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23 Songs That'll Have Your Parents Saying "What You Know About This?!"

Alternatively titled, "the reason why you've got great taste in music in 2019."

1. "Saturday Love" by Charrelle

UMG Recordings

Date released: 1985

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•° / 5

Why your parents will be shocked: This track reminds them of a time when they used to dance all night in the club before kids were even a thought in their minds, so why would you even have any knowledge of this hit right here?

2. "Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward

601 Music

Date released: 1979

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Pretty sure your mama has some age-appropriate stories she'd want to share about her disco days where she danced on that cute guy in the club who would later on become your daddy.

3. "Adore" by Prince

NPG Records

Date released: 1987

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: A modern love song to end all love songs. This track birthed Miguel's "Adorn," and honestly he wishes he had the range. The falsetto will be enough to get your parents in the mood to close their eyes and sway along from their seats.

4. "Love Come Down" by Evelyn Champagne King

RCA

Date released: 1982

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Well, this is what we call certified "auntie music," so all your play-play older cousins will discuss that time they went to a *gasp* record store to cop the vinyl.

5. "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross

Epic Records

Date released: 1981

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Ok ok, this is more of a blassic (black classic), but your folks will be ecstatic and chanting "That's my song!" while they do the two-step in their living room. If they start to act up and say how you found this song, tell 'em you were the one who started to play it in the first place.

6. "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" by Charelle

Tabu Records

Date released: 1984

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Your mom will be transported to that time when that guy friend she had decided to catch feelings and she needed to do the '80s version of ghosting.

7. "Square Biz" by Teena Marie

Motown Records

Date released: 1981

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Ms. Teena Marie was your parents' white girl of choice when it came to the R&B hits, and Square Biz goes OFF. Your mom will probably go on a rant about that one epic song she did with Rick James called "Fire and Desire," which you should probably play next before they demand it.

8. "As" by Stevie Wonder

Motown Records

Date released: 1976

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Stevie Wonder is a certified genius, and "As" really is the best example of his artistry. You know your mom will probably say "aw sookie sooke, now" while jamming out, remembering her first love.

9. "Love, Need, and Want You" by Patti LaBelle

Epic Records

Date released: 1983

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Even though Ms. Patti doesn't know the words to "This Christmas," it doesn't mean she's less of a legend as far as your parents, or even grandparents are concerned. This is a certified slow jam your pops swayed to on late nights after they put your bad asses to bed.

10. "Clean Up Woman" by Betty Wright

Atlantic Records

Date released: 1972

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Now if your parents were like mine, it means this song was played during Saturday morning cleaning sessions by THEIR mama (aka your grandmother), which means it transported them to a time when you weren't even an apple in your father's eye.

11. "I Want You" by Marvin Gaye

Motown Records

Date released: 1976

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: I've dubbed this one of the greatest love songs of all time, and I'm pretty sure your parents will agree. The harmonies are A1, the instrumentals are fire, and the lyrics are pine-filled and delicious. This track is a Marvin deep cut, so the fact you even deep dived into his archives to play it out loud will astound your parents.

12. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" by Aretha Franklin

Atlantic Records

Date released: 1967

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: I know I know, you're wondering why I didn't choose "Think" or any other hit from the Queen of Soul, but honestly it's a deep cut your grandmother would not even think you'd know in the year of 2019, so play it to keep your elders happy.

13. "Diamonds And Pearls" by Prince

Warner Brothers Records

Date released: 1991

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Your parents are used to you blasting "Purple Rain" but won't be so used to this '80s power ballad playing on their speakers during Sunday dinner. Once the first chord starts playing someone is bound to say "R.I.P. Prince."

14. "What You Won't Do For Love" by Bobby Caldwell

Big Deal Records

Date released: 1978

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: You'll be more shocked to know that Mr. Caldwell was a whole white man with so much soul and when you tell your dad he'll just laugh and be like "Yeah, I was surprised when I saw him perform on Soul Train, too."

15. "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent" by Gwen Guthrie

UMG Recordings

Date released: 1986

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: A true deep cut the 'rents will obviously remember, but definitely didn't expect you to. The synth and percussion scream '80s, so I'm sure they'll be haunted by the jerry curl of time past.

16. "Free" by Deniece Williams

Jon Mat Records

Date released: 1976

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: A slow jam I'm sure your folks were blasting in their room when they were a teen, this track will make them feel all the feels of coming into their own.

17. "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Stanton

Warner Brothers Records

Date released: 1976

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Well I mean Candi Stanton preached a word, and your folks will be sure to tell you that once they get their life from Ms. Stanton's vocals and ultimate motto for young people to not be tied down to one person when they have a life to live!

18. "Do You Love What You Feel" by Rufus ft. Chaka Khan

MCA Records

Date released: 1979

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•° / 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Your mom will be surprised that you know Rufus and Chaka Khan were a collaboration before she went completely solo. You might as well groove to the funky beat with her while y'all make Sunday dinner instead of fighting it.

19. "Home" by Stephanie Mills

MCA Records

Date released: 1989

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•° / 5

Why your parents will be shocked: "Did you know Stephanie Mills played Dorothy when she was just 18 years old?!" is exactly what your parents will say, along with "such a big voice that came from such a tiny woman." Go ahead, tell me I'm wrong.

20. "Flashlight" by Parliament

The Island Def Jam Music Group

Date released: 1977

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/5

Why your parents will be shocked: Pretty sure your dad, uncles, and cousins blasted this to space and back, which is exactly what Parliament would approve of. The psychedelic instrumentals and the horn intro will be enough for them to get into their groove. Watch out for a "Woo child" once homeboy starts singing.

21. "Midnight Train To Georgia" by Gladys Knight

Sony BMG Entertainment

Date released: 1973

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•° / 5

Why your parents will be shocked: Ms. Gladys Knight really did do that on "Midnight Train to Georgia," and your Auntie will probably be all up in her feelings about the one that got away.

22. "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding

Atlantic Records

Date released: 1967

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/5

Why your parents will be shocked: Otis Redding is a staple in black homes everywhere, but "Try a Little Tenderness" is usually the regularly played track at the function. "(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay" is a melancholy '60s bop you and your grandfather can sing along to.

23. "I Found Lovin'" by Fatback Band

Ace Records

Date released: 1983

Throwback level: πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°πŸ•°/ 5

Why your parents will be shocked: A true cookout staple your parents will be busy dancing to once summer hits, and why will they be shocked? Because you stopped playing "Sicko Mode" and started playing some good music.

Here's to partying with your parents in the living room!

Don Cornelius Productions