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Throwback Songs You Need to Add to Your Summer ’21 Playlist

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at RW chapter.

Since summer 2020 wasn’t what we expected because of Covid, summer 2021 has to be twice as good. There’s nothing better than a perfected playlist that you can shuffle in the car with your friends, at the beach, out by the pool or by a summer fire. Some of us may have forgotten about the best throwback songs of all time, so I’m here to help you spark a memory. 


1. Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West) by JAY-Z 

2. Good Girls Go Bad (feat. Leighton Meester) by Cobra Starship 

3. Where Them Girls At (feat. Nicki Manaj & Flo Rida) by David Guetta 

4. We R Who We R by Kesha

5. Fly (feat. Rihanna) by Nicki Minaj 

6. The Great Escape by Boys Like Girls 

7. Feel This Moment (feat. Christina Aguilera) by Pitbull 

8. Knock You Down by Keri Hilson 

9. So What by P!nk 

10. Who Dat Girl (feat. Akon) by Flo Rida 

11. Domino by Jessie J 

12. If I Never See Your Face Again (feat. Rihanna) by Maroon 5 

13. Roses by Outkast 

14. London Bridge by Fergie 

15. The Sweet Escape (feat. Akon) by Gwen Stefani 

16. Misery Business by Paramore 

17. Titanium (feat. Sia) by David Guetta 

18. Waking Up In Vegas by Katy Perry 

19. Ocean Avenue by Yellowcard 

20. Boston by Augustana 

21. The Middle by Jimmy Eat World 

22. Beat It (feat. Chris Brown & Wiz Khalifa) by Sean Kingston 

23. Roses (feat. ROZES) by The Chainsmokers 

24. Pursuit of Happiness (feat.MGMT & Ratatat) by Kid Cudi 

25. Body Language (feat. T-Pain) by Jesse McCartney 

26. Stacy’s Mom by Fountains Of Wayne 

27. Clarity (feat. Foxes) by Zedd 

28. Snow (Hey Oh) by Red Hot Chili Peppers 

29. Tonight Tonight by Hot Chelle Rae 

30. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers 


If not all of these songs are familiar to you, give them a listen. You might remember some from years ago or may find yourself liking a new song and adding it to your music! All of these songs are perfect for a hot, summer day. Let’s make summer 2021 the best summer yet, in a safe and fun way! 


Alyssa is a senior at Roger Williams University majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Global Communications. She is pursuing her master's degree in Special Education back at RWU following graduation. In her free time Alyssa likes to bullet journal, hangout with friends and family and spend time with her dogs!
Hi, I'm Jessie, the Campus Coordinator and Founder of Her Campus at Roger Williams University! I am a senior majoring in Communication and Media Studies and minoring in Marketing and Graphic Design. When not in school, I love to work out, shop, listen to music and spend time with my friends!