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Music
The Common Characteristic Among ALL DJs
mu·sic, n. 1.The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre. 2. Vocal or instrumental sounds possessing a degree of melody, harmony, or rhythm. 2-a. A musical composition. 2-b The written or printed score for such a composition. 2-c Such scores considered as a group: We keep our music in a stack near the piano. 3. A musical accompaniment.4. A particular category or kind of music. 5. An aesthetically pleasing or harmonious sound or combination of sounds: the music of the wind in the pines.



The Ultimate DJ Music Collection!

Music is the tool that enables us to express our creative talent. Whether as a full- or part-time business, hobbyist, producer, Disc Jockey, or musician, music moves us, energizes us, and in many situations allows us to influence others.

The CPS program will focus on music trends, charts, legal announcements, record pools, and other basics. Our CPS community will bring personal preferences to share with the community. The program will not, however, participate in ventures infringing on artist copyrights. Please keep this in mind as you network within our community online and attend industry related events.

One topic keeps popping up within the Computer DJ community. How much music should I have on my system?

Even with the introduction of high-capacity hard-drives, we all agree it's not possible to carry every song created in every genre. The first step in deciding if your music selection is in the groove is accepting the possibility you will not have a collection on hand to meet the demands at every single person in a given public event. With this in mind, let's focus not on having everything, but on having a solid music library foundation. This foundation should be a selection of songs that would enable a Mobile DJ to accept a mainstream public booking and accommodate a crowd from 8- to 80-year-olds.

The Test!

How does your music foundation stand at present? Take this basic test and see if you have all these tracks on your system:

Captain & Tennille .................................. Love Will Keep Us Together
Rod Stewart ............................................ Tonight's The Night
Andy Gibb ............................................... I Just Want To Be Your Everything
Bee Gees ................................................ Stayin' Alive
Rod Stewart ............................................ Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Paul McCartney & Wings ........................ Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)
Kim Carnes ............................................. Bette Davis Eyes
Paul McCartney With Stevie Wonder ...... Ebony And Ivory
The Police ............................................... Every Breath You Take
Van Halen ............................................... Jump
USA For Africa ...................................... We Are The World
Dionne And Friends ................................ That's What Friends Are For
Bon Jovi .................................................. Livin' On A Prayer
George Michael ....................................... One More Try
Madonna ................................................ Like A Prayer
Mariah Carey ......................................... Vision Of Love
Bryan Adams .......................................... (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Boyz II Men ............................................ End Of The Road
Mariah Carey .......................................... Dreamlover
Boyz II Men ............................................ I'll Make Love To You
Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men .................. One Sweet Day
Los Del Rio ............................................. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)
Spice Girls ............................................... Wannabe
Aerosmith ................................................ I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
Santana Featuring Rob Thomas ............... Smooth
Shaggy Featuring Ricardo Rikrok Ducent . It Wasn't Me
Lifehouse ................................................ Hanging By A Moment
Eminem .................................................. Lose Yourself
50 Cent .................................................. In Da Club
Outkast .................................................. The Way You Move


Do you have them all? I know many of you mix a specific genre and may have none of the above. The foundation is focused on mobile or general public DJ events where there's a mixed age crowd. Why include these listed songs from the 1975 Captain & Tennille track to the 2004 OutKast track? Each song listed represents the #1 song of the years spanning 1975-2004.

We consulted a group of Computer DJ pioneers and they all agreed that popular music trends and charts are key in developing a solid music foundation, but are not the only source. Songs like DJ Casper's Cha Cha Slide would never make a mainstream chart-focused foundation and it's almost a must-have for many events. What we did was cross-reference several high-profile DJs with the major charts back to the 30's to compile the most complete Mobile DJ music foundation to date. All tracks are categorized by Artist, Song, Year, Month, BPM and can be downloaded as printable .pdf's or Excel database files.

This database is available for all registered CPS Learning Center members and is ideal to cross-reference an established music collection or serve as a building tool for creating a music library for others. Enjoy, and if you feel we missed something let us know
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1930s: The 1930s was a decade of hard times in the Unites States. The stock market crash of 1929 caused an economic depression throughout the United States and much of the rest of the world. Then in the 1930s, there was a terrible drought in the western United States that led to what became known as the Dust Bowl. Agriculture failed for several years, and many people were forced to leave their jobs and homes. But, in spite of the hardships, the 1930s was a great decade in American music. Anyone with access to a radio could share in it.
------------------------------ 1930s - 678 Tracks
1940s: At the beginning of the decade, Big Bands dominated popular music. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman led some of the more famous bands. Eventually, many of the Big Band singers struck out on their own. Bing Crosby's smooth voice made him one of the most popular singers, vying with Frank Sinatra. Dinah Shore, Kate Smith, and Perry Como also led the hit parade. Be-Bop and Rhythm and Blues grew out of the Big Band era toward the end of the decade. Radio was the lifeline for Americans in the 1940s, providing news, music, and entertainment, much like television today.
------------------------------ 1940s - 966 Tracks
1950s: When the 1950s are mentioned, the first type of music to come to most people's minds is rock 'n roll. Developed from a blend of Southern blues and gospel music with an added strong back beat, this type of music was popular with teenagers who were trying to break out of the mainstream conservative American middle class mold. Popular artists such as Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis were promoted on radio by just-as-popular Disc Jockeys (DJs) like Alan Freed and the Big Bopper. The influence of these early rockers has been felt in popular music worldwide.
------------------------------ 1950s - 1343 Tracks
1960s: In 1960, Elvis returned to the music scene from a stint in the US Army, joining the other white male vocalists at the top of the charts. America, however, was ready for a change. The Tamla Motown Record Company came on the scene, specializing in black rhythm and blues. Bob Dylan helped bring about a folk music revival, along with Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary. The Beach Boys began recording music that appealed to High Schoolers. The Beatles, from England, burst into popularity with innovative rock music that appealed to all ages. There was a major change in popular music in the mid-1960s, caused in part by the drug scene. Acid Rock, highly amplified and improvisational, and the more mellow psychedelic rock gained prominence. When the Beatles turned to acid rock, their audience narrowed to the young. The musical phenomena of the decade was Woodstock, a three-day music festival that drew 400,000 hippies and featured peace, love, and happiness...and LSD.
------------------------------ 1960s - 2511 Tracks
1970s: By the 1970s, the term "rock & roll" had become nearly meaningless. This decade saw the breakup of the Beatles and the death of Elvis Presley, robbing rock of two major influences. Pop music splintered into a multitude of styles: soft-rock, hard rock, country rock, folk rock, punk rock, shock rock -­ and the dance craze of the decade, disco. But whatever sub-genre(s) you preferred, rock music was big business. Among the top names in popular music were Aerosmith, the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, Eagles, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Three Dog Night, and The Who, to name a few. "Easy listening" regained popularity with groups such as the Carpenters, and Bob Marley gained a huge core of fans in the US, performing Jamaican reggae music.
------------------------------ 1970s -2096 Tracks
1980s: Cable was born and MTV, originally intended to be promos for albums, had an enormous impact on music. The digital Compact Disc (CD) revolutionized the music industry. Dances learned on MTV included slam dancing, lambada, and break dancing. Pop, rock, new wave, punk, country, and especially rap or hip hop became popular in the 80s. Rap was new in the late 80s and 90s. It had started in prison 20 years earlier by jailed black inmates who, in the absence of instruments, turned poetic meter into musical rhythm. The early rap heard on ghetto streets was abrasive and laced with hostility toward society.
------------------------------ 1980s - 1989 Tracks
1990s: The '90s accomplished what we once thought was impossible: They made us nostalgic for the music of the '80s! What can you say about a decade that brought us MC Hammer's mega-success, the proliferation of sampling, the Lambada, and the birth of the Spice Girls. The music of the '90s had many faces; the face of the grunge sounds of Nirvana, the face of the hip hop sounds of Biggie, the face of the dance beats of Corona, and finally, the introduction of Computer DJing into mainstream mobile applications.
------------------------------ 1990s - 2500 Tracks
2000s: History is in the making for this century, and the chapter will not be closed for a few more years. With terrorist attacks, wars, and national disasters happening as we spin the dials or scan the charts, it sometimes seems like the entire world of music has been whittled down to just three sounds in this era—teen pop, hip hop, and raging rock. Out of the studio, into the courtroom. While 'N Sync, Britney Spears, and Sisqo battled Eminem, Nelly, and Limp Bizkit for chart superiority, some of the decade's most significant noise is being made far from studios and concert stages. Instead, the rattle that will likely resonate the longest is taking place in courtrooms and boardrooms, where the war over file-sharing programs like Napster is being waged with a vengeance.
The History of Recorded Music: For centuries, man had dreamed of capturing the sounds and music of his environment. Many had attempted it but no one had succeeded until Thomas Alva Edison discovered a method of recording and playing back sound. What had started out as an apparatus intended as part of an improved telephone led to the development of an instrument which would change the world, making it a happier, even a better, place to live. As professional DJs, we are part of an ever-moving parade of technology. Do you know how it all started? We do and offer one of the most extensive references of facts, in reverse order for your learning experience.
------------- The Beginning (1800's)
------------- 1900's-1920's
------------- 1930's-1950's
------------- 1960's-1980's
------------- 1990's
------------- Piracy
------------- Supply Chain
------------- House Music History


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2008 Computer DJ/VJ/KJ Summit
Special announcement... The 2008 DJ Summit will be hosted where it all began Atlanta, Georgia. This years event will be groundbreaking for the novice and experienced Disc Jockey. Anyone “already” or “planning” to mix mp3s or other music file format with hardware, software or combination of both. Block your schedule and don't forget to attend the Monday evening " Weddings Ground-0" seminar to discover the plans for the 2009 Summit.

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