"I like to play about one-third holiday music [when spinning at parties], Ruckus tells Us. "People don't hear the songs all year so they go a long way." To make sure you're not playing DJ all evening, Rev Run suggests making a CD with the night's top tunes. "I have to make a CD, put it on repeat, and let the house rock!" he says.
Take a cue from our DJ experts and pump up your playlist with these festive tracks:
Al Green – "Let's Stay Together"
Rev Run: "It just reminds of my parents' favorite records."
Madonna – "Holiday"
DJ Ruckus: "Doesn't the name say it all?"
Run-DMC – "Christmas in Hollis"
Rev Run: "The ultimate rap Christmas song. A must!"
Adele – "I'll Be Waiting"
DJ Ruckus: "I may be the first person to put this on a holiday list, but it just has that perfect warm feel."
Anita Baker – "Giving You the Best That I Got"
Rev Run: "This song is smooth and calming with egg nog."
Bill Withers – "Lovely Day"
DJ Ruckus: "It reminds me of beautiful times with friends and family."
Rev Run & The Christmas All-Stars feat. Justine Simmons – "Santa Baby"
Rev Run: "Love that my wife sings on this song. She came up with the beat also!"
Stevie Wonder – "Sir Duke"
DJ Ruckus: "Horns + Stevie Wonder = Holiday Magic."
Nat King Cole – "The Christmas Song"
Rev Run: "The original and best Christmas song. Period!"
Justin Bieber – "Mistletoe"
DJ Ruckus: "Anything from this album works! The kid's got it!"
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