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February Floor Fillers

Here we are, already 42 days into 2012. The new year is a time when people often reflect on the past year and when it comes to music, that often inspires the creation of Top 10, Top 50, or Top 100 lists. Radio stations, music retailers, record labels, DJs and anyone with an affinity for music tends to built their Top whatever lists this time of the year. I’m no stranger to list building, if you’ve been reading my blog, you know that a good Top 5 list is a staple around here. I’ve looked around and I’ve seen a number of new lists of favorites and chart toppers from 2011. I thought about creating my own Top X list and sharing with it you but, I’m just not feeling all that nostalgic for 2011.

Right now, I’m more interested in newer tracks. So rather than providing a recap of what was, let’s look at what is… Here’s a look at some new tracks that I know will fill the dance floor right now.

The first track I want to talk about is “Levels” by Sweden’s DJ Avicii. This track was released back in October 2011 but just because it’s been out for a few months doesn’t mean it isn’t relevant today. If you think today’s current hits are only the latest releases, think again. Tons of tracks bomb at the time of their initial release only to be re-released by the record label at some point later. These re-releases often become hits. It’s all about timing. For example, I wrote about “International Love” by Pitbull on this blog back in June 2011 prior to the release of the album Planet Pit. I predicted it would be filling dance floors within a matter of weeks. I was wrong, at that time, it didn’t get any radio airplay and it didn’t become a hit like I thought it would. But now, 8 months later, we’re hearing “International Love” on the radio. In fact, “International Love” just peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week. I apologize for that digression, allow me to get back on topic.

“Levels” may not be as important or as popular as some other tracks that are charting right now but, this track is relevant. More on that in a minute. Levels is a fairly short, fun, house-like track and while it only reached number 60 on the Hot 100, it reached number 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play list. Here’s the official video for this track on YouTube. It’s a pretty funny video too. Click though to YouTube so you can watch it in HD.

How about them rainbows?

Another track I would recommend is “Blackout” by Breathe Carolina. Here’s another Techno infused Pop/Rock track that’s simple yet entertaining. It’s doesn’t feature the most sophisticated lyrics and you might even call it cheesy or clich√© but, it get’s the job done. Here’s the video but if your easily offended, I recommend you skip this one. Also, this video is not what I would call safe for work (NSFW).

Here’s something that came out in December 2010. This might sound dated but, the truth is not many of my clients have ever heard this mashup. The track is called “Barbaramyte”. It’s a remix created by DJs from Mars featuring “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz and “Barbara Streisand” from Duck Sauce. Everyone is familiar with Taio Cruz and you’ve all heard “Dynamite” but “Barbara Streisand” isn’t a track that garnered much commercial success here in the United States. It did much better overseas, hitting number 3 on the charts in the UK. It’s a great versus mashup that really builds the energy on the dance floor. I’ve played this track a number of times and people are still enjoying it.

The next track that will get your body movin’ is “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida. If you haven’t heard this one, check out the video first.

Now, does this track remind you of anything? Does it sound familiar? Well, it should. Listen to the sampled lyrics, “Oh, sometimes I get a good feeling…” These lyrics are sampled from Etta James’ 1962 release “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”. They are sampled here in the Flo Rida track but they are also featured in “Levels” by Avicii which I mentioned above. More precisely, Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” is based on “Levels”. Like other Hip-Hop artists before him, Flo Rida has taken and electronic track and infused it with a Hip-Hop beat.

That’s a lot of good booty shaking music for your party but I still have to talk about David Guetta and his most recent album
Nothing But the Beat. Here’s a collection of music that’s generating a bunch of hits. I believe the first hit from this album was “Where Them Girls At” that features both Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj.

This track may be showing it’s age a bit now but I could still work it into a play list. The next release from this album was “Night of Your Life” which features Jennifer Hudson doing the vocals. I personally think this is a great track with a great beat for the dance floor. Sadly, this song only reached number 83 on the charts. Regardless of it’s commercial success, or lack thereof, I sill think this is a great dance track and it’s certainly something I would consider playing during one of my sets.

The next track from this album to climb the charts was “Without You” featuring Usher. This track peaked at number 4 on the charts and while it’s a decent track, it’s not what I would call a floor filler. Finally, the latest track from Nothing But the Beat is the most recent release, “Turn Me On” featuring Nicki Minaj. Here’s yet another great track proving that David Guetta has just the right formula to create hits. His mix of House sounds with R&B and Hip-Hop beats is a successful marriage that’s filling the floors. Here again is the link to the video. With it’s undressed Barbie and Ken like actors, the video isn’t something I would call safe for work.

So are you noticing a trend here with these new Pop releases? What are some of your current favorites? Let us know what you think by commenting below.