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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Biggest Hits of 2014
















Another year, another chance to reflect on our favorite hits. If you're prepping for a New Year's gig (or just feel sentimental), this post is for you.

For the next couple of weeks, we'll be looking back at our top tracks of 2014. Click the links for mix/mashup recommendations and downloads. This list will grow, so check back often.

And if you have any recommendations or nominations, tweet us, leave a message on our Facebook page, or leave a comment.

Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor

Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora

Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz

Wiggle - Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg

Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd 

Problem - Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea

Happy - Pharrell

Fancy - Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

Summer - Calvin Harris

Loyal - Chris Brown

Drunk In Love - Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z

Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Only - Nicki Minaj

Blank Space - Taylor Swift

Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd

Hot N*gga - Bobby Shmurda

Tuesday - I LOVE MAKONNEN ft. Drake

Animals - Maroon 5

I Don't F**k With You - Big Sean ft. E-40

Blame - Calvin Harris ft. John Newman

Fireball - Pitbull

Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih


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Feeling Myself - Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce



Speed: 70 bpm

The DJ's Take: I kind of like this one - simple beat, catchy hook, and lyrics that don't make me cringe. Good number of options to mix/mash up with; you can try using this as a transition from 7/11 - BeyoncéTuesday - I LOVE MAKONNENBang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki MinajMotivation - Kelly RowlandYoung Forever - Jay-Z, and Love In This Club (feat. Young Jeezy) - Usher into Lips Are Movin - Meghan TrainorX - Chris BrownCan't Hold Us - Macklemore and Ryan LewisDay N Nite - Kid Cudi and Big Pimpin - Jay-Z (Feel This Moment - Pitbull could work too). Another nice mix option you may have forgotten about: Look At Me Now - Chris Brown. In any case, worth a download for your future hit playlist.

Download the song:



Amazon: Feeling Myself [feat. Beyoncé] [Explicit], Feeling Myself [feat. Beyoncé] [Clean]

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Style - Taylor Swift



Speed: 95 bpm

The DJ's Take: Nice elevator music for a multi-floor A&F store (or for a future GAP/Old Navy ad campaign). In any case, this is Taylor Swift's world right now, and we're all just living in it. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing/mashing up with tracks like Jealous - Nick JonasDiamonds - RihannaAdorn - MiguelCandy Rain - Soul For Real, and Check The Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest.

Download the song:



Amazon: Style - Taylor Swift

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Break The Rules - Charli XCX



Speed: 124 bpm

The DJ's Take: Feels a lot like a theme for a chic teen clothing line - don't be shocked if this pops up on TV for a back-to-school ad campaign next August. Until then, worth a spin as restless, loud, semi-danceable Euro pop-rock that younger females can rock out to. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with some or all of the following:

In the 120 bpm range: i - Kendrick LamarAm I Wrong - Nico & VinzInternational Love - Pitbull ft. Chris Brown

In the 125 to 130 bpm range: Blame - Calvin HarrisI Need Your Love - Calvin HarrisThinking About You - Calvin HarrisNeed U (100%) - Duke Dumont ft. A*M*EVa Va Voom - Nicki MinajTitanium - David Guetta and SiaTurn Me On - David Guetta ft. Nicki MinajWhere Have You Been - RihannaIn The Dark - DEVDon't Stop The Party - Black Eyed PeasTake Over Control - Afrojack ft. Eva SimonsShots - LMFAOWhere Them Girls At - David Guetta ft. Flo Rida & Nicki MinajGive Me Everything - Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo & AfrojackTill The World Ends - Britney SpearsTonight (I'm Lovin You) - Enrique Iglesias,  Hold It Against Me - Britney SpearsBeautiful - AkonBreak Your Heart - Taio CruzThe Way You Move - OutkastPump Up The Jam - TechnotronicSweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics, and Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot (maybe even throw in Anaconda - Nicki Minaj)

Download the song:



Amazon: Break The Rules [Explicit]

Friday, December 5, 2014

L.A.LOVE (la la) - Fergie



Speed: 101 bpm

The DJ's Take: Not really new, but I had no idea this would crack the Top 30 on Billboard like it just did. Personally, I'm not a fan - apparently the whole 'let's name all the cities in the world' thing will never get old, and DJ Mustard beats are getting a little stale. Just very underwhelming to me, but what do I know. In any case, try mixing with tracks like the following: Turn Down For What - DJ Snake and Lil Jon, Show Me - Kid Ink, and You and Your Friends - Wiz Khalifa. Slow down a couple bpm's and Animals - Maroon 5 is in play.

Download the song:



Amazon: L.A.Love (La La)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Not For Long - B.o.B ft. Trey Songz



Speed: 100 bpm

The DJ's Take: Little two-step beat with a tropical vibe - I like it. Probably not going to blow up a room, but more than danceable enough to keep things moving. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Body Language - Kid Ink (feat. Usher & Tinashe), Gust of Wind - Pharrell ft. Daft PunkBend Ova - Lil JonRecess - SkrillexThis Is How We Do It - Montell JordanNo Letting Go - Wayne WonderGet Busy - Sean Paul, and/or Hold Yuh - Gyptian.

Download the song:



Amazon: Not For Long (feat. Trey Songz) [Explicit], Not For Long (feat. Trey Songz) [Clean]

Monday, December 1, 2014

Something New - Axwell ^ Ingrosso



Speed: 130 bpm

The DJ's Take: Nice title for a song - makes me think that if I have a kid and am too lazy to come up with a name, I can just call him/her 'Someone New.' Light, clean, upbeat vibe; pop EDM personified. If you're staying key-compatible, try mixing with tracks like Birthday - Katy PerryPlay Hard - David GuettaSweet Nothing - Calvin Harris, and Super Bass - Nicki Minaj.

Download the song:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I Don't Mind - Usher ft. Juicy J



Speed: 113 bpm

The DJ's Take: Leave it to Usher to make being in love with a stripper sound romantic. I've been hearing this on some pop radio mix shows, and it should make a decent addition to your new music rotation. May want to consider getting the edited version, in case you have females in the crowd who could get offended. Some key-compatible mix recommendations in the 110 to 115 bpm range: Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean, Black or White - Michael Jackson, The Monster - Eminem ft. Rihanna, and Just Dance - Lady Gaga.

Download the song:



Amazon: I Don't Mind, I Don't Mind [Explicit]

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Time of Our Lives - Pitbull and NeYo



Speed: 124 bpm

The DJ's Take: Definitely one for the clubs - I like it. Smooth international groove that should keep people moving on the dance floor. The nice thing is that you've got a wide range of mix/mashup options if you're keeping it key-compatible:

Biggest no-brainer is pairing this with Fireball.

If you're operating near 120 bpm, try blending with tracks like Waves - Mr. ProbzLatch - DisclosureTelephoneSay It RightSonnentanz and/or Marilyn Monroe - Pharrell.

In the 125 to 130 bpm range, I'd recommend tracks like Open Wide - Calvin HarrisFlashlight - R3hab & Deorro#SELFIE - The ChainsmokersCannonball (Earthquake) - Showtek & Justin Prime ft. Matthew KomaI Love It - Icona PopAnimals - Martin GarrixUnder Control - Calvin Harris & AlessoStay The Night - ZeddClarity - ZeddThis Is What It Feels Like - Armin Van BuurenTurn Up The Music - Chris BrownWild Ones - Flo Rida ft. SiaBeautiful People - Chris BrownParty Rock Anthem - LMFAOFirework - Katy Perry, and I Like It - Enrique Iglesias.

Also consider using Time Of Our Lives as a transition between the two aforementioned groups - should make for a nice little dance mix in the middle of your set.

Download the song:



Amazon: Time Of Our Lives [Explicit]