Post Date: August 08, 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and children of all ages! This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for! No, I am not retiring from DJ-ing yet and NO the 10th dentist did not finally come around and decided to recommend trident! I’m taking my talents to the blogosphere and I’ve decided to bless your eyes and entertain you with my weekly top 10 tracks!
So How does a song crack my top 10? Well, it’s not easy and there are multiple factors that come in to play. For starters, overall popularity of the track in the club scene is key. There are a lot of songs that are very popular in a club that you don’t necessarily hear on the radio or read on the weekly billboard charts. Typically, in today’s music scene, this is more common amongst house/edm tracks but it ranges and applies to all genres across the board. Secondly, crowd reaction is also crucial. When playing in a club and catering to a large amount of people like I do, it’s very important to trust yourself, and cater to everyone. This means not just playing one genre of music (regardless of how much you may hate the genre), but rather finding a way to incorporate all the genres of music together so that people don’t even notice the transition. And finally, the last factor in making my top 10: musical innovation. How is your track catchy, different, and stand out to make it club worthy?
With that said, let’s start the drumroll (in your head of course 🙂 )
10. Rihanna- “S&M”
-It’s no secret about how much I despise Rihanna, but as a DJ, I play her music because everyone loves it. In fairness, “S&M” represents everything that club audiences and mainstream music fans love to listen to. It’s uptempo, catchy (“na, na na, come on!”), and everyone loves singing about Sex. As you will see, “the singing about sex” theory (I call this Rihanna’s law) will apply to more songs on this list 😉 #winning! Editor’s note: This song is so hot we can’t put the actual video up but it’s here.
9. Eva Simmons- “Take Over Control”
-This track has a special place in my heart because it reminds me of the night I was able to open for Cedric Gervais last year at Glow! The track was released the same day and I dropped it that night! It got a great reaction that night and still gets a great reaction to this day. I have a feeling this will be a club banger for a long time. I compare it to Eric Prydz “Call On Me.” #instantclassic
8. Jennifer lopez Ft. Pitbull- “On The Floor”
-Talk about a musical resurgence! We here in the United States love us a good comeback story! J-lo took a lot of time off but came back with a bang! Again, uptempo, catchy (la, la la la la) and has the EDM beat that people love nowadays. It always helps your cause when Pitbull is on the track
7. Avicii- “Levels”
-It’s amazing how in the past two years this kid has gone from the new kid on the block to potentially overtaking Armin Van Buuren in next year’s DJ Mag top 100 as the #1 DJ in the world! Every track he produces is a banger and this one is no exception. Avicii is definitely musically innovative! “#igetagoodfeeling
6. LMFAO- “Shots”
-On MOST nights, this is the song that gets the party starting for me. It’s such a hype track and everyone knows the words. I don’t care where you go and for what crowd I end up DJ-ing for. EVERYONE wants to hear “Shots.”
5. Enrique Iglesias- “Tonight (I’m F***ing’ You)”
-One of, if not, the best track from one of my favorite artists of all time. Much like J-lo, Enrique took some time off and came back with 2 immediate bangers. First with, “I Like It” and now with “Tonight.” Once again, “Rihanna’s Law” applies to this song: Everyone loves singing about sex. #truestory
4. LMFAO- “Party Rock Anthem”
-Anytime there’s a song that comes out that has a stupid dance associated with it, people will always go crazy for it. Don’t get me wrong, I like this song, but if it didn’t have the dance, I think it would just be like any other LMFAO song. See “la, la, la” and “Yes” for further examples. With that said, it still hits hard!
3. Duck Sauce- “Barbara Streisand”
– For a song being this high on my list, I must say I am very confused by this. This song arguably gets the best reaction in a club for me on any given night and it’s nothing special. But once again, uptempo beat and a catchy hook save this track! Maybe I shouldn’t say that I am confused, but rather JEALOUS. Why didn’t I just make a song and drop the name of one of the most successful actresses/performers of all time and make millions off of it?! WHAT AM I DOING WRONG HERE GUYS?!!? “awwwooowooooooo”
2. DJ Khaled Ft. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne- “I’m On One”
-Put your finger up in the sky and sing along to one of the freshest hip hop songs to come out in recent history. Whenever I drop this, I always let this entire song play out because it deserves it! What an amazing song and the anthem to my summer. Every single person goes nuts in the club when this song comes on! “Could be purple or it could be pink!”
1. Pitbull Ft. Nayer, Ne-Yo and Afrojack- “Give Me Everything”
-You could say that I am a little biased since this is my favorite song out right now, but in my opinion, this is a no brainer. AMAZING beat (would you expect anything less from Afrojack), GREAT hook, and awesome build up. I usually drop this song as late as I can in my peak hour set because I’ve found that this is the song that everyone wants to hear the most when they’re partying and having a good time. Once again, “Rihanna’s Law” comes back to entertain our ears 🙂
There are a lot of good songs that didn’t make this list
Britney Spears- “Till The World Ends”
Laidback Luke FT. Steve Aoki and Lil Jon- “Turbulence”
Calvin Harris- “Awooga”
However, that’s why there’s always next week’s edition 😉 ! If you guys have songs that you think should’ve made the list, feel free to send me suggestions, tracks, and your feedback to my Facebook or hit me up on twitter! I love hearing your feedback and I also love to know what people are listening to! It only helps me in becoming the best DJ that I can be!
If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t be where I am today!
*The views and opinions expressed by DJ Saam do not necessarily reflect those of Panorama Productions or dcclubbing.com/wordpress2