If you’re at a party and put on a song that’s currently popular, a few people might start dancing if they’re brave or somewhat less than sober. But if you really want to get people to dance, you need to put on something old. Something they don’t hear every day. Something from between 2000 and 2003. It’s amazing, but I’ve seen it firsthand — people cannot resist dancing to songs from the early 2000s. Here are the eight best songs from the early 2000s guaranteed to make people dance.
1) “Get Low” – Lil’ Jon
“Get Low” has been bringing the freak out in people for almost 15 years now. It’s still the ultimate party jam that nobody can resist dancing to. Lil’ Jon is seriously a national treasure. Never change, Lil’ Jon. Never change.
2) “Bye Bye Bye” – N*Sync
Not only do people have to dance to “Bye Bye Bye”, but many people will actually do the dance from the video (ESPECIALLY if you owned Darren’s Dance Grooves_. Classic N*Sync is all freakishly danceable (except “Gone”, which is cryable) but this is probably their most recognizable and irresistible hit.
3) “Bootylicious” – Destiny’s Child
Before Beyonce forced everyone to get out and dance to her solo songs, she was making dance jams with her pals Kelsey and Melissa. “Bootylicious” is honestly TOO bootylicious for people — nobody can stay sitting down when Destiny’s Child is on.
4) “Hey Ya” – OutKast
Everyone loves OutKast, and “Hey Ya” has a miraculous ability to turn the most uptight person into a dancing, singing maniac. Try it — you put on “Hey Ya” at a party and every single person will shake it like a polaroid picture.
5) “Hot in Herre” – Nelly
“Hot in Herre” will get everyone dancing and also hopefully taking off some clothes (that part isn’t guaranteed, though). Nelly made people wear Band-Aids on their faces for no reason, so he can definitely make the people at your party get up and dance.
6) “Oops… I Did It Again” – Britney Spears
Classic Brit is almost too good. And if you play “Oops… I Did It Again”, everyone will also be forced to stop and recite the talking part in the middle. No party is complete without a room full of people saying, “But I thought the old lady dropped it into the ocean in the end?”
7) “It Wasn’t Me” – Shaggy
Maybe it’s because it’s ridiculous, but “It Wasn’t Me” is irresistible.
8) “Ignition Remix” – R Kelly
Everyone loves to dance to “Ignition Remix”, but this is the only song on this list that everyone knows all the words to. Even if you think you don’t, you do. Somewhere deep in the recesses of your mind, every single word to “Ignition Remix” is lurking.
Try putting these songs on at your next party and see just how I right I am. If there are any great early 2000s bangers I missed, tweet at me! @erikaheidewald