Turn it up: Songs that make you say “HELL YEAH!”


Imagine you’re driving, at a club/bar, hanging out with friends or pretending to study/work when all of a sudden…that song starts. That song that makes you smile and yell “HELL YEAH!” You either immediately start belting out the lyrics, or tell everyone to shut the hell up so your ears can soak up the sweetness.

There are definitely songs that make me smile as soon as I hear them. Not just because they’re great songs or because they immediately bring fond memories to mind, but because they have amazing beats, instrumentals or vocals in the intro, whether hard or soft, that force me to stop whatever else I’m doing for a moment so I can indulge in the music.

Here’s a list with YouTube hyperlinks so you can hear the songs. I tried limiting the list to songs that have epic intros. None of the songs are in any particular order, but they’re all awesome. Some songs are classics. Some, not so much. And I’m well aware many of the bands and artists on here have several songs worthy of the list.

If you think I’m missing some gems, let me know! I hope you have fun looking through these jammy jams. This took me several days to compile but it was fun, since I almost forgot how awesome some of these songs are.

Oh, and a lot of these songs are explicit. Enjoy.

The 1960s

– Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix (1967) …Any of his songs could go in here. Seriously. ❤

– Light My Fire – The Doors (1966)

Spirit in The Sky – Norman Greenbaum (1969)

California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas (1965) 

For What Its Worth – Buffalo Springfield (1967) 

– These Arms of Mine – Otis Redding (1964) … Otis ❤

Happy Together – The Turtles (1967)

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations (1966) … “I knooowww you wanna leave me, but I refuse to let you goooo…” <3… God I love them.

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops (1965)

Come Together – The Beatles (1969) …How can you pick just one of their songs? I know. I picked this one because the intro sounds and feels like an electric current shooting through your body. Well, I think it does haha!

– At Last – Etta James (1960) …Her voice gives me the chills!

Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash (1963) 

Paint It, Black – The Rolling Stones (1966)

 The 1970s

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe – Barry White (1974) …hell yes. Practice What You Preach, too.

– Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (1975) …BEST.

Have You Ever Seen The Rain? – CCR (1971)

Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips (1973)

September – Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

Stuck in The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel (1972) 

Always and Forever – Heatwave (1977)

Layla – Eric Clapton (1971)

Lean on Me – Bill Withers (1972)

– Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson (1970) 

Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton (1975) …I love the Big Mountain version, too!

Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? – Rod Stewart (1978) …It’s just so fun haha.

Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond (1970) …He has so many gems!!!

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

American Pie – Don McLean (1972)

Let’s Get it On – Marvin Gaye (1973)  … baby making music.

– Kashmir – Led Zepplin (1975) …seriously one of the most epic song intros ever. Then again pretty much all their songs are epic.

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green (1971)

I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick (1977) 

Rich Girl – Hall & Oates (1977) …such a great band!

– Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl – Looking Glass (1972)

Danny’s Song – Kenny Loggins (1971)

Hotel California – The Eagles (1977)

The 1980s

Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley & The Wailers (1980)

– Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac (1982) …and pretty much all Fleetwood Mac’s songs.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston (1984) …I LOVE WHITNEY HOUSTON! SO many classics.

Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie (1981)  …Gold.

–  Billie Jean – Michael Jackson (1982) … And all his songs. King of Pop baby!

– When Doves Cry – Prince (1984) … all of his songs have great intros. Purple Fucking Rain. Best soundtrack ever.

You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon (1986) …<3

Shining Star – The Manhattans (1980) 

I’m on Fire – Bruce Springsteen (1985) …THE BOSS! Sexy song. Love it. And Glory Days is awesome, and so are all of his songs.

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey (1981)

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper (1983)

Like a Prayer – Madonna (1989) …ALL HER SONGS.

Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics (1983)

Bust a Move – Young MC (1989)

– Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant (1982)

I Feel For You – Chaka Khan (1984) …Written by Prince so you know it’s good.

Jungle Love – Morris Day and the Time (1984) …OH WE OH WE OH!

Careless Whisper – George Michael (1984) …Hell Yeah. And of course “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham!

Uptown Girl – Billy Joel (1983) …and all his songs <3.

Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne (1980)  …the guitar in thisssss.

– Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard (1988) …The year I was born. Hell yeah.

– Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses (1988)  …Axl Rose and Slash <3<3<3

– Don’t You Want Me – The Human League (1981)

– Take on Me – A-Ha (1984)

– (I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight – Cutting Crew (1986) …the song that immediately plays in my mind when I see a really attractive man.

– Your Love – The Outfield (1986)

– Back in Black – AC/DC (1980) …THAT INTROOOOOO!

Tainted Love – Soft Cell (1981)

The 1990s

Hypnotize – Biggie (1996) … baby-bay-bayyyy! Biggie for life. Hard to pick one song, but I tried!

California Love – 2 Pac (1995) … Classic. I know he has a lot of classics but this one gets me every time.

Suavamente – Elvis Crespo (1998) … perfect dancing song.

Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band (1996)

The Boy is Mine – Monica and Brandy (1998) …As soon as this song comes on, you and your friend are battling. Bitch, he’s mine.

You Don’t Know How it Feels – Tom Petty (1994) 

Shoop – Salt-N-Pepa (1993) …Push It, too. Of course. But this one is my favorite!

Doo-Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill (1998) 

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith (1998) …I know. They have so many better rock classics. But don’t even pretend you don’t blast this song and sing every word when you’re alone!

Fantasy – Mariah Carey (1995)

Are You That Somebody – Aaliyah (1998)

Don’t Speak – No Doubt (1996)

– Gangta’s paradise – Coolio featuring L.V. (1995) …yessssssssssssssssssss.

– Regulate – Warren G featuring Nate Dogg (1994)  …yesssssssssssssssssss.

Basket Case – Green Day (1994)

It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy (2000) …because we all love Shaggy.

– Love Fool – The Cardigans (1996)  

Weak – SWV (1993)

Tha Crossroads – Bone Thugs N Harmony (1996)

If I Ever Fall in Love – Shai (a cappella) (1992)

Too Close – Next (1998) …”I wonder if she can tell I’m hard right now…hmmm.” hahaha

Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks (1990) …This was the best version I could find on YouTube, but it doesn’t matter. You’re just going to sing along anyway!

Return of The Mack – Mark Morrison (1996)

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (1991) …all songs really.

Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot (1992)

Here Comes the Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze (1994) …My theme song.

Can I Get A… – Jay-Z (1998) …HELL YEAH. He has so many gems, but this is still one of my faves.

Motown Philly – Boys II Men (1991)

Sweat (A La La La La Long) – Inner Circle (1992)

Loser – Beck (1993)

Caress Me Down – Sublime (1996)

Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve (1998)

Gettin’ Jiggy Wit it – Will Smith (1998)

Nobody – Keith Sweat (1996)

No Diggity – Blackstreet (1996)

Luv 2 Luv Ya – Timbaland & Magoo (1998)  …HELL YEAH!!!

Feel So Good – Mase (1997)

No Rain – Blind Melon (1992) 

New Age Girl – Deadeye Dick (1994)

Don’t Turn Around – Ace of Base (1992) 

Barbie Girl – Aqua (1997) …”Hiyaahh Barbie!” hahahah

To Be With You – Mr. Big (1991) …”Hold onnnn little girrlllll!” hahaha loves.

– Quit Playing Games With My Heart – Backstreet Boys (1998)… OK, so they have a lot of super popular songs, I just picked this one because it’s one of their earlier ones. And it’s one of their cheesiest videos hahaha.

– I Want You Back – N*SYNC (1998) …Same situation going on here as with the BSBs, so I picked an earlier one. But let’s be honest, every BSB and N*SYNC song deserves to be in here. I don’t care who you are. You STILL know all the words to all their songs. 😉

Gin and Juice – Snoop Dogg (1993) 

This is How We Do it – Montel Jordan (1995)

Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)

Candy Rain – Soul 4 Real (1995)

Poison – Bell Biv DeVoe (1990)

– When The Lights Go Out – Five (1998)

Back That Azz Up – Juvenile featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne (1999)  … Poetry.

Pony – Ginuwine (1996) 

– Bling Bling – BG featuring Juvenile and Lil Wayne (1999)

Inside Out – Eve 6 (1998)

Superman – Goldfinger (1996) …If this song doesn’t make you think of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, you’re a weirdo.

Boom Boom Boom Boom – Vengaboys (1999) 

The 2000s

– Hit Me Baby (One More Time) – Britney Spears (2003)… obviously all of her songs from this date on deserve to be in here. But this is the hit WE ALL know every word to and this is the hit that propelled her to fame. Love you Britney. ❤

Whenever, Wherever – Shakira (2001) …LOVE HER!!! She’s amazing, her voice is amazing, her music is amazing and her hips don’t lie.

Ignition (Remix) – R. Kelly (2003)

Bubble Toes – Jack Johnson (2007)  …My favorite.

What’s Your Fantasy – Ludacris (2000) 

– Say My Name – Destiny’s Child (2000) …And all Beyonce songs after.

Lapdance – N.E.R.D. (2001) … Va. Beach baby!

La Camisa Negra – Juanes (2005)

Go Girl – Pitbull (2007) 

These Words – Natasha Bedingfield (2004) … I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOUUUUUU!

Case of The Ex – Mya (2000) 

Island in The Sun – Weezer (2001) 

Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear (2009)

The Seed 2.0 – The Roots (2002)

I Woke Up In A Car – Something Corporate (2002)

No Te Veo – Casa de Leones (2007)

Give it Up – Pepper (2005) 

– Calabria – Enur featuring Natasja (2007)

– 2 AM – Slightly Stoopid (2007) 

– Da Rockwilder – Methodman and Redman (2000) 

Peaches and Cream – 112 (2001) 

Lollipop – Lil Wayne (2008) …that beat!

Lollipop – Framing Hanley, covering Lil Wayne (2008) … Best. Cover. Ever.

Milkshake – Kelis (2003)  …you love it. still. after all these years.

They – Jem (2004) 

Drop it Low – Ester Dean (2009)

Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliot (2001) 

Get Right – J.Lo (2005)  … LOVE her. LOVE this intro!

– Stutter – Joe featuring Mystikal (2000)

Poker Face – Lady Gaga (2008)

– Don’t Want to Be a Player No More – Big Pun featuring Joe (2002)

Dammit – Blink 182 (2000) …love this intro! and yes they have many many gems.

– My Dick – Mickey Avalon (2006) …I know…you’re welcome.

Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus (2000)

Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too – Say Anything (2006)

Beggin’ – Madcon (2008) …It’s a Four Tops cover, and I love it!

– Walk it Out – Unk (2006)

Tik Tok – Ke$ha (2009) …I know, she has so many gems but this one is iconic. Hahahah.

Bonafied Lovin’ – Chromeo (2007)

Dale Don Dale – Don Omar (2003)

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse (2006)

Save The Last Dance For Me – Michael Buble (2005)

Right Thurr – Chingy (2003) 

What You Know – T.I. (2006)

Flashing Lights – Kanye West (2007) …Love him.

You Don’t Know Me – SOJA (2007)

Some Cut – Trillville (2004) …..*squeak squeak* *squeak squeak*

– My Band – D12 (2004) …”I dunno dude” hahah love Eminem’s voice in this.

– Faded – Soul Decision (2000)

Chariot – Gavin DeGraw (2003)

Get Busy – Sean Paul (2003) … SEAN DE PAUL!

Tipsy – J-Kwon (2004) …”Teen drinking is really bad. Yo I got a fake ID though.”

Beating Heart Baby – Head Automatica (2006) … aaaahhhhhhh!

It’s Going Down – Yung Joc (2006) 

A-Punk – Vampire Weekend (2008)

North American Scum – LCD Soundsystem (2007)

Satisfaction – Benny Benassi (2003)


 We Are Young – Fun (2011) … I feel we have been patiently waiting for a song like this to come around <3.

– Rack City – Tyga (2011) …So it might not be poetry but the intro is SICK.

Tighten Up – The Black Keys (2010) …Love it! And the video is awesome.

No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame (2010) 

Animal – Neon Trees (2010)

Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra (2011)

Down on Me – Jeremih featuring 50 Cent (2010)

Midnight City – M83 (2011) 

Tongue Tied – Grouplove (2011)

Love You Like a Love Song – Selena Gomez (2011)

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj (2011)

Say Aah – Trey Songz (2010)

We Run The Night – Havana Brown featuring Pitbull (2011)

Danza Kuduro – Don Omar (2011) 

Want You Back – Cher Lloyd (2012) …UHHH!

Titanium – David Guetta and Sia (2012) 

Call Me Maybe – Carley Rae Jepsen (2011) …Yeah I know. I hate it too. So much that I LOVE IT.

– Cashin’ Out – Cash Out (2012) …Yeah I know. But every time it starts I get excited!

– Young, Wild & Free – Wiz Khalifa (2011)

Ghosts N Stuff – Deadmau5

I Can’t Stop – Flux Pavilion (2012)

We Found Love – Rihanna (2011) 

Rolling in The Deep – Adele (2010)

– In The Dark – Dev (2011) 

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO (2011) …Never gets old hahaha.

Take Over Control – Afrojack and Eva Simons (2010)  

Mr. Saxobeat – Alexandra Stan (2011) 

*** Note: I did not create any of these music videos. I pulled them all from YouTube, and all video credits go to those who made the videos.


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