Open Format DJ Setlist

Being an open format DJ in Cincinnati is both challenging and rewarding. I also think it’s one of the funnest jobs a person could possibly have. Sometimes DJs get caught up in technique and forget that, at the heart of it, being a good DJ is all about song selection. Mixing songs from different genres and eras is not only a test of skill, it’s also a great way to keep people engaged.

The following list of songs comes straight from the history (5/7/13) of my DJ laptop. I played this set to an enthusiastic crowd at Knockback Nat’s in the 7th Street Bar District. Because nature of the bars patrons changes over the course of an evening, I used a couple of different methods to select the songs I played. I started off playing songs similar to what on the jukebox right before I started. Then I “read the crowd” and played a few songs that fit the demographic. From there, I worked in requests and my own discretion to work through the rest of the night. All in all, I cued up about 100 songs, squeezing a little over 6 hours of music into 4 hours of time by beatmatching, cutting and scratching transitions when it made sense.

Song Artist Genre iTunes
The Impression That I Get Mighty Mighty Bosstones Rock Kelly Clarkson - Thankful - A Moment Like This
Boys Of Summer The Ataris Rock After All These Years - Revelation (feat. Arnel Pineda)
Eminence Front The Who Rock After All These Years - Revelation (feat. Arnel Pineda)
Satisfaction The Rolling Stones Rock Anniversary (Radio Version) - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tony! Toni! Toné!
Witches of Eastwick Top or Bottom Clip Movie Sample Anniversary Song - Platinum & Gold Collection: Cowboy Junkies
Give It To Me Baby Rick James Funk/R&B Anniversary Song - Time After Time
Billie Jean Michael Jackson Pop/R&B Anniversary Waltz - Back To Back Hits
Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) Zapp R&B As Time Goes By - Sleepless In Seattle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Hey Ladies Beastie Boys Hip Hop Tony Bennett - The Ultimate Tony Bennett - Because of You
Nasty Girl Vanity 6 R&B Céline Dion - Falling Into You - Because You Loved Me
Milkshake Kelis R&B Little Big Town - The Road to Here - Bring It On Home
Promiscuous Nelly Furtado Pop/R&B Little Big Town - The Road to Here - Bring It On Home
Don’t You Want Me Human League Pop Little Big Town - The Road to Here - Bring It On Home
White Lines Grandmaster Melle Mel Hip Hop Anne Murray - Anne Murray: Love Songs - EP - Could I Have This Dance
Sexy Back Justin Timberlake Pop/R&B Lionel Richie & Diana Ross - Lionel Richie: The Definitive Collection - Endless Love
Shimmy Shimmy  Ol’ Dirty Bastard Hip Hop Don Henley - Inside Job - For My Wedding
The Groove Line Heatwave R&B Don Henley - Inside Job - For My Wedding
Watching You  Steve Arrington R&B Randy Travis - Always & Forever - Forever and Ever, Amen
A Little Less Conversation Elvis (JXL Edit) Pop Shania Twain - Shania Twain: Greatest Hits - Forever and for Always
West End Girls Pet Shop Boys Pop/Rock Rod Stewart - Storyteller - The Complete Anthology 1964-1990 - Forever Young
Kiss Prince Pop/R&B Mary Chapin Carpenter - Party Doll and Other Favorites - Grow Old With Me
Centerfold J. Geils Band Rock Mary Chapin Carpenter - Party Doll and Other Favorites - Grow Old With Me
Strokin’ Clarence Carter R&B Happy Anniversary - The Best of Ray, Goodman & Brown
The Devil’s Advocate Bag of Bricks Clip Movie Sample Happy Anniversary - Little River Band: Greatest Hits
Touch Me The Doors Rock Van Morrison - Van Morrison - The Movie Hits - Have I Told You Lately?
Witches of Eastwick If That’s The Way You Feel About It Clip Movie Sample Here, There and Everywhere - Revolver
Hello, I Love You The Doors Rock Edwin McCain - Messenger - I Could Not Ask for More
Just Another Night Mick Jagger Rock Edwin McCain - Messenger - I Could Not Ask for More
Push It Salt-N-Pepa Hip Hop I Get a Kick Out of You - Classic Sinatra - His Great Performances, 1953-1960
F*#! You Cee Lo Green Pop Sonny and Cher - The Essentials: Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe
Lotus Flower Radiohead Rock I'd Love You All Over Again - 34 Number Ones
I Will Possess Your Heart Death Cab For Cutie Rock I'd Love You All Over Again - 34 Number Ones
Personal Jesus Depeche Mode Rock It Had to Be You - Seduction - Sinatra Sings of Love
Romeo Basement Jaxx Dance Harry Connick, Jr. - Movie Music - The Definitive Performances - It Had to Be You
The Devil’s Advocate Vanity Cliip Movie Sample Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - Dirty Dancing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - (I've Had) The Time of My Life
Take A Walk Passion Pit Rock Just the Two of Us - Winelight
How Soon Now?  The Smiths Rock Just the Way You Are - The Essential Billy Joel
Tom’s Diner Suzanne Vega Pop Al Green - Al Green: Greatest Hits - Let's Stay Together
My Own Worst Enemy (by request) Lit Rock Dan Fogelberg - The Very Best of Dan Fogelberg - Longer
Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand Rock Vince Gill - Pocket Full of Gold - Look at Us
Shining Star Earth, Wind & Fire R&B Nat "King" Cole - The World of Nat King Cole - L-O-V-E
Walk This Way Run DMC & Aerosmith Hip Hop Captain & Tennille - Ultimate Collection: Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together
Suit & Tie Justin Timberlake Pop/R&B Captain & Tennille - Ultimate Collection: Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together
Party Up DMX Hip Hop Memories Are Made of This - Dino - The Essential Dean Martin
Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake Pop Memories Are Made of This - Dino - The Essential Dean Martin
Cleaning Out My Closet Eminem Hip Hop Remember When - Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Just Like Heaven (by request) The Cure Rock Saving Forever for You - Beverly Hills 90210 (The Soundtrack)
I Melt With You Modern English Rock Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers, Vol. 1 (Expanded) - EP
Got You (Where I Want You) (by request) The Flys Rock Ben E. King - The Very Best of Ben E. King - Stand by Me
Good Times Bad Times Led Zeppelin Rock Orleans - Still the One - Still the One
Wonderin’ Why  tobyMac Hip Hop Orleans - Still the One - Still the One
Sofa King (by request) DangerDoom Hip Hop Dido - No Angel - Thank You
Who’s That Girl? Eve Hip Hop The Best Is Yet to Come (With Count Basie and His Orchestra) - Nothing But the Best (The Frank Sinatra Collection) [Remastered] {Deluxe Edition}
American Woman The Guess Who Rock The Best Is Yet to Come (With Count Basie and His Orchestra) - Nothing But the Best (The Frank Sinatra Collection) [Remastered] {Deluxe Edition}
The Stroke  Billy Squier Rock Natalie Cole - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - This Will Be (An Everlasting love)
I Love Rock N Roll Joan Jett Rock Little Big Town - The Road to Here - Bring It On Home
Drive The Cars Rock Little Big Town - The Road to Here - Bring It On Home
How To Love Lil Wayne Hip Hop Two People Fell In Love - Playlist: The Very Best of Brad Paisley
The Devil’s Advocate Better To Reign In Hell Clip Movie Sample Wedding Day (Duet With Heidi) - System (Bonus Track Version)
Supermassive Black Hole Muse Rock We've Only Just Begun - Close to You
Good 4 It  Wallpaper. Rock Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black - Clint Black: Greatest Hits II - When I Said I Do
Mercy Kanye West Hip Hop Bette Midler - Experience The Divine: Greatest Hits - Wind Beneath My Wings (LP Version)
Oh My DJ Drama Hip Hop Bette Midler - Experience The Divine: Greatest Hits - Wind Beneath My Wings (LP Version)
Ms. New Booty Bubba Sparxx Hip Hop Crystal Gayle & Eddie Rabbitt - Great Wedding Songs - You and I
Big Ole Butt LL Cool J Hip Hop Crystal Gayle & Eddie Rabbitt - Great Wedding Songs - You and I
Gold Digger (DJ Phat Al 2nd Nature Mix) Kanye West Hip Hop Stevie Wonder - Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection - You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Love Hangover Diana Ross Disco/R&B You Just Get Better All the Time - Everywhere
Bad Girls Donna Summer Disco/R&B Elton John - Elton John - Your Song
Pull Up To The Bumper Grace Jones Disco/R&B Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Groove Is In The Heart Deee-Lite Disco/R&B Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
The Crunge (by request) Led Zepplin Rock Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
So Fresh, So Clean Outkast Hip Hop Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
You Make My Dreams (by request) Hall & Oates Pop Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
The Usual Trey Songz R&B Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Snap Yo Fingers Lil Jon Hip Hop Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
6 Foot 7 Foot  Lil Wayne Hip Hop Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Money Maker Ludacris Hip Hop Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
I Know You See It Yung Joc Hip Hop Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
How Low Ludacris Hip Hop Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Lucifer (Remix) (by request) Jay Z Hip Hop Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Rebirth of Slick Digable Planets Hip Hop Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Novacane Frank Ocean R&B Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Let’s Groove Earth, Wind & Fire R&B Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Garden Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Dance Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Get Lucky Daft Punk Dance Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Never There Cake Pop/Rock Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Boogie Oogie Oogie A Taste Of Honey R&B Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
You Dropped A Bomb On Me The Gap Band R&B Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
I Can Make You Dance Zapp R&B Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Flashlight Parliament Funk/R&B Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Aqua Boogie Parliament Funk/R&B Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Love Rollercoaster Red Hot Chili Peppers Funk/Rock Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Be By Myself Asher Roth & Cee-Lo Hip Hop Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One
Pumped Up Kicks Foster The People Pop/Rock Shania Twain - Come on Over - You're Still the One

 

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