Before checking out DJ Pauly D's Las Vegas residency at the HAZE Nightclub last Saturday, Fuse sat down with the Jersey Shore star and asked him to give us his professional take on Hot 100 hits from Baauer, Bieber, Timberlake and other artists tearing up the charts. Here's what Pauly D told us about today's hottest tracks.
Baauer's "Harlem Shake"
"That track is major! Major. Wanna know why I like that song? I like party tracks that actually get people moving. It starts out mellow and then gets that hit, boom, and I love that. So I play it during my set. It came out of nowhere and was suddenly a YouTube sensation, which seems to be the thing right now."
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop"
"That's a good tune. I saw him perform it on Ellen and I think that's what shot it through the roof. What's crazy is being a DJ, I get these songs a long time before regular people do and I knew it was going to be a hit. It's a catchy melody and I knew people would like the lyrics and relate to it. I was singing it just yesterday, not that I can sing."
Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven"
"I like it, but it's not really a club track. Although I might occasionally play a remix to make the beat a bit harder."
Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie"
"At first I was like ehhhh... I didn't like it. I wasn't going to play it. I was expecting more from Justin, but it grew on me. Jay killed his verse, though. He always does. People tend to like hearing it for a second, so I'll play a little bit of it [at the club] and then move on to something else."
Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble"
"l play it because girls love it—they go crazy for it. I have a dance version that goes a bit harder. So I'll stop the music and go, 'See? Even Pauly D can make Taylor Swift sound cool!'"
"I love it. The remix has Waka Flocka Flame, Diddy, Hit-Boy and Lil Wayne. It's major."
will.i.am & Justin Bieber's "#THATPOWER"
"It's good. I do drop Bieber tracks—I'm a Belieber. I really like Justin Bieber. I play 'Beauty and a Beat,' 'Baby' and 'As Long As You Love Me.' I met him once when I did that commercial [for his movie]. Funny, hilarious kid. He loves playing pranks just like me."
Selena Gomez's "Love You Like A Love Song"
"I don't play her. I don't think club-goers respond well to it. It's for a younger crowd. But I met her, she's cool. I met her once at an awards show and her cousin was a big fan so we took a picture."
For the full rundown of DJ Pauly D's set at the ARIA Hotel's HAZE Nightclub, check out our take on his party-starting skills and the guest appearances by Shore castmate Vinny, Vinny's mom and blowup dolls.