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
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!
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
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
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?!
Add These 3 Books To Your Summer Bookshelf Right Now!
You can try and tell us otherwise, but we simply don’t think there is anything better than lounging beach or poolside, with a bev- we mean, book in hand! All jokes aside, there’s some thing incredibly relaxing about being able to escape to another reality with each word. And if you’re lucky enough, your reading sesh will be followed by a nap, and amazing tan.
Not sure what books you should add to your summer reading list? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered and have compiled a short (but sweet!) must-read list for Summer 2021. Whether you read on a tablet or love the feeling of flipping crisp white pages, run (or scroll) to your nearest bookstore, because you don’t want to miss out on these!
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
In the mood for a love story? Seriously, you can’t go wrong with a romance when lounging at the beach! This novel by Colleen Hoover (a #1 New York Times Best Selling Author, may we add), should be at the top of your reading list this summer.
It Ends With Us tells the story of Lily, a young woman with roots in a small-town Maine, who relocates to city life in Boston. There, she meets Ryle, a neurosurgeon who has commitment issues but has a total soft spot for Lily. Quickly, she becomes the exception to his “no-dating rule,” and all is going well until Atlas, her first love suddenly comes back into the picture. This leaves Lily completely and utterly confused.
Who does she choose? Well, you’ll just have to read and find out!
The Good Sister: A Novel by Sally Hepworth
While we do love to fantacize and romanticize about our own lives while reading a good love story, we also can never seem to put down a good thriller! The Good Sister: A Novel has been a real hit from this genre, as of late, and for good reason!
The story tells the tale of family secrets the lengths that people will take to keep them hidden! Fern Castle is a librarian, who hates anything loud, bright, and any breaks in her routine can really throw her for a loop. She has a twin sister, Rose, who she shares dinner with several times a week. When Rose discovers that she cannot conceive a child, Fern sees the perfect opportunity to repay her sister for all that she’s done for her. All she needs to do is find a father. The process doesn’t come without hiccups, and of course, disruptions to Fern’s status quo. Along the way, she’ll discover family secrets and truly test the lengths at which family helps each other out.
Broken (In The Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a self-help/psychology book in this list! Really though, it’s 2021 folks, let’s start normalizing talking about mental health! This book by Jenny Lawson covers her struggles with mental health and depression, of course, while making us laugh with every page we turn! We’ll let Lawson tell you her story herself, but seriously guys, run! Don’t walk!
What are you planning on reading this summer?!
“FRIENDS” REBOOT TO PREMIERE THIS MAY ON HBO MAX! OMG!
Everyone, set your DVR’s, because this May, a new series will be premiering on HBO MAX. We think you’ll be hype to know that a “Friends” reboot has been in the works, and will finally be on the air this spring and summer!
We know what you’re thinking, and seriously, we can’t contain our excitement either! According to producers Steve Jansen and Melissa Banks, the series will be called, “Friends: The Final Chapter” and will feature members of the original cast, as well as some new faces.
It’s even been rumored that A-list celebrities like Sarah Hyland and Charlie Sheen will be making guest appearances. Fitting, because they are both NYC natives!
So what’s the show going to be about anyway?
We were wondering the same. In an exclusive interview, Banks said that the show is set to follow the modern-day lives of Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, and Ross after moving out of the big apple.
She said, “We think that bringing back the original cast for a reboot series will give fans of the show a sense of familiarity and comfort during such unprecedented times.”
To be honest, we couldn’t agree more!
To jog your memory, in the final episode of the show, which aired in 2004, the show tied up some loose ends in the storyline department. Ross and Rachel resumed their relationship, Monica and Chandler adopted a set of twins (Erica and Jack), and the crew hung out in Central Perk one last time before moving out of their apartments.
We are most excited to see what the iconic friends will be like in this reboot, and can’t wait to see the role that their fictional children play in the series. In case you forgot, in addition to Monica and Chandler’s adopted children, Ross and Rachel had a daughter named Emma in season 7.
If we did the math correctly, this would mean that the “Friends” kids are teens now, which should make for some pretty good comedy, especially if we get a glimpse of the family dynamics and parenting styles of the crew. Seriously though, think of Chandler and Ross as dads of teenage daughters…scary!
Regardless, we can’t wait to see what this series has in store.
According to Jansen, the first season will consist of ten 30 minute episodes. It’s not certain if a second season will be picked up, but we can only hope one will be.
Are you excited?!
Well, we hope that you didn’t get your hopes too high, because this is our way of saying…
Where Are They Now: The Office Cast
Be honest, how many times have you re-watched NBC’s The Office? For us, it’s way too many to count. Seriously, the antics of Michael Scott and employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company never cease to make us die of laughter, no matter how many times we’ve seen each episode. Though the show ended in 2013, we’ve been wondering what the cast have been doing since then. We have done some pretty extensive research, and have all the answers.
Let’s get into it!
Thinking back on it, if The Office was aired in 2021, Michael Scott would be cancelled. Steve Carrell literally killed his performance as the quirky branch manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. His Hollywood career really hasn’t slowed down too much since the show ended 8 years ago. He’s starred in many feature films. To name a few, Freeheld, The Big Short, and Despicable Me. He’s also been involved in some pretty dope charity work, including joining the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which pays bail for those who can’t afford it.
You are lying to yourself if you don’t have a crush on John Krasinski, the handsome actor who played the role of Jim Halpert. He’s a dream! Krasinski has also made quite the name for himself following his role as Jim. In 2015, he co-starred in Aloha, alongside some pretty epic A-listers like Rachel McAdams and Bradley Cooper. More recently, he wrote and starred in A Quiet Place, with his gorgeous and talented wife, Emily Blunt. The two also welcomed daughters Hazel (7) and Violet (4) into the world since the show’s finale.
We give major kudos to Jenna Fischer for being one of the most lovable and unproblematic women in Hollywood. She’s sweet as can be in real life, just like Pam! She’s kept things low-key since the show wrapped up, but has acted in a few plays, like Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower. In 2014, she had her second child with her husband, Lee Kirk. However, our favorite endeavor thus far since the show’s close is her podcast with co-star Angela Kinsey, Office Ladies.
We think that anything that comes from Dwight Schrute’s mouth is absolutely hysterical. Rainn Wilson did a fantastic job in this role, it was truly made for him! Since the show ended, he’s had roles in The Smurfs: The Lost Village, and has been cast and even directed some Star Trek films. He’s also a huge advocate for climate change, and has even visited Greenland!
Before there was “Karen,” there was Angela. Angela Kinsey is another celebrity that we think is so genuine, and down to earth. In 2015, Kinsey tied the knot with longtime beau, Josh Snyder who is a baker. So sweet! See what we did there? She starred in Netflix’s series, Haters Back Off, which a televsion show based off of YouTube personality, Miranda Sings. Check it out, it’s pretty funny! Of course, she co-hosts the Office Ladies podcast with Jenna Fischer. During each episode, the two choose an episode and talk about all of the “behind the scenes” secrets, sometimes accompanied by fellow Dunder Mifflin alums. We highly recommend this podcast, if you need a daily dose of feel-good nostalgia.
First and foremost, can we just appreciate that Time Magazine named Mindy Kaling one of the most influential people of all time in 2013? She’s simply that good. After The Office, Kaling’s career continued to thrive, as she created Fox’s sitcom, The Mindy Project, and even voice acted in Disney films Wreck-It Ralph and Inside-Out. She has since had two children, a son, and a daughter. The most precious part of all, is that co-star BJ Novak is the godfather to both.
We have mixed feelings about Ryan Howard, but we really do adore BJ Novak who truly killed the role. Since graduating fromThe Office, he’s had several acting gigs, including guest starring on BFF Mindy Kaling’s series, The Mindy Project. He even appeared on shows like Community and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Our favorite project, however, has to be his children’s book, The Book With No Pictures. To be honest, we think this guy is a total genius. He’s even hinted at running for mayor of Los Angeles!
Who’s your favorite character from The Office?