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Desert Island Disco: Successfully Filling The Dancefloor

Ashley Team Laverne

Assistant Producer

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It’s time to get your dancing shoes on as listener Olivia McLearon has chosen a cracking disco playlist to get you ready for the weekend. Remember, you can send your party tunes to us (as many tracks as you like) to and it could be you sitting in the hot seat next week. Here's Olivia to tell all:

"After hearing yet another excellent Desert Island Disco I couldn't resist sending my selection in. I've found it really hard to narrow it down to 16 (which I know is still too many!), but I hope you like them. They all contain very happy memories for me and my friends, mostly including festivals and nights out. And I know from experience of sneakily putting them on at parties, that they would all successfully fill a dance floor. I hope I don't kick myself for not including any of the 20 or so songs that were hovering just outside the list..".

Successfully Filling The Dance Floor

1. Get Innocuous! – LCD Soundsystem

I have many happy memories of seeing LCD Soundsystem live and dancing to this at festivals, clubs, bars and around my room.

2. Pull Up To The Bumper – Grace Jones

An amazing song and an amazing woman. I'm happy to say I've seen her live twice and both times were with incredibly special friends.

3. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) – Hall & Oates

This reminds me of a very good friend and for some reason the brackets in the title really crack us up.

4. Why – Carly Simon

This is one of my all-time favourite songs. A very dear friend says that the lyrics are about me, but we'll gloss over that. I also had to include something the legend Nile Rodgers has worked on.

5. Get Off – Prince

It is so hard to choose just one Prince track, but this is probably the first song that made me aware of Prince and I'll never grow tired of it. As an awkward, unconfident 13 year old with a dodgy perm and braces, this was, and still is, one of the most exciting things I'd ever heard.

6. The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

I could've chosen so many Michael Jackson tracks but this intro just makes me go wow.

7. Inspector Norse – Todd Terje

I've heard this song so many times over the last two years, but it still sounds as fresh as it did the first time I heard it. I think the first time I heard this song was in Lisbon watching James Murphy DJing at a festival *show off*.

8. Around The World – Daft Punk

Their 2007 show in Hyde Park is one of my top three gigs ever and this song was definitely a highlight!

9. Automatic – The Pointer Sisters

This is quite simply, a tune of the highest order.

10. Everybody – Madonna

Madonna was the first pop star I loved, so I had to include her. It was a toss-up between this and Lucky Star, but this just pipped it to the post.

11. Whatta Man – Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue


I had the pleasure of seeing Salt-N-Pepa in Sydney in 2010 with a couple of my oldest friends. We decided it was fate that they happened to be performing when I was visiting. Yes, I'm showing off again.

12. Big Fun – Inner City

It's just brilliant.

13. Running – Jessie Ware (Disclosure remix)

I think this was the first Disclosure track I had listened to. Love, love, love the 90s garage vibe.

14. Cassius 1999 [Remix] – Cassius

I loved French house in the early 00s and I still do. This reminds me of moving to London in the summer of 2000 with one of my closest friends.

15. Flowers – Sweet Female Attitude

I heard it at both weddings I went to this year which I think proves that it's a proper garage classic.

16. Our Love – Caribou

I'm absolutely obsessed with this song! I cannot wait to see Caribou perform live in March.

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