How to choose the music for a midcentury party

The midcentury style is a recovery of styles from the decades of 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60, applied to fashion clothing, shoes, furniture and decorative pieces.

This style has also gaining importance as the theme for parties, especially on birthdays and other celebrations, and especially popular for wedding parties, where the trend has spread all over the world.

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If you are thinking of organizing a midcentury party, whatever it may be, certainly thought the dress code or the classic elements for decoration, etc. But have you thought what music will pass?

In principle, all the great past successes from the 70 or 80 can enter the playlist of your party.

If you don’t have ideas, here are some more specific that will help you choose the music for an unforgettable party.

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Jazz and Swing

For the playlist of your midcentury party bet on swing music, a derivative style of jazz music which was very popular in the 1930s, usually with arrangements for dance orchestra and characterized by average time of melodies and syncopated rhythms.

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Choose classic themes of renowned artists such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and also themes of the younger generation, such as Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone or Norah Jones.

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Soul music

For your party you can also opt for soul music, born of mixing the melodies of rhythm and blues and gospel during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The music is emotional, the melody is ornamented and, like jazz, lives of improvisation.

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Some classic names of soul music: Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Wilson Pickett, Ben E. King or Ray Charles. More recently: Sade, Simply Red, Adele, Leona Lewis and again Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone.

Rockabilly

How about a midcentury party rockabilly?

This is one of the first sub-genres of rock and roll, which emerged in the early 1950s and remained very popular during the 60’s this style joins rock and roll with hillbilly (country music).

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This is a music genre driven by attractive beats, guitars and acoustic basses that were touched by using the “slap-back”, hitting the strings instead of pulling them individually.

The starting point for this style was the theme “Rock Around The Clock”, a hit released by Bill Haley in 1954, and catapulted the careers of many artists.

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In the same year, however, Elvis Presley began the real popularization of this kind, with themes launched by Sun Records.

Main genre artists: Bill Haley, The Cramps, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, among many others.

These are just some suggestions that certainly will give your midcentury party the perfect environment to transmit your guests to the past.

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Source: midcenturymagazine

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