150 Unforgettable First Dance Love Songs

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 5:07pm by Will Moreland

There are classics by artists such as Etta James, Barry White and Stevie Wonder, alongside more modern choices by the likes of Tom Odell, Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake.

It's not too tricky to workout what 150 Unforgettable First Dance Love Songs is all about. Over to mixtape maker Lorna Clapps …

"The ultimate selection of all the best first dance songs you would ever need to choose from for a perfect wedding," she says. "Also doubles up as a great Valentine's playlist."

The Rhetorical Playlist: Songs With Questions

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 5:04pm by Will Moreland

"So many songs," says McLovin_Music, "so many questions. Who did let the dogs out?" The answer, of course, as any self-respecting music geek knows, was: the Baha Men. But, Who's that Girl? What Becomes of the Brokenhearted? How Deep is Your Love?

This playlist plots a course through the 30 biggest questions in pop music. Some of them we receive answers to; many we do not …

Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? At one time, Rod, maybe … This Q&A session lasts some three hours, an eclectic mix of old and new, the good, the bad, the terrible. Super stuff.


Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 5:02pm by Will Moreland

The soundsystem is primed and ready to go. The DJ's on time. You're name is down and you're welcome to come in. Jump the queue, right this way, beyond the red rope, passed the mad-eyed doorman, and into the VIP area that is UK DANCE TOP 40.

We're calling all house heads and club kids, those with taste for techno and those who consider themselves bass buffs. The team here at put its heads together to curate the ultimate party playlist – full of the latest, biggest and best electronic music in the UK. And we've just given it an update.

Featured here – on what is a 40-track, six-hour jackathon – are tracks and remixes by Galantis, Disciples, Avicii and Wyclef Jean, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, and the new one from Robin Schultz. The only dance music mixtape you need in your life.

The Ultimate Chick Flicks Soundtrack!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 5:00pm by Will Moreland

Chick flicks – like horror and kung-fu movies – are one of those genres where, often, the worst, silliest, cheesiest films are actually the best. One mixtape maker is an expert on such films …

"Don't deny it," Kyna says. "You've seen these movies, you know these songs, now it's time to invite the girls round, crack open the wine and sing your heart out!"

This is an epic playlist – almost 500 tracks lasting the better part of two days – that takes in virtually every memorable track from every chick flick ever made. Great work.

Attack Of The Boy Bands

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 1:24pm by Will Moreland

You have New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, N-Sync – all that lot. But you also have Big Time Rush, 112 and B5 – remember B5? What we're talking about, here, is an Attack of the Boybands ...

"A collection," mixtape maker McLovin_Music explains, "of some of best songs by boybands, from the 90s to present day."

Heavyweights past and present – Take That to One Direction, Blue to Blackstreet – line up side by side. It may not be the coolest collection of artists, but this playlist is lots of fun … B2K! We forgot about B2K.

Django Django's Hot Potatoes...

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 1:19pm by Will Moreland favourite Django Django are back with a brand new single, First Light, the first release from their second album – which we've been waiting ages for – due out later this year.

On this playlist, Django Django's Hot Potatoes, the Scottish four-piece share their favourite tunes, new and old – their "hot potatoes."

As you'd expect, the boys have exceptional taste. This is an eclectic compilation that takes in everything from Derrick May, Dave Clarke and Massive Attack, to the Doors, Donovan and Fat White Family. Super stuff – a proper must-hear mixtape.

The Jiggy Era

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 1:18pm by Will Moreland

TommyC83 says the "Jiggy Era" – also known as the Shiny Suit Era – wasn't one of hip hop's proudest moments. And he's right. But for those of us of a certain age, rap music from 1997 through to 2001 produced some of our favourite tunes, however guilty their pleasures may be.

"Those involved in rap at the time," Tommy writes, "really started to make tons of money and with it came bigger music videos, bigger budgets, and flashy clothes."

Hip hop didn't get more jiggy than Ja Rule, Cam'Ron and Will Smith, and suits no shinier than those Diddy, Mase and LL Cool J were sporting. All these artists and more feature here.

Best New Indie 2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:14am by Will Moreland user Tommy Westers is committed to bringing you the best new indie music in 2015, with the appropriately entitled Best New Indie 2015.

"My ears are all over the place, Tommy tells us. This playlist, which he plans to update regularly over the next 12 months is all about, "The best cuts of indie rock, folk, electronica, lo-fi, dreampop, noise rock, and all kinds of genre-bending wonders."

Highlights so far include the Go! Team, Lilacs & Champagne, Brunettes Shoot Blondes and Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Don't forget to follow – a great playlist that's only going to get better with age.

Uni Tunes - January 2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:13am by Will Moreland

The ever-inventive mixtape maker that is hoxsd1 has come up with, "a great collection of new and up-and-coming songs keeping college radio stations busy."

This five-hour, 80-track collection features songs to beer pong to (Jack White – High Ball Stepper), songs to soundtrack a breakup (Conor Oberst – Governor's Ball) and songs to strut around campus to, because you're almost certainly the coolest kid in college (Run the Jewels – Blockbuster Night Part 1).

A great take on the new-music mixtape. Suitable for all ages.

Anti Valentine's Day

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 5:12am by Will Moreland

Is it too early to start thinking about Valentine's Day? Yeah, definitely, you weirdo. But it's never too early to start thinking about how much you hate Valentine's Day.

See, Valentine's Day isn't for everyone, is it? We understand that. That's why we've put together a playlist for all the single ladies, the fella's flying solo, those unlucky in love and those not looking for love ...

It sounds a little something like this: Cee Lo Green's ex-hating anthem Fuck You, Joy Division's perennial hymn for the broken hearted Love Will Tear Us Apart and the Postal Service's absolutely beautiful Nothing Better.

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