It is a truth universally acknowledged that an unknown track in possession of a good beat must usually clear the dance floor. Why is that? There are some terrific dance tracks with irresistible beats – we see the feet tapping – but if the guests don’t recognise the track, they tend not to dance. Which is why so often you hear the same old, same old.

Here are some (almost) random examples of a few tracks which liven up our office, but which we’d be wary of adding unrequested to a standard playlist:

Track Artist
Back To School Again (Grease) Four Tops
Beautiful Day 2014 Levellers ft Imelda May
The Boy With The Arab Strap Belle & Sebastian
Cherish Madonna
Down At The Doctor Dr Feelgood
Dumb things Paul Kelly
Hi Heel Sneakers George Thorogood & the Destroyers
I knew the bride Dave Edmunds
Johnny Come Lately Steve Earle
Khe Sanh Cold Chisel
Louie to Frisco George Thorogood
Prehistoric Dog Red Fang
Reva’s House Los Lobos
Shake, Rattle and Roll Chuck Berry
Sweet little rock n roller Dave Edmunds & The Refreshments
Sweet Little Sixteen 1958 Chuck Berry
To the station Blindside Blues Band

The solution is to play the lesser known tracks early on – when guests are chatting and drinking – which often prompts the question “What was that track you played earlier?”

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