Music can seriously set or break the mood, and Penn State’s 46-Hour Dance Marathon is full of energy. During my 12-hour shift from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, I listened intently to THON’s radio.
Here are some of the best bangers and worst flops from THON Weekend 2022.
“The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac
Starting with a classic, this song struck a chord. With the well-known chorus and punchy beats, you can bet I’m banging my head the whole time.
“SOS” by the Jonas Brothers
Not only does The Jonas Brothers exude nostalgia for many, but this song is still a must-have energizer.
Young Joe and Nick’s vocals are killer – you won’t find that moan anywhere else. No need for an SOS from the press during this bop.
“Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys
There’s nothing like a guitar to keep your energy levels up. I always really liked this song, so I jumped in my seat.
Then, when local band Canary, who incidentally delivered the best setlist THON had ever seen, took the stage a few hours later with a cover of “Lonely Boy,” my life was complete.
YMCA by Village People
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of this song or the accompanying dance, but it was an interactive jam that I welcomed.
While I noticed that after each Line Dance fewer and fewer people shouted “Bing Bong” as the Dancer Relations captains passed the mic to the crowd, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the whole BJC singing “YMCA” when they cut the music on the chorus.
“Don’t Stop Believing” van Journey
Do I even need to explain this one?
I think everyone at the Bryce Jordan Center knew the lyrics to Journey’s most popular hit. For once all weekend, I could hear people singing over the music.
“Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts
Are there any Lightning McQueen fans out there? I know it can’t be just me.
Besides its iconic role in the movie “Cars”, this song is still a classic to sing on repeat. I prefer to listen to it when I’m behind the wheel, but behind the organization, cardboard letters in front of me in the press row will do just fine.
“La Dévote” by Panic! At the disco
OK, TUNA. I see your panic! Disco’s obsession is as strong as mine was in sixth grade. And, honestly, I still vibrate with that.
Even though this song was played at a lower volume between THON acts, you know it had all the college belt lyrics and nearly fell out of our seats.
SpongeBob fans, please don’t hate me. This song was released around 9 a.m., and the porous shrill voice of the square pants painfully pierced my eardrums. It was kind of stronger than all the other songs.
Funny thing is, this song is exactly what sparked my idea for this blog, and I thought there would be more tracks that didn’t hit the mark. But I am corrected. THON’s playlist is superb.
Suggestions from DJ THON
Hey Mr. DJ, if you can’t pass the auxiliaries, can you put them in the queue?
- Lips of an Angel by Hinder
- “Hey Baby (Drop It On The Floor)” door Pitbull
- “Kiss Me on the Phone” by Soulja Boy
- “Yeah 3x” by Chris Brown
- “Yeah!” by Usher
- “Low” by Flo Rida
- “Every Time We Touch” by Cascada
- “It’s Not Over” door Daughtry
- “I like it” by Enrique Iglesias
- “Burnin’ Up” by Jonas Brothers
- “Jane’s Diary” from Breaking Benjamin
- “Shake It” near the metro station
- “Hotel Room Service” by Pitbull
- “Dear Maria, Count On Me” by All Time Low
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