Many throwback songs have been hits in the past and the present. They continue to be relevant today. Below I listed my Top 15 throwback songs modern society will jam to today.
1. Jingle Bell Rock- Bobby Helms
This is a no-brainer since it gets played every holiday season. Kids today might think it’s a current song, but Jingle Bell Rock was released in 1957. It is that old!
Bobby Helms has made a fantastic song that has remained powerful throughout the decades. The song has been used in multiple Christmas movies. If you are a human participating in society, there is no way you haven’t heard this song.
2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee
I swear Christmas is the most commercially successful holiday of the year. People buy gifts, finance massive dinners, and singers make hits. Brenda Lee’s holiday anthem is no exception. Alongside Bobby Helm’s song, Brenda continues to top the charts when the season arrives.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree came out in 1964. Only a decade after Bobby Helm’s Christmas release. It is just as good if not better than the other!
3. Hotel California- Eagles
This is the ultimate road trip song. I would always pull up this song whenever I drive by the ocean. Somehow, the Eagles knew how to imitate the experience driving by the Californian Pacific even though I have never been to California (I am Floridian).
Hotel California was a favorite when it came out in 1976. It continues to be a favorite today. It is such a great song to lay back and relax to!
4. We Are the Champions- Queen
I would like to call this the graduation anthem. I will never forget singing along to this song during my pre-school graduation. The song also played during so many graduations. It even played at my cousin’s high school graduation.
There is something so uplifting about Queen’s masterpiece. There is a reason why it played during those special occasions. The song motivates you to keep pushing and become successful!
5. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen
If you thought We are the Champions was a hit, wait till you hear about Bohemian Rhapsody. This is probably the greatest hit from the band. It has been renditioned many times, culturally referenced, and memed in today’s society. There are even people who are not big fans of throwback songs who love this musical masterpiece.
There is a reason why Bohemian remains incredible. That is because no other song can reach the same height as this one. This song went all over the place but it worked. It is one of the few songs that could fit so many styles of music into one piece and succeed.
6. Stayin Alive- Bee Gees
I would like to call this song the discotheque anthem. Every time I heard this song, I become John Travolta dancing a choreographed number.
This is a song guaranteed to be in multiple throwback playlists!
7. Take on Me- a-ha
I would like to call this song my running companion. It somehow inspires me to exercise and be active. It takes me on a journey just like the music video. You should watch the music video if you don’t know what I am talking about. It is pretty iconic!
8. Kids In America- Kim Wilde
I swear I heard this song so many times while watching multiple movies. It is the teenage rebellion anthem in my opinion. It has played in so many high school scenes! And it makes sense since it is all about the kids!
9. September- Earth, Wind, and Fire
This is clearly the September anthem. Every time this special month arrives, this song becomes significant in our lives. Well technically is year-round, but it is extra-special during this time!
Fun fact, my sister is born in September. My family plays this song every time her birthday arrives. The babies born during this era must be grateful to have a song dedicated to them. I wish there was a special November song!
10. Thriller- Michael Jackson
Known as the Halloween anthem, Thriller is the absolute perfect song to scream your heart to. It is such an epic song to dance like a zombie to!
I will never forget watching the music video for the first time. I was blown away by how suspenseful the shift film was, keeping me on my toes with every scene. It truly was one of the best music videos ever made. Watch it if you haven’t seen it yet!
11. I Want it That Way- Backstreet Boys
This is the teenage heartthrob anthem of the 90s. Every girl back then played this song on repeat. These are also the early stages of the boyband craze that continue today. People went crazy for these boys. The Backstreet Boys and NSYNC both dominated this phenomenon.
12. Vogue- Madonna
I would like to call the song the gay anthem. Madonna has always been ahead of her time. She wanted to make sure people of all backgrounds felt accepted and heard. This includes the LGBT community.
Aside from the message of the song, it is incredibly catchy and has remained a bop throughout the years! Every time a pride parade takes place, Vogue is guaranteed to play!
13. Baby One More Time- Britney Spears
Baby One More Time was the perfect closer to the millennium. Released in 1999, people were glad to discover this brand new artist. What they did not know is that she would continue to make an incredibly extensive catalog in the next few decades.
Today, Britney remains to be an iconic artist. We even petitioned many times to help her through legal battles. The fans remain strong and determined!
14. The Scientist- Coldplay
Released in 2002, the Scientist quickly became one of the best-selling ballads ever. It is a super melancholy song that made listeners cry in their sleep. It is a hauntingly beautiful song.
This song has been used in multiple romantic films. It was even used in Fifty Shades of Grey, one of the most successful romance novels ever.
15. She Will Be Loved- Maroon 5
Here’s another melancholy ballad. This time it’s more upbeat and hopeful. It is a beautiful song many people still sing today.
Did I miss any throwback songs to put on this list? If so, let me know which throwback song is your favorite in the comments below!
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