Songs That Make You Go "THAT'S MY SONG!"
June 19, 2017 11:01 AM   Subscribe

People of Metafilter: what are your jams? I'm talking about the songs that are so instantly recognizable and hype-worthy that the second they come up at random on your Spotify playlist/on the speakers at a store/at karaoke night/at a dance party, you are 100% delighted and cannot help but IMMEDIATELY get stoked and/or dance-y. I'm not necessarily talking about favorite songs overall (although there could be overlap), but about the songs that take you from 0 to 10 instantaneously, especially when they catch you by surprise. All genres welcomed and encouraged!
posted by helloimjennsco to Media & Arts (159 answers total) 112 users marked this as a favorite
No Diggity came on in an Uber I was riding in over the weekend, and I got super duper excited.
posted by cakelite at 11:04 AM on June 19 [14 favorites]

Hot in Herre by Nelly.
posted by vunder at 11:06 AM on June 19 [8 favorites]

This is most definitely a Canadian thing, but Spirit of the West - Home for a Rest
posted by cgg at 11:09 AM on June 19 [13 favorites]

Here are three delightful delightful songs I've heard recently that meet the description! The third played as I was sitting down at a restaurant a few nights ago, and I grinned from ear to ear.

Asian Dub Foundation, "Naxalite"

Manu Chao, "Me gustas tu"

Stereolab, "Metronomic Underground"
posted by lasagnaboy at 11:10 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]

"Jump Around" by House of Pain.
posted by SeedStitch at 11:10 AM on June 19 [16 favorites]

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
La Isla Bonita - Madonna
Into the Groove - Madonna
Aicha - Khaled
Ya Raya - Rachid Taha
Jump - Kriss Kross
posted by raztaj at 11:12 AM on June 19 [5 favorites]

OH, also, the ultimate for me:

Land of 1,000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
posted by all about eevee at 11:12 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]

Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher) by Gogol Bordello.

I Walk, Don Cherry.

Tightrope, Janelle Monae. Seriously, if you don't want to dance to "Tightrope", you're probably dead.
posted by Frowner at 11:15 AM on June 19 [22 favorites]

Monae is queen of this genre for me.
posted by theweasel at 11:16 AM on June 19 [10 favorites]

Also, "She Likes To Party", Lesbians on Ecstasy, but I'm not going to be able to google that one at work.
posted by Frowner at 11:16 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]

[This is on the chatty side but I'm in that kind of mood this morning, so I hereby declare jamnesty.]
posted by cortex at 11:17 AM on June 19 [86 favorites]

Phoenix – "Lisztomania"
of Montreal – "An Eluardian Instance"
Justin Timberlake – "Mirrors"
Beyoncé – "Formation"
Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Can't Stop"
posted by a good beginning at 11:17 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]

The first song that came to my mind when I saw the thread title: OK Go - I Won't Let You Down
posted by capricorn at 11:18 AM on June 19

also, an honorable mention to Yelle's "C'est Pas Un Vie" ... *heart eyes emoji*
posted by a good beginning at 11:19 AM on June 19

Outkast's Hey Ya! Even though I hate dancing!
posted by ferret branca at 11:20 AM on June 19 [13 favorites]

Also Panjabi MC -- Jogi" (THAT'S MY JAM)
posted by raztaj at 11:20 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]

Outkast - Hey Ya!

Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
posted by dismas at 11:22 AM on June 19 [11 favorites]

When I hear the blink-blink-blink-blink blink-blink-blink-blink blink-blink-blink-blink blink-blink-blink blink in Still D.R.E. I lose control and it's immediately 2001
posted by Dressed to Kill at 11:25 AM on June 19 [12 favorites]

Gasolina by Daddy Yankee

I Can Only Imagine by David Guetta

Feelings by Maroon 5

Portions For Foxes by Rilo Kiley
posted by Annika Cicada at 11:25 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]

Beck -- New Pollution and Mixed Bizness
Chemical Brothers -- Let Forever Be
Lindsey Buckingham -- Don't Look Down
Yes -- Leave It
posted by DrAstroZoom at 11:26 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]

Take It Into The Streets-Doobie Brothers
posted by jtexman1 at 11:27 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]

Oh fuck, and two dance party staples from college:

Madonna - Like a Prayer

Daler Mehndi - Tunak Tunak Tun
posted by dismas at 11:27 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]

In the last couple of days, I've been obsessed with Baby I'm in the Mood for You (and basically everything else that was played on this radio show).
posted by thursdaystoo at 11:28 AM on June 19

Prince- 1999
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 11:31 AM on June 19 [4 favorites]

Love Shack
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 11:31 AM on June 19 [4 favorites]

posted by mykescipark at 11:34 AM on June 19 [4 favorites]

New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

Salt and Pepa - Push It

Bally Sagoo - Aaja Nachle (which also has the distinction of being my 8-year-old's go-to jam whenever he gets his hands on my phone)
posted by Mchelly at 11:37 AM on June 19 [9 favorites]

Gettin Jiggy Wit It for sure. All others need not apply.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 11:38 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]

Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe. I was once speaking with a very rad grandmother who was talking gender studies with me - it came on and my partner literally had to "release me" to dancing because my leg was twitching.
posted by anya32 at 11:38 AM on June 19 [10 favorites]

Ma-ma-ma-my Sharona!

Back off, Reality Bites. It was mine first.
posted by Capt. Renault at 11:39 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]

Israelites by Desmond Dekker does it for me.
posted by zadcat at 11:39 AM on June 19 [8 favorites]

Build Me Up Buttercup -- The Foundations
Love Shack -- the B-52's
You Make My Dreams -- Hall and Oates
Dancing Queen -- Abba
posted by CrunchyFrog at 11:40 AM on June 19 [5 favorites]

Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive
XTC - Garden of Earthly Delights
posted by munchingzombie at 11:43 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]

I'm currently lunching in a Johnny Rockets, so I'm reminded of Rockin' Robin, and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.
posted by vignettist at 11:44 AM on June 19

And Hound Dog.
posted by vignettist at 11:49 AM on June 19

Flo Rida is my #1 for this. Nearly every time I hear one of his songs I laugh in delight. Zillionaire!

But the best is Club Can't Handle Me. The week I was diagnosed with cancer I had this song on repeat in the car over and over and over because it was the only thing that made me feel not terrible.

I don't know anything about Flo Rida personally so please if you know bad things about him please don't tell me.
posted by something something at 11:51 AM on June 19 [14 favorites]

Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive
I love that song and I love Dolby's version but ever since reading that he wrote it with the hopes of selling it to Michael Jackson I wonder every time I hear it what a Jackson version would have sounded like.
posted by Nerd of the North at 11:55 AM on June 19 [5 favorites]

Ini Kamoze's Hotstepper, and just about every song that comes up on Pandora's "Spring Break 1995" station.

I can't believe I'm admitting that second part out loud
posted by okayokayigive at 11:55 AM on June 19 [14 favorites]

I'll never forget the first time I heard Moloko's Fun For Me.

Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" is kinda doing it for me these days.
posted by jbenben at 12:00 PM on June 19 [4 favorites]

'Hypnotize' , 'Juicy' by Notorious BIG
'Dancing on My Own' - Robyn
anything by Mace, pretty much. 'Can't Nobody Hold Me Down', 'Feel So Good' , etc
'6 Foot 7 Foot' by Lil Wayne
'You Can Do It' -- Ice Cube

Anything peppy by Kanye, really. Stronger, Flashing Lights, Good Life, etc.

'Just Dance' by Lady Gaga is nearly retro by now, but still is pop perfection.

Justin Timberlake's entire solo career. Plus 'Bye Bye Bye' and 'Dirty Pop' by NSync.
posted by Fig at 12:01 PM on June 19 [5 favorites]

You Can Do It

Ice Cube baby
99 baby
I'm on the grind baby
All the time baby

(edited to give you the unedited version)
posted by lyssabee at 12:03 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]

My mood lifter songs:

All the Rihanna anthems and remixes - We Found Love, This is What You Came For, Diamonds.
Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks
posted by lafemma at 12:03 PM on June 19 [5 favorites]

Haddaway - What is Love (Baby Don't Hurt Me)
[just came on my shuffle I swear and now my head is bopping uncontrollably even though the song has ended]
posted by raztaj at 12:06 PM on June 19 [7 favorites]

Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
posted by knownassociate at 12:12 PM on June 19 [10 favorites]

posted by flabdablet at 12:12 PM on June 19

Soul Sacrifice
posted by flabdablet at 12:16 PM on June 19

Oh! oh! Walk of Life by Dire Straits is a good non-R&B/hip hop option.

"woo-hoo... you do the walk of life"
posted by Dressed to Kill at 12:17 PM on June 19 [3 favorites]

Cry Me A River
posted by flabdablet at 12:20 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]

Club Tropicana - Wham!

Dancing on My Own - Robyn

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Paul Simon

Year 3000 - Busted

Ignition (Remix) - R Kelly

Running Up that Hill - Kate Bush
posted by mymbleth at 12:21 PM on June 19 [8 favorites]

Mark Morrison, "Return of the Mack"

Spice Girls, "Wannabe"

WALKTHEMOON, "Shut Up and Dance"
posted by constellations at 12:25 PM on June 19 [5 favorites]

Same intro, different songs, literally doesn't matter to me which one it is:

Bootylicious- Destiny's Child
Edge of Seventeen- Stevie Nicks
posted by threetwentytwo at 12:28 PM on June 19 [8 favorites]

Electric Light Orchestra: Mr. Blue Sky
posted by cleverevans at 12:29 PM on June 19 [5 favorites]

(he just gotta give me that look, when he give me that look the panties comin off)
posted by 256 at 12:36 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]

Redbone Come and Get Your Love
Mars/Ronson Uptown Funk
The Beatles Come Together
The Black Crowes Hard to Handle
Michael Franti & Spearhead Say Hey (I Love You)
CCR Bad Moon Rising
The Doobie Brothers Black Water
Santana/Thomas Smooth
Pitbull/Ke$ha Timber
US3 Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
Ed Sheeran Sing
Bill Withers Lovely Day
posted by Knowyournuts at 12:40 PM on June 19 [9 favorites]

Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz - Get Low

(Actually, pretty much every Lil Jon song ever)

LMFAO - Shots

Usher - Yeah

Missy Elliott - Work It

Pitbull - Krazy

Ludacris - How Low

Kanye West - Gold Digger
posted by galvanized unicorn at 12:43 PM on June 19 [5 favorites]

Everybody Loves Me by One Republic
posted by fshgrl at 12:44 PM on June 19

KMFDM - Juke Joint Jezebel
Nicki Minaj - Starships
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
AC/DC - If You Want Blood (You Got It)
Higher Ground - RHCP or Stevie Wonder
posted by monopas at 12:45 PM on June 19 [3 favorites]

Two more:
it's really, really not family-friendly, but 'Feel Right' by Mystikal is what you described perfectly (for me)
Also, 'All Night' by Chance the Rapper
posted by Fig at 12:45 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]

thursdaystoo, I came here to post the Odetta version of Baby I'm in a mood. Makes me want to dance in a yellow kitchen in a sundress.

But also lately the Sondra Lerche version of I'm So Into You.

Also Good Kisser, by Usher.
posted by Diablevert at 12:47 PM on June 19

my last one (I keep thinking of more after I close the thread, sorry!) : Michael Jackson's P.Y.T.
posted by Fig at 12:53 PM on June 19 [3 favorites]

I opened the YouTube page for this song, and I can barely hear it trickling out of the headphones that are sitting on my desk, but I'm still getting hype af for TURN DOWN FOR WHAT.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:57 PM on June 19 [12 favorites]

Oh yeah. Turn down for what indeed.
posted by 256 at 1:00 PM on June 19

Elvis Costello -- Pump It Up.
posted by Capt. Renault at 1:14 PM on June 19 [7 favorites]

The Monster Mash.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:15 PM on June 19 [4 favorites]

I LOVE this thread. Here are mine:

Chaiyya Chaiyya

Clavado en un bar

Buzzin' (EVERY TIME)

Return of the Mack

posted by Ziggy500 at 1:15 PM on June 19

Ain't Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan
Let's Hear it for the Boy – Deniece Williams
Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul

Almost any Michael Jackson (or the Jacksons, or Jackson 5), esp.

I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Blame it on the Boogie – The Jacksons
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
posted by wemayfreeze at 1:17 PM on June 19 [6 favorites]

There are so many of these, but I'll add:

Still Not A Player By Big Pun.

And Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
posted by gnutron at 1:26 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]

Besides "Africa" by Toto being the best ever, which is as obvious as saying "the sky is blue," here are some songs that make me flip my shit:

Falling - Haim (I never got over this one. UGH why is it so good?!)

Dr. Pressure - Mylo

Next of Kin - Surkin (I yelled "OH MY GOD" at my computer when the youtube link opened, but you might not remember these dance parties like I remember them)
posted by witchen at 1:27 PM on June 19 [5 favorites]

The opening drum solo of Soldier of Three Armies by Sabaton is so recognizable and one of my favorites.

My wife has not-so-favorable memories of it, when my phone synced to my car speaker and launched the song at very high volume, at 0515, when I was driving her to the airport for a business trip.
posted by theorique at 1:27 PM on June 19

Can't believe it took so long for Turn Down for What to make an appearance. Here's my list. Warning some are NSFW/offensive.

Turn Down for What - DJ Snake
Summertime Sadness - Lana del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais
Hynotize - Notorious BIG
King Kunta - Kendrick Lamar
No Limit - Usher
I know you Want Me - Pitbull
Rhythm is a Dancer - Snap
Better off Alone - Alice DJ
They Way I Are - Timbaland
Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado
Hoochiemama - 2 Live Crew
In da Club - 50 cent
BOB - Outkast
Baby I got your Money - ODB
A Milli - Lil Wayne
Just Dance - Lady Gaga
Mr. Brightside - the Killers
Back that Ass Up - Juvenile
Stronger - Kanye or Daft Punk
Hold Yuh - Gyptian feat. Nikki Minaj
I Cry - FloRida
Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris
Banquet - Bloc Party
Just 1 Kiss - Basement Jaxx
Daft Punk is Playing at my House - LCD Soundsystem
Pon de Replay - Rihanna
Only Girl in the World - Rihanna
Are You Mine? - Arctice Monkeys
Paranoid - Ty Dolla Sign
Run - Ghostface Killa
Birthday Song - 2 Chainz
Heartbeat - Childish Gambino
F**** Problems - A$AP Rocky
OMG - Usher
posted by seesom at 1:30 PM on June 19 [7 favorites]

OMG, how did I forget Rubicon???!?!? Again, it's as obvious as the sky being blue. Rubicon is a banger.

And while I've got Alan Braxe & Fred Falke on the line, their remix of Bossy by Kelis is [kisses fingers].
posted by witchen at 1:35 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]

Thank you, Rock Steady! I was just headed back to add Turn Down For What.
posted by monopas at 2:07 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]

I second Sweet Nothing!

Lake Michigan - Rogue Wave
Comeback Kid - Sleigh Bells (this has been my #1 jam for a while - literally any time it comes on, I'm immediately pumped and want to dance/workout/whatever)
posted by yeahyeahrealcute at 2:38 PM on June 19 [3 favorites]

Icona Pop--I Love It

I get excited every time it comes on in my exercise class.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:53 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]

Dom - Jesus (Vacationer Remix)

Jonathan Boulet - A Community Service Announcement

Autoheart's "Anniversary" also does this for me but it appears the official video is gone from YouTube.
posted by obtuser at 2:58 PM on June 19

CTRL-F 'bohemian'

Nada? I am disappoint, AskMe.

It's a slow build, I grant you, but it's hard to beat Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

On a different note entirely, Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It."

I contain multitudes.
posted by xenization at 3:34 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]

Off the top of my head (assume these may all be NSFW. The most egregious are noted):

Crsytal Method
- Name of the Game (NSFW)
- Trip Like I Do
- Busy Child
- From the Corner to the Block (with Juvenile and the Dirty Dozen)
- You Don't Know (Featuring Glen David Andrews And The Rebirth Brass Band)
- Hey Na Na (Feat. David Shaw And Maggie Koerner)
- Move Fast (feat. Mystikal and Mannie Fresh) (NSFW)
- Do It Again (Featuring Cheeky Blakk) (NSFW)
The Chemical Brothers
- Block Rockin' Beats
- In Dust We Trust
Fatboy Slim
- Weapon Of Choice
- Praise You
- Stylo (feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack)
- Dirty Harry
- Feel Good Inc.
- Andromeda
- Let Me Out (Featuring Pusha T and Mavis Staples)
- Bad Girls
- Paper Planes
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:45 PM on June 19 [6 favorites]

Lou Bega Mambo No. 5
posted by Knowyournuts at 3:49 PM on June 19 [5 favorites]

Raspberry Beret, Let's Go Crazy, I would Die 4 U - Prince
Strict Machine - Goldfrapp
Pour Some Sugar On me - Def Leppard (I know - but it's irresistible!)
Babies - Pulp
Anvil everything - White Denim
Feel the Love - Rudimental
Sabotage - Beastie Boys
Flesh without blood - Grimes
Atlas - Battles
Time to Pretend - MGMT
Twiggy Twiggy - Pizzicato 5
posted by freya_lamb at 3:58 PM on June 19

Fortress Europe, Asian Dub Foundation. If you played this and Tightrope and this and Tightrope and this and Tightrope I would probably dance until I fell unconscious.
posted by Frowner at 4:06 PM on June 19 [3 favorites]

Oh, crap. Left out a few (thousand, but here are a few):

Jack White
- High Ball Stepper
- In Cold Blood
- Left Hand Free
- The Gospel Of John Hurt
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:06 PM on June 19

Song 2 - Blur
posted by Chairboy at 4:10 PM on June 19 [5 favorites]

Also, the KLF, What Time Is Love. How I knew I am an Old now: the fact that I am perfectly capable of, like, washing dishes interspersed with loud shouts of "America! What time is love?" It's a good thing I don't have children.
posted by Frowner at 4:18 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]

Just heard Better Than Ezra's JUICY - have not shazamed anything in a long time, it's got a Prince vibe. Wow.
posted by jbenben at 4:42 PM on June 19

And another one: New Pornographers--Brill Bruisers
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 5:06 PM on June 19 [3 favorites]

I have a relationship with the song Fisherman's Blues.

Light in my head, you in my arms...whoo-hoo-HOO
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:10 PM on June 19 [4 favorites]

For me, this usually involves Timbaland in some capacity.

"Promiscuous" with Nelly Furtado to "Carry Out" with Justin Timberlake to "Give It To Me" with Nelly AND Justin to Timba's own "The Way I Are" with a bunch of cool people.
posted by Merinda at 5:15 PM on June 19 [4 favorites]

Jill Scott, Golden
Stevie Wonder, As
Stevie Wonder, Don't you worry 'bout a thing
Bill Withers, Lovely Day
posted by calgirl at 5:46 PM on June 19 [4 favorites]

My favorite power ballads: when played, all activity must stop and we all must gently sway with our eyes half-closed:

Every Rose has its Thorn
Purple Rain (of course)
posted by Elly Vortex at 5:46 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]

I left out a few really good ones on my earlier post. I'm trying not to repost any that have been mentioned upthread, but it's possible that I missed a few. Some are NSFW.

Where Are you Now - Skrillex and Bieber
Pursuit of Happiness, Steve Aoki Remix - Kid Cudi (Aoki remix specifically is fun)
Tootsie Roll - 69 boyz
100% Pure Love - Crystal Waters
Your Woman - White Town
Day n Night - Kid Cudi vs Crookers version
Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
Man Eater - Nelly Furtado
679 - Fetty Wap
Roses - Chainsmokers
OPP - Naughty By Nature
Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
Rae Sremurd - Swang
I don't Mind - Usher
Cookie Monster - R Kelly
Date with the Night - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Midnight City - m83
We Found Love - Rihanna
F*** the Pain Away - Peaches
Sugar - Robin Schulz
24s - TI
Collard Greens - Schoolboy Q
My Boo - Ghost Town DJs
Raise Up - Peter Pablo
The Walk - The Cure
Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols
Booty Work - T Pain
Vanished - Crystal Castles
Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
We are who we are - Kesha
Every You Every Me - Placebo
Waiting for Tonight - Jennifer Lopez
Finally - CeCe Peniston
Sexy Chic - David Guetta
Sweet Dreams - LaBouche
Whomp There it is - Tag Team
Ride with Me - Nelly
Thats not my Name - The Ting Tings
Hotel - Cassidy
Rebellion (lies) - Arcade Fire
posted by seesom at 5:51 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]

Springsteen's Candy's Room, most of Born to Run, and (now that I look) a bunch of his other (older) songs.
Susanne Vega, Marlene on the Wall
Joe Jackson's Hometown & Summer in the City
Ed Sheeran's Don't

... and a bunch other more recent songs whose names I never remember but others will probably list
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 6:49 PM on June 19

I've Had the Time of my Life - from Dirty Dancing
Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive, Night Fever
Richard Marx - Satisfied, Don't Mean Nothin'
Prince - 1999, Little Red Corvette
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me and Rock of Ages
Nothing's Gonna Stop us Now - Starship
Tears for Fears - Head over Heels
posted by ChristineSings at 6:51 PM on June 19 [6 favorites]

Canned Heat - Jamiroquai
(also n'thing September by Earth Wind & Fiyah)

(warning: both of the above songs cause involuntary booty shaking)

Happy - Pharrell
posted by carlypennylane at 7:11 PM on June 19 [4 favorites]

Cry of the Banshee, by Broca's Helm

That opening bassline is like a speed rush and the song just ramps up from there.
posted by Sauce Trough at 7:34 PM on June 19

Hold Tight , or, really, anything Fats Waller ever recorded (hardly ever happens these days).
posted by cookie-k at 7:35 PM on June 19

I can not and will not be held responsible for my actions when Mo Money Mo Problems comes on. I mean, Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" is kind of a big deal for me, but nothing... nothing is my jam like "Mo Money Mo Problem" is my jam.
posted by gursky at 8:02 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]

I got so excited when I opened up the YouTube link that I typo'd my last mention of the song. "Mo Money Mo Problems". duh.
posted by gursky at 8:09 PM on June 19

That opening bassline

That's not a bassline.

This is a bassline.
posted by flabdablet at 8:21 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]

Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
I always wanted to make an ultra-cool dance routine to this, with weird jerky robot motions that matched the "da-dum, da-dum" section. Since I have roughly the dancing skills of a stoned hippie, I mostly just bop around until my neck and hips hurt. But I love this song.

Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand
This is a song I'd lost for literally over 15 years - all I remembered was "it's French or something," and that I thought it had a counting sequence in it. Then I heard a fragment of the tune on a Pepsi commercial, shrieked "THAT'S THE SONG!" and hit Google for "French song pepsi commercial" which eventually turned up the name, some Youtube links, and sites trying to explain the lyrics. (Short version: it's the morning after a bender. The lyrics make as much sense as a college party hangover.)

Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
I was young when this came out. Young and innocent. Enough so that it took many, many years for me to notice the drug reference in the band name.

500 Miles (I'm Gonna Be) - The Proclaimers
The song led me to the movie, Benny and Joon, which has a romance between a Buster Keaton wannabe (Johnny Depp) and a mentally ill artist (Mary Stuart Masterson) who lives with her brother.

Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
This was the song I remember dancing to at BayCon, and it always makes me want to get up and move around. Is one of my nice happy-bouncy songs that's associated with nothing but good memories.
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 8:23 PM on June 19 [11 favorites]

Feelies, Fa Cé-La
Blood, Sweat & Tears, Lucretia MacEvil
Curtis Mayfield, Move On Up
Morrissey, Interesting Drug
(and nthing Hey Ya!, always)
posted by miles per flower at 8:26 PM on June 19

Lizzo: Good As Hell
They Might Be Giants: Birdhouse In Your Soul
Jonathan Richman: A Higher Power
posted by ActionPopulated at 9:47 PM on June 19 [3 favorites]

Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
posted by curie at 10:08 PM on June 19 [3 favorites]

This month especially (happy Pride!)... Let's Have a Kiki by Scissor Sisters!!!
posted by switcheroo at 10:29 PM on June 19 [5 favorites]

Nelly Ride Wit Me all the way to Just A Dream.
Also no Beasties? Sabotage and Intergalactic never get old for me.
If that doesn't make you feel old Fluke came out 21 years ago. Still on my running playmix, just not on a tape anymore.
posted by fshgrl at 11:31 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]

Spoon's - Do You has me dancing in my cubicle & makes spreadsheets seem less soul-sucking.
posted by wheek wheek wheek at 3:02 AM on June 20 [2 favorites]

Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
posted by terretu at 5:02 AM on June 20 [2 favorites]

Blackout, Method Man and Redman
posted by agregoli at 5:34 AM on June 20

1 Thing - Amerie
posted by Chairboy at 5:38 AM on June 20 [4 favorites]

JAMNESTY! Thank you, cortex! I will be more careful about the scope of my AskMe's in the future. :)

This is a PHENOMENAL list, and exactly what I had hoped for when I asked this question! For the record, here are some of my jams:

Party Up - DMX
Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
Die Die My Darling - The Misfits
Sabotage - Beastie Boys
Search and Destroy - Iggy & the Stooges
Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott
Suffragette City - David Bowie
We Used To Be Friends - The Dandy Warhols
Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
Let Me Clear My Throat - DJ Kool
posted by helloimjennsco at 6:40 AM on June 20 [6 favorites]

Also, I would be remiss if I didn't mention a song I found specifically via the blue:

Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainciusol
posted by obtuser at 7:17 AM on June 20 [4 favorites]

Sylvester Dance Disco Heat
posted by james33 at 7:20 AM on June 20 [1 favorite]

Hey guys, I have kind of a lot of time on my hands today.

Spotify Playlist.
posted by something something at 10:39 AM on June 20 [19 favorites]

Blow at High Dough - Tragically Hip
Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
Save a Horse - Ride a Cowboy - Big & Rich
Voodoo Thing - Colin James
Six Days on the Road - Dave Dudley
Get ready for this - 2 Unlimited
Copperhead Road - Steve Earl
The Beat is Rockin - Erick E
Footloose - Kenny Logins
Pump up the Jam - Technotronic
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol

xenization: "CTRL-F 'bohemian' Nada? I am disappoint, AskMe.

It's a slow build, I grant you, but it's hard to beat Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Especially the Live at Wembly version
posted by Mitheral at 3:00 PM on June 20

Seconding Build me up Buttercup
posted by Transl3y at 3:32 PM on June 20 [1 favorite]

"Make a Circuit With Me" by the Polecats
posted by rmd1023 at 5:56 PM on June 20

Francis and the Lights - "Friends"
posted by secretseasons at 7:55 PM on June 20 [2 favorites]

and (sorry for two posts):
Thundercat - "Oh Sheit It's X!"
Maggie Rogers - "On + Off"
Sylvan Esso - "Dress"
posted by secretseasons at 8:03 PM on June 20 [1 favorite]

Pantera- Walk
No Doubt- Hella Good
Public Enemy- Lost At Birth
Beastie Boys- So What Cha Want
posted by the duck by the oboe at 9:15 PM on June 20

Bleeding Powers, Ted Leo
Can You Tell, Ra Ra Riot
The Way I Tend to Be, Frank Turner
Seize the Night, Will Varley
John Kanaka, Skinny Lister
posted by holborne at 9:26 PM on June 20 [1 favorite]

Such a goddam cliche but whenever I hear "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks I am suddenly singing at the top of my lungs and doing some serious air punching.
posted by athirstforsalt at 12:42 AM on June 21 [1 favorite]

& Morning pump-up tracks to start the workday have included:

Pressure Drop, Toots and the Mayals
Good as Hell, Lizzo
Pursuit of Happiness cover, Lizzie

& Songs that will bring me, shrieking, onto a wedding dance floor:

You Make My Dreams Come True, Hall & Oates
Modern Love, David Bowie
Take a Chance on Me, ABBA
Love will Keep us Together, Captain and Tenielle
posted by athirstforsalt at 12:46 AM on June 21 [4 favorites]

Miss America by David Byrne with all 144 tracks or whatever

Actor Out of Work by St. Vincent ("I think I love you, I think I'm mad")

Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode
posted by *s at 6:50 AM on June 21 [2 favorites]

How about my two favorite ass-shakers that also feature recorders:
Soy Yo - Bomba Estero
Fantastic Cat - Takako Minekawa

(Edit: changed the last link, it went to the wrong place)
posted by lollymccatburglar at 7:26 AM on June 21

I am loving this thread! You all damned well made my week!

Basement Jaxx - Do Your Thing
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Anderson .Paak - Come Down
Donovan - Barabajagal
Jidenna - Long Live the Chief
Daft Punk - Touch It / Technologic
The Black Eyed Peas - Weekend ft. Esthero
Parov Stelar - All Night
White Denim - Let's Switch It Up
White Denim - Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)
Tegan and Sara - Closer
David Guetta & Chris Willis Feat. Fergie & LMFAO - Gettin' Over You
The B-52's - Love Shack
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two
posted by thirteenthletter at 11:59 AM on June 21 [3 favorites]

I hesitated to post this earlier, because it is not something I've ever encountered in the wild (i.e. on the radio or whatever), but it never fails to perk me up when it comes up on my playlist, so: The Olympians - Mercury's Odyssey
posted by juv3nal at 4:22 PM on June 21 [1 favorite]

Springsteen's Detroit Medley from "No Nukes" (different performance than what was included on the No Nukes album, but still god-like)
posted by e-man at 9:52 PM on June 21 [1 favorite]

Stray Cat Strut.
posted by young_simba at 8:35 AM on June 22

Late to the party, but that's just the perfect time to crank up a little ELO: Do Ya
posted by the return of the thin white sock at 10:47 AM on June 22 [3 favorites]

Oh man, so MANY choices, and all so good. I’m loving these. Some more that warrant bringing up the volume a bit:

Earth Kitt’s version: C’est Si Bon
Propellerheads: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
New Pornographers: Mass Romantic
Kay Starr: Bonaparte’s Retreat
Modest Mouse: Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
808 State: Lift
Belle and Sebastian: The Boy With the Arab Strap
Air: Sexy Boy

So so many, and these aren't even ones from this century.
posted by los pantalones del muerte at 11:29 AM on June 22 [1 favorite]

Chaka Khan? Chaka Khan?

Sly and Robbie: FIRE!
posted by goofyfoot at 12:19 AM on June 23 [1 favorite]

Fitz and The Tantrums's Out of My League
Len's Steal My Sunshine
posted by bluesapphires at 1:38 PM on June 24

Of the ones not already mentioned:
The Luniz - I Got 5 On It if you were in the Bay Area in the 90s this song was everywhere.
Lupe Fiasco - Go Go Gadget Flow
The Bangles cover of Hazy Shade of Winter I got so hyped at the end of that one Stranger Things episode
The Isley Brothers - Shout
The Ramones - Cretin Hop
Earth Wind and Fire - Shining Star
The Contours - Do You Love Me
TLC - Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg
Michael Jackson - Thriller not only cause it's awesome but because it means oh shit it's Halloween again yasssss
Wu Tang Clan - Triumph
The Rivieras - California Sun is there a better unofficial anthem for my home state? OH WAIT
Tupac - California Love I dare you to put this on anywhere near native Californians and not watch us lose our godamn minds
The Heavy - How You Like Me Now?
Dick Dale - Misirlou
posted by supercrayon at 5:59 PM on June 24 [1 favorite]

posted by droplet at 5:40 AM on June 26 [1 favorite]

This just came on the radio and I was like OH YEAH!

It Ain't Me--Kygo feat. Selena
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 3:25 PM on June 30

Om Unit - The War featuring Jehst "the riches we produce are ephemeral..."
posted by glonous keming at 11:31 PM on July 2

No slow builds allowed? Gotta go straight outta the gate? Then:

Cutoff by Jawbox

Best album opener ever.
posted by intermod at 7:45 PM on July 7

Way late to this party.

Electric Avenue Eddie Grant
Virtual Insanity Jamiroquai
Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes Paul Simon
Lotus REM
Don't Tear Me Up Mick Jagger
Yield Indigo Girls
posted by yoga at 10:54 AM on July 11

Forgot one:

Just What I needed The Cars
posted by yoga at 10:59 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]

Rufus - Tell Me Something Good
Isaac Hayes - Shaft
The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
Stevie Wonder - I Wish
Stevie Wonder - Boogie On Reggae Woman
Stevie Wonder - As
Aretha Franklin - Until You Come Back To Me
Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer
The Brothers Johnson - I'll Be Good To You
Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter #23
Ohio Players - Fire
Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster
The Commodores - Brick House
Cameo - Word Up
Prince - When Doves Cry
Prince - Let's Go Crazy
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)
Four Tops - Standing In The Shadows Of Love
Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
Kate Bush - Experiment IV
S.O.S. Band - Just Be Good To Me
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
The Temptations - I'm Losing You
Earth, Wind & Fire - Serpentine Fire
Madonna - Borderline
Madonna - Into The Groove
Madonna - Crazy For You
Peter Gabriel - San Jacinto
Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK
The Clash - London Calling
The Clash - Train in Vain
The Clash - The Guns of Brixton
The Style Council - Shout To The Top
The Style Council - You're The Best Thing
Squeeze - Tempted
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
Elvis Costello - Lipstick Vogue
Elvis Costello - 5ive Gears in Reverse
David Bowie - Win
Talking Heads - Burning Down the House
The Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'
Traffic - Glad
Steve Winwood - While You See A Chance
The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself
The Staple Singers - Let's Do It Again
posted by pracowity at 1:20 PM on July 19 [1 favorite]

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