Over the weekend, I was at a little party at my friend’s house down the shore, and within about 45 minutes of being there, his sister was ready to kick me out. The reason? I requested several songs in a row that “didn’t fit the vibe” of us standing around playing some stupid drinking game. This isn’t the first time that this has happened. I frequently get threatened with being kicked out of parties while at school for requesting songs that, supposedly, “no one wants to hear,” but in reality, each on is a fucking great song and will leave every single person there belting it out.
1. “Just Give Me a Reason” by P!nk ft. Nate Ruess
This is my go-to request. Everyone will start out by being like, “Oh no, not this song,” but then suddenly everyone is singing every single word. Depending on the number of beers I’ve had (1 or more), I will stand up on a table and attempt to hit the high note where P!nk sings, “We’ll come clean.” Also, what the fuck happened to Nate Ruess?
2. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfiled
I’m not talking about the remix of this song that got put on when I specifically requested the original. When I hear this song, I want to hear Natasha’s beautiful voice be drowned out by thirty drunken college kids absolutely butchering each lyric at the top of their lungs.
3. “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat
I’ve listened to this song probably north of 600 times, and to this day I don’t know how to pronounce her last name. This song has a pretty similar feel to “Unwritten,” and despite that, I think playing them back to back is an elite move.
4. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift
I picked “Love Story,” but you can’t go wrong with T-Swizzle. She’s a queen, and I don’t have anything else to say on the matter.
5. Any of Katy Perry’s Early Stuff
I find Katy Perry to be one of the most annoying people on the face of the earth, but god dammit, I love her music. “I Kissed a Girl,” “Hot n Cold,” “Teenage Dream,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” – take your pick. Her music doesn’t miss.
6. “good 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo
Wasn’t the biggest fan of “Driver’s License,” but holy shit this new one is a bop. Take my man card away if you want, but I’ll go to my grave on loving this song.