Recent “Top 30″ Safe songs that are still safe to play.

Posted by: admin on 02/17/2014

Here is a large list of songs that are not currently on the Top 30 but are still popular and are safe to play at schools.  If you are looking for a Responsible DJ who will play nothing but Safe Songs at your next dance….CLICK HERE FOR OUR DIRECTORY

Listed by mosts recent adds to the recurrent list.  Updated  February 18 2014



Recurrents- (Still popular)
Paramore Still Into You 201315 136
Jay Z-Timberlake Holy Grail 201329 72
Ariana Grande / Big Sean Right There 201340 78
Selena Gomez Slow Down 201333 128
Katy Perry Unconditionally 201343 130
Drake Hold on We’re going home 201332 100
J. Cole Crooked Smile 201323 82
Lupe Fiasco/Ed Sheeran Old School Love 201342 86
Rihanna What Now 201336 128
Taylor  Swift/Ed Sheeran Everything has Changes 201327 79
Lady Gaga Applause 201333 70
Capital Cities Safe and Sound 201249 118
Pink True Love 201327 97
Eminem Berzerk 201335 96
Bruno Mars Treasure 201320 116
Zedd / Ft Foxes Clarity 201305 128
Robin Thicke Blurred Lines 201322 120
Justin Timberlake Take Back the Night 201329 109
Maroon 5 Love Somebody 201314 120
Imagine Dragons Radioactive 201245 69
Calvin Harris-Ellie Goulding I  Need Your Love 201312 125
Ariana Grande / Mac Miller The Way 201314 83
Daft Punk Get Lucky 201317 116
Krewella Live for the Night 201327 128
One Direction Best Song Ever 201330 118
Anna Kendrick Cups 201319 65
Rihanna/David Guetta Right Now 201329 130
Macklemore/Ryan Lewis Can’t Hold  Us 201310 73
Selena Gomez Come & Get it 201315 80
Justin Timberlake Mirrors 201314 78
Macklemoore-Ryan Lewis Thrift Shop 201246 95
Pitbull-C Aguilera Feel This Moment 201302 136
Demi Lovato Heart Attack 201309 88
Krewella Alive 201305 128
Mariah Carey/ Miguel #Beautiful 201319 107
Chris Brown Fine China 201314 104
Justin Timberlake Suit annd Tie 201303 103
Justin Bieber /Wil I am #that Power 201312 128
Maroon 5 Daylight 201247 126
Calvin Harris/Florence Welch Sweet Nothing 201238 128
Emeli Sande Next to Me 201230 95
Sean  Kingston/Chris Brown/Wiz Beat it 201316 98
Swedish House Mafia Don’t You Worry Child 201234 129
Avril Lavigne Here’s to never growing up 201315 83
Olly Murs/ w Flo Rida Troublemaker 201250 106
Imagine Dragons It’s Time 201208 105
Will.I.AM-Britney Spears Scream and Shout 201248 129
Justin Bieber w /Nicki Minaj Beauty and a Beat 201244 127
Flo Rida I Cry 201238 126
Justin Bieber All  Around the World 201307 128
Taylor Swift We are never getting back together 201234 86
Psy Gangnam Style 201237 132
Chris Brown Don’t Wake Me Up 201221 128
Pink Blow Me One Last Kiss 201228 114
Owl City-Carly Rae Jepsen Good Time 201227 126
Maroon 5 Payphone 201217 111
Carly Jepsen Call Me Maybe 201210 120
David Guetta/ Chris Brown I Can Only Imagine 201230 127
Rihanna Where have you been 201216 128
Trey Songz Heart Attack 201214 75
Usher Numb 201233 125
Future Turn on the Lights 201226 66
Ellie Goulding Lights 201109 120
Nicki Minaj Pound the Alarm 201227 126
One Direction Live While we’re young 201240 126
David Guetta Titanium 201230 125
Calvin  Harris Lets Go 201212 128
Katy Perry Wide Awake 201223 80
Kelly Clarkson Stronger 201201 116
David Guetta/Nicki Minaj Turn Me on 201231 128
Justin Bieber Boyfriend 201214 97
Taylor Swft-B.O.B Both Of Us 201220 63
50 Cent/Dr. Dre/Alicia Keys New Day 201232 98
Katy Perry Part of Me 201210 130
Flo Rida Good Feelin 201137 128
Pitbull Back In Time 201214 127
Gym Class Heroes Self  Back Home 201203 130
Nicki Minaj Starships 201209 125
Chris Brown Turn Up The Music 201206 130
Goyte Somebody that I used to Know 201205 129
Rihanna We Found Love 201140 128
The Wanted Glad You Came 201134 128
One Direction What Makes You Beautiful 201213 129
Drake /Rihanna Take Care 201150 122
Calvin  Harris Feel So Close 201131 64
Rihanna You Da One 201147 127
Young Jeezy Leave you alone 201208 95
B.O.B So Good 201209 86
J. Jessie Domino 201135 127
Karmin Broken Hearted 201207 120
Pitbull/w Chris Brown International Love 201140 120
Jennifer Lopez Dance Again 201215 128
Chris Rene Young Homie 201209 80
LMFAO Sorry for Party Rockin 201201 134
Hot Chelle Rae I Like it Like That 201139 101
Bruno Mars It Will Rain 201140 75
David Guetta Without You 201136 128
J Cole Workout 201126 93
Selena Gomez Love you Like a Love Song 201131 119
Dev & Enrique Iglesias Naked 201201 125
Outasight Tonight is the Night 201142 120
Foster the People Don’t Stop 201146 133
Gym Class Heros Stereo Hearts 201125 91
Drake Headlines 201132 76
Jason Derulo It Girl 201133 92
LMFAO Sexy and I know it 201133 130
Lady Gaga Marry the Night 201145 131
Nicki Minaj-Rihanna Fly 201132 120
Maroon 5/Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 201132 128
Britney Spears I Wanna Go 201124 131
Enrique Iglesias I Like How it Feels 201139 128
LMFAO Party Rock Anthem 201102 131
Cobra Starship You Make Me Feel 201120 132
Alexandra Stan Mr. Saxobeat 201119 127
New Boyz Better with the Lights on 201120 112
Bad Meets Evil Lighters (squeaky clean) 201125 90
Kanye West All of the lights 201050 71
Nicki Minaj Super Bass 201115 127
Karmin Crash Your Party 201144 96
Sean Paul Got 2 Luv 201129 92
David Guetta Where them Girls at 201119 130
T-Pain Best Love Song 201108 81
Lady Gaga The Edge of Glory 201120 128
Chris Brown She Ain’t You 201114 91
Bruno Mars Lazy Song 201108 87
Beyonce Best Thing I Never Had 201124 100
Lupe Fiasco The Show Goes on 201045 72
Black Eyed Peas Just Can’t Get Enough 201106 94
Jennifer Lopez I’m Into You 201115 84
Wiz Khalifa Roll Up 201106 94
Adele Rolling in the Deep 201048 105
Britney Spears Til The World Ends 201111 133
Katy Perry ET 105
Tinie Tempah Written in the Stars 201104 93
Hold it against Me Britney Spears 201103 134
Lady Gaga Born This Way 201102 120
Usher More 201047 125
Enrique Iglesias Tonght 201047 126
Ke$ha Blow 201102 120
Pittbull Rain on Me 201125 128
Far East Movement Rocketeer 201047 96
Chris Brown Yeah 3X 201044 129
Katy Perry Firework 201041 124
Taio Cruise-Travie MacCoy Higher 201102 128
Nelly Gone 201101 73
Bruno Mars Grenade 201044 111
Chris Brown Deuces 201031 74
Rihanna What’s My Name 201043 100

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DJs who play “Do Not Play” songs

Posted by: admin on 02/13/2014 Paypal paying DJs 2013

What really damages the school dance industry are those DJs who insist on playing inappropriate songs, and are tolerant of inappropriate dancing.  Administrators who are unable to control those DJs  that insist on crossing the line, many times choose to pull the plug on their school dances rather than condone unacceptable music and dancing.  Thus schools end up doing fewer dance events and there are fewer school gigs for the DJ industry.  The number of high school dances has been cut in half over the past decade, almost exclusively due to these lyric and dance issues.

Responsible DJs are proving every weekend, that dances can be fun, hugely popular and still be acceptable to the administrators.  Keep up the good fight!

I am always amazed at the DJs who ignore administration concerns and insist on satisfying their ego and bending to student pressure.  Likely they  won’t be invited back but event worse,  may have done irreparable damage to the dance program at the school.   Here is a comment from one such DJ in Riverside California:

That “do not play” list is ridiculous. Those are pretty much the biggest songs of the year and if you DJ ANY school dance and don’t play them, you will pretty much be labeled as the worst DJ alive. Please remove me from this email blast! Thank you.
Best Regards,

Nick Huicochea




Will Miley go to Prom

Posted by: admin on 02/11/2014 Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 6.33.12 PM

Miley Cyrus responds to a fan’s invitation to go to prom.

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School Dance Network very much alive

Posted by: admin on 01/30/2014 please stand by

I got a call from New Orleans super star mobile DJ Rocky Bourg that gave me a poke- to post an update.  Thanks Rocky.

I realize the front blog post page here at the school dance network has been lying dormant for a while…..but believe me there is a lot going on behind the scenes.  Let me update.  Our DJ membership and school subscriber base had grown over the past couple of years to the point where it was time to do an upgrade in our site.  I hired a web guy to spearhead the project that was to be completed no later (absolutely) than January 1 2014.  With great hopes of an exciting launch, and plans to make a big splash with a vendor display showing off  the new site at Mobile Beat (next week) I was pumped.  January 1 came and went, and with more issues and challenges then had been expected….the new site is still readying for launch.  Hmmmm.  Very frustrating.   In the meantime, we have held steadfast to our content providing e-mails to our DJ members and to our school subscribers, sending our TOP 30 Safe Songs List (Mondays), our DO NOT PLAY list (Wednesdays)  and our bonus School Dance Content blog on Friday.  Our membership continues to grow, our subscribing schools  list continues to grow, and I am just so anxious to get the new roll out published.  Every time I get a web guy update, it is just going to be a day or so.   Now 30 “days-or-so” have passed with yet the latest word (yesterday)…it’ll be a day or so.

For those of you who have been patient…..when the new site launches look for easier use, updated look, and back to frequent content updates.   It’ll just be a day ….or so.

Ric Hansen



Top Play List

Posted by: admin on 01/08/2014

Positive progress in appropriate dancing

Posted by: admin on 11/12/2013

 This is an article written in the Livingston Daily News, in Howell Michigan.  There are schools making some great progress in changing up teen dance styles.

Written by  Amanda Whitesel Daily Press & Argus


Jamie Nicholson said some have accused her of “shoving” her “agenda down their throats.”

But the Hartland Township mom said her efforts with The Dance Project, a program that aims to create awareness of the sexually explicit nature of high school dances, have been successful, thanks to community support.

“Our motto is to change the culture by promoting positive dancing,” she said. “And I think we’ve done that.”

“Many said it could not be done.”

The group was formed in 2009 after Nicholson witnessed what she calls the “heartbreaking reality” of high school dances as a chaperone at a high school event. Some female students told Nicholson they felt physically violated while dancing.

The style Nicholson saw varies in name — grinding, twerking and freak dancing, to name a few — but encompasses close contact and lots of hip gyration.

“I saw these kids that were in my daughter’s class enter into this first high school dance with such enthusiasm and excitement, but that quickly changed when they saw the mob grinding,” she said.

Thus, the Dance Project was formed to promote clean dancing. It started small, with 12 students, and now averages between 200 to 400 students at each of its four dances annually. The group’s latest dance took place in October at Rollerama in Genoa Township, where the skating rink was turned into a dance floor, attracting 300 students.

Group members and teacher Sam Johnson of South Lyon teach new attendees swing dancing moves to popular music, and oftentimes, Nicholson said students are inspired to spread the movement to their schools and communities, like the swing dance club formed in 2011 at Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek, for example.

A cultural shift

School administrators across the county have noted the nature of dancing at school events has changed, prompting changes in school policy and laying out of expectations.

Howell High School Principal Jason Schrock took to his school blog this year to inform parents of expectations in attire and behavior. Administrators don’t allow for grinding, “legs between legs,” but he notes “it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”

Chaperones — parents, teachers and administrators — monitor dances and warn students if their actions become inappropriate, sometimes asking students to leave. Districts have taken steps to monitor the music played by disc jockeys, but sometimes, Schrock said, “raunchy songs” still slip by. The district’s newly contracted disc jockey played songs this year that the administration had previously “blacklisted,” when students requested them, he said.

The dancing has “gotten more touchy-feely, if you will,” but it’s not as prevalent as some make it to be, said Fowlerville High School Principal Brad Lusk.

“It’s about 50/50,” he said, of inappropriate versus appropriate dancing.

“We just don’t want the students in a situation where they are acting out inappropriately or putting another student in an uncomfortable situation,” Lusk said.

The Dance Project this year hosted two swing dance classes prior to Howell High School’s homecoming dance, and had instructors on hand at the event. It’s a part of the project’s effort to reach out to schools.

Schrock said while the group is helping to change students’ dance styles, he believes there’s more work to be done. Of the 1,800 students attending the homecoming dance, about 100 pursued the swing dance avenue, he said.

“They’re going counterculture, which isn’t an easy thing to do,” he said.

To date, The Dance Project has given lessons at 11 schools in three counties. The program has also inspired students to start local swing groups at middle and high schools, as well as colleges.

Participants are required to sign a student-standards contract prior to attending a sponsored event. The waiver has participants pledge to dress modestly and to avoid vulgar speech and moving in a way that makes others feel “physically violated.” It also requests respect of adults, requiring students to address chaperones by “Mr.” or “Mrs.,” unless given permission to do so otherwise.

On the waiver is Bible verse 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

“The more people we reach, the better,” Nicholson said. “We want students to know they have a choice.”

For more details about The Dance Project, visit http://www.thedancepro­

How does the fox DANCE!

Posted by: admin on 11/04/2013 Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.25 PM

This is not the FOX TROT. No way. The hottest new dance move comes by virtue of Ylvis’s comedy hit ‘WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY”. The dance is not easy to learn, but if you are ready to put in a little effort our School Dance Network dance pal Matt Steffanina will walk you through it. By the time the Holiday dance gets here, you can have it down. Ready to

The lazy generation? Think again.

Posted by: admin on 10/02/2013 Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 4.25.00 PM

This generation is far from lazy.  These millennials help put things into perspective.

    From: Conrad Hayes

    I really appreciate the time and effort that you put into this information. School dances are a market that really has not been developed. I have had one of my contracts for over 11 years and it would be great to have several more. Thanks for the tips.

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