There's no better way to kick off your bachelorette party (or weekend!) than with music that you and your best friends absolutely love. Celebrating your status as bride-to-be is even better when your soundtrack includes the girl anthems you've loved for years. That's why we tapped Shanon Cook, Trends Expert at Spotify, to help us hand-deliver the music that's guaranteed to make your bachelorette celebration a success. From Beyoncé and Salt-N-Pepa to Rihanna and Whitney Houston, this playlist has it all. We have a feeling you're going to like what you're about to hear.
While this bachelorette party playlist is sure to get the fun started, Spotify also answered all of your questions about making your own. The secret? Going for variety, which means mixing genres and time periods. Read on for more playlist tips and tricks—and to discover the top 50 bachelorette party songs soon-to-be brides are loving right now.
What are the most popular artists that consistently show up in bachelorette party playlists?
"Beyoncé, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, and Justin Timberlake," said Cook. Surprised that Beyoncé is (technically) on there twice? Neither are we.
How do you mix songs and genres for an upbeat, but diverse list?
According to Cook, anything goes, but throwbacks are key. "Listeners—especially listeners in a party setting—like variety and enjoy being surprised, so don't worry about switching between genres and eras," she explained. "Our listeners love '80s and '90s songs in both wedding and bachelorette-themed playlists, with songs like The Spice Girls' 'Wannabe' and Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' at the forefront."
What's the most popular bachelorette party song right now—and what'll be the favorite in 2018?
Drum roll, please! The award for number one bachelorette party anthem goes to Beyoncé. "Beyoncé's 'Crazy In Love' was the most-streamed song in bachelorette party playlists in 2017," revealed Cook. As for her 2018 predictions, Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B "Finesse" and Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" (either the original or the duet versions!) are expected to top the charts.
Which types of songs are most likely to get everyone dancing?
"Go for upbeat, celebratory songs with a positive vibe. You're celebrating the bride's future as a wife, so this isn't the time to highlight songs about heartbreak or struggle," she continued. Cook also recommended TLC's "No Scrubs," Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," and Miley Cyrus' "We Can’t Stop," which all appeared in the playlist's top 10.
What's your top tip for making the best playlist?
It's all about knowing your audience, said Cook. "It's always nice to throw in a song that appeals to specific guests," she said. "If the maid of honor has an obsession with 'Uptown Funk' and it makes her feel good, throw it on the playlist!"