Remember those car rides with your parents whenever the radio was on? Those tunes that made you want to get up and dance? You bobbed your head as you lost yourself in the music. You sang along to the lyrics of that catchy song, and you snapped and grooved to that funky bassline. Those times were special, and for the very first Throwback Thursday, have a listen to a couple of upbeat dance hits from the past.
Le Freak by Chic
Let me be honest here. If you haven’t heard this song, be prepared for it to get stuck in your head. The rhythmic guitar and the infectious chorus is a perfect representation of the 70s, and how easy it was to groove to a song. This song’s been featured in video games like Just Dance and Dance Dance Revolution, and is featured in many movies such as Toy Story 3. You may recognize the catchy guitar riff, played by Nile Rodgers and his playing style in the song “Get Lucky“, where he plays guitar alongside Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams.
Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Paul Williams accepting an award at the 56th Grammys.
Rock Me Amadeus by Falco
This is one of those songs that reminds you of Los Del Rios’ “Macarena“. You know the chorus, but you have no idea what the rest of the lyrics are. Considering the song is an Austrian man rapping in German, you think it wouldn’t get very popular here in North America. Despite all of this, Falco’s fun filled, synthesizer-filled song exploded in popularity during the 1980s. The song became an international hit, spawning multiple parodies and fuelling multiple jam sessions throughout pop culture.
What is Love by Haddaway
Growing up with Louis Armstrong’s music in the 60s, Nestor Alexander Haddaway aspired to become a musician. With his breakout hit, “What is Love“, he gained international fame in 1993. The song, along with Haddaway, was boosted in popularity by a recurring Saturday Night Live skit known as “The Roxbury Guys”, where the hit song would always play throughout the sketch.
Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan reprising their roles on Saturday Night Live. (Click the image to be taken to a video)
That’s all for this week of Throwback Thursday. Check back next week for the next article on T I P – The International Passion!
About the Contributor: John Mendoza is an aspiring writer and student from Toronto. He enjoys listening to music, playing the piano and watching television.