You need to be choosing better songs for your corporate events. No one wanted to tell you, but it’s true. You need to be choosing better songs for your life and your job. Look, I know you think your hip but seriously, stop playing French Montana – No Shopping ft. Drake in the office, but especially when you are trying to ensure people are having a good time at a corporate event. Why? Let’s break it down scientifically (not really, but I have always wanted to say that). Seriously. Remember that your annual 360 review is coming up and you cannot afford any more lame corporate events on your watch!
Going Highbrow for Corporate Events!A few years ago The Wall Street Journal … that’s right we are going highbrow … reported that the average age of CEOs is dropping. The paper reported that in 2010 the average was 52.9 (let’s call it 53) which dropped from 54.7 in 2006. Let’s think about that for a minute. The average CEO then was a teenager in the late 1970s early 1980s. Are they cooler than we think? Well maybe not, but at least the music they listened to growing up is. Also I don’t know a lot about math and percentages (I was a humanities major so get off my back about it…I will get a job in my field) but I do know logical fallacies. So let’s go there, shall we? I am going to apply a little Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc (don’t worry it’s from The West Wing).
Applying Scientific Evidence to Corporate EventsBasically if the age dropped almost two years from 2006 to 2010 then in 2016 the average age would be around 48-50 years old, making these CEOs teens in the mid 1980s and in college closer to the 1990s. I have thus far presented scientific (ie boring math percentages) evidence to back up my claims. I am switching to broad generalizations now because that is where I am more comfortable, and franky with a quick overview of pop culture, so are you dear reader. You hone your musical taste during your 20s when you interact with the most people and have the most time on your hands. In During our younger CEO’s twenties their music was epic, and they know it. You need to show the “C-Suite” that you know it as well! Basically think Queen, Journey, and even some music from the 2000s. You add in the new stuff because adults in their 40s and 50s have kids in their teens and 20s and the whole round starts over again. The following are some great songs that you can hire The Replicas Variety Band to play at your next event. And surprise this is their YouTube channel so you can hear them perform the music you want.
Anyway You Want It– JourneyThis is one of the great songs of the 1980s. Steve Perry isn’t even wearing a shirt in parts of the video, it is that fun.
Home Sweet Home– Motley CrueFirst don’t start with me. I never said “great songs for corporate entertainment.” I said “top songs.” You have to choose this song to be played at your event. Watch George from accounting go nuts. He might even wear his tie around his head like at the Christmas thing last year.
Rock This Town- The Stray CatsSo you want something a little calmer. I get it. Big hair is not your thing. Choose one of our Trios and they can play something from the 80s. They can play it in way that ensures you won’t get looks from the EVP you have been trying to impress all quarter.
Sugar– Maroon 5This song is great for an event because everybody loves Maroon 5. If someone says they don’t they are lying. You may not want to like them. I get it, but their music has been engineered in a way to force you against your will to like them. It’s a scientific fact. You can just ask me at your next Corporate Event. I’ll be the one in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by the Senior Vice Presidents dancing my rear off!
If these songs aren’t your jam (you may need to get your musical nerve checked because it is out of whack…your doctor will give you an ointment and everything will be fine) then browse the YouTube channel link I provided above and find something you do like. You might even like this.