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Hitlist: Don’t be a hipster, rock out to these classic ‘mainstream’ tracks

Mainstream or not, these tracks can jam too
Hitlist: Dont be a hipster, rock out to these classic mainstream tracks
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While some critics and musical elitists fawn over a select group of artists and refuse to acknowledge that mainstream music is anything of value, sometimes all one wants to do is simple listen to music for the pure joy of it.

While I don’t believe anyone should feel ashamed of what he or she enjoys, the songs in this playlist could all best be described as “guilty pleasures.” They are either a bit cheesy at times or are just by artists that don’t fit in music typically deemed cool.

Even a 300-pound bodybuilder can (and should) bop to ABBA in the weight room. Check out the amazing contributions from British all-female pop groups All Saints and Atomic Kitten, whose early 2000s music is a bit campy and silly, yet perfect for letting go and having a good time.


Don’t forget to check out “The Macarena,” which was on the soundtrack of everyone’s childhood, and even has its own dance — can’t get cheesier than that.

Bonus points go to Britney Spears for cringeworthy lettering in “I’m a Slave 4 U,” which is pure ear candy.

Find a private place and enjoy these songs to your delight, or blast them unabashedly and wait for the stares.

12 songs, 43 minutes

  1. ABBA – “Waterloo”
  2. Betty Boo – “Where Are You Baby?”
  3. Atomic Kitten – “Right Now”
  4. Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX – “Fancy”
  5. Texas – “Drawing Crazy Patterns”
  6. Mac Miller – “Party on Fifth Ave.”
  7. Los Del Rio – “Macarena”
  8. Elliphant feat. Azealia Banks – “Everybody”
  9. All Saints – “Pure Shores”
  10. Le1f – “Wut”
  11. The Bee Gees – “Night Fever”
  12. Britney Spears – “I’m a Slave 4 U”

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