Parties in the U.S.A.
I would've been hard to start the mix without this one. It was a pretty obvious starter, since JoJo sings about a lot of other "American" songs, like "Louie Louie" and "Little Latin Lupe Lu," so my penchant for the meta in things begins at once in the mix. In addition, the song is a take on wistfulness for past experiences, which I found, about halfway thru creating the mix, to be a theme I hold dear in my American music. This was one of the Jonathan songs my now-wife knew about when we met. She's heard many, many more since, so putting this at the front bumper of the mix is a little homage to her as well.