Here's What an SMU Sorority Party Playlist Looks Like

What happens in a sorority house stays ... in your ear. Forever, ever, ever.
See also: Ten songs to accompany very specific dorm-room scenarios

The first weekend of the SMU school year is here, which means some of our local co-eds, the ones blessed with those elusive hosting genes, will spend today pestering of-age classmates for booze, hiding their valuables and vacuuming. Always vacuuming. Scientists remain baffled by our insistence on vacuuming before parties, but alas, out the Hoover comes.

This moment had us thinking about what these students will be listening to as the weekend's festivities commence, so we asked a few SMU sorority girls -- sophomores, 19 or 20 or so -- to engage in an age-old tradition usually reserved for the Thanksgiving dinner table: answering lame-ass questions from old people.

So, what's a sorority party playlist look like these days?

Here's one student's take:

"Too Close" by Alex Clare
"The Wobble"" by V.I.C.
Dance (A$$)" by Big Sean
"Lights" by Ellie Goulding
"Country Girl" by Luke Bryan
"Rack City" by Tyga
"Get Low" by Lil Jon
"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen
"Whistle" by Flo Rida
"Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
"What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction
"Titanium" by David Guetta and Sia
"Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show

Here's another student's take:

When I go to frat parties, I can pretty much guarantee I'll hear the same things: excessively loud, rhythmic music with some sexual message. The song "Racks on Racks," while old, is a fan favorite and pretty much always played. Same is true for anything by LMFAO. For new songs, it seems like no one can get enough of Maroon 5's new songs like "Tickets," "One More Night" and "Payphone." Flo Rida's "Whistle" and Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's "Good Time" also never fail to please. The British boy bands The Wanted and One Direction, of course, are always played at least once. "Chasing the Sun" by The Wanted is definitely fun. I also really like Grouplove's "Tongue Tied." And of course, we can't forget the Biebs.

I also asked them which song was sure to unglue the party from the couch. "The Wobble" got a vote, as did "Wagon Wheel" -- that's "if there are boys and girls there." Also cited: "As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber, "Whistle" by Flo Rida, and the new Taylor Swift single, "We Are Never Getting Back Together."

But "if it's just girls," one student told me, "it's embarrassingly, definitely, no competition: 'Call Me Maybe.'"

You're probably thanking your local deity that you're not in college these days. Me? I spent the weekend driving my mother-in-law's car, which was locked on Top 40. I'm thinking I'd make a pretty kick-ass sorority girl right now.

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What? No tracks from Q-Pon Shoppa or Tattoo? Oh, I forgot these are sorority girls.


I'm perplexed at the inclusion of Old Crow Medicine Show for a party. I love that song, but it's 6 years old and not what I'd consider a dance song. Am I missing something?


"Get Low" is still getting rotation?! My legs would be sore from trying to dance (very poorly) to this dumb song. Ah, memories.

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 @JaniceA Yeah, no shit. I feel like we've been skeet-skeet-skeeting for a decade now.

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 @DrClarkus If it makes you feel better I listened exclusively to DMX my sophomore year and I turned out ... well, actually, this isn't going to make you feel better. 


 @joe.tone We thought lyrics couldn't get any dirtier but check out "Rack City" on that sorority party playlist.

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