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Want Dem All - Sean Paul ft. Konshens

Speed: 117 bpm The DJ's Take: If you feel like seeing young women lose their inhibitions on the dance floor, this is worth a spot in your rotation. The driving thump should help shake up the Bacardi in everyone's systems and make things more lively. One disclaimer - Want Dem All could make the place explode or fizzle, so feel things out before you drop it, especially when the venue isn't full of people of Caribbean descent. If your crowd is a little lower-energy and it's not working, go into some traditional key-compatible pop like Get Lucky . If it is working, I'd mix with something like Straight Up or Move Ya Body and see how long you can stretch out the dancehall vibe. Download the song: Amazon:

I'm Turnt - Lecrae

Speed: 98.5 bpm The DJ's Take: Another sign I'm getting older - got a drunk text recently from someone in their 20s saying 'I be turnt!' I tried to guess what that meant, but ultimately had to turn to Urban Dictionary with my tail between my legs, then texted back and fronted like I understood all along. Anyway, fingersnaps, a simple synth-driven melody, and a solid flow are all you need for a hiphop hit these days. This can definitely work for the right crowd (i.e. African-Americans who reside outside the northeast region of the US). Keep in mind this is only ~2:30, so plan your next track as early on as possible. Should go pretty nicely both beat-wise and key-wise with Up Down , as well as Beware , Gas Pedal and Beat It . Download the song: Amazon:

Piss Test (Remix) - A-Trak

Speed: 70 bpm The DJ's Take: Sounds a lot like a remix of Harlem Shake, doesn't it? That said, this track has a tighter thump and doesn't drone on. Most importantly, it won't serve as the soundtrack for countless individuals and corporations trying to demonstrate how fun and wild they can be . Serious modern trap music with the potential to melt faces, and a nice change up from the generic Top 40. In fact, with the right crowd, I could see people coming up to you and asking for the song title. May sound cool with Tom Ford or any other loud, theatrical track in a similar bpm range. Download the song: Amazon:

Know Bout Me - Timbaland ft. Drake, Jay-Z & James Fauntleroy

Speed:   53.5 bpm The DJ's Take: Ice cold beat and swirling piano riff - brings to mind a steady, freezing rain. Big names on the track, so it's a solid addition to your hiphop rotation. And if your crowd starts to nod off, double-time with Be Faithful and wake them up. Download the song: Amazon:

It Should Be Easy - Britney Spears ft.

Speed: 130 bpm The DJ's Take: I feel like the title of this song says it all. It should be easy for Britney Spears to make a hit, right? But sometimes people can get in their own way. And in this case, the excessive auto tune makes the track almost brutal to listen to, to the point where's voice is easier to recognize than the vocalist's. Otherwise, a nice little beat in a key that reminds me of the 80s remake of You Keep Hangin On . Try mixing with some or all of the following: Love Me Again - John Newman , Wizard - Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway , Revolution - R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan , Scream & Shout - and Britney Spears , Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO , Count On Me - Chase & Status , Scream - Usher , Hey Brother - Avicii Download the song: Amazon:

The BMC Top 5 for November 2013

Roar dominates the chart once again, and 100 is the top bpm for the second month in a row: BMC Top 5 Singles for November 2013: 1. Roar - Katy Perry 2. Applause - Lady Gaga 3. Diamonds - Rihanna 4. Levels - Avicii 5. Monster - Eminem ft. Rihanna Top 5 BPMs for November 2013: 1. 100 bpm 2. 130 bpm 3. 125 bpm 4. 120 bpm 5. 140 bpm Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates. Any thoughts on what should be in the Top 5? Leave a comment below. (Photo via Morguefile )