You know how it is, your friends have just invited themselves over to your house to pre-drink before heading off on a night out, or you’re hosting a party for a housemate’s birthday, and you need to come up with the perfect playlist to get your guests in the mood for going out to dance (and drink) the night away.
If you’re heading off to a metal bar or a nightclub which cycles alternative, rock and punk on its playlist, here are my Top 10 songs which will get you ready to rock out – but not too hard, or you might spill your drink.
10: When The Sun Goes Down – Arctic Monkeys
This track never fails to be a crowd pleaser, and even your one friend who isn’t much of a rock/metal/alternative fan will be tapping their foot along to this track.
9: Bury My Bones – Pure Love
Frank’s strong vocals are always great at stirring up passion in people, and who doesn’t love a nice ‘yeah-yeah-yeah’ to sing along to?
8: Planetary (GO!) – My Chemical Romance
This track is one of MCR’s more upbeat songs, and it really packs a punch. Perfect for getting hyped up before going out to a club.
7: Last Night – Good Charlotte
I think the lyrics of this track explain why it deserves to be on this playlist perfectly.
6: Fat Lip – Sum 41
Fat lip is a song most people associate with their childhood and teenage years, so it’s great for stirring up nostalgic feelings and getting everyone to sing along.
5: Blame It – Of Mice & Men
This cover is a guilty pleasure of mine – no matter what you think of it, you can’t deny that it’s great at getting people in the party mood.
4: Higher And Higher – The Blackout (featuring Hyro Da Hero)
A chorus with words that are easy to remember even after having a couple of drinks – check. A bangin’ rap verse – check. What else do you need to get a party started?
3: Just A Day – Feeder
Another nostalgic number here, and one which some of your guests may not even realise they know until the chorus kicks in.
2: All My Life – Foo Fighters
What kind of playlist would this be without a contribution from the gods of rock ‘n’ roll? Whilst not their biggest commercial success, All My Life is one of the Foo’s most well known tracks, and for good reason too. A winner all round.
1: Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Woe, Is Me
I have to make sure I only listen to this song if I’m getting ready to go out, because if not I get myself hyped up to party only to snap back to reality and remember I’m on the bus to my 10am lecture.
So, that’s my Top 10 list of going out tracks – what do you think? If you agree with my choices or think there’s an obvious track I missed, let me know in the comments or on Twitter!