We don’t know about you lot, but we’re in the mood to celebrate today. After (not quite) three years as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has quit, following a disastrous three days in charge in which 59 of his own MPs quit government over his alleged misleading of the House of Commons and his apparent knowledge of former Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher’s history of sexual misconduct. It’s been a long time coming for many of us, including musicians and fans who suffered through his reign's neglecting of the arts through the pandemic, and although the future is unclear — and the next prospective leadership candidates are typically unappealing — today we have this moment to celebrate . So let's stick on the BBQ, crack open a bottle of prosecco and dive into our selection of feel-good, resignation-ready tunes to soundtrack our dishevelled leader’s departure from Number 10.
After all, Boris was always partial to a party. Enjoy!
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1 TOVE LO ‘GLAD HE’S GONE’ (JAYDA G REMIX)
You know when you have a friend who’s dating a waste of space and they can’t seem to quit him? A sucker for punishment who keeps going back for more, and you feel totally helpless about how deluded and trapped they are? Or when that friend is an entire country and the bad boyfriend is a Prime Minister? The end is an occasion to celebrate, and a vibey house remix from Jayda G is just the ticket.
2 CECE PENISTON ‘FINALLY’
No track communicates the sheer emotion of human relief quite like CeCe Peniston’s 1991 dancefloor smasher ‘Finally’. And for much of the UK right now, that’s the feeling — relief. We’re also feeling a shared disbelief that this is only happening now after months (or if we’re being honest years) of untruths, incompetency and corruption. So it’s a cathartic feeling right now as we celebrate the end of Boris Johnson’s tenure… sing it CeCe!
3 BORIS BREJCHA ‘FUCK OFF’
When times are hard, its always great to say ‘fuck off’. When times are good its also great to exclaim “Fuck Offffff”. But saying “Fuck Off” as Boris Johnson sullenly departs the podium outside Number 10 after announcing his resignation? That’s priceless. For that reason, and many more, you can be expect us to be blasting out the Prime Minister’s namesake Boris Brejcha’s ‘Fuck Off’ any time we’re trusted with the aux cable this weekend.
4 INJA ‘FUNKTOWN RIDDIM (WHO'S GOT THE PACKET?)’
“One rule for us, but another rule for them?” seems to have rung true throughout Boris Johnson’s tenure as Prime Minister, and thank god Inja has pointed it out. This funny and silly drum ‘n’ bass banger is not only enough to get you moving and lose yourself too in deep basslines, but calls out the lies and hypocrisy of the British Government and echoes the thoughts of much of the British population. Fuck the government, fuck Boris - and most importantly, who’s got the packet?
5 DOUBLE 99 ‘RIP GROOVE’
What better way to celebrate the death of Boris Johnson’s political career with a good old fashioned spin of ‘RIP Groove’. The Double99 UKG classic has been lighting clubs all over the country since 1997 — incidentally the same year Boris began his political career with his selection to run for MP of Clwyd South in the General Election (he lost). Is there a purer feeling of elation than the ‘RIP Groove’ drop? Building incessantly in crescendo, you know it's coming, you can feel it — everyone can feel it, then it happens and you realise it was even better than you could have imagined. There’s no feeling quite like it, except maybe the collective feeling of the British general public at 12:30PM today. Beautiful. RIP(groove) Boris Johnson’s leadership career you would have loved the sesh we’re gonna have this weekend.
6 STORMZY ‘VOSSI BOP’
The refrain of “Fuck the government and fuck Boris!” has been one of the most cathartic phrases to chant these past few years — an entire Pyramid Stage crowd at a legendary Glastonbury headline slot being a particular highlight. That inspired a typically eye-rolling response from the departing PM, who thought he was funny when thanking Stormzy for leading a call of “Back Boris”. The end is finally nigh and we don’t have to put up with his sneering smirks for much longer. To celebrate: don’t dab, just Vossi Bop.
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7 ADONIS ‘NO WAY BACK’
This 1986 track has never been more relevant, Surely Boris has ‘No Way Back’ — he’s been the leader while we’ve seen COVID deaths, benefit cuts, deportations, Brexit failures and partygate, so he’s well past the point of no return. This Guardian article also reports that one former minister said “Boris has no way back”, so let’s channel that energy with this raucous acid house bangers.
8 DOMINICA 'GOTTA LET YOU GO' (ORIGINAL '95 CLUB MIX)
It’s been a chorus ringing out across the country throughout Boris’ now short-lived premiership, whether that be from the citizens of Leeds or, more recently, on 59 resignation letters from his own MPs. Whether you believe it’s been time for Boris to just “go” since the beginning, or in recent months it’s undeniable now that it’s time for his departure. Unfortunately, now we’ll have a leadership contest, and with the looks of the current frontrunners, it’s doubtful we’re going to have “no more sleepless nights” or “a man who treats us right.”
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9 AQUARIAN ‘OUROBOROS’
Referencing the ancient symbol of a snake devouring its own tail, taken from an album titled ‘The Snake That Eats Itself’... you see where we’re going with this. Another Tory party Prime Minister is biting the dust after their political rivals have closed ranks for a power grab. See you all again in a couple years’ time.
10 SHALAMAR ‘A NIGHT TO REMEMBER’
This really is a night to remember, one that all of us will tell future generations. With over 50 MPs resigning within the space of 24 hours, the country hasn’t seen anything like this since... the last Prime Minister was ousted. This track, by Shalamar, is an upbeat song about celebrating the good things in life - so while we wait to see what goes down in No10, let’s turn up this feel-good, post-disco classic and get our groove on.