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How to make a fun summer playlist for a party

Last week, we talked about how to throw an unforgettable backyard barbecue  and left you with the vague advice: “you should think about your playlist”. Helpful, you probably thought. Well, this week, we want to get a little more specific. We love music! And, we really want to love the music at your backyard barbecue that we intend to crash! So, here are some ideas on how to create a summer playlist that will make help get everyone into the party groove.

Summer-Party Playlist Basics:


Rule 1: No “shuffle”

A really great playlist considers the natural flow of a party. The music should be more mellow in the beginning, when everyone is arriving, and while they are eating. Plan for the more upbeat music that people can’t help but move to for at least an hour into the festivities.


Rule 2: No “repeat”

Party playlists should be at least three hours in length. You don’t want songs to start repeating themselves, or somebody will take it upon themselves to play amateur DJ. And, who knows what their tastes might be!

Consider the audience and the vibe

Do you want people talking, or dancing? Are the invitees your parents’ friends, or yours? Is it a small group, or a large group? Generally, a mix of old favourites and current, chart-topping music is a safe bet. However, consider everyone who will be listening when making a playlist. This isn’t just for you, after all!


Sandwich your unknown favourites

We all have a favourite song that most people haven’t heard of, and those are wonderful to add to a personalized playlist. But, it’s best to sandwich the lesser-known songs between catchy, radio-friendly favourites for a party. There’s actually a fascinating story about the song Hey Ya by Outkast, and how this sandwiching technique helped popularize the song when it was first in radio rotation.


When in doubt, focus on summer anthems

We’re not suggesting you make EVERY song a summer anthem. However, if you weave them into your playlist, it’s sure to please. Whether you like them or not, they tend to follow a formula that is light, fun, and energetic. Here are some early predictions for Songs of the Summer 2019.


Make sure you have a decent sound system

You don’t need to invest in a huge, fancy sound system. However, some stand alone speakers are important. In a large outdoor space, you’ll need more than one – as a general rule, professional installers recommend using one pair of outdoor speakers for every 200-400 square feet of outdoor space.


Still stuck?

Here’s a cool template we found to get you thinking of the perfect songs to add to your playlist.


The information we have put together here is not intended to replace personalized advice from a REALTOR®. While we would love to be your REALTORS®, please ensure that at the very least you have a REALTOR® and ask them for advice specific to your situation and circumstances.