Crier’s throwback playlist for homecoming 2017
Every year, the music played at Homecoming seems to be the most controversial aspect. But one genre never fails to get students hyped and dancing: throwback songs. For this year’s “Dancing through the Decades” Homecoming, the Crier compiled our ideal homecoming playlist containing solely throwback songs. Listen to our playlist on Spotify, and read on to find out our staff member’s favorite playlist picks.
“Bye Bye Bye” by *NYSNC
Iqra Iqbal, Writer: *NSYNC is one of the most popular boy bands, and this track is an especially great song to dance to.
“What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
Annika Lafyatis, Editor-in-Chief: This song is a danceable confidence booster, and listening to it takes me back to the first concert I ever went to.
“Love Story” by Taylor Swift
Ms. Syed, Assistant Adviser: This was my secret guilty pleasure for a long time, as I tried to pretend I wasn’t interested in the catchy lyrics and “Romeo and Juliet” parallel.
“Party in the U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus
Morgan James, Writer: I really like this song because anytime I was upset when I was younger, I would play this song and I would immediately feel better.
“Dynamite” by Taio Cruz
Arisha Rizvi, Entertainment Editor: When I think back to throwback songs, this is the one that brings back the most memories and instantly gets me dancing the same way I did as a 10-year-old hearing it for the first time!
“Fireflies” by Owl City
Sarah Yamaguchi, Opinions Editor: This was the only song my elementary school gym teacher would play. Hearing it in a gym again would be the ultimate throwback to four years of step aerobics and fitness tests.
“I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
Favour Samuel, Writer: Whenever I hear this song, I feel like screaming the lyrics at the top of my lungs, and I find myself jumping around to the rhythm of the drums.
“Ridin’ Solo” by Jason Derulo
Dhvanii Raval, Editor-in-Chief: This was one of my favorite song in my Jason Derulo-obsessed preteen years. Now, I like to jam to it to feel empowered and nostalgic.
“We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
Radhika Krishnamurthy, Asst. News Editor: This iconic classic never fails to bring back a sense of nostalgia whenever I listen to it. It makes me feel inspired and motivated.
“Wannabe” by Spice Girls
Joanne Velasquez, Asst. Entertainment Editor: No other song can express that the angsty teenagers want better friendships like “Wannabe” does.
“We’re All In This Together” by High School Musical Cast
Futo Wada, Multimedia Editor: The anthem of all American students; this song probably holds the power to bring more teenagers together than any other song could. Because let’s face it– we all wish high school was a little more like “High School Musical.”
“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Aditi Katwala, Editor-in-Chief: This is one of Lady Gaga’s best songs. It’s incredibly catchy, fast-paced, and edgy, making it perfect for a dance.
Of course, a throwback homecoming playlist wouldn’t be some complete without some songs that our chaperones can jam to. Here are some of our favorite songs to dance to from the decades before we were born.
“Come Sail Away” by Styx
Sarah Ahmad, Features Editor: On the show “Freaks and Geeks,” this song was playing in the background when Lindsay and Sam went to their homecoming. It was a very heartwarming scene, and would be perfect for any homecoming.
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
Rhea Joshi, Feature Editor: My mom and I love this upbeat song; it just makes us want to dance all day long.
“Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty
Isaac Goffin, Sports Editor: Tom Petty’s recent death and the theme of dancing through the decades makes this a great song for the dance.
“Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
Mr. Gwizdala, Adviser: I karaoked this song with my future wife—hitting those high notes must have made quite the impression!
“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Maggie Jakopac, Photographer: I first heard this song on the TV show “Glee,” and have listened to it ever since, thinking of my future and who I may meet.
If there’s a song you want to hear at Homecoming, this year’s DJ company, Velocity, is accepting requests here.