The Ultimate Hostel Party Playlist

We’ve all been in the situation where we are sitting around the communal area in a hostel and everyone is fighting over control of the music, the old local guys want to play some old classic Latino love songs, the drunk Aussies want to play Men at Work or AC/DC, the long haired hippies want to play some amazing Manu Chao, the fake Rasta’s from Venice beach want to listen to Bob Marley or The Specials and mid 30′s British idiots want to listen to terrible mid 90’s acid house music and re-live their days from ‘Beefa‘ (Ibiza)

Rockin' out to 'The Hostal Mix'

Choosing a playlist that’s going to keep everyone partying, drinking and merry is a minefield.   You need to put aside your favourite songs and think what’s best for the hostal community.  It’s no good putting loads of Wu-tang, Wagner or Chet Atkins.  There is one word that should describe this playlist… that is ‘Broad’.

Broad tastes to please everyone…. Let’s think about types of music that most people can get down to…


Motown – (Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations)

Funk – James Brown, Sly and The Family Stone, George Clinton.

80’s rock – (Michael Jackson, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Queen)

60′s & 70’s rock - (Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Beach Boys)

Modern pop – (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Hot Chip, Beck)

Bluesy rock - (i.e Black Keys, Kings of Leon)


Step 1.  Play playlist (below) on Hostal Sound system

Step 2. Break out your box of cheap supermarket bought beer

Step 3. Find suitable table and start a game of ‘Circle of Death’ (a.k.a ‘Kings Cup’)  The greatest, most sociable drinking game in the world.  Absolutely guaranteed to end up with people making out, vomiting, dancing or all three. (note : make sure you include the ‘Massage Master’ rule).

(Note. No one wants to play beer pong…. It’s shit)

So below you will find my own personal Spotify playlist, it’s kept many a party going at hostels all around the world.  I’ve had a lot more compliments than complaints,  so check it out and if you have spotify, and want to use it, please do… the link is here!

Tell us what you think in the comments below… let me know any great songs you think I’ve forgotten!!


10cc – I’m Not In Love
10cc – The Things We Do For Love
10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
1200 Techniques – Karma
Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion – Single Version
Al Green – Tired Of Being Alone
Al Green – My Girl
Al Green – Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
Al Green – Love And Happiness
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Archie Bell and The Drells – Tighten Up – Remastered LP Version
Aretha Franklin – Respect – Remastered LP Version
The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
The Avalanches – Stay Another Season
The Avalanches – Radio
The Band – The Weight
The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
The Beach Boys – California Girls
The Beach Boys – I Get Around
The Beach Boys – Surfin’ U.S.A.
The Beach Boys – Barbara Ann
The Beatles – Ticket To Ride
The Beatles – Get Back
The Beatles – Lady Madonna
The Beatles – Hey Jude
The Beatles – Let It Be
The Beatles – Love Me Do
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles – A Day In The Life
The Beatles – All My Loving
Ben Folds Five – Underground (Edit)
Bill Withers – Who Is He – And What Is He To You?   Album Version
Billie Holiday – Autumn In New York
Billy Joel – Big Shot
Billy Joel – All For Leyna
Billy Joel – Pressure
Billy Joel – My Life
Billy Joel – You May Be Right
Billy Joel – Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are
Billy Joel – Only The Good Die Young – Single Version
The Black Crowes – Twice As Hard
The Black Crowes – Jealous Again
The Black Crowes – Hard To Handle
The Black Keys – I Got Mine
The Black Keys – Howlin’ For You
Black Sabbath – War Pigs
The Blasters – Dark Knight
The Blues Brothers – Rubber Biscuit – Live Version
Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Stir It Up – Original Album Version
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Is This Love
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Redemption Song
Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Woman, No Cry – 1975/Live At The Lyceum, London
Booker T. & The MG’s – Green Onions – Single/LP Version
The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Born In The U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Glory Days
Buddy Holly – La Bamba
Buddy Holly – That’ll Be The Day
Canned Heat – Going Up The Country
Canned Heat – Fried Hockey Boogie
Canned Heat – On The Road Again
Canned Heat – Let’s Work Together
Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
Cher – Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves
Chuck Berry – Carol
Chuck Berry – Nadine
Chuck Berry – Maybellene
Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven
Chuck Berry – Brown Eyed Handsome Man
Chuck Berry – No Particular Place To Go – Single Version
Chuck Berry – Sweet Little Sixteen
Chuck Berry – No Money Down – Single Version
Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
The Clash – Rock The Casbah
The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go
The Clash – London Calling
The Coasters – Yakety Yak
The Coasters – Young Blood
The Coasters – Down In Mexico
Commodores – Brick House
Commodores – Easy – Single Version
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Suzie Q
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Edit
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lookin’ Out My Back Door
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Daddy Cool – Come Back Again
Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Hold Tight!
David Bowie – Space Oddity
David Bowie – Starman
David Bowie – Modern Love (Single Version)
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
David Bowie – Life On Mars?
David Ruffin – Put A Little Love In Your Heart
The Dead Weather – I Cut Like A Buffalo
The Dead Weather – Blue Blood Blues
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (Single Version)
Derek & The Dominos – Layla
Desert Sessions – I Wanna Make It Wit Chu
Devo – Whip It
Diana Ross – Upside Down
Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Dion – Runaround Sue
Dion – The Wanderer
Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing – Edit
Dire Straits – Walk Of Life
Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
Dolly Parton with Kenny Rogers – Islands In The Stream
The Doors – Break On Through [To The Other Side] – New Stereo Mix   Advanced Resolution
The Doors – Light My Fire – New Stereo Mix   Advanced Resolution
The Doors – Riders On The Storm – New Stereo Mix   Advanced Resolution
Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf
Dusty Springfield – Spooky
Dusty Springfield – Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart
Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man
Edwin Starr – War – Single Version
The Elgins – Heaven Must Have Sent You
Eric Clapton – Blues Power
Eric Clapton – Tulsa Time – Live Version
Eric Clapton – Blues Power – Live At The Budokan Theatre
Eric Clapton – Rambling On My Mind – Live At The Budokan Theatre
Etta James – I Just Want To Make Love To You
Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
Four Tops – Everybody’s Talking
Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin’
Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
Jackson 5 – ABC
James Brown – The Boss
James Brown – The Payback
James Brown – Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine
Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
Jerry Lee Lewis – Good Golly Miss Molly
Joe Cocker – Feelin’ Alright
John Lee Hooker – Just Me And My Telephone
John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillun
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – Ramblin’ On My Mind – Mono
Johnny Cash – Tennessee Stud
Johnny Cash – I Walk the Line
Johnny Cash – Man In Black
Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues – Live
Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Johnny Cash – I Hung My Head
Johnny Cash – Personal Jesus
Johnny Cash – In My Life
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Kings Of Leon – King Of The Rodeo
Kings Of Leon – Four Kicks
Kings Of Leon – Red Morning Light
Kings Of Leon – California Waiting
Kings Of Leon – Molly’s Chambers
Kool & The Gang – Hollywood Swinging – Single Version
Kool & The Gang – Jungle Boogie
Leadbelly – Black Betty
Led Zeppelin – Good Times Bad Times
Led Zeppelin – Communication Breakdown
Led Zeppelin – Dazed And Confused
Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
Led Zeppelin – Ramble On
Led Zeppelin – Heartbreaker
Led Zeppelin – Heartbreaker
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Mojo Hand
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Black Ghost Blues
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Katie Mae Blues
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Gotta Move
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Abilene
Lionel Richie – Endless Love – Reprise
Little Walter – Juke
Louis Armstrong – Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
Luther  Vandross – Never Too Much
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’
Marlena Shaw – California Soul
Martha & The Vandellas – Jimmy Mack
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Nowhere To Run – With Adrian Cronauer Intro
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Single Version (Mono)
Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now?
The Miracles – Love Machine
Mötley Crüe – Home Sweet Home – International
Mötley Crüe – Kickstart My Heart – International
Muddy Waters – I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
Muddy Waters – I Can’t Be Satisfied
Neil Young – Southern Man
Neil Young – Out On The Weekend
Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
Neil Young – Are You Ready For The Country
Neil Young – Old Man
Neil Young – Alabama
Neil Young – The Needle And The Damage Done
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
The O’Jays – For The Love Of Money
Otis Redding – Hard To Handle
Pacific Gas & Electric – Wade In The Water
Pacific Gas & Electric – Staggolee
Paul Simon – The Obvious Child
Paul Simon – The Boy In The Bubble
Paul Simon – Graceland
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Perez Prado And His Orchestra – Mambo No. 8
Prince & The Revolution – Raspberry Beret
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – 2011 Remaster
Queen – Killer Queen – 2011 Remaster
Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls – 2011 Remaster
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now – 2011 Remaster
Queen – I Want To Break Free – 2011 Remaster
Rare Earth – Get Ready – Single Version
Ray Charles – What’d I Say
Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
Ray Charles – Mess Around
Ray Charles – I’ve Got A Woman – Single/LP Version
Rick James – Super Freak
Rick James – Give It To Me Baby
Rick James – Mary Jane
Rick James – Cold Blooded
Robert Johnson – Sweet Home Chicago
Robert Johnson – Ramblin’ On My Mind
The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb
The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
The Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women – Mono Version
The Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
The Rolling Stones – Angie
The Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice
The Rolling Stones – Miss You – 2009 Re-Mastered Digital Version
The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black – Mono Version
The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Single Version
The Rolling Stones – Let’s Spend The Night Together – Mono Version
The Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday – Mono Version
The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Mono Version
The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
The Rolling Stones – Can’t You Hear Me Knocking – 2009 Re-Mastered Digital Version
Sam & Dave – Soul Man – LP/Single Version
Sam & Dave – Hold On, I’m Coming – LP/Single Version
Sam Cooke – Twistin’ The Night Away
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings – What Have You Done For Me Lately?
Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
Simon & Garfunkel – Cecilia
Skyhooks – Horror Movie
Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
Sly & The Family Stone – I Want To Take You Higher
Sly & The Family Stone – Sing A Simple Song
Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Single Version
Son Of Dave – Low Rider
Son Of Dave – Nike town
Son Of Dave – Hellhound
Son Of Dave – I just wanna get high with you
The Specials – A Message To You Rudy
The Spencer Davis Group – Keep On Running
The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’ – Single Mix / U.S Version
Steve Forbert – Romeo’s Tune
Steve Forbert – The Sweet Love That You Give (Sure Goes A Long, Long Way)
Steve Forbert – Sadly Sorta Like A Soap Opera
Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen
Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life
Stevie Wonder – Golden Lady
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’)
Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Single Version – Mono
Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
The Stranglers – Peaches
Supertramp – Breakfast In America
Supertramp – Give A Little Bit
Supertramp – The Logical Song
The Supremes – Baby Love – Single Version
The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love – Single Version (Mono)
The Supremes – Come Together
T. Rex – Jeepster
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer – 2005 Remastered Album Version
The Temptations – Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – Single Version
The Temptations – Get Ready
Thelma Houston – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
Tom Waits – Goin’ Out West
Tom Waits – I Don”t Wanna Grow Up
Tom Waits – Ol’ 55
Tom Waits – Big In Japan
Tom Waits – Get Behind The Mule
Tom Waits – Cold Water
Tom Waits – Filipino Box Spring Hog
Tom Waits – Singapore
Toto – Africa
Toto – Hold The Line
The Velvelettes – Needle In A Haystack
War – Low Rider
War – Why Can’t We Be Friends
Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy – 2007 Remastered LP Version
Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns And Money
Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London
Waylon Jennings;Willie Nelson;Johnny Cash;Kris Kristofferson – Big River
The White Stripes – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
The White Stripes – The Hardest Button To Button
The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
The White Stripes – Icky Thump
The White Stripes – Jolene (Live Under Blackpool Lights)
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
The White Stripes – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
The White Stripes – Hotel Yorba
The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl
Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music – Single Version
Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour – Remastered Single Version
Wilson Pickett – 634-5789 – Remastered Single Version
Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally

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