Listen Up! DJ Suspence’s NYE Picks

Champagne, fancy clothes, noisemakers, sparklers…there’s a lot to think about when considering the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration, but an awesome playlist should be right up there. Rather than leave it to chance, this year we’ve decided to get some professional help.

Spencer Manio (aka DJ Suspence) spends his days creating the perfect in-store playlists for brands you might have heard of, like Vans, Levi’s, Under Armour, Converse and more. In short, he basically knows everything that’s happening in music, all the time. Who better to ask for their top party jams of 2014, right?

Scroll on down to listen to Manio’s top 10 from 2014, listed in no particular order and each accompanied by a personal musing from Spencer. 🙂

1) Caribou: “Can’t Do Without You”
Grab the nearest cat, hit the living-room floor and sing every word of this song to him/her like you mean it.

2) A.G. Cook: “Beautiful”
It’s totally cool to cry on the dance floor, if only for the purest of reasons which can only be joy.

3) f(x): “Rainbow”
Hack Rogen’s art. And you’re to blame. Darling, Kim Jung gives K-pop a bad name.

4) Drake: “0 to 100” (Clean Edit)
Was this beat worth punching Drake over? Sure, why not. I’m crystal-balling a hilarious Seinfeldian dis in 2015 where Drizzy combines Puffy and Diddy and renames Sean ‘Puddy’. Oyy!

5) iLoveMakonnen: “Club Goin Up on a Tuesday”
Posdonus Jr. here also got punched in the face this year while performing. Rappers duck down!

6) Rich Gang feat. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan: “Lifestyle” (Clean Edit)
Lots of bad words on this one, but it’s sung in an ancient Moon language so no one complains.

7) Mumdance: “Take Time feat. Novelist”
Heavy UK Grime choon comprised of literally nuffin’. Oi!

8) Michael Jackson: “Love Never Felt So Good”
Written in ‘83 by Paul Anka. Who cares? I do for some very Filipino reason.

9) D’Angelo & The Vanguard: “Back to the Future Pt 1”
Jesus is back, just like he promised.

10) Tobias Jesso Jr.: “True Love”
After you’ve realized NYE is just an extra-drunk Wednesday night it’s time to recoil and let that melancholy baby suckle up and think about things.

Um, okay, now we’re ready to ring in 2015.

Image of Spencer Manio via Kyle Johnson.

—Jenny Yule