MY SECRET SANTA GIFT TO YOU ALL. πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ

...is this mix that I recently played at Dance Dance Party Party, a workout class I run here in Chicago. I hope @witchdoctorc won't mind my sharing it with you (Hi, Cecilia! I decided I couldn't wait until the 15th to reveal myself. So glad you liked the gifts!). Spotify link below, though it's missing a couple of the tracks.
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    One Day/Reckoning Song by the Mojos
    We start off every playlist with a warmup song. I like to pick something with a gentle beat that won't be so tempting that I forget to do my calf stretches. Songs with snapping or quiet claps work well. πŸ‘πŸ»
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    Electric Love by BØRNS
    One of the summer's true feel-good hits. βš‘οΈπŸ’•
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    Point of No Return by ExposΓ©
    Do you remember the 80s? I do! πŸ™‹πŸ»
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    Clearest Blue by CHVRCHES
    I basically made an entire 60-minute mix so that I would have an excuse to dance to this with other people. As @lizonthelake correctly noted, the inevitable mashup with Just Can't Enough by Depeche Mode will kill. Matthew Perpetua's write up hits so many of the reasons why I love it (http://www.fluxblog.org/2015/09/never-quite-learning-why/). "Will you meet me more than halfway, yeah?" πŸ’™
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    Pushing On by Oliver Dollar
    There's kind of nowhere to go after the cathartic breakdown at the end of Clearest Blue, but this track I found via an @npr music list seemed appropriate. Apparently it was very popular in Ibiza in 2014...is a thing I just typed with sincerity. πŸ™„
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    Dance to the Music by Sly & the Family Stone.
    "All the squares, go home!" - Cynthia Robinson, and all of us. β–ͺβ¬›οΈβ—ΎοΈοΈπŸ”™
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    Boy Problems by Carly Rae Jepsen
    So glad this album is finally getting some love in the year end lists. Which it should, because it is a really tight collection of pop songs. I like that this one is about how boy problems don't give you permission to be a shitty friend. πŸ‘―
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    Talk Is Cheap by the Toasters
    Recommended by the fella I was seeing at the time. He played guitar and sang in a ska band. It didn't last (see: ska band) but at least he gave me a fun song with some horns and a different tempo for halfway into the mix? 🎷🎺
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    (You're the) Devil in Disguise by Elvis Presley
    I really like to represent as many decades as possible in my mixes. And songs from the 50s are super-short! This particular track has the virtue of being recognizable but not overplayed. Plus it's silly and silly can be fun. πŸ˜‡πŸ˜ˆ
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    Oogum Boogum Song by Brenton Wood
    Just an impossibly cool song. I think it popped up in an Apple commercial this year. 🍏
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    All Nite (Don't Stop) by Janet Jackson
    Fun fact: Jackson released this song shortly after her controversial Super Bowl halftime show, but Viacom essentially blacklisted her from their properties, severely impacting record sales. The observant So You Think You Can Dance fans will recognize this from a routine this season.
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    Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) by Rich Homie Quan
    At this point in a playlist, it's always a good idea to sneak in a slower song to let people catch their breath. Or hit the quan. πŸƒπŸ½
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    I Wanna Be Your Lover by Prince
    This was playing over the loudspeaker at the Renegade Craft Fair earlier this summer and prompted me and my friend to cut loose in the middle of the street. Prince is always πŸ’― at a dance party. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x15zj5c_prince-i-wanna-be-your-lover-official-video_music
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    I'm Really Hot by Missy Elliott
    Here is where a diehard SYTYCD fan might comment that, in fact, this playlist features *three* songs from this season. GOOD CATCH, NERD. We missed Missy so much. πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
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    Testarossas for Everyone! by Super Mash Bros
    Put on a mix for me by @nolanfeeney, this is one of those high energy mashups you'll never believe you went without. R Kelly + T-Pain + Lil Mama + Alice Deejay = πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ» http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1jCq-IDZi9c
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    Hello by Martin Solveig with Dragonette
    Just a total crowdpleaser. If you haven't checked out the Dragonette album from a few years back, try "Live in this City." Joy. πŸ‘‹πŸ½
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    Party Done by Angela Hunte & Machel Montano
    Breaking my rule of always making the last fast song a singalong people already know, but it's called Party Done. Its "last fast song" function is in the freaking title! Soca music is a Caribbean style that I need to learn more about, because this is so fun! Angela Hunte also apparently cowrote Empire State of Mind for Jay-Z and Alicia Keys? The more you know. 🌠
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    Turn Me Up by Twin Shadow
    Cool down time. I've never spent much time with his albums but a few of this guy's tracks really land with me (like this one). πŸ”Ό
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    Hope you like it!