Top 5 Songs That Will Always Bump – Ryan’s List
There's a trending topic going on Twitter right now called #SongsThatWillAlwaysBump where users (Twits?) shout out the song they think will always bump no matter how old it gets. I couldn't narrow it down to just one, so I'm giving you five, in no particular order. I'm an over achiever.
House of Pain - Jump Around
Thanks to the Beastie Boys proving that white guys can rap, House of Pain "jumped" onto the scene (get it?) with this party anthem. The opening horn blasts have become one of the most iconic sounds ever produced. You know what song it is, and you're adrenaline instantly kicks in. Bring in Everlast's I'm-here-to-have-a-good-time-stay-out-of-my-way lyrics and you have a song for the ages. Unfortunately for the group, it was their only mainstream hit and pigeon-holed them into the "one-hit-wonder" category. In my opinion, if you're going to be known for one song, this would be a good one to be known for.
Digital Underground - Humpty dance
Just like "Jump Around", it only takes about the opening second to know what song you're getting. Blending funk, hip-hop, and a we're-not-taking-ourselves-too-seriously attitude (as evident by frontman, Shock G's over the top outfits), Digital Underground crafted a clever party jam that still riles up a crowd to this day and is a popular karaoke choice for a certain KISS-FM DJ who happens to be writing these words.
Beastie Boys - So What cha Want
Learning to play the drums is on my bucket list which makes me a sucker for a good drum beat like the one in "So What Cha Want" from the Beastie's 1992 album Check Your Head. The song also has an alternative-rock feel to which appeals to my rock side. Although it wasn't one of their bigger hits, I remember seeing the video frequently on MTV (insert "MTV played videos?" joke here) back when I was too young to have a job and spent my summers glued to the television.
Cypress Hill - Insane in the Brain
If you haven't caught on yet, it's all about the groove for me when I listen to music. Unless the words are genuinely profound or especially unique and creative, I don't really care what the artist is saying. That's where this song fits in for me. I've never dabbled in illegal narcotics, nor have I ever had run-in's with the law be a part of my daily life, so lyrically I can't relate to any part of this song. What draws me in is the blend of drums and whatever in the world that whistle sound is. Every time I play this song on the air, you can hear it in hallway.
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Nuttin' But a G Thang
I would be doing a disservice if I didn't include this song on the list. Don't get me wrong, I'm not including it because I think leaving it off would be a mistake, I'm including it because its a great jam! This song, and this song alone, made gansta rap mainstream. Much like "Insane in the Brain", I couldn't relate to any one word in the song, but I knew them all. With it's simple beat combined with Dre and Snoop's one-of-a-kind flow, you can't help but put a hand in the air and bob your head.
Is there anything I left off the list? Let me know in the comment box below.