Songs to jam to

Categories:  The Arts    Music
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 at 3:03 AM

Sometimes you just want to dance and have a good time. It can be in your bedroom, car, with your friends, what have you, the urge just strikes every once in a while. You could also need mini-dance party to shake off a bad mood. If any of these are the case, these playlists can help give you some song suggestions for those very moments.

1.Stacy’s Mom” - Fountains of Wayne. This song has no business going that hard. Yes, it's become a bit of a joke now because of the Internet, but it's so much fun. The song starts strong with high danceability, but then absolutely explodes into a chorus that is even better. The only downside is that it's almost impossible to move to in any sort of coordinated or good-looking fashion, so being alone or with a close friend is mandatory.

2. “I Want Crazy” - Hunter Hayes. Say what you will about country music, but this one is a jam. I don’t know what it is about a mandolin, but it will make you jump up and down like an idiot. This one is an upbeat, fun, windows-down-in-your-car-good-time. Even if you’re not driving it has that effect, which also makes it a fun dancing-in-your-bedroom-song. You instinctually want to scream the words as loud as you can, too, making the experience even better.

3. “Overture” - AJR. This song has so many elements to it that when they come together, they sound so good. There are horns, piano, hand claps and all sorts of other stuff going on in here. It’s shot out of a cannon in a way and immediately makes you bop your head. It then builds, gives you a break to breathe and builds again. It’s also a medley of almost every song off the album “The Click,” so you can go back if a part of it made you dance and find a longer version of it.

4. “Buddy Holly” - Weezer. The electric guitar on this song comes in so hot that intense headbanging must commence. Its big start still builds to what may be the most jump-inducing, catchy chorus of all time. On top of dancing like an absolute buffoon to it, you also want to sing all the words and imitate all the guitar riffs. If you have any kind of road trip planned and want to watch a bunch of people thrash around in pure joy, play this song.

5. “The Jump Off” - Lil’ Kim. The horn drum combination in this song will make you want to get down in ways that are almost unnatural. The beat might as well demand it. This is such a good thing because you don’t have to think too much and can be absolutely wild.

6. “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da” - The Beatles. Admittedly, this one is slightly more understated than the others on this list, but it will still make you dance. The beat is super bouncy and uplifting right off the bat and then increases in a more subtle way than “Stacy's Mom” or “Buddy Holly.” It's a very easy song to listen to in general and you can let it move through you. Before you know it, you will be dancing.

7. “Happy When I’m Sad” - Jonas Brothers. As a Jonas Brothers fan from way back, their new album made me very excited. This song was one of my favorites right away because it's such a good time. When I listened to it for the first time, I was on a walk and starting fully bopping along and looked like a crazy person. Your head moves to it really naturally even if you are not listening too intensely. If you are listening with your full attention, it goes even harder.

8. “You Can Call Me Al” - Paul Simon. This song was made using traditional African instruments combined with drums, horns and bass, which come together in a really cool way. The drums make your hips and arms move along in a super organic way. The guitars then make you move your head to the beat. It becomes a full-body experience after that, and you are getting down to a Paul Simon song in a way that his music isn't necessarily associated with.

9. “Hey Look Ma I Made It” - Panic! At the Disco. The hook is strong with this one. It’s another that is very gradual. It starts slower, builds to a pre-chorus, then explodes into chorus that absolutely slaps. If you played this song at a school dance, it would be the one song that would guarantee a crowd on a dance floor. It’s infectious in the best way possible.

10. “Sunday Best” - Surfaces. This song sounds like a sunny day to me. That's weird, yes, but the way the piano and bass interact with each other gives it that effect, I swear. There's also an up-tempo trap beat behind it that gives it a really nice groove. The lyrics are also really positive and uplifting, which elevates your mood and makes you want to move even more. All in all, this song is just fun to be around.

Now that you have some song ideas, let the dance party commence.


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