrassed by their own music taste, with some respondents even hiding their guilty pleasure preferences from a date.
Three in 10 confessed to lying to a partner about their love for a song or artist.
When classifying their own music taste, half of the respondents like “everything” while 15% classify their tastes as “eclectic.”
Of those who create their own playlists, seven in 10 have separate playlists for private listening versus parties.
One in two of those admitted they would feel embarrassed if a song from their personal collection found its way onto a party mix by mistake.
A third of respondents have had that exact cringe-worthy scenario happen to them. One hilariously recalled a time in which the Batman theme song, leftover from a child’s party, played during a get-together of adults.
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.
“We know that a gathering isn’t a party until people are up and dancing,” said Mindy Fournier, Head of Product and Portfolio, Ultimate Ears. “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.”
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.
“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.”
Americans’ socially distanced dance playlist
1. I Wanna Dance with Somebody — Whitney Houston
2. Bille Jean — Michael Jackson
3. Stayin’ Alive — The Bee Gees
4. Uptown Funk — Bruno Mars
5. Dancing Queen — ABBA
6. Just Dance — Lady Gaga
7. Hey Ya! — Outkast
8. Get Lucky — Daft Punk
9. Work — Rihanna ft. Drake
10. Shake it Off — Taylor Swift
11. Yeah! — Usher
12. Crazy in Love — Beyonce
13. I Gotta Feeling — The Black Eyed Peas
14. SexyBack — Justin Timberlake
15. One Dance — Drake
16. Girls Just Want to Have Fun — Cyndi Lauper
17. Jump Around — House of Pain
18. Everybody — Backstreet Boys
19. Old Town Road — Lil Nas ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
20. Wannabe — Spice Girls
21. Sorry — Justin Bieber
22. TiK ToK — Ke$ha
23. bad guy — Billie Eilish
24. Twist & Shout — The Beatles
25. Party Rock Anthem — LMFAO
26. Toxic — Britney Spears
27. Get Busy — Sean Paul
28. Pump up the Jam — Technotronic
29. Thank you, next — Ariana Grande
30. I Will Survive — Gloria Gaynor
31. September — Earth, Wind, & Fire
32. Senorita — Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello
33. Footloose — Kenny Loggins
34. Sweet Caroline — Neil Diamond
35. I Love It — Icona Pop ft. Charlie XCX
36. Dance Monkey — Tones and I
37. Truth Hurts — Lizzo
38. The Twist — Chubby Checker
39. Vogue — Madonna
40. Don’t Start Now — Dua Lipa
41. Let Me Clear My Throat — DJ Kool
42. Sucker — Jonas Brothers
43. Dancing on my Own — Robyn
44. Savage — Megan Thee Stallion
45. Disco Inferno — The Tramps
46. Groove is in the Heart — Deee-Lite
47. Shout — The Isley Brothers
48. It Takes Two — Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
49. Adore You — Harry Styles
50. Levels — Avicii
MOST SUCCESSFUL PARTY ELEMENTS
1. Drinks 59%
2. Music 55%
3. Food 54%
4. Location 46%
5. Space 43%
6. Decor 37%
7. Guestlist 35%
8. Timing 34%
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