Gwyneth Paltrow recently told us that the key to a successful holiday party is found in a killer, groovy playlist. So in order to cross our Ts and dot our Is before we host any guests this season, we caught up with Los Angeles-based DJ Michelle Pesce to find the perfect mix of songs that’ll kick off the festive spirit. So what’s behind the must-have selection? Pesce, who has provided tunes for events hosted by fashion brands like Tom Ford and Baja East, included classic Christmas favorites (think “Jingle Bells”) and hot, chart-topping singles that we can’t get enough of (think Adele’s “Hello”).
Check out the playlist below—and prepare to have the best time ever.
Duke Ellington - "Jingle Bells" (Robbie Hardkiss Remix) ($1; itunes.apple.com)
Vic Damone - "Winter Wonderland" (Future Loop Foundation Remix) ($1; itunes.apple.com)
D'Angelo - "Betray My Heart" (Dino Soccio Edit)
Kay Starr - "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" (Stuhr Remix) ($1; itunes.apple.com)
Leon Bridges - "Smooth Sailin'" ($1.30; itunes.apple.com)
Adele - "Hello"
London Festival Orchestra - "Carol of the Bells" (Starchild Excalibur Drumadelic Remix) ($0.90; amazon.com)
The Supremes - "My Favorite Things" ($1.30; apple.com)
Berlin Symphony Orchestra - "Dance of the Sugar Plaum Fairy" (Red Baron Remix) ($1.30; itunes.apple.com)
Jackson - "Up on the Housetop" ($1.30; itunes.apple.com)