Last Updated on 26 October 2023

The following list is the Official Definitive List of the 300 best throwback songs of all time.

A “Throwback Song” is a song that either that takes the listener back to a particular time in their life and brings a sense of nostalgia, or else a modern song that ‘throws back’ to the ideas or elements of a song from an older era of music, emulating it in some way or form.

I averaged 17 different ranked lists of “Best throwback songs of all time” to get this definitive compilation.  See my Methodology page for the research process that was used, including all 17 lists that were averaged.

  1. Every Time We Touch, by Cascada
  2. Need You Tonight, by INXS
  3. Baby One More Time, by Britney Spears
  4. Party in the U.S.A., by Miley Cyrus
  5. Don’t Speak, by No Doubt
  6. Ice Ice Baby, by Vanilla Ice
  7. Wannabe, by Spice Girls
  8. U Can’t Touch This, by MC Hammer
  9. No Scrubs, by TLC
  10. Replay, by Iyaz
  11. It Wasn’t Me, by Rik Rok & Shaggy
  12. Mr. Brightside, by The Killers
  13. 1985, by Bowling For Soup
  14. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), by Beyoncé
  15. Ignition (Remix), by R.Kelly
  16. Everybody, by Backstreet Boys
  17. Baby, by Justin Bieber
  18. Sk8er Boi, by Avril Lavigne
  19. Waterfalls, by TLC
  20. All Star, by Smash Mouth
  21. Yeah!, by Usher
  22. The Real Slim Shady, by Eminem
  23. A Thousand Miles, by Vanessa Carlton
  24. Time Warp, by Rocky Horror Picture Show
  25. I Will Survive, by Gloria Gainer
  26. I’m Like a Bird, by Nelly Furtado
  27. Tubthumping, by Chumbawamba
  28. I’ll Be Missing You, by Puff Daddy
  29. No Diggity, by Blackstreet
  30. Milkshake, by Kelis
  31. Crazy in Love, by Beyoncé
  32. Bye Bye Bye, by *NSYNC
  33. Pour Some Sugar On Me, by Def Leppard
  34. Hollaback Girl, by Gwen Stefani
  35. MMMBop, by Hanson
  36. I’m a Believer, by Smash Mouth
  37. Turn Up the Music, by Chris Brown
  38. Hot in Herre, by Nelly
  39. Like a Virgin, by Madonna
  40. Stacy’s Mom, by Fountains of Wayne
  41. Say My Name, by Destiny’s Child
  42. Since U Been Gone, by Kelly Clarkson
  43. Just Dance, by Lady Gaga
  44. Hey Ya!, by OutKast
  45. So What, by P!nk
  46. Mambo No.5, by Lou Bega
  47. Sugar, We’re Goin Down, by Fall Out Boy
  48. Beautiful Soul, by Jesse McCartney
  49. On My Own, by Patti LaBelle
  50. We Are the Champions, by Queen
  51. Don’t You (Forget About Me), by Simple Minds
  52. Rock and Roll All Nite, by Kiss
  53. Trumpets, by Jason Derulo
  54. Footloose, by Kenny Loggins
  55. Gold Digger, by Kanye West
  56. Smells Like Teen Spirit, by Nirvana
  57. Call Me Maybe, by Carly Rae Jepsen
  58. Dancing Queen, by Abba
  59. Any Way You Want It, by Journey
  60. Africa, by Toto
  61. Meet Virginia, by Train
  62. Boom Boom Pow, by The Black Eyed Peas
  63. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), by Green Day
  64. Sweet Caroline, by Neil Diamond
  65. Genie in a Bottle, by Christina Aguilera
  66. Smooth, by Santana ft. Rob Thomas
  67. Your Love Is My Drug, by Ke$ha
  68. Down, by Jay Sean & Lil Wayne
  69. Not Afraid, by Eminem
  70. Return of the Mack, by Mark Morrison
  71. We Built This City, by Starship
  72. Summer of ‘69, by Bryan Adams
  73. I’m Blue (Da Ba Dee), by Eiffel 65
  74. Love Song, by Sara Bareilles
  75. The Humpty Dance, by Digital Underground
  76. Whistle, by Flo Rida
  77. Hot N Cold, by Katy Perry
  78. Super Bass, by Nicki Minaj
  79. Beautiful Girls, by Sean Kingston
  80. Cooler Than Me, by Mike Posner
  81. Dynamite, by Taio Cruz
  82. Dancing with Myself, by Billy Idol
  83. Low, by Flo Rida
  84. Baby Got Back, by Sir Mix-A-Lot
  85. Killing Me Softly With His Song, by The Fugees
  86. My Heart Will Go On, by Celine Dion
  87. Ironic, by Alanis Morissette
  88. Tik Tok, by Ke$ha
  89. Lose Yourself, by Eminem
  90. Kiss Me Thru The Phone, by Soulja Boy & Sammi
  91. West End Girls, by Pet Shop Boys
  92. Here Without You, by 3 Doors Down
  93. She Will Be Loved, by Maroon Five
  94. I Want it That Way, by Backstreet Boys
  95. One Week, by Barenaked Ladies
  96. Just a Friend, by Biz Markie
  97. Dirty Little Secret, by All American Rejects
  98. Hey There Delilah, by Plain White T’s
  99. Eye of the Tiger, by Survivor
  100. Sweet Child o’ Mine, by Guns ‘n’ Roses
  101. We Are Young, by FUN
  102. Ain’t Nobody, by Rufus & Chaka Khan
  103. Blame it on the Alcohol, by Jammie Foxx
  104. Pocket Full of Sunshine, by Natasha Bedingfield
  105. You Belong With Me, by Taylor Swift
  106. Year 3000, by Jonas Brotehrs
  107. California Love, by Tupac & Dr. Dre
  108. Kiss from a Rose, by Seal
  109. Move Along All, by American Rejects
  110. Take On Me, by A-Ha
  111. Angel, by Shaggy
  112. Baker Street, by Gerry Rafferty
  113. Rolling in the Deep, by Adele
  114. Thunderstruck, by AC/DC
  115. Family Affair, by Mary J. Blige
  116. Lazy Song, by Bruno Mars
  117. Rehab, by Amy Winehouse
  118. Use Somebody, by Kings Of Leon
  119. Accidentally In Love, by Counting Crows
  120. Umbrella, by Rihanna & Jay-Z
  121. Uptown Funk, by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
  122. Set Fire to the Rain, by Adele
  123. Safety Dance, by Men Without Hats
  124. 1979, by Smashing Pumpkins
  125. Jump Around, by House Of Pain
  126. Don’t Stop Believin’, by Journey
  127. Creep, by Radiohead
  128. Starships, by Nicki Minaj
  129. Cruise, by Florida Georgia Line
  130. Miss Independent, by Ne-Yo
  131. Ocean Avenue, by Yellowcard
  132. Stan, by Eminem
  133. Waiting for Tonight, by Jennifer Lopez
  134. My Humps, by The Black Eyed Peas
  135. Lip Gloss, by Lil Mama
  136. Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield
  137. Iris, by Goo Goo Dolls
  138. Jump, by Kris Kross
  139. Somebody That I Used to Know, by Gotye
  140. Someone Like You, by Adele
  141. Where Is the Love?, by Black Eyed Peas
  142. Everybody Talks, by Neon Trees
  143. Maneater, by Nelly Furtado
  144. OMG, by Usher
  145. Hips Don’t Lie, by Shakira
  146. Firework, by Katy Perry
  147. Highway to Hell, by AC/DC
  148. Picture, by Kid Rock
  149. Tonight, Tonight, by Hot Chelle Rae
  150. All The Small Things, by Blink-182
  151. I Wanna Dance with Somebody, by Whitney Houston
  152. Best I Ever Had, by Drake
  153. Beverly Hills, by Weezer
  154. You’re The One That I Want, by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta
  155. Black or White, by Michael Jackson
  156. You’re Still the One, by Shania Twain
  157. Toxic, by Britney Spears
  158. Get Down, by B4-4
  159. Grenade, by Bruno Mars
  160. This Is Why I’m Hot, by Mims
  161. I Write Sins Not Tragedies, by Panic! At The Disco
  162. Zombie, by The Cranberries
  163. Work It, by Missy Elliot
  164. Without Me, by Eminem
  165. Mirrors, by Justin Timberlake
  166. Sex on Fire, by Kings of Leon
  167. This Is How We Do It, by Montell Jordan
  168. Ride Wit Me, by Nelly
  169. Rock Your Body, by Justin Timberlake
  170. Livin’ on a Prayer, by Bon Jovi
  171. Beautiful, by Christina Aguilera
  172. I Got You (I Feel Good), by James Brown
  173. I Gotta Feeling, by Black Eyed Peas
  174. I Kissed a Girl, by Katy Perry
  175. Bad Day, by Daniel Powter
  176. Respect, by Aretha Franklin
  177. The Next Episode, by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
  178. Everywhere, by Michelle Branch
  179. Believe, by Cher
  180. Drop it Like it’s Hot, by Snoop Dogg
  181. Funky Cold Medina, by Tone Loc
  182. Stereo Hearts, by Gym Class Heros
  183. Girls Just Want to Have Fun, by Cyndi Lauper
  184. Don’t Get Me Wrong, by The Pretenders
  185. Lean Back, by Fat Joe
  186. Whatcha Say, by Jason Derulo
  187. Whatever You Like, by T.I
  188. The Middle, by Jimmy Eat World
  189. What’s Love Got to Do With It?, by Tina Turner
  190. Wherever You Will Go, by The Calling
  191. Kiss Me, by Sixpence None the Richer
  192. Ridin’ Solo, by Jason Derulo
  193. You Oughta Know, by Alanis Morissette
  194. Ayy Ladies, by Travis Porter
  195. Groove Is in the Heart, by Deee-Lite
  196. The Reason, by Hoobastank
  197. Love Shack, by The B-52’s
  198. Golden Brown, by The Stranglers
  199. Let Her Cry, by Hootie and the Blowfish
  200. Me & U, by Cassie
  201. Macarena, by Los Del Rio
  202. Closing Time, by Semisonic
  203. Get Low, by Lil Jon
  204. Lucky, by Britney Spears
  205. Crazy Bitch, by BuckCherry
  206. I’ll Be There for You, by The Rembrandts
  207. Spaceman, by Babylon Zoo
  208. Stay, by Rihanna & Mikky Ekko
  209. I’m Your Boogie Man, by KC & The Sunshine Band
  210. Crazy, by Gnarls Barkley
  211. Kiss, by Prince
  212. (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You, by UB40
  213. Party Rock, by LMFAO
  214. Stand By Me, by Ben E King
  215. Rapper’s Delight, by Sugarhill Gang
  216. Shake It Off, by Taylor Swift
  217. Buy U a Drank, by T-Pain
  218. Every Morning, by Sugar Ray
  219. Jump On It (Apache), by The Sugarhill Gang
  220. Get Your Head in the Game, by High School Musical
  221. Interstate Love Song, by Stone Temple Pilots
  222. Happy, by Ashanti
  223. Lose Control, by Missy Elliot
  224. Sabotage, by Beastie Boys
  225. Whoomp There It Is, by Tag Team
  226. London Bridge, by Fergie
  227. The Unforgiven, by Metallica
  228. Over and Over, by Nelly
  229. Dreams, by The Cranberries
  230. Fergalicious, by Fergie
  231. I Just Wanna Love You (Give it to Me), by Jay-Z
  232. Here Comes the Hotstepper, by Ini Kamoze
  233. Underneath it All, by No Doubt
  234. Get Buck In Here, by DJ Felli Fel
  235. Only Wanna Be With You, by Hootie and the Blowfish
  236. 1, 2 Step, by Ciara
  237. Let Me Love You, by Mario
  238. Buttons, by Pussycat Dolls
  239. Photograph, by Nickelback
  240. Boulevard of Broken Dreams, by Green Day
  241. Sexy and I Know It, by LMFAO
  242. Broken Dreams, by Green Day
  243. You and Me, by Lifehouse
  244. I Love Rock ‘N Roll, by Joan Jett
  245. Unwell, by Matchbox Twenty
  246. Lips of an Angel, by Hinder
  247. All About You, by McFly
  248. Over My Head (Cable Car), by The Fray
  249. Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, by Good Charlotte
  250. The Anthem, by Good Charlotte
  251. Only One, by Yellowcard
  252. September, by Earth, Wind & Fire
  253. Forever and Always, by Shania Twain
  254. I Will Always Love You, by Whitney Houston
  255. Hall of Fame, by The Script
  256. 7 Things, by Miley Cyrus
  257. Rock the Casbah, by The Clash
  258. Big Yellow Taxi, by Counting Crows
  259. Breaking Free, by High School Musical
  260. E.I., by Nelly
  261. Nothing Compares 2 U, by Sinéad O’Connor
  262. Purple Rain, by Prince
  263. Too Little Too Late, by JoJo
  264. Billie Jean, by Michael Jackson
  265. Forever, by Drake
  266. Look At Me Now, by Chris Brown
  267. Take Me Away, by Fefe Dobson
  268. Black and Yellow, by Wiz Khalifa
  269. My Immortal, by Evanescence
  270. Drops of Jupiter, by Train
  271. Face Down, by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  272. Follow Me, by Uncle Kracker
  273. Through Glass, by Stone Sour
  274. Complicated, by Avril Lavigne
  275. Ever the Same, by Rob Thomas
  276. BedRock, by Young Money
  277. I Miss You, by Blink 182
  278. Misery, by Maroon 5
  279. What Makes you Beautiful, by One Direction
  280. The Sign, by Ace of Base
  281. As Long As You Love Me, by Backstreet Boys
  282. Hey Soul Sister, by Train
  283. Airplanes, by B.O.B
  284. I Hope You Dance, by Lee Ann Womack
  285. Cyclone, by Baby Bash
  286. The Game of Love, by Santana
  287. Ms. New Booty, by Bubba Sparxxx
  288. Stronger, by Kayne West
  289. Crank That, by Soulja Boy
  290. Get The Party Started, by P!nk
  291. Take Me Out, by Franz Ferdinand
  292. Oops!…I Did It Again, by Britney Spears
  293. With Arms Wide Open, by Creed
  294. Landslide, by The Dixie Chicks
  295. On the Floor, by Jennifer Lopez
  296. Leave (Get Out), by JoJo
  297. California Girls, by Katy Perry
  298. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, by Kylie Minogue
  299. How to Save a Life, by The Fray
  300. You Remind Me, by Usher