On a quarterly basis, Ambient DJs' mixologists disclose the hottest tracks in their Serato crates. These songs generally include current dance tracks, but also include a category "classics in rotation" for those timeless gems.
A musical chameleon with a bent towards electronica, here is DJ Jagged's 2010 "Pre-Summer" playlist. These are listed in no particular order.
1) OMG - Usher f/Will.i.Am - dance floor gold with its soccer stadium chants and smooth vocal performance from Usher.
2) California Gurls - Katy Perry f/Snoop Dogg (predicted Summer 2010 breakout hit, although this song feels somewhat formulaic as produced by hitmaker Max Martin)
3) Nothin' on You - B.o.b. f/Bruno Mars. Great melody with an uplifting message. My four year old son loves to sing this song!
4) Pon di Floor - Major Lazer. I love this reggae track that features marching band drums and morphs into an electro groove. This song could be the next Calabria.
5) Freak (Disco Fries RMX) - Estelle. Hot dance groove laid down by New Jersey-based remixers the Disco Fries, sassy lyrics by Estelle and a throwback to Soul II Soul equals a huge winner!
6) Dirty Picture - Taio Cruz f/Ke$ha. Hot electro groove featuring bad girl Ke$ha.... "SNAP!"
7) Rude Boy (DJ Scooter Remix) - Rihanna. Rihanna manufactures hits faster than China manufactures toys. The DJ Scooter Remix has a brisker tempo and reggae soundscape.
8) I'm in the House - Steve Aoki. Bangin', peak hour electro mayhem by DJ Steve Aoki.
9) Alejandro - Lady Gaga. I strongly dislike Bad Romance, but enjoy Alejandro which has the sound of one of my favorite 70s bands, ABBA.
10) Bulletproof - La Roux. La Who? It's LaRoux, silly, with an infectious dance track that can get inside of your head.
11) I Remember - DeadMau5 w/Kaskade. DeadMau5's unique techno groove is paired with the seductive voice of Kaskade in an unforgettable result.
12) All I Do is Win - DJ Khaled. Khaled has a very "in your face" persona that I generally dislike, but this song about the thrill of victory with hands in the air.... "and they stay there." I love it!
13) Carryout - Timbaland f/Justin Timberlake.
14) Rad Anthem - Rad Omen. This somewhat repetitious electronic song is great, but the music video produced by Nicholaus Goossen takes things to a new dimension, when Ronald McDonald, the King (BK) and Colonel Sanders go on a vicious party bender!
15) She Came Along - Sharam f/Kid Cudi. Sharam, half of the former duo Deep Dish, has put out an amazing catalog of music as a solo artist. This song combines a dance groove, Wild West motif, and the spit-fire rapping of Kid Cudi.
16) Check My Brain - Alice in Chains. Alice in Chains is back; Layne Staley is missed, but the new lead vocalist is an oustanding grunge singer, and this song rocks hard.
17) Gettin' Over You - David Guetta, Fergie, Chris Willis. Reminscent of "Now That the Love is Gone," but with a new groove overlayed with rap lyrics and the freestyle of Fergie.
18) Our Music - Trackheadz. A progressive house track that I discovered via one of my favorite producers, Tom Middleton.
19) You are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne. An awesome arrangement with Ray LaMontagne's soulful voice and a brass section and gospel backup singers straight out of the 1960s. Great selection for a first dance at a wedding, or for the recessional at a wedding ceremony.
20) Waiting for Your Love - Onda. Deep and sexy house music selection, perfect for summer chilling!
21) Toes - Zac Brown Band. This song transforms me to the best beach vacation of my life.
22) All Summer Long - Kid Rock. Hey, it's summer again, and audiences still are demanding this song, as formulaic as it is, with Kid Rock lifting the hooks from Sweet Home Alabama and Werewolves of London! I typically start with Sweet Home Alabama, and blend out into All Summer Long, to great reaction.
23) Jersey Shore versus South Beach Mash-up - Bad Boy Joe. Audiences are talking about the Jersey Shore and fist-pumping, and this song has it all!
24) Hey Soul Sister - Train.
25) Snake Charmer - DJ Rekha. A sax-infused, intoxicating Bhangra beat for progressive audiences.
Classics in Rotation
1) Oh Sheila - Ready for the World
2) How Soon is Now - The Smiths
3) Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison
4) Make the World Go Round - Sandy B.
5) You Rock My World - Michael Jackson
6) In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
7) Change (in the House of Flies) - the Deftones
8) Lights - Journey
9) No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
10) I Get Lifted - George McCrae
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Gregg Hollmann, aka DJ Jagged, at the 2009 International DJ Expo in Atlantic City, NJ