Today, I clicked on Spotify.me, which gives you personalized listening stats. Dear reader, I found some disturbing info. Pitbull is my top artist, I'm all over the place when it comes to genres and I stream "like a partier." I've been listening to a lot of older stuff recently (read: music I liked in middle school) and I've decided to stop being embarrassed by it. And you know what I found out after delving into that weird, all-over-the-place music? Many of my old favourites still banged! And it got me thinking about what other older tracks fit in that banger category.
But first, let's get down to brass tacks: What makes a banger? It has to be slightly embarrassing, very trendy and irresistibly catchy. Most bangers are products of their era and don't stand the test of time (I'm looking at you, Jason Mraz). I didn't include any songs by musicians that are unequivocally good (e.g., Beyoncé, Kanye West, Weezer) because it is just a FACT that their music does and will forever bang. It also goes without saying that most of these bangers are pop, since other genres (hip-hop, rock, folk) don't always age as quickly or as badly. Call them guilty pleasures, call them throwbacks, but here I present to you 35 songs that still bang:Read More