We’re often asked for our favourite dance-floor fillers, and for our first blog of the new year we thought it could be fun to take a look back at what you guys were moving to throughout 2014! Each of these songs work amazingly well when played by either a live band or a DJ, and will bring even the most reluctant dancer to their feet. So without further ado, here’s our Top 5 for 2014. Let us know in the comments if you agree!
5) Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Representing Swift’s seamless segue from Country music to Pop, Shake It Off’s uptempo rhythm and catchy hook mingle cheerfully with its punchy horn-line and playful, humorous lyrics; resulting in an instant crowd pleaser.
4) No Diggity – Blackstreet ft. Dr Dre & Queen Pen
Having experienced a recent revival owing to the 2012 Chet Faker cover, the Blackstreet original was one of our most requested songs of the year. A powerhouse rap single that was ranked at no. 32 on VHI’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s, No Diggity brings a welcome nostalgia element along with Blackstreet’s trademark energy and timeless vibe.
3) Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
A late comer to 2014 and a short-priced favourite to become the no. 1 song of 2015. Topping charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, the MJ-influenced funk anthem fuses 70s horn lines reminiscent of Earth Wind & Fire and KC & The Sunshine Band with Mark Ronson’s trademark dominant bass and kick-heavy electronica – it’s been playing on repeat in our office ever since its release.
2) Happy – Pharrell Williams.
Possibly the most-played song of the year, but we aren’t sick of it yet! A family-friendly fave, it’s the ultimate feel-good hit. Featuring a jaunty beat complete with catchy handclaps and fresh, exuberant vocals, you can’t help but sing and dance along to this one – no matter how ‘over it’ you claim to be!
1) Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams
Technically released in 2013, but we aren’t even close to done with it. A fresh, modern take on the classic disco style; owing to the harmonious collaboration between French house music duo Daft Punk, ‘Grandfather of Disco’ Nile Rodgers and the smooth vocals of Pharrell Williams. Get Lucky is 70s funk meets present-day electronica, an intoxicating fusion which has been succinctly described by Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker as being ‘as close to magic as pop music comes.’
So that was 2014… Looking forward to seeing what 2015 brings!
Til next time guys,
The Funkified team.