13 Beats of the Week: Throwback Songs

Danielle Kliger, Arts & Features Assistant Editor

Throwback Songs:


1. “I Want it That Way” by Backstreet Boys

When you hear throwback, you think Backstreet Boys. And when you hear Backstreet Boys, you probably think of this single. 


2. “Where is The Love” by The Black Eyed Peas

Yes this song was created in 2003, but its message is still prevalent today. In a world where violence seems

mundane, it’s crucial to remember that we are all humans, and the

presence of love should never be questioned. 


3. “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child

Although the members of Destiny’s Child have each gone their separate ways, we will never forget the music they created together. 


4. “Basketball” by Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupri, Faboulous, Fundisha

I first heard this song when I watched the 2002 film “Like Mike.” And then I heard it two more times when I rewatched “Like Mike twice more. 


5. “Apologize” by OneRepublic

It is not surprising that this 2007 single became an international success, reaching number one in 16 countries. If you are in need of a song to relax to, this throwback is a go-to. 


6. “I Want Candy” by Aaron Carter

Anything that takes us back to “Lizzie McGuire” deserves to be played. 

7. “Heartless” by Kanye West

This Kanye West hit is one of the best selling singles of all time. Released in 2008, the mellower side of Kanye West hit home for many. Whenever you are watching Kanye in an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (we all do it), always remember the talented singer and songwriter that he is. 


8. “Umbrella” by Rihanna, Jay-Z

Maybe this came to my mind because it has been raining all week, or maybe I was just in the mood for a Rihanna and Jay-Z

compilation. Either way, this song is a classic. 


9. “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne

It’s unclear where Avril Lavigne has been recently, but at least we have some songs to refer to whenever we are in need of an Avril fix. This song reminds us that pretending to be someone you are not is never the move. 


10. “Halo” by Beyoncé

Queen Bey is arguably one of the most successful women in the world. As a singer, songwriter and actress, she is a woman with mass talents and these talents are portrayed in this pop ballad. 


11. “This Love” by Maroon 5 

Adam Levine wrote this song in the “most emotionally trying time” in his life. And you can tell. This 2004 hit was part of one of Maroon 5’s most successful albums, “Songs About Jane.” 


12. “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton

You know when a song makes it onto “Now That’s What I call Music! 10,” it’s the ultimate throwback. Not gonna lie, this song pops into my head way too often whenever I am “making my way downtown.”


13. “Californication” by Red Hot Chili Peppers 

With over 15 million copies sold worldwide, this 1999 hit is the ultimate sit-back-and-relax type of song.