At other times I’d use the DJ’s friend.
Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf
Ok, this is a terrible song and I hate it with a passion. It’s blatantly misogynistic and celebrates rape culture. On the other hand it was a sure fire hit with ladies dragging guys out of their chairs to the dance floor so they could wave their fingers and shout the lyrics at them.
It’s also kind of depressing in that Scenes from an Italian Restaurant kind of way. People don’t dance to that one so much, it changes tempo as does Dashboard Light, but it does it quicker and the uptempo parts are faster.
Or maybe people want to immerse themselves in mindless familiarity and not recognize the sadness of the lyrics (many never listen to the lyrics).
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel
And Dashboard is not even a good song from Meatloaf (to be fair Italian Restaurant is not Joel’s best work either).
Here’s a much better one.
I’m told by my DJ buddy who’s met him personally that Meatloaf is a stone cold racist (since my buddy’s a Republican it takes a lot to shock him) and has personal hygiene problems (he stinks- Meatloaf, not my buddy).
What made it good from a DJ standpoint beyond the fact it was a sure fire hit was that it runs 8+ minutes which gives you time to take a leak, grab a bite, and figure out what the hell to do next.