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POV: Are you dancing in a Yale Frat, or not?


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The success of my personal fraternal evening is centered on the music. The ultimate guide to a good night lies in hard and fast numbers. Ask yourself these questions:

How many raised surfaces have you found yourself dancing on? All tables, chairs, ledges, stairs and speakers are fair game.

How often does your Apple Watch ping you and say, “Looks like you’re working out?”

How sweaty are you? Wring your hair out on the sidewalk when you get home and measure in droplets or puddle size.

Of course, such a vigorous dance is not possible without a perfectly organized playlist. I remember browsing through TikTok and Spotify during my senior summer, learning about party classics like Waka Flocka Flame’s “No Hands” and “Wasted.” by Tiesto. Both risque songs are heavily auto-tuned and extremely danceable. My friends and I were questioning the lyrics and rating each other’s dance moves on a scale from college kid who shouldn’t do the worm to Zendaya’s stellar performance in Shake it Up.

Based on this extremely solid research, I expected Greek Life to share a hive mindset mentality, maintaining a common roster of frat bangers across campus. Orientation week passed and I recognized some of the songs I expected to hear. But I was surprised to see that each fraternity had a different personality when it came to music choices.

I went to every fraternity disguised as an unassuming party animal, for the sole purpose of collecting empirical data. I’ve spent every free evening researching the controversial question that academia has been too afraid to pursue: what’s the perfect frat night reading list?

Here are handpicked selections to represent each fellowship’s unique energy – in alphabetical order so everyone understands this is not a ranking.

ADPhi – Expect to find house music at home LAX

Coincidentally, we begin this list with the first fellowship I attended. I remember wandering the backyard side by side with other revelers, completely bewildered by the noisy crowd and – at this point – slightly drunk. But I kept my unevenly winged, mascara-coated eyes on the prize: a speaker – any speaker. I felt the vibrations, wandered into the basement and entered a dimension of dance beats. One of the brothers I contacted raised “I think I like it” by Fake Blood and “Hooked” by NOTION as proven ADPhy classics. But electronic songs without lyrics and repetitive beats can get old quickly, so their playlist goes back to the original classics. Their quintessential throwbacks are an EDM remix of “Gimme!” from ABBA! Give me ! Give me!” by GAMPER & DADONI and the wonderfully cheerful “Runaround Sue” by Dion DiMucci. The ADPhi basement blurs the line between present and past, but there is a strong lean towards the modern.

AEPi – 2000s and 2010s pop with a side of cultural pride

Keep in mind that I am Jewish and therefore have a personal bias in favor of this brotherhood. The normal genre breakdown leans toward pop and club hits, the best of which include Cascada’s “Everytime we Touch” and Zedd’s “Stay the Night.” Expect to recognize almost anything you hear if you’ve listened to the radio in the past 20 years. Songs like Omer Adam’s “Tel Aviv” are notable exceptions. Those who know these gems will lose their minds, and everyone else has just discovered their new favorite song. AEPi does a tasteful job of sprinkling references to the Israeli club scene into its playlists, which you won’t find anywhere else.

Chi Psi – More Chi Psi than it looks

On the surface, this brotherhood looks like any other, and the music they play most often reflects that. As you walk into their backyard, you’ll likely hear fast-paced songs like FISHER’s “Losing It” and “Scream & Shout” by will.i.am ft. Britney Spears – Free Britney! But when I reached out to some of the brothers to ask them which songs their parties wouldn’t be complete without, I realized that the music they play on Friday nights is just the tip of the iceberg. “Les Frères Assembles de la Fraternité” – direct quote – provided more information on the secret, accurate and highly coveted playlist which includes: “Gymnopedie No. 1” of classical music by Erik Satie, “Clean Up” music for children by Barney and “WAP” by Adult Music by Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion. I encourage you to request these songs the next time you come by so you can fully enjoy the Chi Psi experience.

Edon – Various fruits of the tree of Knowledge Musical genres

The Shubh party – hosted for a random but very deserving freshman by The Yale Record – might not have counted as a true Edon event, but nonetheless, this co-ed band has a raucous playlist with a varied selection of jams . There’s an element of new female influence that comes through on tracks like Doja Cat’s “Need to Know” and Nicki Minaj’s “The Night is Still Young.” The hip hop and rap influences continue on A$AP Ferg’s “Plain Jane”, and there’s also an element of club hits with Stromae’s “Alors On Danse”. And let’s not forget throwbacks like “Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners. With Edon, you never know what you’re going to get, so if you want to stop a move appropriately, make sure you’re prepared for all possibilities.

Leo – The fraternity of expatriates

I hadn’t been to Leo since before I knew I was writing this review, so take that with a grain of salt. Their international identity contributes really well to producing a varied playlist. I don’t have any real songs to speak of, because none of my contacts came. But that reflects the amount of back-to-back, wordless EDM songs whose titles I wouldn’t have recognized anyway. When their songs had lyrics, however, they were reminiscent of a European or South American dance club. I can’t say much definitively about Leo’s current playlist, but I appreciate the fact that I can listen to music from around the world when I’m there.

Sigma Chi – Crowdsourcing at its best

I recently missed a Sig Chi event, where I was planning to gather my information. But earlier in the year, I remember enjoying warrior bubblegum pop – think Hannah Montana – and hardcore rap – think Pop Smoke – in my unreliable memory I’m pretty sure he didn’t. there was nothing in between. I don’t remember any particular song, but I do remember that when the crowd booed certain songs, the aux brother immediately moved on to the next one. My friends and I walked up to him and started making requests, and miraculously one of our songs ended up in the queue. Sig Chi’s interactivity and responsiveness bridge the gap between their two divergent and privileged genres.

Sigma Nu – It all depends on who you know

My time at Sig Nu was pretty brief, unfortunately, so I’ll do my best with the data I’ve gathered. Hanging out under the tarp and dancing in the middle section was a highlight, especially when BoB’s “Magic” and Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” — definitely a remixed version — were playing. But other than those two, I just moved on to a few EDM songs that I didn’t recognize. I’m still waiting for the brother I contacted because he said he would send me the playlist a while ago, but he never did. He’s a friend of a friend of a friend, but if I can’t get into Sig Nu next weekend and they ask me if I know a brother, I’ll definitely use his name – it’ is the least he can do.

Zeta – No football home touchdown

I was on my last leg last Saturday, doing my best to pull myself together and get through it so you don’t have to. But when I arrived at my final destination, it wasn’t even clear if a party was in progress. Maybe we were too early – although I’m always fashionably late – or maybe the meeting was exclusive. The Zeta guys were kind of immune to my infinite charm and wisdom. So I still don’t know if it’s worth the 15 minute or more walk down Main Street and away from campus to get to the home of football. Shout out to Zeta – please let me in next time so I can review your playlist!

Let’s not talk about DKE.

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