The most important element of a great party is great company. Coming in a very, very close second, however, is the music. The right combination of songs can literally transform a routine hangout into a night for the ages, so proper attention must be paid. We turned to acclaimed DJ/producer/music blogger Alan Wilkis, for tips on the art of perfecting playlists.

To browse some of Alan's typical pre-midnight party music selections, check out his Friday Mixtape on Spotify, updated with fresh new tunes every week. And when the clock strikes midnight, can put on Wilkis’ favorite dance party starters here.

Follow Alan on Twitter, check out his website Wilcassettes, and Like his band Big Data on Facebook.

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