Be it hunkering down with studies or getting back to actually working now that the summer’s over, the weekend after Labor Day tends to be a bit of a downer. But as we all know, life’s most magical moments have this habit of coming out to play when we least expect them to. Here are some newly-minted throwbacks that could catalyze the extraordinary:
1. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy
A nice uptempo jam that gets everyone on the couch nodding. Nod level is a crucial moment for any night. Nod level is the first rung on the ladder leading to epic memories.
2. Caramel – City High Ft. Eve
The “other song” from City High, the early aughts R&B group who broke up way earlier than we’d all hoped they would. Seductive.
3. Steal My Sunshine – Len
In my completely subjective opinion–that’s benefitting tremendously from the opinion leader facade this very article is granting me–this is one of the better songs to straight blast while driving. A big-time ante upper.
4. Sandstrom – Darude
EDM before EDM existed. Banger status.
5. This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
While he may not be the current MOTM (Montell Of The Moment–a title that clearly goes to Montell Williams of Money Mutual), this song is a foolproof party starter. This is how you do it = “it’s our party we can do what we want to.” Interpret that as you see fit.
6. Always On Time ft. Ashanti – Ja Rule
Is there anyone born between 1985-1995 who doesn’t have a soft spot for Ja Rule? The answer is no.
7. Party Hard – Andrew WK
Andrew WK is a modern-day renaissance man. The party-man has been a television host, motivational speaker, music producer, and overall gem of a guy. The man is all about getting people to “feel” something. So get a party going.
8. Lips of An Angel – Hinder
This song came on my pandora the other day, and man is it good to see it again. Best played when most are buzzed enough to get irrationally excited about songs they haven’t heard in a long time.
9. Get Like Me – David Banner
The cue to get sloppy. Everyone should be busting out their trademark dance moves.
10. Every Other Time – LFO
Get out all that bottled up anger. You’re way too good for him anyway.
11. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
One Direction has been doing a cover of this song (above), and it is…well, this song really just rocks. And kids in tube socks.
12. Break Stuff – Limp Bizkit
Rowdy time. Just make sure you’re not twerking close to a table littered with candles.
13. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
This felt nostalgic in 2004, the year it was released. A decade later, its snuck up on everyone and made a spirited underdog run of song of the millennium. Classic for any age.
14. Hey Ma – Cam’Ron
One of those songs that’s gonna be popular forever. And a postgame gem.
15. Time – Hootie and The Blowfish
This is what you play on Sunday night. The week ahead might be a rough one, but you’ve more than left your mark. Solid weekend.