I Gotta Feeling these songs will make you want to Just Dance.

Have you ever been scrolling through your music and stumbled across a song you loved as a kid, but totally forgot about?

It’s magic.

You feel it in your bones. Your whole brain lights up and suddenly you’re tearing up the living room, perfectly performing choreography from a music video you haven’t seen in a decade.

A woman wears pyjamas and dances in her living room.

That’s the power of a throwback.

When you’re a teenager, the level of dopamine – the reward chemical – in your brain is lower than in children or adults (that’s why you were always so bored). But, during this time, your brain is also more sensitive to dopamine – when something exciting happens, you feel it more strongly.

This creates a perfect storm: your teenage brain is generally understimulated, but music – a well-known dopamine releaser – lights it up like a firework. Your brain learns to associate the music you listen to as a teenager with a super intense boost of energy, and it continues to make you feel good for the rest of your life.

Basically, jamming to old-school Beyoncé is science-approved.

Beyonce Knowles-Carter performs "Single Ladies".

Lucky for you, IGNITE has compiled a playlist of the best throwback tracks for when you need a pick-me-up. You can find the full list on Spotify, but here are the highlights:

In My Head – Jason Derulo (2010)

Before he was a TikTok star, Jason Derulo was one of the most iconic artists of the early 2000s.

His new music is great, too – but In My Head, this throwback is where it’s at.

Kiss Me Thru The Phone – Soulja Boy feat. Sammie (2008)

This song is all about missing someone you love, but not being able to see them in person, so you talk on the phone.

Can anyone relate?

Calling All the Monsters – China Anne McClain (2011)

There are two kinds of people:

  1. People who danced like crazy to this song when it played on Disney Channel.
  2. Liars.

Fireflies – Owl City (2009)

That synth line takes us right back to those middle school dances. You know – the awkward slow dancing, stale chips provided by the PTA and those ill-fitting clothes you bought at the Eaton Centre with your allowance.

Ahh, simpler times.

Don’t Cha – The Pussycat Dolls (2005)

Don’t Cha wish this song still played on the radio? We do, too.

Telephone – Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé (2009)

A sequel to this classic bop has long been rumoured – but we’re still waiting for part two. So, for now, we’ll be playing the original on loop.

Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus (1999)

Now, this is a throwback. Even if you weren’t a teenager when it came out, we’re willing to bet you still rocked out to it on your old MP3 player.

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction (2011)

Sure, they’re all solo artists now – but we haven’t forgotten their roots. One Direction topped the charts and stole our hearts with their debut single and we’ve had it on replay ever since.

Family Affair – Mary J. Blige (2001)

In the early 2000s, Mary J. Blige churned out some of our all-time favourite jams and churned out looks that helped lay the foundation for today’s popular Y2K esthetic.

What can’t she do?

Leave (Get Out) – JoJo (2004)

No matter what kind of day we’ve had, JoJo’s music is a surefire way to lift our spirits. Her talent is simply undeniable.

Not only that, but she’s one of the most inspiring artists in the industry. She re-recorded her first two albums in 2018 after cutting ties with her old record label and has spent the last two years reclaiming her identity as an artist. JoJo is proof that self-respect and self-love have the power to change your story.

Curious to learn more about JoJo’s incredible career? You’re in luck – she’s coming to Frost 2021!

Yeah, you read that right.

JoJo smiles and dances during an interview with Elle.

IGNITE is starting 2021 off with a bang by bringing one of music’s most magnificent artists to the virtual stage. Happening Monday, Jan. 18, here at ignitestudentlife.com, you’ll see JoJo’s show-stopping set and get all the energy you need to crush this semester.

Secure your free Frost ticket now! There is a limited number available, however – so act before it’s Too Little Too Late!

And, in the meantime, happy streaming.

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