Here on the SouthCoast, the Portuguese music culture is strong.

For the last 10 years or so, I've DJ'd a good amount of Portuguese weddings and events and have been surrounded by tradition and heritage when it comes to music.

Most of the songs that get requested are normally the same, but these songs always bring the energy. When it comes down to packing the dance floor, there are a handful of songs that bring out the party in the crowd, and I'm here today to share my top five with you:

1. Michel Telo, "Bara Bere"

Michel Telo is a world-renowned artist who clearly enjoys the nightlife. His music is often played in clubs and is the perfect selection to start the night in the right direction with "Bara Bere."

2. Jorge Ferreira, "Oh Malhao"

Azorean native Jorge Ferreira is well known on the SouthCoast and has played everywhere from the Fall River Portuguese Feast to the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament in New Bedford. "O Malhao" is not quite a club banger, but more of a traditional choice that's perfect for a good, old-fashioned three-step.

3. Roberto Leal, "Bate O Pe"

Just about one year ago, back on September 15, the world was saddened to hear of the passing of Portuguese great Roberto Leal. Although Leal is no longer with us, his spirit will continue to live on through his music. "Bate O Pe" is a personal favorite of mine that is guaranteed to get the people moving on the dance floor.

4. Michel Telo featuring Pitbull, "Ai Se Eu Te Pego"

Making the list once more, Michel Telo's collaboration with "Mr. Worldwide," Pitbull, is an absolute banger. "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" is energetic and Top 40-worthy. Even if you don't understand the lyrics, Pitbull's entrance allows for some English to cross over from the Portuguese chorus. Perfect for anyone, even if you're not of Portuguese descent.

5.) Marc Dennis, "Superman"

Last but not least is the man, the myth, the legend himself. Marc Dennis's "Superman" is one for the books. It's a bit quirky, but fun and very catchy at the same time. These days, this world-famous singer can be found in Fall River at his restaurant/night club, Adagio Piano Lounge. Good luck getting this one out of your head.

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