This story was updated in January 2019.
New Year’s Eve should be a night to remember. As we prepare ourselves for new resolutions, this is the last night of the year to let loose and ring in the year happily. You know what they say right? Happy new year, happy all year. This is why, most of us want to be closer to our families and friends, and share our joy of a new beginning with them.
So if you, like me, are planning on throwing a party to bring together the people you want to celebrate with, keep in mind that it will take planning. You’ll have order the right amount of food, arrange drinks and decorate the house. And the most important part to ensure everyone parties till the wee hours: upbeat music! A tap-worthy New Year's party playlist to keep people on the dance floor and make the girls want to swing - that’s what you’re looking for.
We are giving you a headstart with our New Year’s party playlist with a collection of Hindi, Punjabi and English songs that no one can resist. Mix it up with your favourites and get everyone into the groove before you countdown to midnight with the good ol’ 3-2-1 classic theme song.
No matter where you are, Bollywood songs will always get you going. So, in my list of Hindi and Punjabi music, I have included upbeat songs that you just can’t listen to without shaking a leg. Here’s some of the best music of 2018 to bid goodbye to a fantastic year.
This sizzling number by Badshah and QARAN has the entire female cast of the movie dancing their heart out. Don’t be surprised if you find your friends recreating the signature Kareena and Sonam Kapoor steps from the video.
Guru Randhawa, the man behind the hit Tenu Suit Suit Karda, is owning it with this latest track. Maybe we’ll see this song in a Bollywood movie soon.
Although this song gained a lot of popularity with the release of it in the movie, Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety, it was originally sung by Zack Knight and Jasmin Walia. So if you are adding this song to your playlist, make sure you go with the original track.
Bollywood has a new trend of lifting already successful songs and placing them in their movies, especially when it comes to the Guru Randhawa classics. You might remember Patola from the movie Blackmail starring Irrfan Khan.
If you have a bunch of couples attending your party, you will definitely find them coupling up to sing this song.
The quintessential shaadi song of the year, but it is a great party starter. Adapted from the classic of the same name by Hans Raj Hans, the beats will get you tapping your feet.
Play this song closer to midnight when the crowd has already gotten into the groove of the night. It is bound to get everyone up and dancing, plus, shots!
The remake of the Madhuri Dixit classic, this song has some iconic steps that your guests would love to recreate.
Who wouldn’t love this track? Ranveer Singh in his crazy avatar is unforgettable. Be prepared for the boys on the dance floor to loose control.
Guru Randhawa’s latest track is upbeat and contagious, the kind that gets stuck in your head and plays on loop till you fall asleep. I talk from experience!
The OG track was sung and written by AR Rehman, this version stars Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani. Not the best video, but the song is still a good party starter.
Hardy Sandhu might be the most underrated Punjabi singer at this point. So if you haven’t heard him yet, do it before New Year’s Eve and you’d want him to be featured on your New Year's party playlist.
Dhadak might not have been the best movie of the year, but this Ishaan Khattar and Janhvi Kapoor track will do the trick.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone used this track as their entry song at their Banglore reception and the IT couple couldn’t possibly have chosen a better track. Play it once and you’ll see why it’s such a hit right now.
Diljit Dosanjh in the house! Bollywood’s favourite chocolate boy and the actor who made his Hindi film industry debut with Udta Punjab is also a brilliant singer.
Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra starrer Badhaai Ho was a box office success and so is this song sung by Guru Randhawa and Neha Kakkar.
My list seems to have all the songs that Bollywood stole from talented Punjabi singers. Well, not exactly stole, this song gave Diljit Dosanjh the credit for his original and even got Badshah on board. A disappointing movie but a kickass dance number.
The OG track that Salman Khan and Karisma Kapoor danced to back in the first Judwaa, straight out my generation’s childhood, this track is always going to be a favourite dance number.
Siddharth Kapoor can finally dance! This song is catchy and quite the uplifting track when everyone is tired and just want to shake their hips around a little.
Sara Ali Khan and Ranveer Singh’s 2018 release has a track that I am undoubtedly addicted to. It’s fun and full of life, and you can copy the iconic steps from the video!
I’ve picked out the best dance songs of the year, from Ariana Grande’s Thank You, Next to Drake’s In My Feelings. Your one-stop guide to begin the countdown on New Year’s eve!
The song from Shawn Mendes’ first album broke records on the Top 40 list and this version with Zedd will definitely get you dancing.
Who doesn’t love this song? Adam Levine has the most powerful women in America, including his supermodel wife, Lilly Singh, Ellen DeGeneres, Gal Gadot and Olympian gymnast, Aly Raisman who make appearances in the music video.
The loud foot-tapping song that you might hate the first time you listen to it, but will soon learn to love.
The song is great and the video is even better! A montage of the best movies with Ariana in the lead is the perfect backdrop for this sassy track.
Dua Lipa has become my favourite artist with songs like New Rules and IDGAF, One Kiss is just another fine example of her talent. And then there’s Calvin Harris.
I spent the first half of 2018 dancing to this song and I would love to ring the year out with this peppy number!
After this album, 24K Magic won the Grammy this year, Bruno’s Finesse became a crowd favourite. So, you’re sure to get people’s attention with this song.
Caution: Don’t watch the video because it will make you cry. However, the song is a happy number as most of Marshmello’s tracks are.
Explicit, yes. But definitely a mood lifter with catchy lyrics that will have all the hiphop lovers singing.
American Rapper Post Malone became a sensation overnight with his unique voice and style. PS Check out Stay from the same album, Beerbongs & Bentleys.
A bit of a slow number, this one is for the couples who want to move and grind on the dance floor.
The kind of sing that seems vaguely familiar when you hear it for the first time. And it will definitely last in your playlist long after the party is over.
An easy breezy song that will connect with you no matter which genre you prefer and will most definitely be played many times during the night.
This is the song your guests will be grooving to once they are all tired and sitting on the couch, plus Sia’s voice is magical as ever.
A fun song that will get all your BFFs up and about. Sassy, quirky and a fine example of two creative artists coming together to create a viral track.
Drake has his ‘feelings’ on in this song and he sounds like a dream. This one is for all the girls out there who can’t deal with how cute Drake is.
The ideal song for him to sing after his breakup with Selena Gomez, and definitely a number to play in the beginning when your guests are just coming in.
All hail Ariana Grande for finally singing what every feminist was secretly thinking. Love the song, the vibe and the spot on lyrics.
My Saturday night jam for sure! This song is the best thing to groove to when you’re at the peak of your dance performance and need to slow it down for a few minutes. Too specific? I speak from experience.
Play, dance, repeat and make your party a hit! Happy New Year!
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