Let's face it - we're not all professional DJs.

Finding the right music to play at your next party can be a daunting task, especially if you're hosting people with a wide variety of taste. Whether you're setting up the perfect playlist ahead of time or changing songs on the fly all night, there's bound to be a program that will make your life easier. Here's a few ways to push your party host status to the next level: 

DJ 51

This is a phone application that generates a "room" for party-goers to join. The app reads the group's Spotify activity and creates a playlist based on everyone's common musical tastes. If you like what you hear, you can save the night's music as a new playlist on your Spotify.

DJ 51 is a great way to easily create a playlist that everyone will enjoy with minimal effort involved. It's available for free on both Android and iOS.


plug.dj is an interactive website that allows you to join different "communities" where users can take turns DJing. You create playlists by uploading music from YouTube and SoundCloud, and when it's your turn on the decks, you get to showoff your excellent taste in music. 

The site is a platform to meet like-minded music fans, or simply join a room and sit idly while other people around the world choose the music in realtime. It's completely free to sign up. You can check out their site for more details.


An interesting player in social music sharing, Playmoss is worth checking out. This platform allows you to build playlists from YouTubeSoundCloud and Vimeo. The idea is to eliminate the need to switch back and forth between all of these applications just to hear your favorite songs.

You can follow other users' playlists, so there's no end to the amount of mixes you can choose from. You can't upload an existing playlist, so it does take some setup time to put together a good mix of your own. But if you already use these sites to listen to music, it makes sense to give this one a try.

DJ Studio 5

For those of you who prefer a more hands-on approach, look no further than DJ Studio 5. This phone app won't get you booked at the local club, but it will suffice for your private gathering.

It's a user-friendly program that lets you sync and mix music as well as loop, scratch or add a variety of sound effects. It comes equipped with a single playlist that allows you to upload songs from your phone.

This app is free, but unfortunately only available for Android. iPhone users, however, can pay $2 for the more robust Traktor app.

The Future FM

Sometimes it's nice to relinquish all control and let the professionals do their job. The Future FM brings DJs' mixes straight to your computer or phone speakers.

The site incentivizes DJs by paying them when fans listen to their music, resulting in a massive library of artist-submitted content, much of which can be downloaded for free. You can sort mixes by artist, genre, mood or popularity. The site allows you to share your favorites or follow the selections of others.

Head over to their site, find a mix that suits you and get back to your party.

[H/T: Lifehacker 1,2]

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