‘Tis the season for jaunty holiday soirees, which naturally got me inspired to create some new iPod playlists. One that I’m particularly happy with is called “Cocktail Hour,” a hodge-podge of dance-club classics, electronic oddities, and underrated diva tracks that’s festively upbeat, yet not so propulsive that inebriated guests will be threatening to push my kitchen table against the wall in an effort to get their boogie on. After the jump you’ll find my 21-song party-starter (best played in “shuffle” mode). Once you’re done reading, post your own recent playlist creations, be they for hosting get-togethers, surviving the treadmill, commuting to the office, or zoning out in your darkened living room after a particularly beastly workday. And remember: Editing out “uncool” tracks is strictly verboten (thus my inclusion of ridiculously campy Army of Lovers), as is mockery of your fellow readers’ selections. iPod Inspection is a judgment-free zone, y’all!

Chewing Gum,” Annie

My Army of Lovers,” Army of Lovers

Left My Baby For You,” Blake Lewis

Spend Some Time,” The Brand New Heavies

“More, More, More,” The Dust Brothers

Rock D’Amour,” Emmon

I Did It Just The Same,” Eurythmics

Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix),” Everything But The Girl Missing

La Vie En Rose,” Grace Jones

Blind,” Hercules and Love Affair

Whenever,” Jody Watley

Atmosphere,” Lettie

Club Lonely,” Lil’ Louis & The World

Move With Me,” Neneh Cherry

Overpowered,” Róisín Murphy

Get A Life,” Soul II Soul

“1973,” T.H. White More

Love’s the Only Drug,” Ultra Naté

Near The Black Forest,” Vanessa Daou