BEST BAR/BAT MITZVAH PARTY ANTHEMS
Without fail, these songs were played at every single party.
- •"Cha Cha Slide," DJ CasperI don't think I went to one Bar or Bat Mitzvah that this song wasn't played at. It was the perfect "everyone follow along song," so no wonder it was such a hit. It gave the dancers a break from coming up with their own moves.
- •"Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide)," Marcia GriffithsSee above, except this dance was even more monotonous. Everyone always seemed to have a lot of fun with it though, and it was definitely pretty popular with the drunk adults.
- •"Cotton Eye Joe," RednexEveryone knows the "Cotton Eye Joe" dance, and if you don't, you're clearly not one of the cool kids. The extra cool kids knew a different version that included body rolls and butt slapping. Raunchy.
- •Any song from Fiddler on the RoofThey always played at least one song from Fiddler on the Roof, most likely either "Tradition" or "Sunrise Sunset," when the grandparents or parents went up to light a candle. My sisters took it one step further at my Bat Mitzvah, rewrote the words to "Matchmaker," and turned it into the song "Caroline" with the same melody.
- •"Hava Nagila"No party is complete without dancing the Horah to this song. The best part is always seeing which family member ends up slipping out of the chair that a bunch of drunk people are holding up. What a nice tradition.
- •"Blame It on the Boogie," Jackson 5This song had a very specific dance too. It definitely has a fun dance beat, so I can see why it became popular. It also included some form of line dancing, which is very popular among Jews clearly.
- •"All Or Nothing At All," O-TownThis song might have been a generational one, as I'm not totally certain that it's still getting played at today's Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. It always kind of pissed me off because the songwriter rhymes "all" with "all." Great lyrical prowess, O-Town. Still, it was the perfect Snowball song as we very awkwardly rocked back and forth with our dancing partners.
- •Uh, you missed Kool & the Gang's "Celebration"...Suggested by @EricElkins
- •"I'll be there for you" by The Rembrandts if there's a candlelighting ceremonySuggested by @minirachel
- •That's What Friends Are ForLast song of the night, in a circle, arms around each other's shoulder, videographer going from person to person asking for your wishes for the Bat / Bar Mitzvah girl / guy.Suggested by @angcutt
- •YMCAThis is two-fold: a) if you enjoy the song it is really fun to do the dance with spelling the letters out but also all the pointing and hip shaking and thinking about the Leatherman b) there is always some family member who can't pull off spelling YMCA with their arms somehow and if you are too cool to do the dance, you can make fun of that uncle doing it wrong and impress all your friends.Suggested by @doesntmattr