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16 random classic songs you should listen to in 2016

GOOD, infamous or simply addictive songs can be few and far between, and there's nothing quite like rediscovering an old hit you once loved - or heard until you were driven crazy. 

Sometimes it can be hard to remember what those songs were, especially with new music constantly being released. 

Here's a very eclectic list of the 16 songs you should revisit in 2016 that you may just have forgotten about. 

And if you've never heard them, then it's time to discover them.

1. Wannabe - Spice Girls

While most of us probably still have no idea what a zigazig ha is or what it does, there's no denying the power of this 90s girl band hit. 

There was something very novel about the Spice Girls - Baby, Sporty, Posh, Ginger and Scary - that we just haven't seen in a band since. 

2. Macarena - Los Del Rio

Los Del Rio gave us the definition of a one hit wonder with Macarena in 1997. 

If you've never danced the Macarena (or tried to) then there's a good chance you moved to earth from some other galaxy. 

The corny but catchy Macarena could easily be classed as the Gangnam Style of the 90s. 

3. The Pushbike Song - Mixtures

Coming straight from 1971, The Pushbike Song is both quirky and sweet.

You'd almost expect the song to have a resurgence with the hipster pushbike culture, or just people wanting to listen to a catchy, carefree tune. 

4. Slice of Heaven - Dave Dobbyn and Herbs

A song that will be perpetually popular and catchy, Slice of Heaven rose to fame in 1986 as the song for the Footrot Flats: The Dogs Tale movie which was based on the popular comic strip. 

While you're at it, it's well worth digging out those Footrot Flats comics from the garage and hiring out the movie too (especially if you have kids who have never seen it). 

5. People Everyday - Arrested Development 

In 1992, People Everyday became a massive hit in several countries. 

The song was followed by another hip hop hit, Mr Wendel. 

6. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

It's hard not to feel happy when listening to this contagious track. 

Walking on Sunshine is a classic slice of the 80s that never fades. 

7. Sing it Back - Moloko 

Here's one you will have forgotten - right up until you listen to the chorus, then you'll realise you've heard the late 90s track pretty much everywhere you go but never realised who it was by. 

8. One Love - Bob Marley and the Wailers 

Best reserved for lazy Sundays or days at the beach, One Love is 70s music at its most chilled. 

9. White Town - Your Woman

In the late 90s the hit song Your Woman peaked at number two on the Australian music charts, and well, that was all we heard from White Town. 

But White Town is still producing music, it's just not as popular. 

10. The Bucketheads - The Bomb (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)

The Bomb has had a cult following since it was released in the mid-90s and has a distinctive, 90s electronic sound.

11. Steal My Sunshine - Len

Who knows what Steal My Sunshine was really about but it's still one of the most catchy songs around. 

The hit was released in 1999 and still occasionally makes an appearance on radio. 

12. I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth 

Probably best remembered as the soundtrack to Shrek, Smash Mouth had a major hit with their revamp of the old school classic. 

13. A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins

The Scottish singer's hit single came out in 1995 and took the world by storm.

It peaked at number six in the Australian charts. 

14. When It's Over - Sugar Ray

You only need to check this clip out on YouTube to see how people keep reminiscing over the early 00s when they hear this once popular song that can still be heard sometimes today. 

The band's lead singer Mark McGrath is said to have been working on solo material, for anyone who wants to know what they're up to these days. 

15. Lemon Tree - Fool's Garden

It's quite hard to track down these days, but once you revisit the lyrics "I wonder how, I wonder why, yesterday you told me 'bout the blue blue sky now all that I can see is just another lemon tree" you'll feel like the 90s never left. 

The German band is still going and recently released an album. 

16. Search My Heaven - Aleesha Rome

Aussie starlet Aleesha Rome was good enough to match Britney and Christina back in the early 2000s, but sadly the singer was vastly overshadowed and eventually forgotten.

She went on to perform on a small scale as Ivy York before retiring from singing because of the onset of a voice disorder. 

Her song Search My Heaven was a massive radio hit but sadly,  you'll only find a few grainy clips on YouTube as a reminder of her once much-loved pop style. 

Topics:  entertainment music



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