Day eight (I think) of quarantine and while I have made the most of my time, I know a lot of people out there hurting to go out, missing that club and bar hopping life. I remember being 20-23 years old too, back when hangovers didn’t exist, I didn’t want to be tied down and I would casually pay $8 for a beer at some places.
While those days of going out every weekend are behind me, the urge to go out has for sure heightened since social distancing took into effect. You probably think I’m hella old reading this so far, but just to clarify I’m only 25, go figure.
People have always told me I have an old soul, which I take as a compliment. Coincidentally, I also have a very old taste in music too. While I do love some of the newer music that the 2010’s have brought, the 90’s and early 2000’s to me was the golden age of music.
Because I have been itching to go out and I possess a music library filled with throwbacks, I thought of a whole bunch of songs that would have been dope to be 21 years old when they came out. I turned 21 in 2015 and most the bars were playing plenty of Fetty Wap, Drake, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd, which was alright.
Personally, I always felt like I was born in the wrong generation when it comes to music. This was supposed to be a relatively quick project but with all this free time, I turned it into an all-day thing and even made a playlist on Spofity. I put this list together of songs I desperately wish I could have gone out all the time to when they were released. Because finding a bar or club that plays throwbacks all the time is hard to find these days. Enjoy.
No Crowd Necessary
Doesn’t matter if I’m posted up at the bar by myself, with a group of friends or with a date, these are the songs that will put me in a good mood no matter what. Songs I can sing along to and that will make me get off my seat.
“The Humpty Dance” – Digital Underground
One of the few songs I know word for word. Side note, I got mad respect for Shock G on how he created the ‘Humpty Hump’ alter ego and took his rap career to another level with it. Have to respect the hustle.
“Planet Rock” – Afrika Bambaataa
Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa?! Man, to be an adolescent in the Bronx during the mid-to-late 70’s would have been the coolest time to be alive.
“I Get Around” – 2Pac
There’s no way you could remain seated throughout the entire duration of this song, the beat is too catchy.
“Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It” – Dem Franchize Boyz
Probably one of the few dance craze dongs that did not get annoying within a week or two of its’ release, good times.
Other songs in this category: “Stand Up” by Ludacris, “Loose Control” by Missy Elliott, “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee, “West Coast Poplock” by Ronnie Hudson, “American Boy” by Estelle and Kanye West
For You and the Boys
This particular group of songs would have been great for you and your closest friends going out to celebrate a birthday, a promotion or on a regular Saturday night.
“This is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan
Something about this song just screams out ‘lets have a good time’ and would instantly brighten the mood to everyone in the place listening.
“Just a Friend” – Biz Markie
Maybe not the most cheerful of songs, but I know everyone has had their heart broken in the past which would make it a fun song to sing along too because you can relate to the pain in Biz Markie’s voice. Basically a more polite version of “I Don’t Fuck With You” by Big Sean.
“Ain’t No Fun” – Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg and Warren G
Still to this day it’s one of the more popular throwback songs that comes on regularly at clubs and bars. This one is a no brainer.
“Tipsy” – J-Kwon
When I first heard this song on the radio, I didn’t know what tipsy meant (because I was 9) but I would sing it at school. Just imagine how fun it would have been to sing the chorus to this song after you’re a few drinks in at the club.
Other songs in this category: “California Love” by 2Pac and Dr. Dre, “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest, “Party Ya Ass Off” by Tha Alkaholics, “Pitch in On A Party” by DJ Quik, “Feel So Good” by Mase, “Party and Bullshit” by Notorious B.I.G, Wouldn’t Get Far by the Game
You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don’t Take
I’m going to be completely honest with y’all, I was never good at spitting game in this kind of social setting. I was for sure batting under .100 and even when I did reach base, it was by the way of dumb luck. But I partially blame the music of my era for holding my game back. My theory is, if I were born at a different time and had some better music to back me up, my confidence would have been through the roof. So, here are some songs I wish were playing in the background when I as shooting my shot.
“Buy U A Drank” – T-Pain and Young Joc
You could throw on anything by T-Pain and I’d feel like a brand new man. This one was arguably one of his biggest hits and fits the setting we’re going for here. If you timed it right, you could approach the woman you’ve been eyeing right when T-Pain starts singing “Baby girl, whats your name? Let me talk to you, let me buy you a drank,” in the first verse. I’d like to believe you’d have a 100% success rate if you nailed the timing.
“Baby, I’m Back” – Baby Bash and Akon
Baby Bash was another one of those artists that made so much music tailored perfectly for this kind of scenario. Imagine singing the hook “Don’t look no farther, baby I’m back yeah. I’m here to cater to you (Anything you want me to do and I’ll do it). I’ll be your lover, I’ll be your best friend, tell me what I got to do (Tell me what I got to do and I’ll do it)” at 21 years old to the girl of your dreams. Instead, 10-year old me was singing this song to a girl named Kenia I was trying to impress in the 5th grade, yikes.
“Slow Motion” – Juvenile and Soulja Slim
You need to have a lot of rhythm and confidence to be able to pull off a dance to this song. But if you’re able to pull it off, that should spark an immediate connection.
“Ms. New Booty” – Bubba Sparx, Ying Yang Twins and Mr. Collipark
I don’t mean to be too vulgar but can you imagine the amount of women that would hit the dance floor and bust out their best dance moves to this song? It would make Megan the Stallion look irrelevant.
Other songs in this category: “Hot in Here” by Nelly, “Disco Inferno” by 50 Cent, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira and Wyclef Jean
Get Your Back Up Off the Wall
We all have or had that group of friends that would be ‘too cool’ to hit the dance floor and would post up on the wall just watching the action. You know, the homies that thought they were too hard to bust a move and let loose. But, I believe everyone has a song or two that they can’t resist wilding out to, no matter how hard you think you are.
“Gangsta Nation” – Westside Connection
I was never affiliated with any gangs but the intro to this song is one of my favorites of all-time in Hip-Hop. Even the OG’s would want to get down as soon as Ice Cube says “Consider this an invitation, to my gangsta nation.” And Nate Dogg singing the hook, it doesn’t get more West Coast than that.
“Where the Hood At” – DMX
As soon as DMX starts singing the hook “Where the hood, where the hood, where the hood at…” I can just picture all the homies taking over the dance floor and circling up acting a fool.
“It’s Goin’ Down” – Young Joc feat Nitti
“Meet me at the club, it’s goin down” is part of the song’s hook so it’s only right this song makes this list, plus the beat goes hard. I’ve still yet to see a Chevy with butterfly doors to this day.
Other songs for this category: “Get Like Me” by David Banner, Chris Brown and Young Joc, “Ain’t No Future” in Yo Frontin’ by MC Breed
Romantic Night Out
This group of songs is for when you and your girlfriend, wife or fiance are on a night out together that will for sure set the mood straight for y’all. Why is this different than the shooting your shot section? Well, we all know there is a different level of connection with that special someone versus someone you trying to get to know that night. Here are some songs I wish my girl and I could go out and vibe to.
“Suga Suga” – Baby Bash and Frankie J
This one by Baby Bash is a little more romantic than “Baby, I’m Back” plus the rhythm feels like it was created for two lovers to do their thing out on the dance floor.
“Mesmerize” – Ja Rule and Ashanti
If you and your girl can sing the chorus part back and forth to each other while dancing, your relationship is on an elite status. And if you aren’t mesmerized by your current significant other I highly recommend you keep searching for your soulmate.
Other songs for this category: “My Humps” by Black Eyed Peas, “Beautiful” by Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams, “Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)” by Zapp
The Bay Does it Better
During my time living in Sacramento I had the chance to meet a lot of people from the Bay Area and their culture is unlike any other. Their music, especially their Hip Hop, brought out a different type of energy in everyone. I had the chance to go out and party a little bit in the Bay and it’s something that I encourage everyone to experience at least once in their life. 21-year old me living in the Bay Area would not know how to act if these songs came on during a night out.
“Feeling Myself” – Mac Dre
“Tell Me When to Go” – E-40 and Keak Da Sneak
“Blow the Whistle” – Too $hort“
“My Shit Bang” – E-40
“Hyphy” – The Federation and E-40
How Old is this Guy Really
Alright, now I’m going to throw some songs out there that are so deep in my throwback bag you are going to start questioning how old I really am. But I don’t discriminate music from any era or genre (except country). If it’s dope, chances are I’ve probably listened to it.
“Ring My Bell” – Anita Ward
Shoutout to my mom for hooking me on this song. I was probably the only third grader singing to this song on the way to school in the mornings.
“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” – Barry White
There is something about Barry White’s voice that just sets the mood so perfectly. I would have bumped Barry White every time I went to pick up my girl if I lived in that era.
“Lookout Weekend” – Debbie Debb
Can you imagine what it would be like to hear this song on the radio Friday night after you get off work? That would get me hype for every weekend regardless if I had plans or not.
Other songs for this category: “Jam On It” by Newcleus, “Apache” by Sugarhill Gang, “Too Late to Turn Back Now” by Cornelius Brothers, “Super Freak” by Rick James, “Give it to Me Baby” by Rick James, “Rock with You” by Michael Jackson, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince, “Outstanding” by the Gap Band, “Radio Activity Rap” by MC Frosty and Lovin C,