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Throwback Songs We’ve Been Listening to On Repeat

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Music is a necessary requirement for just about everything we do…at the gym? We love to blast some 80s pop to get our heart pumpin’! Cooking dinner? We’re transported back in time with some Frank Sinatra. Driving to the beach? Windows are down and country music flows from our speakers.


We all know that sometimes the songs on the radio that seemingly play on a never ending loop get boring (and annoying) very quick. Sorry (not sorry), but we can only listen to “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd so many times in the grocery store before we need to skedaddle.


That’s why we love curating playlists of some of our favorite throwback jams from back in the day. Playlists are like the modern-day mixtape…here are some of our favorite throwback songs that you’ll need to add to your lineup!

1.) “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran


Hailing from the United Kingdom, this British band is behind hits like “Rio,” and of course, “Hungry Like the Wolf.” This song was released in 1982 and appeared on the Rio album. You may have even seen the music video on MTV. If you haven’t it’s a must-watch, as it was filmed in the jungles of Sri Lanka.

2.) “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol

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This song by Billy Idol is full of energy and good vibes. Dare we say the perfect living room dance party anthem? Legend has it that the inspiration for this song comes from the English punk band Generation X’s tour of Japan in the late 70s. During this trip the members/frontman Billy Idol himself were captured by Japanese girls at the discotheque dancing with their reflections in the mirrors.

3.) “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham!

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We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a song by musical legend George Michael, who sadly passed in 2016. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” was released by Wham! a duo comprised of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley in their 1984 album, Make it Big. In 1984, Michael said of the song, “I just wanted to make a really energetic pop record that had all the best elements of Fifties and Sixties records, combined with our attitude and our approach.” Safe to say the song was a hit, as it was nominated for several awards including Best Pop Performance by a Duo.

4.) “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

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There’s nothing quite like a feminist anthem, and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper is one of the greats! Lauper released the upbeat pop hit on her 1983, She’s So Unusual album, and it even had appearances in iconic movies like the one with the same name starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and even “Clueless” in 1995.

5.) “Whoomp There It Is!” by Tag Team

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Something about this 90’s hip-hop hit just makes us just want to dance on top of a table. It can’t be just us right? This song was released by the duo Tag Team in the summer of 1993 and is so. freaking. groovy! Since the release of this iconic song, it’s been used in the classic Christmas movie, Elf. Tag Team has even made appearances in commercials for Geico in recent years. The more you know!

6.) “Believe” by Cher


Would you believe us if we told you that “Believe” by Cher comes from her TWENTY-SECOND studio album, released in 1998?! For us, this fact is mindblowing. This chart-topping dance hit earned Cher the Guinness World Record for oldest female solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Impressive, right? Nowadays, Cher remains a pop music sensation and even is a proud activist for the LGBTQ+ community.

7.) “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer


“Kiss Me” was released in 1997 by the American band Sixpence None the Richer. The ballad was an immediate hit, and topped charts worldwide. The song was even covered by contemporary artists like Avril Lavigne and was the theme song of Miramax’s movie, She’s All That. Another fun fact…according to Taylor Swift, the song was the first that she ever learned to play on the guitar!

8.) “Oops! I Did It Again” by Britney Spears


Anyone else watch the New York Times’ feature, “Framing Britney” show on Hulu last month? The documentary on the life of Britney Spears had us in our early 2000s feels, so naturally we’ve been listening to a lot of Britney as of late. Our favorite? “Oops! I Did It Again,” which was released by the pop music starlet in 2004, at just 19 years old.

9.) “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC


Another essential part of the 90s was the boyband craze. One of our favorites was *NSYNC, which was comprised of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass. They made their US debut with “I Want You Back,” but one of our favorites is “Bye Bye Bye” which was released in 2000, on their third album, No Strings Attached.

What’s your favorite throwback song?!

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