By Allison Sadlier // SWNS
Three in five Americans are boosting their moods after so much time at home with indoor dance parties and karaoke sessions, according to a new poll.
Two in five have even embraced viral trends and learned a new dance, while 38% have thrown a party with friends via video chat.
The study of 2,000 Americans examined the important role music has played in light of current events.
When asked what songs respondents want on their socially distanced dance party playlist, current hits like “Rain on Me” from Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa, “Say So” from Doja Cat and “Hot Girl Summer” by Megan Thee Stallion were mixed in with classics like “September” from Earth Wind and Fire and “Hey Ya!” by Outkast.”
And when asked about the best dance songs of all time, Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” came out on top of a predetermined list of dance favorites.
“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson and “Stayin’ Alive” from The Bee Gees also made it into the top three.
Four in five (79%) cited music as a way to help them stay connected with others while social distancing.
The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Ultimate Ears found when it came to the genres that lifted respondents' spirits the most, hip hop came out on top with 50%.
Rock (47%), pop (45%), country (42%) and dance/electronic music (31%) rounded out the top five mood-boosting genres.
When it comes to their actual taste in music, many think of themselves as tastemakers.
Three in five Americans think “good taste” in music is a talent they’re born with. Music preferences can even have an impact on the dating game with two-thirds saying bad taste in music is a romantic buzzkill.
One in two have even been embarrassed by their own music taste. With some respondents even hiding their guilty pleasure preferences from a date.
Three in ten confessed to lying to a partner about their love for a song or artist.
Half of the respondents like “everything” when it comes to music while 15% classify their tastes as “eclectic.”
Of those who create their own playlists, seven in ten have separate playlists for private listening versus parties.
One in two of those admitted they would feel embarrassed if a song from their personal collection found its way onto a party mix by mistake.
A third of respondents have had that exact cringe-worthy scenario happen to them. One hilariously recalled a time in which the “Batman” theme song, leftover from a child’s party, played during a get-together of adults.
Music definitely plays a vital role in the success of a party since four in five think it can “make or break” the event.
Music came only second to drinks on a list of elements for a successful get together with food rounding out the top three.
Respondents don’t want quiet background tunes either. Eighty percent said good volume and bass are essential to a great party.
If you’re hosting a party and looking to get guests on their feet and dancing, a killer playlist is a party must-have. Seventy-eight percent of respondents said there are certain songs guaranteed to make them move.
“We know that a gathering isn’t a party until people are up and dancing. That's why the data is no surprise to us, and we designed our latest speaker HYPERBOOM to bring massive sound and extreme bass to any party, loud enough to get whole rooms of people on their feet dancing,” said Doug Ebert, Global Product Manager, Ultimate Ears.
“What makes for an amazing party isn't just one playlist,” Fournier added, “With HYPERBOOM, we made it easier for friends to share their music from different devices, without that awkward pause when you’re switching music,” Ebert added.
Social Distanced Dance Playlist
- I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
- Bille Jean - Michael Jackson
- Stayin’ Alive - The Bee Gees
- Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
- Dancing Queen - ABBA
- Just Dance - Lady Gaga
- Hey Ya! - Outkast
- Get Lucky - Daft Punk
- Work - Rihanna ft. Drake
- Shake it Off - Taylor Swift
- Yeah! - Usher
- Crazy in Love - Beyonce
- I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas
- SexyBack - Justin Timberlake
- One Dance - Drake
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
- Jump Around - House of Pain
- Everybody - Backstreet Boys
- Old Town Road - Lil Nas ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
- Wannabe - Spice Girls
- Sorry - Justin Bieber
- TiK ToK - Ke$ha
- Bad guy - Billie Eilish
- Twist & Shout - The Beatles
- Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
- Toxic - Britney Spears
- Get Busy - Sean Paul
- Pump up the Jam - Technotronic
- Thank you, next - Ariana Grande
- I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
- September - Earth, Wind, & Fire
- Senorita - Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello
- Footloose - Kenny Loggins
- Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
- I Love It - Icona Pop ft. Charlie XCX
- Dance Monkey - Tones and I
- Truth Hurts - Lizzo
- The Twist - Chubby Checker
- Vogue - Madonna
- Don’t Start Now - Dua Lipa
- Let Me Clear My Throat - DJ Kool
- Sucker - Jonas Brothers
- Dancing on my Own - Robyn
- Savage - Megan Thee Stallion
- Disco Inferno - The Tramps
- Groove is in the Heart - Deee-Lite
- Shout - The Isley Brothers
- It Takes Two - Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
- Adore You - Harry Styles
- Levels - Avicii
MOST SUCCESSFUL PARTY ELEMENTS
- Drinks 59%
- Music 55%
- Food 54%
- Location 46%
- Space 43%
- Decor 37%
- Guestlist 35%
- Timing 34%