Maybe you want some techno for a night on the town. Or maybe you need some funk for your invite-only bash. We have what you need for your year-end blowout: Scene polled some of the city's top tastemakers to provide a list of some can't-miss party favorites. Our mixmasters each selected three top songs from 2006, one song from the 90s, and one from whenever. And we promise none of the following lists include the same five songs you've heard at every party since 11th grade. Hyphy, old-school, emo, blues, punk, new oldies, hard rave classics they're all here. Before the zero sneaks up on you, take this final chance to bring back the sexy.
A versatile rock and hip-hop specialist, DJ Terry Urban is the man of steel on the 1's and 2's.
1. Jay-Z, "Show Me What You Got"
2. Jim Jones, "Ballin'"
3. Al Fats a.k.a Fat Al, "Came Down"
4. Bell Biv Devoe, "Poison"
5. Michael Jackson, "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough"
"Each one of these songs are guaranteed to get the party popping."
Spend New Year's Eve with Urban at the Corner Alley (402 Euclid Avenue, www.TheCornerAlley.com), East 4th Street's newest (and only) upscale bowling alley/nightclub.
DJ Sasha "Sasha" as in the guy name, not the girl name is a regular guest at Metropolis, and other hot night spots.
1. Buckcherry, "Crazy Bitch"
"Girls love it -- they relate to it I guess."
2. Daddy Yankee, "Rompe"
"A good one for breakdancers to bust out."
3. Jim Jones, "We Fly High"
"The perfect opportunity for that inner gangsta in you to bust out signs."
4. DJ Kool, "Let Me Clear My Throat"
"This song is a classic energy ball."
5. Darude, "Sandstorm"
"No matter what party...this song brings back the rave feel. At least for the three minutes that it lasts."
Keep tabs on Sasha at www.myspace.com/dj_sasha.
Johnny La Rock
This upcoming experimental/alt-hip-hop rhymer-producer is a noted man of taste.
1. Gym Class Heroes, "Clothes Off!"
"If this song doesn't make you dance, nothing will!"
2. Pigeon John, "Growin' Old"
"It's fun, it's nostalgic, it puts a smile on your face."
3. Spank Rock, "Backyard Betty"
"Booty bass is back in 2006!"
4. Snap, "Rhythm Is a Dancer"
"Seriously, one of the best songs ever made."
5. Egyptian Lover, "Egypt, Egypt"
"Classic party tune, 80's style."
Ring in the new year early with Johnny La Rock & Mush Mouth and Deaf by Arms, at Pat's in the Flats (W. 3rd and Literary Streets, Tremont) Friday, December 29.
Alternative Press Associate Editor Tim Karan knows the strength of street knowledge.
1. Brand New, "Not the Sun"
"Warning: Not for use at parties featuring sorority girls, Apple-tinis and/or Beyoncé. This song will make you cooler in 2007 than you were during all of 2003-2004. Feel those? Those are New Year's chills, son. Reckanize."
2. Muse, "Map of the Problematique"
"I like my New Year's parties to vaguely evoke the '80s and be wildly pretentious. Mission accomplished."
3. Klaxons, "The Bouncer"
"It's two minutes and 15 seconds of unadulterated, hysterical bliss -- a London art-rock cover of a cult '90s rave hit -- and without it, it's debatable that you can legally call what you're having a party.'"
4. The Beastie Boys, "Get It Together"
"If only we all had heart like John Starks. If only"
5. Death Cab for Cutie, "The New Year"
"This is only if you're looking to be ridiculously literal. After all, this isn't the Grammar Fair at St. Mary's"
Read Karan's handiwork at www.altpress.com.
Senor Bradleyp regularly wrecks dance floors all over Cleveland.
1. Peter Bjorn & John, "Young Folks"
"The biggest indie rock dance pop song of the year that mainstream America will, unfortunately, never hear."
2. MSTRKRFT, "Paris"
"Put this on, chill vodka, destroy apartment. Good times."
3. The Pack, "Vans" (Diplo Remix)
"Hyphy is the new crunk, and this song is the new black."
4. Zhane, "Hey Mister DJ"
5. The Cars, "Let's Go"
"What can I say? I like the nightlife, baby."
Party in Technicolor with Misterbradleyp at the B-Side Liquor Lounge's (2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd.) Black & White Ball, also featuring F.Gunn, Mike Filly, and Chris Cuts (a special guest from Los Angeles).
A long-running fixture on Cleveland's industrial/goth scene, DJ Cable specializes in dance tunes that run hot and dark.
1. Encoder, "Dancemotherfuckers"
"Something about the pounding kick and vocals commanding "dancemotherfuckers" seems to make people want to dance."
2. Combichrist, "Get Your Body Beat"
"On their recent show at the House of Blues, people got to see Combichrist blow KMFDM off the stage."
3. And One, "Bodypop"
"Catchy as hell EBM -- electronic body music -- that you can't help but want to shake your ass to."
4. Nine Inch Nails, "Closer"
"After all these years, hearing Trent Reznor exclaim, "I wanna fuck you like an animal" still gives the ladies shivers on the dance floor."
5. Apotheosis, "O Fortuna"
"This classic hard-rave track always gets any crowd pumping.
Sample Cable's grooves at MySpace.com/Encoder.
When he's not displaying his graceful tastes, this roots-rock connoisseur drums for Cleveland alt-country institution Rambler 454.
1. Robert Lockwood Jr., "Ramblin' on My Mind"
"Great song from the Cleveland blues legend who just passed."
2. Stanton Moore, "Big 'Uns Get the Ball Rolling"
"Title says it all; he's drummer from Galactic."
3. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with Taj Mahal, "Mbube"
4. Jane's Addiction, "Stop"
5. Stevie Wonder, "I Wish" from Songs in the Key of Life
Get twangy with the Ramblers at MySpace.com/rambler454.
The host of 92.3 K-Rock's The Metal Show has broad, sophisticated tastes. For a metal guy, that is.
1. Army of Anyone, "Goodbye"
"Just a great rockin' track from one of the year's most anticipated albums. It sounds great over the radio, on your iPod, or wherever you might be listening to it. I have no doubt that it would sound great at a party, and even better after several choice beverages."
2. Trivium, "Unrepentant"
"Another -- and some might say unexpected -- monster of an album release from Trivium this year. Unrepentant,' as Derek Hess might say, is the hit,' and is perfect party music, for sure."
3. Iron Maiden, "Different World"
"Even more unexpected than the Trivium album was how good the new Iron Maiden album, A Matter of Life and Death was. At my party, I would throw this one out for all of the old-school fans."
4. Social Distortion, "Story of My Life"
"This one is a party must in my book, and always sounds as fresh as the first time that I heard it."
5. Disengage, "Pharmacyland/University of Texas Militia."
"Okay, that's two songs, but they segue together. Honestly, just take a Disengage CD and put it on -- there's your party, right there. Rock and roll, yo!"
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