TBT: The Old School Playlist

We are the millennial generation. We jammed out with our CD players, strapped Hit Clips to our belts and waited in line for the very first iPod. But we also saw the evolution of some pretty great musicians. So, for all you people out there still stuck in the 90s and early 2000s, here’s a playlist for when you’re feeling a little bit nostalgic.


“What Dreams Are Made Of”– Hilary Duff

Of course I had to start off with a Lizzie McGuire throw back. This was not only the best song out of the entire movie, but it might just be Hilary Duff’s best song. ever. This is great song to jam out to when you remember that Disney Channel Movies just aren’t as good anymore. Plus who doesn’t love that little shimmy Lizzie does at the end of the song.


“Where is the Love”– Black Eyed Peas

This brings you back to the day when Fergie and Will.I.Am were still a part of the Black Eyed Peas. If you’re in the mood for a slow rap and some political justice this is the song to listen to.


“Cry Me a River” – Justin Timberlake

Justin, you had us the moment you got rid of your crazy macaroni hair. This is a great throwback to the days when JT was single and still available. (Sigh)


“Complicated” – Avril Lavigne

Avril just knew how complicated our preteen lives really were. But let’s be honest, this song is still pretty applicable to our lives now, even though it’s been a good decade since it came out.


“Lip Gloss” – Lil Mama

This song made you want to go out to Claire’s and buy every scented lip gloss possible. It was the Hip Hop anthem for every sassy middle school girl. Plus the music video about a magical lip gloss necklace was pretty cool.


“Smack That”– Akon

Ah yes, Akon ruled the middle school dance floors. While none of us probably knew more than the chorus of “Smack that”, it was still a great song that came with a simple dance: the “smack the imaginary butt” move.


“Crank That”– Soulja Boy

Speaking of dance moves, this was the song that everyone secretly practiced in their spare time. Soulja Boy’s Crank That is perfect for those days when you’re just in the mood to bust out some good ol’ fashioned dance moves.


“Shake Ya Tail Feather”Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee

This came out after P. Diddy had name ADD, and changed his name a bunch of times. It’s classic hip hop song that had everyone up on their feet. This is the song to listen to get you pumped on a Friday night. Plus who doesn’t love a great Nelly throwback.


“Genie in a Bottle”- Christina Aguilera

If you’re in the mood to just chill this is the perfect throwback. Christina sultry voice will take you back to the days when life was a little less stressful.


“Girlfriend”– Avril Lavigne ft. Lil Mama

The amount of times I’ve had “Little Mama and Avril Lavigne, REMIX!” stuck in my head is uncountable. It’s a great song for those days when your relationship drama is just getting out of hand.

For more TBT songs check out Songza.com for their entire selection of 90s and 2000s playlists.

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