Episode 022 – Opening Playlist Pt. 2 (105-120 BPM)

Today we highlight good tracks for your opening set in the 105-120 BPM Range.  This BPM range can be difficult for a lot of people, so hopefully this will be helpful to a lot of people.

Boyz II Men – Motownphilly
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Outkast – Roses
Crazytown – butterfly
Akon – Bananza (Belly Dancer)
Foxy Brown ft Jay-Z – I’ll Be
Babyface – There She Goes
Cassie – long way to go
beyonce – de ja vu
Jay-Z – change clothes
Notorious B.I.G. – nasty girl
t-pain/akon – bartender
ja rule – living it up
ciara – love sex magic
houston – i like that
Kevin Little – Turn Me On
LL Cool J – Phenomenon
Omarion – Entourage
Rupee – Tempted To Touch
Jagged Edge – Let’s Get Married
Usher ft. Peedi & Beans – Caught Up
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Ciara ft. Missy Elliot – 1, 2 Step
Janet Jackson – All For You
Michael Jackson – Bad
No Doubt – Hella Good
Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous Girl
Coolio – 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)
Evelyn King – Love Come Down
Sean Kingston – Take You There
Shannon – Let The Music Play
Britney Spears – Break The Ice, I’m A Slave 4 U
Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
Lil Kim – How Many Licks
Notorious B.I.G. – Nasty Girl
Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back, My Love (DJ Roctakon Remix), Like I Love You
Stevie B – Spring Love
Destiny’s Child & Nina Sky – Lose My Breath
Will.I.Am – I Got It From My Mama
Crystal Waters – 100% Pure Love
Flo Rida – Elevator
Snoop Dogg – Signs
Madonna & Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes
Kristina DeBarge – Goodbye
Lumidee ft. Fatman Scoop – I Wanna Dance
The Pussycat Dolls – Don’t Cha (Part 1), When I Grow Up
Danity Kane – Damaged
Kardinal Offishall – Dangerous
Colby O’Donis – What You Got
o’neal mcknight – check your coat
mary j. Blige – just fine
akon – smack that
field mob – so what
ll cool j – control my self

Let us know what your playing.  Leave a comment or email us at remixreport@gmail.com


  1. What Up, I really like this list. Although, I am not an opening DJ yet..i am a beginning dj just getting gigs. I always play alot of these songs to get the night started and it always works…more songs in that BPM range can be…

    Snoop Dogg ft. Dream – Gangsta Love
    Alot Of Old School Hip Hop Tracks…Old School Hip Hop Tracks early in the night works wonders!
    Justin Timberlake ft. T.I – If I
    Mase – Feels So Good
    Akon – Up & Down
    Timbaland – The Way I Are
    Kanye West – Paranoid
    Asher Roth – She don’t want a man…
    and the lady gagas from previous summers work…

    thanks alot for some of the songs you put though, i forgot about a couple! Keep up the good work on the site i’m for sure and avid everyday visitor

  2. and I def. drop crazytown all the time!

  3. Not my favorite tempo range, but is def more manageable in an opening set.

    MJ – Billie Jean
    Timbaland – Morning After Dark (Braindead Mix), Give It Up To Me -Both didn’t really hit
    Common – Universal (OG or Scene’s Biggie Blend)
    Will.I.AM – Heartbreaker
    Gaga – Papparazzi
    Usher – What’s Your Name
    Sean Paul – We Be Burning
    Anything on the Coolie Riddim, I run Juke Girl and Move Ya Body
    Anything on the Kopa Riddim : Turning Me On , Some Blend of Chris Brown’s Freeze I found on AV8
    Chris Brown – Freeze ( OG and blend mentioned about)
    Pitbull – Go Girl
    Prince – Kiss
    Roots – The Seed
    MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix & Steve 1der Blend)
    Trick Daddy – In The Wind / Sugar
    MIA – Sunshowers (Ghislain Porier Mix) – Shit KNOCKS
    Jump Smokers – Flow So Sick
    Pussy Cat Dolls ft Snoop Dogg + Kardinal Offishall – Bottle Pop
    Kelis – Milkshake
    Gusto’s Hollerback Girl x Daft Punk Blend
    Rolling Stones – Miss You (Dre Mix)
    Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out (Hot Chip Remix)

  4. JD & Jay! you guys are on point with this playlist. The only two I disagree with on the list is “Motown Philly and “100% Pure Love”. In Vegas those two serve as peak hour songs. I could see how Motown Philly could be used for opening if you play a verse or two,but in a headlining set we would just play the hook because the energy drops out right after. Although 100% Pure love is older and very commercial I would still play it later in the night,so I could follow with more house music. Just my opinion and honestly it’s not going to burn the headliner if you were to incorporate those two songs in your opening set.

  5. First off, I wanna say I love what u guys are doing, it’s a great thing and helps all of us with enhancing our skills. I like reading over your opening set playlists, seems really similar to what I do. Gotta agree with you, too, when you say this BPM range is a little more difficult than others, cause it really is… you have to have the right tracks in line to get people out of their seats and keep ’em movin, and it seems that most bangers don’t fall in this category. Anyways, couple tracks I wanted to mention are :

    Black Box – Strike It Up and/or Everybody Everybody
    Yazoo – Situation
    Lady Gaga – Just Dance and/or Poker Face (rarely ever play those tracks at primetime anymore)
    Bobby Brown – My Perogative
    Madonna – Music
    Gorillaz – DARE
    Daft Punk – Da Funk
    DJs Mighty Mi & Steve1der – Electric Touch
    DJ Ri – Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire(Drumline Refix)
    Discotech – Knockin Boots(rework)
    Discotech – Party Warp vol. 1
    Discotech – Do Ya Think I’m Sexy (Bass Mix)
    DJ Scarmixxed – Shake Your Booty
    CeCe Peniston – Finally
    DJ Scene – American Boy(The Breaks edit)
    Mr.Cheeks – Lights Camera Action
    Janet Jackson – If
    Soul Decision – Faded
    Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go
    INXS – Need You Tonight
    Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy (tend to follow this right behind INXS)
    All-American Rejects – Move Along
    DJ Super Scott – Listen to the Music
    Indeep – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
    Queen – Another One Bites the Dust

    Those are just a few that seem to work well for myself, hopefully that helps out others reading this post. Another thing I wanna add, to all DJs that don’t have a headliner behind them and are throwin the party all night… don’t be afraid to start off with some brand new top 40 tracks, 2 to 3 hours later u can still play them, it’s just you will get people up and dancing a lot faster, so it’s not necessarily “blowing your load too early”!

  6. Here are some more for you guys. Hope it helps.

    Petey Pabo – Freek a leek
    Amerie – Take control
    Black Eyed Peas – Joints & Jam
    Lumidee – Crazy
    Joe Budden – Fire
    The Federation – I wear my stunna glasses at nite
    Monifah – Touch it
    Snoop Dogg – Sexual Eruption
    The Dream – Walkin on the moon
    Busta Rhymes – Light your ass on fire
    Mark Ronson – Ooh Wee
    UTP – Who’s your daddy

  7. Hey guys,
    first of lovin the blog keep it up.here’s a couple of tracks i also use in opening sets:

    neyo vs michael jackson-because of you remix
    ja rule-body
    janet jackson-so excited
    lloyd-how we do it
    lil mama-shawty get loose
    missy elliot-pass the dutch
    joe budden-pump it up
    case-crooked letter
    roscoe-i love cali
    sway-saturday night hustle
    sergio mendez-magalenah is turnin me on
    mariah carey-im that chick
    deepside-booty music

    pz out

  8. Hehe, this shows that openers differ in different locations/venues, quite interesting. From the above comments I’d play some of them but a lot of them are more main set tunes although maybe not peak. Agree with most of remix reports picks though, good stuff.

    Some I play that I think fit what you guys are talking about, for me would be:

    Justin : Lovestoned / If I

    Estelle: American Boy

    Snoop: Signs / Beautiful / Thats That (bit lower BPM)

    Ahmir: Welcome to my party (good opener)

    JoJo: This Time

    Joe: Ride Wit U

    Beyonce etc: Fighting Temptation (towards end of warm up)

    Donell Jones: You Know Whats Up

    Foxy Brown: Big Bad Mama

    Chantele Ft jim Jones: Turnin Me On

    Jennifer Hudson: Spotlight (Rick Ross Remix)

    Sean Kingston: I Can Feel It

    Mary J Blige: I’m The One

    Hope this helps someone out there. Keep up the good work fellas, love the blog.



  9. I appreciate this site instantly. I learned about you guys this morning on twitter and already bookmarked it. You guys are on point with this opening playlist. I also appreciate everyone for responding in the comments section. My hat’s off to you guys.

  10. Hi Guys,

    Here are some tracks that i’d recommend:

    B.I.G – Mo Money Mo Problems
    Mark Ronson – Ooh wee
    Chaka Khan – Ain’t nobody
    LL Cool J – Headsprung
    Nelly – Flap your wings
    Destinys Child – Bug a boo
    Foxy Brown – Bad mamma jamma
    Diana Ross – Upside down
    Jenifer Lopez – Feeling so good
    Will Smith – Man in black / Miami / Will 2K
    MJ – Remember the time
    Kid Rock – All summer long
    Kraak & Smaak – Squeeze me
    Nas – You owe me
    Blackstreet vs Cameo – No diggity (dj twister)
    Kool and the gang – Hollywood swinging
    Justin Timberlake – Rock your body
    Janet Jackson – All for you
    Craig David – Hot stuff
    Gym Class Heroes – Cloths off
    Madonna – Open your heart / Holiday
    YYT – Dangerous
    Nely Furtado – Say it right
    Kool And The Gang – Fresh
    Prince – I wanna be your lover
    Sister Sledge – We are family
    Whitney Huston – How will i know

    I really love what you are doing and started to be addicted to this site. Checking it everyday right after @ and fb : )

  11. Love the site (by the way)… keep up the good work!!

    Here are some good openers in that range (not specific to any genre):

    Mark Ronson Ft. Ghostface & Nate Dogg – Ooh Wee
    (works well into the Dani California (DJ Scene Edit) – try it!)
    Zhane – Hey Mr. DJ
    Ice Cube – Bop Gun (One Nation)
    50 cent vs. Bee Gees – Stayin Alive In the Club
    Beastie Boys – Hey Ladies
    The Dream – Ditch That…
    T-Pain – Bartender (Manny Faces Remix)
    Kool & the Gang – Jungle Boogie
    Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
    Naked Eyes – Promises, Promises
    DJ Felon – Check Your Coat (Party Break)
    Dizzee Rascal Ft. Calvin Harris – Dance Wiv Me (Benny Black Edit)
    Steepen Wolf – Magic Carpet Ride (Greg J Edit)
    DJ Aristocrat – California Dreamin’
    Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey
    Ying Yang Twins – Drop
    Pittsburgh Slim – Girls Kiss Girls
    Gorillaz – DARE
    Hot Chip – Shake It Over and over (Diplo Mix)

    Let me know what you think…

  12. GREAT LIST of 105-120 opener material listed by JD, Jay Spring and everyone here. I have a recent set I did at Apt. 24, San Fran a few weeks ago on Beezo (http://www.beezo.net/djs/audio1) The range is 96-115 for the first hour before hitting them with more powerful tracks. Here’s the playlist and some ideas some of yall might be able to use.

    Rhymefest feat. Phonte – Say Wassup
    Raphael Saadiq feat. Q-Tip – Get Involved
    Fabolous feat. Keri Hilson – Everything Everyday Everywhere
    DiscoTech x Jay-Z x En Vogue – Blue Magic / Hold On
    Ja Rule – Clap Back
    Bangloose feat. Fergie – Grey Goose
    Ludacris feat. T-Pain – One More Drink
    Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud – Do The James
    James Brown – The Big Payback
    Maino feat. Swizz Beatz – Million Bucks
    Erick Sermon feat. Redman – React
    Donny Goines feat. Che Grand & Izza Kizza – She Likes
    Kid Cudi – Make Her Say
    Gwen Stefani – Rich Girl
    Jagged Edge – Where The Party At
    Max-A-Million – Sexual Healing
    Mariah Carey feat. Da Brat – Heartbreaker
    DJ Greg J x Mims x Chemical Brothers – Galvanize Like This
    B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars – Nothing On You
    Koffee Brown – After Party
    Ying Yang Twins – Wait (Bounce Loop)
    Amy Winehouse – Fuck Me Pumps
    Busta Rhymes – Light Your Ass On Fire
    Greg J x DJ Brandon Lee – Ring Of Fire (Klutch Beat Remix)
    Lady Gaga – LoveGame
    DJ Phase x Lady Gaga x Pitbull – Love Jangles
    Benzino – Rock The Party
    Snoop Dogg feat. The-Dream – Gangsta Luv
    Mary J Blige feat. Drake – The One
    NERD – Lap Dance
    Selau – A Man That Goes
    La Sonora Dinamita – Que Nadie Sepa Mi Sufrir (Woody Edit)
    La Sonora Dinamita – Mil Horas (Woody Edit)
    Rupee feat. Daddy Yankee – Tempted To Touch (Remix)
    Amerie feat. TI – Take Control (Krayz Edit)
    Showbiz & AG – Soul Clap
    DJ Robway – Wu Tang Jackson
    Memphis Bleek – Still Ill
    DJ Greg J x The 45 King – Get A Dirty 900 Number
    The Cataracs – Club Love (Audio1 Blendit)
    Ultramagnetic MC’s – Poppa Large
    UMC’s – One To Grow On
    LL Cool J – Jingling Baby
    Naughty By Nature – Get To Know Me Better
    Pink feat. Redman – Get The Party Started (Sweet Dreams Remix)

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