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Music That Rocks: Flashback Friday

“Oh my gosh I haven’t heard this song in AGES” -you, after giving our newest picks a listen. If you need a tune to start your summer party, kick your nostalgia into gear, or break the ice, this list will have it for you–dare we say?–“time after time.”


“Everything You Want” – Vertical Horizon

Oh man, this is the original teenage angst jam, can’t-get-the-girl rage, and as one insightful YouTube commenter called it, “friendzone anthem.” Vertical Horizon cuts deep with this one. That transition in the final chorus from “he is everything you want” to “I am everything you want”? Wow. Feels. – Melissa Warten ‘16

“Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper

Yes, this song was technically released twelve years before I was born, but I’ve been obsessed for as long as I can remember, so it counts and I’m using it. This is one of those songs where if you say you don’t like it, you’re lying and I refuse to believe you. Also, anyone can earn friendship points with me by starting an impromptu singalong. Do it. – Grace Rice ‘18

“Drops of Jupiter” – Train

I feel like ‘Drops of Jupiter’ is one of those songs where whenever it comes on you think “damn, it’s been forever since I’ve heard this.” Honestly though, the reality is that you most likely heard it a couple weeks ago when your phone was on shuffle, sang along word for word (as you damn well should), and just completely forgot about it. Regardless of how common this song is played in your life (the more the better, in my opinion at least), it’s simply a timeless song that should be learned, word for word, by everyone ever born. Ever. It truly is a classic. – Korey Ryan ‘18

“Pony” – Ginuwine

A week or two ago, a friend who’d just seen Magic Mike XXL threw this song on and sent us all back to 1996. I don’t what I like most: the classic beat, the fact that we played it 5 times that night and loved it more each time, or simply just the lack of lyrical subtlety (because I promise you, there is absolutely none). Plus, Ginuwine was on Parks and Rec, which is just an added bonus to the wildly inappropriate wonder that is this song. – Chris Pinto ‘16

“Honeymoon” – Lana Del Rey

Definitely pushing the limits as to what would be considered ‘throwback’ considering this song debuted on July 14th; however, the style of this song clearly belongs in the power ballad era of the 70’s and 80’s.  The song evokes the emotions that Lana is best at, longing and sadness.  Despite this emotion, the song definitely belongs on most playlists.  This song is the first of many that should be fantastic on her new album, expected to drop sometime this fall.  Though the song is two days old, it feels like a song that has been around forever and causes serious nostalgia.” – Jake Maestas ‘16

“It Wasn’t Me” – Shaggy ft. Rikrok

“Who doesn’t love early 2000s reggae-esque rap? Apart from the entire premise of this song being low-key hilarious, Rikrok’s rapping is a classic in my book. Moral of the story: don’t forget that you gave her that extra key.” – Michelle Castro ‘18

“Smack That” – Akon ft. Eminem

“Despite the fact that I had no idea what this song meant upon first hearing it in middle school, it remains a fan favorite. I cant count the times I’ve impressed potential suitors with my lyrical memorization highlighted by my rendition of Eminem’s solo. Even as I sit here in my cubicle at my mind-numbing office job, I can feel the beat pulsing through my veins and I can’t help but break it down in my swivel chair. Dont act like it doesn’t get you, too.” – Kate Chaney ‘18

“Complicated” – Avril Lavigne

“This is the epitome of a throwback song. Avril takes you back to high school days when you had your friends, your frenemies, and crazy days at the mall. It is a rock-tinged song that is also pop perfection, the lyrics get stuck in your head every time, and it is a great song for the summer.” – Kyle Donohue ‘17

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