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The playlist that saved Christmas

The playlist that saved Christmas

At every festive office party -  no matter how fantastic - there’s always one scrooge sitting in the corner bah-humbug-ing Christmas. But never fear, here at Toast we have the secret to getting even the most miserable members of the team up on the dance floor. With our guide to the perfect seasonal playlist, your party-pooping peers will soon become the life and soul of the Christmas bash!

Now, as every good music fan will know, there are rules to creating a playlist, so we start off with a few time honoured tips from mix tape guru, High Fidelity’s Rob Gordon. 

“You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch.”

Although Rob may have been talking about the perfect cassette to woo his latest lady friend, the same rules apply for parties. You want the crowd to come in on a high - using the music to help elevate the mood and break the ice. We recommend kicking off with a classic like Let It Snow!, good old Sinatra appeals to all ages, setting an upbeat tone which is perfect before people have had a chance to tuck into the party tipple. 

Then comes the tricky bit, you don’t want momentum to drop, you’ve got to keep those tracks growing one after the other as the drinks start to flow. A good rule of thumb is to begin with the classier songs, interspersing Baby It’s Cold Outside and Winter Wonderland with more standard party tunes such as Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk and The Cure’s The Lovecats. Keeping the cheesier classics for when the bubbles have kicked in ensures optimum Slade enjoyment and festive cheer, so even bah-humbug in the corner won’t be able to resist. 

However, even if you decide to divert from Rob’s tried and tested formula, there is one Christmas party rule which should never be broken – on no account forget to end the night with the ultimate yuletide singalong - The Pogues, Fairytale of New York.


Posted 27 November 2015 by Rachel Soothill

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