Good parties are the kind where you don’t always have to exude cool. Mark Harding from Sydney band Little May gives HATTIE O’DONNELL his top picks for the ultimate party playlist. Load these babies onto your generic mp3 device, press play and bust some seriously uncoordinated moves.


What is your number one party track?

I’d have to say ‘Praise You’ by Fatboy Slim. It gets me dancing like a shameless little white man.[1]

What is your go-to karaoke song?

I don’t think I can go past Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.’
Pro tip: pair off and sing deep into each other’s eyes.
Even pro-er tip: wear a space helmet and cry to your daughter.

What song will you put on at a party and get irrationally angry about if people turn it off?

‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)’Stevie Wonder. I don’t care what you’ve got waiting on your iPod, it’s like two and a half minutes, let it play out.

A tune that’s guaranteed to be one of the last for the night? 

‘One More Time’ Daft Punk. Everyone knows and loves it, it’s just a shame the lyrics are so hard to remember.[2]

What song is an instant party downer?

‘Mad World’ Gary Jules. If you start playing this at a party, expect me to go to the nearest computer and print out pictures of dead puppies to hand out to other partygoers, because that’s obviously the vibe you’re going for.

Please elaborate on the dance routine you have with your friends (we know you have one, don’t be ashamed).

Anytime ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ comes on, we all lean against a wall and imitate the video clip. If you’re Gotye, the aim is to open your mouth as wide as it can go on every vowel. If you’re Kimbra, you spend most of the song staring at a wall. (You’ve got to shotgun the Gotye role early).

What is the worst party you’ve ever been to?

One of the last 21sts I went to had one light beer left when I arrived at 10pm. The dance floor featured songs exclusively from pre-WWII musicals, and half the guests were friends of the parents.[3]

What song will cure your hangover while you’re cleaning up your inevitably trashed house?

Ideally something soothing – anything by James Blake usually hits the spot if I’m feeling vulnerable. Silence is pretty good too when I’m hungover, but you probably don’t want to hear that: ‘Hey Mark, recommend us some good music?’
… Silence.

Can you give us 5 tracks you’re into at the moment?

‘Better Than It Ever Could Be’ – The Preatures
This song makes me feel like a unicorn wearing a leather jacket in a club, winking[4] and shooting my finger-guns[5] at everyone.

‘Let Her Go’ – Jagwar Ma
Seeing these guys play at Laneway was mind blowing.

‘Hey Now’ – London Grammar (Kilter Remix)
Takes a great song to a great new place.

‘Retrograde’ – James Blake
This song is perfection.

‘Invest’ – Big Scary
These guys are my favourite Australian act right now. Their album Not Art is the best thing I’ve heard in so long – killer harmonies, melodies and drum parts.

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[1]Hey what brings you down here? Oh, the little number? Don’t let Mark dictate your reading patterns, everyone’s special – read however you like.

[2] Get it?!

[3]No MILFs, DILFs or GILFs. None.

[4] Wanking