Creating The Playlist For Your 90s Party

There are so many characteristics that seem to define a period of time and each relatively recent decade has its conventions that stick in the mind. The 90s are a fantastic example of this and most will recall the fashions, films, television programmes, momentous events and of course the music. If you are trying to come up with an idea for a party theme then honouring the 90s in this way could be a touch of genius, especially if you have people on your guest list who were growing up during this era. This type of party certainly requires the right soundtrack so here are some suggestions that surely deserve of a place on the playlist, and a mix of the undeniable classics to the very guilty pleasures is a good rule to stick to.

Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It (1995)

Whether your party takes place on a Friday night like Montell says, you are guaranteed to encourage everyone to get in the mood with this track. All these years later, the Slick Rick-sampled, r&b anthem from 1995 is still Jordan’s signature tune and perfect for the dancefloor.

Everything But The Girl – Missing (Todd Terry Mix) (1995)

Duo Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt, later to be married, enjoyed huge success after their song ‘Missing’ was re-worked by acclaimed US house DJ Todd Terry. There are not many fans of 90s music who are not instantly familiar with the line ‘like the deserts miss the rain’.

Third Eye Blind – Semi-charmed Life (1997)

The aim of the music at a party like this is to spark nostalgia and even if some people are not aware of the band the melody of this film soundtrack favourite is almost certain to ring a few bells.

Gina G – Ooh Aah…Just A Little Bit (1996)

There is no 90s party without at least one (and preferably a lot more) of the guilty pop pleasures. If you were around in this decade then the chances are you will have spent some time listening to the Australian singer.

Dodgy – Good Enough (1996)

The Britpop sound is undoubtedly synonymous with the 90s in British music and Dodgy were certainly part of it. ‘Good Enough’ was part of the soundtrack to many people’s summer in 1996 and it is still every bit as worthy of a play to this day.

P.M. Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss (1991)

Spandau Ballet’s song ‘True’ is an 80s favourite in its own right but P.M. Dawn created their own classic by sampling it. The duo mixed r and b and hip-hop and ‘Set Adrift On Memory Bliss’ is about as mellow as you will ever get. If ever a song title could be so apt.

Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody (1997)

When you need the unmistakeable love songs on at your 90s party this is one of those that you have to turn to. Things could have been different for Shola Ama if she hadn’t been overheard singing to herself while at a tube platform as a teenager and ‘You Might Need Somebody’ remains a favourite.

Jo Hutton had a 90s party of her own to celebrate the decade she grew up in and when it comes to accessories she recommends Perfect Party UK.

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