The Freestyle Wedding Cocktail Hour

In this 54nd installment of the wedding cocktail hour playlist series, Ambient DJ music mixologist Mike Bacon, aka DJ Iron Mike, takes us on a journey back to the late 80s/early 90s with this all-freestyle set. The first playlist contains love-oriented songs appropriate for a wedding cocktail hour; the second features Mike's favorite freestyle dance tracks; and the third lists cuts influenced by the freestyle sound. You can listen to all of these songs on our Spotify playlist (link follows playlists).

Freestyle is a form of dance-pop or electronic dance music that emerged in the United States in the mid-1980s. It experienced its greatest popularity from the late-1980s until the early 1990s. It continues to be produced today and enjoys some degree of popularity, especially in the urban communities where Puerto Ricans and Italian Americans reside.

Notable performers in the freestyle genre include Stevie B, Corina, Timmy T, George Lamond, TKA, Noel, Company B, Exposé, The Cover Girls, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Information Society, Sa-Fire, Sweet Sensation, Trilogy, Shannon, Nancy Martinez, Johnny O, Coro, Lisette Melendez, Judy Torres, Rockell, and many others.

For a signature drink and to compliment the often bittersweet lyrical themes in freestyle music, DJ Iron Mike has selected the "Dark and Stormy" - a cocktail that combines dark rum, ginger beer and lime juice (optional). To learn how to mix the Dark and Stormy, click here.

The Freestyle Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist - Compiled by DJ Iron Mike

  1. I Wanna Be The One - Stevie B
  2. I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
  3. Baby Love - Regina
  4. Lost in Emotion - Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam
  5. It Takes Two - Seduction
  6. Sending All My Love - Linear
  7. You Are The One - TKA
  8. Show Me - Cover Girls
  9. Take Me in Your Arms - Lil Suzy
  10. In A Dream - Rockell
  11. Fascinated - Company B
  12. (You are My) All N All - Joyce Sims
  13. Come into My Arms - Judy Torres
  14. Baby Talk - Alisha
  15. Summertime, Summertime - Nocera
  16. Catch Me, I'm Falling - Pretty Poison
  17. Let me be the One - Expose
  18. Object of my Desire - Starpoint
  19. I'll Be Loving You - Collage

The Freestyle Dance Playlist

  1. When I Hear Music - Debbie Deb
  2. Play At Your Own Risk - Planet Patrol
  3. Diamond Girl - Nice N' Wild
  4. The Mexican - Jellybean
  5. Don't Stop The Rock - Freestyle
  6. Let The Music Play - Shannon
  7. Give Me Tonight - Shannon
  8. Spring Love - Stevie B.
  9. Silent Morning - Noel
  10. One Way Love - TKA
  11. Maria - TKA
  12. Together Forever - Lisette Melendez
  13. Set You Free - Planet Soul
  14. Point of No Return - Expose
  15. I Wonder If I Take You Home - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
  16. Can You Feel The Beat - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
  17. Tell it To My Heart- Taylor Dayne
  18. Where Are You Tonight? - Coro
  19. Fantasy Girl - Johnny O.
  20. What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy) - Information Society

The Freestyle Crossover Playlist (Songs by Non-Freestyle Artists Heavily Influenced by Freestyle Music)

  1. Into The Groove - Madonna
  2. Lucky Star - Madonna
  3. When I Think Of You - Janet Jackson
  4. Crush On You - The Jets
  5. Straight Up - Paul Abdul
  6. I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
  7. Shake Your Love - Debbie Gibson
  8. Only In My Dreams- Debbie Gibson
  9. Girlfriend - Pebbles

Listen to Iron Mike's freestyle faves on our Spotify playlist by clicking here.

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

  1. Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  2. The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
  3. Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  4. Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
  5. Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  6. Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
  7. Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  8. Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
  9. Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
  10. International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  11. Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  12. Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  13. Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  14. TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  15. Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  16. Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  17. Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  18. James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  19. Valentines Wedding Cocktail Hour, Godiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  20. Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour, Cuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  21. The "Super Happy Hour" Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Bob Marley (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  22. The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour, Caipirinha (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  23. The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour, Boat Beer (Microbrew) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  24. The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour, 2010 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (Bordeaux) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  25. The Disco Love Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sloe Gin Fizz (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  26. The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Funky Cold Medina (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  27. The Acid Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Gimlet (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  28. The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Miller High Life (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  29. The New York State of Mind Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bronx Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  30. The Disney Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vibrant Orange Juice Frosty (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  31. The Summer Pop Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jameson & Ginger Ale (DJ Spinz). Click here.
  32. The Colorful Wedding Cocktail Hour, Shot of Goldschlager (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  33. The Inspiring Ladies of Music Wedding Cocktail Hour, Brandy Alexander (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  34. The Psychedelic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Death in the Afternoon (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  35. The Surf's Up Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Italian Surfer (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  36. The 90s Grunge Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Whiskey Sour (Guest Bloggers Pash & David). Click here.
  37. The Nice and Easy Wedding Cocktail Hour, Dirty Martini (DJ Greg Nice). Click here.
  38. The All Beatles Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bass Ale (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  39. The Savannah Southern Charm Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade Mojito (Guest blogger Cindy Brown). Click here.
  40. The All Cover Versions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tecate Beer (Team Ambient) . Click here.
  41. The Giants of Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jazz Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.
  42. The Smooth Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Kahlua & Cream (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.
  43. The Vintage Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Old-Fashioned (Guest Blogger DJ Ali Gruber) . Click here.
  44. The Acquired Taste Wedding Cocktail Hour, Fernet Branca (Guest Blogger DJ Toad) . Click here.
  45. The Jamaican Love Song Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Hummingbird (DJ Jazz) . Click here.
  46. The Motown Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Last Word (DJ Spinz) . Click here.
  47. The Broadway Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Fuzzy Greyhound (Guest bloggers Kris & Wesley) . Click here.
  48. The 50 Shades of Grey Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bottle of 1999 Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose . Click here.
  49. The Hip Hop Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bottle of Cristal Champagne (DJ Iron Mike) . Click here.
  50. The Tropical Tradewinds Wedding Cocktail Hour, Barbados Rum Punch (DJ Marti Gras) . Click here.
  51. The Reggae Wedding Cocktail Hour, Dirty Banana (DJ Sully) . Click here.
  52. The Mellow Country Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Southern Comfort Cherry & Cola (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.
  53. The Space Travelers Wedding Cocktail Hour, Astronaut (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.

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