Friday Playlist: Dance Party Funtimes

Lighten up, you angsty teens.

I never really celebrated Halloween growing up. I KNOW, it’s crazy, but I grew up in Puerto Rico, OK? But then I moved to NYC, where Halloween is totally a big deal. And why shouldn’t it be? Halloween means candy and costumes and DANCE PARTIES GALORE. Since I love any excuse to shake it anywhere and everywhere, here’s a perfect playlist for all of your (our) dance-party moments, whether you’re channeling Wednesday Addams at a party or Beyonce while in the comfort and privacy of your own bedroom. Guaranteed to make even the most serious ghouls drop the gloom and doom and have a ball.

Illustration by Minna


  • taylortarantino October 21st, 2011 11:56 PM

    Looks like I have a fun dance party to myself tonight.

  • October 22nd, 2011 12:05 AM

    13 and 14 <3 The drums on 'Heartbeats' sound amazing!

  • mikaiw519 October 22nd, 2011 1:04 AM

    Absolutely adore mindkilla by Gang Gang dance!

  • norienoire October 22nd, 2011 1:16 AM

    Halloween is always the time of year I have to listen to all of Oingo Boingo’s stuff on repeat. Not only are Danny Elfman’s lyrics deliciously wicked (yes, *that* Danny Elfman- he was even more of a sexy music god in the 80s), but the songs are all very danceable and new-wavey on top of all that. I’d give em a spin if you want something wacky and just plain fun to listen to.

  • nabilaLP October 22nd, 2011 2:51 AM

    I live in Singapore and half the people here aren’t even aware that halloween is just around the corner.

    great mix, btw! :)

  • salma October 22nd, 2011 7:24 AM

    I only knew Ciara, Rihanna, Madonna, but I will check all of the songs. They sounds great :-)

  • rhymeswithorange October 22nd, 2011 1:30 PM

    private idaho is so awesome.

  • Anna F. October 22nd, 2011 3:11 PM

    ahhh that ciara song takes me back to the tenth grade…

    • Jenny October 23rd, 2011 11:26 PM

      It took me back to senior year of college and sending out crazed emails to my friends begging them to dance with me in my room! I love Ms. Ciara!

  • jeezny October 22nd, 2011 7:13 PM

    Date with the Night is one of the greatest YYY songs ever.

  • Whatsername October 22nd, 2011 9:15 PM


  • Eleanor October 23rd, 2011 8:09 AM

    gang gang dance/the knife totally made this for me ;)

  • marineo October 24th, 2011 8:38 PM

    gang gang dance <3
    this mix is great

  • airheads October 24th, 2011 8:49 PM

    That Blur song is my JAM!

  • Paola April 26th, 2012 6:30 AM