Over the last ten years I have had the pleasure of delivering a heck of a lot of team building programs for Summit and I have learned a lot about things that can make or break a successful event. One detail that we consistently get great feedback about is the playlist that we have going on during programs like Put Your Chef Hat On! Once our iPhone is cued up and we hit “play” you can literally feel the energy in the room grow. People start dancing, sometimes a little Karaoke breaks out. Tone setting is critical in my world – get it wrong and you have a mess on your hands… get it right and magic happens. My music tastes fall pretty solidly into the Classic Rock category but I am open minded enough to know that some of the greatest toe-tapping ditties came both before and after that era.
So, here are 5 tunes that I personally guarantee will lighten moods, bring smiles to faces and get people busting moves. It would be impossible for me to rank these and I could list hundreds more… consider this a starter kit to your “Give Me Energy” playlist.
1. All the Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) by Beyonce.
It is great when people start dancing – even our facilitators are not afraid to cut a rug sometimes…but not everyone is all that good at it (including me) and eventually you see some pretty awkward moves (including mine). This is not a bad thing though, it’s good to be able to laugh at ourselves and the bad dancing reminds me of that hilarious SNL sketch when Justin Timberlake and some cast members show up as Beyonce’s back up dancers.
Not sure what it is about this song but it’s been around for so long and it is so catchy that everyone seems to know it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a baby boomer or a millennial, this one is universally loved and we often use it as a kick off song to get things started. It’s never let us down. Take a listen here!
3. A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley
You really can’t have a great rock ‘n roll playlist without including the King can you? No. You can’t. This one has been around since the late 60’s and was featured in the movie “Live a Little, Love a Little” – check out this scene.
4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
I had to include something by this band…if I didn’t, those who know me would wonder if I were OK. There’s something about the way Freddie evokes Elvis in that song that is just plain cool. This is another example of a tune that has stood the test of time. Everyone knows it from beginning to end and typically when I play it at a team building program at least 1/2 the room is singing along. By the way, a little Queen trivia—this is their only tune that featured Freddie playing a guitar – you learn something new every day right?
5. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
There was a reason the Superbowl organizers got Bruno to headline a few years ago. This guy knows how to get a crowd moving and when this song plays it seems to trigger some weird switch in people’s heads that tells them “go ahead, you know you wanna dance like Bruno.” Even though Uptown Funk has only been out for a couple of years it resonates with all ages and is super catchy.
Like I said, there are a million more links I could share but these are some of my favs. Try them out at your next office or home get together and see what happens. Don’t believe me? Just Watch.