Party Playlist: Dinner for 8

To find the most compelling music for parties, audiophile Charlotte Druckman turned to the pros behind the best restaurant soundtracks—and suggests winning cocktails for each soundtrack.

Dinner Party for 8

Musical selections by Jeremy Abrams of Audiostiles.

Popping a few CDs into a sound system isn’t good enough for the best restaurants anymore. These days, playlists are expected to show as much creativity as menus.

Chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud work with Audiostiles, a company that also counts the Four Seasons hotels as a client. "We’re like personal shoppers," says Jeremy Abrams, who worked at VH1 before he helped launch Audiostiles in 2004.

Since most of Abrams’s customers favor mellow music that won’t distract diners from their food, he turns to jazz artists like Madeleine Peyroux.

Artist Song Download
Charlie Hunter Quartet More Than This Charlie Hunter Quartet - Songs from the Analog Playground - More Than This
Jamie Cullum Wind Cries Mary Jamie Cullum - Twentysomething - Wind Cries Mary
Bossacucanova Previsão Bossacucanova - Uma Batida Diferente - Previsão
Cesaria Evora Petit Pays (Château Flight Remix) Césaria Évora - Club Sodade - Petit Pays
Madeleine Peyroux Don't Wait Too Long Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love - Don't Wait Too Long
Katie Melua Just Like Heaven Katie Melua - Piece By Piece - Just Like Heaven
Feist Inside and Out Feist - Let It Die - Inside and Out
Sergio Mendes Let Me (Remix from Timeless) Sergio Mendes & Brasil '65 - Best of Sergio Mendes and Brasil '65 - Let Me
Paul Anka True Paul Anka - Rock Swings - True
Si Sé Mariposa en Havana Si*Sé - More Shine - Mariposa en Havana
Bent & Billie Holiday Speak Low (Bent Remix) Bent & Billie Holiday - Verve Remixed 3 - Speak Low
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