I bring out a “line dance” song. I know what makes Mom & Dad & Granny get up and dance. If I’m playing something that nobody is feeling, I’ll slow and cut it in about 30 – 40 seconds then play something very upbeat that everybody knows. I know what gets people out there to dance.
I generally start with music that appeals to the older generation first, (music or the ‘50s) because they’re the ones who usually go home the earliest. Then I progress through music of the ’60, ‘70s, 80s’ ‘90s etc. the music that appeals more to the younger people, as they usually tend to stay later.