Guide to Picking Music for Special Events and Occasions

Throwing a party for special events and occasions means so many preparations. You have to think of the budget, the food choices, the cake, the theme, the decorations, the people you’re going to invite, and of course, your music playlist. Whatever you’re celebrating, you can have the perfect playlist and song choices through this song guide. Read on to discover the songs to play for your events.

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Why Music Matters in All Cultures

Music is a universal language that cuts over linguistic and cultural boundaries. It has existed throughout history in all civilizations and plays a crucial function in human communities. 

Without music, a celebration, festival, or party is essentially nonexistent. With our community, music enables us to dance and be wholly ourselves. People often use movement to communicate their emotions in response to music. When there is music playing and dancing going on, you feel more of a part of your culture.


What to Consider When Choosing Event Music

A party’s guests’ entire experience can be greatly impacted by the music you choose. While selecting music for an occasion, keep the following in mind:

  1. Event theme and mood. The music you select should complement the overall concept and atmosphere of your event. A traditional gala, for instance, would call for classical music or jazz, but a casual gathering might require more energetic and modern sounds.
  2. Audience demographics. Consider the age range and musical tastes of your audience while planning your presentation. If younger individuals will be attending your event, for instance, you might want to think about playing hip-hop or contemporary pop music. Instead, you may choose more classical, jazz, or oldies music if the visitors are older.
  3. Timing. Consider the timing of your event’s many components, such as the meal, dance, and cocktail hour. For each phase, you might wish to choose a new style of music.
  4. Volume. The music’s loudness should be suitable for the occasion and the surroundings. In contrast to a wedding reception, a business event could call for background music that is louder to foster a party environment while yet allowing people to converse with one another.
  5. DJ or live band. Decide if you want to employ a DJ or a live band. A DJ may play a variety of musical styles and change the speed and loudness to meet the occasion. A live band, on the other hand, may offer a more engaging and interactive experience.
  6. Special requests. Be willing to accommodate visitors’ particular demands to make sure they feel welcomed and included in the event.
  7. Budget. Your budget is the most crucial and last thing you should think about. In general, DJs are less expensive than live music. The cheapest choice is to use the venue’s sound system to play your own playlist. The day and hour of your event, the duration of the music, and any other services you need will all affect the price. Prior to booking your music partners, be sure you are aware of their exact pricing. Do not allow any fees that you should have been aware of in advance to surprise you.

Guide for each of your events

Children’s birthdays and graduation

Birthdays and graduations are big milestones for a child’s life. It means so much for them to celebrate it and look forward to it to keep their excitement and zest for life alive. For your child’s special day, you can play some songs that will fit the occasion. The party may be a gift or a surprise, but one with good music will surely put people in the mood to celebrate your child.

Look here for great song choices for your child’s first birthday, daughter’s 16th birthday, and your children’s graduation.

Adults’ birthdays

An adult party wouldn’t be complete without music because it’s what gives life to an event. If you’re planning a party for a friend or for a family member, check out these song ideas that will keep the party going on. There are great choices perfect for celebrants who are in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.

For child

Parental love is one of the greatest kind of love here on earth. And if you love your kids so much, it will surely be a joy for you to dedicate suitable songs for your children. You may play them on their special day, or maybe sing it to them out from the heart. Some of these songs are from a mother’s perspective; some are from fathers’; some are for boys, and some are for girls.

For wife

If you’re a husband and you want to celebrate a special day with your wife – whether it’s an anniversary, an intimate birthday celebration, or a simple “wife appreciation day” – make sure there’s musical accompaniment, featuring touching love songs. If you’re looking for the best songs to dedicate to your wife, check out this list and serenade her.

For husband

Your loving husband deserves to be given a tribute and to make them feel special. Men may react in a different way than women, but if you make a touching gesture with a romantic background music, your husband will get so delighted from the inside and fall in love with you all over again.

For parents and children

There’s no greater joy than making your family feel loved, appreciated, and secured. If you want to dedicate special songs for your parents or for your children at a party or on a regular day, here are some nice songs to play.

For moms

For Mother’s Day celebration, touch the heart of your mom (and other moms in your life) with these fantastic songs  that feature and celebrate how brave and admirable a mom’s job is.

50’s-themed party

Holding a 50’s-themed party for the crowd, here are some of the best songs we can recommend. These are some hit songs of the era that your guests can dance to or sing along with.

70’s-themed party

Disco, funk, jazz, and soul are the popular genres of the 70s. If you’re throwing a 70’s-themed party soon, here are some great music of the era to play and listen to. Your friends will surely get nostalgic through your songs.

80’s-themed party

The ’80s was an exciting era for a lot of people. During this decade, the music industry gave birth to some of the greatest pop songs and karaoke songs still enjoyed by people until today. The ’80s was a powerhouse, making it a powerful theme for your party. Here are some of the greatest hits that are perfect for playing for an 80’s themed party.

90’s-themed party

Looking to revive the glory days of the ’90s? This is an exciting theme to pick for a party because there’s just so many hairstyles, fashion statements, and of course, song choices to pick. These are some of the best 90’s songs that will surely bring life to your party.

Beach party

The sound of the ocean waves is relaxing in itself, but if you’re holding a beach party, you may want to put some summer swag into the occasion. If you want to celebrate the beach life, or if you simply want to listen to beach tunes while you’re on the shore, check out this good-time playlist.