Throwback song time!!! And no I’m not talking about ANYTHING recent. I’m talking straight out of elementary school – because we all know that’s where the lit tunes were at. Here’s my top 10:
1. “TiK ToK” by Ke$ha
This came out on “Animal,” Ke$ha’s 2010 album. It was one of those songs that the parents always understood just a liiiiitle more than we did. I don’t know about you guys, but when I heard “brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack,” I always figured that “Jack” was some kind of toothpaste brand. It has the perfect, steady beat needed for some uncoordinated elementary school kids to dance to. Whenever I play this song I get a cloudy vision of girls in pigtails and skirts from Zara “dancing” (clapping their hands and moving their feet side to side). The downfall: It’s pretty damn annoying to have a song stuck in your head, and the catchiness of “TIK ToK” makes it an easy target for a head sticker.
2. “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by Soulja Boy
The “souljaboytellem.com” album came out in 2007, headlined by the megahit “Crank That.” This was one of those “cool” songs that made us 3rd graders in our juicy sweatpants feel super gangster and hip. While this song may not have been the most popular when we were younger, it has travelled with us throughout the years. I can’t name a person who wouldn’t dance their heart out to this song – It’s a true Bar/Bat Mitzvah classic.
3. “Replay” by Iyaz
The number one sing along song of all time, “Replay” debuted as a single in 2009. While sounding innocent on the surface, this song has an immensley sexual undertone. To a parent, the name Replay sounds like this song would be a Disney-esque song about someone wanting to replay a song over and over again. However, if you listen more closely to the lyrics, which include “she’s the gun to my holster” and other more profane analogies, you would see how truly “inappropriate” this song is for a young audience. However, this only adds to the swaggy vibe ;)
4. “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz
This song was just legendary. I don’t know if there’s even anything else I can say. While for some of us it came out in the latter end of our time in elementary school, it still seems to be the most memorable. When talking to people about this article and asking for song recommendations, almost every single person’s first response was “Dynamite.” This catchy tune came out on Taio Cruz’s 2010 album “Rokstarr” (along with another solid hit, “Break Your Heart.”) It’s also another talent show hit — perfect for a group of 10 year olds with fedoras to dance to.
5. “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus
I don’t know anyone who would dispute this song in its rightfully deserved number 1 spot. On Miley Cyrus’s 2009 album “The Time of Our Lives,” this song rocked America’s youth like an earthquake. With upbeat and easy to sing along to lyrics, this song is absolutely timeless.
No matter what music you’re slappin’ in 2017, these classic throwbacks tie all of us together. Even the elitist self-proclaimed music gurus of Tam High grew up on Selena Gomez, Ke$ha, and Iyaz. No matter how old we get, any of these songs will have us singin’ like na na na na everyday, with our ipod’s stuck on replay.