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36 Songs You'll Remember If You Were In College From 2007-2011

Seems like it was only yesterday...

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It's been almost 10 years since the class of 2011 entered college. The iPhone debuted, the seventh and final Harry Potter novel came out, and you were probably just getting hooked on Breaking Bad.
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It's been almost 10 years since the class of 2011 entered college. The iPhone debuted, the seventh and final Harry Potter novel came out, and you were probably just getting hooked on Breaking Bad.

1. "Realize" — Colbie Caillat

Nostalgia-inducing lyric: If you just realize what I just realized / Then we'd be perfect for each other and we'll never find another
Universal Republic / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyric: If you just realize what I just realized / Then we'd be perfect for each other and we'll never find another

2. "Better In Time" — Leona Lewis

Nostalgia-inducing lyric: And even though I really love you / I'm gonna smile 'cause I deserve to / It'll all get better in time
Syco / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyric: And even though I really love you / I'm gonna smile 'cause I deserve to / It'll all get better in time

3. "The Way I Are" — Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson, D.O.E., Sebastian

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Baby, it's alright now, you ain't gotta floss for me / If we go and touch, you can still touch my love it's free / We can work without the perks, just you and me / Thug it out till we get it right
Mosley / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Baby, it's alright now, you ain't gotta floss for me / If we go and touch, you can still touch my love it's free / We can work without the perks, just you and me / Thug it out till we get it right

4. "7 Things" — Miley Cyrus

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: The seven things I hate about you / Oh, you / You're vain, your games, you're insecure / You love me, you like her / You made me laugh, you made me cry, I don't know which side to buy
Hollywood / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: The seven things I hate about you / Oh, you / You're vain, your games, you're insecure / You love me, you like her / You made me laugh, you made me cry, I don't know which side to buy

5. "A Milli" — Lil Wayne

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: He's a beast he's a dog he's a muthfukin' problem / OK you're a goon but what's a goon (to a goblin) / Nothin' nothin' you ain't scarin' nothin'
Cash Money / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: He's a beast he's a dog he's a muthfukin' problem / OK you're a goon but what's a goon (to a goblin) / Nothin' nothin' you ain't scarin' nothin'

6. "Good Life" — Kanye West

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: I, go, go for mine, I gots to shine (Now throw yo' hands up in the sky) / I'ma get on the TV momma, I'mma I'mma put shit down
Roc-A-Fella Records / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: I, go, go for mine, I gots to shine (Now throw yo' hands up in the sky) / I'ma get on the TV momma, I'mma I'mma put shit down

7. "Love Like This" — Natasha Bedingfield feat. Sean Kingston

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Well this life tried to keep us apart you keep calling me back to your heart / Let me hear you say / I'm so glad you found me, wrap your world around me, never find a love like this
Phonogenic Records / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Well this life tried to keep us apart you keep calling me back to your heart / Let me hear you say / I'm so glad you found me, wrap your world around me, never find a love like this

8. "Womanizer" — Britney Spears

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Daddy-O, you got the swagger of a champion / Too bad for you, you just can't find the right companion
Jive / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Daddy-O, you got the swagger of a champion / Too bad for you, you just can't find the right companion

9. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" — Soulja Boy

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Super fresh, now watch me jock / Jocking on them haters man / When I do that Soulja Boy I lean to the left and crank that thang
Collipark / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Super fresh, now watch me jock / Jocking on them haters man / When I do that Soulja Boy I lean to the left and crank that thang

During sophomore year, we witnessed the historic election of the United States' first black president, everyone was in love with the vampires on True Blood, and we lost one of music's biggest stars, Michael Jackson.
Chip Somodevilla / Getty / HBO / LUKE FRAZZA / Getty Images

During sophomore year, we witnessed the historic election of the United States' first black president, everyone was in love with the vampires on True Blood, and we lost one of music's biggest stars, Michael Jackson.

10. "Disturbia" — Rihanna

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Throw on your brake lights / We're in the city of wonder / Ain't gonna play nice / Watch out, you might just go under
Def Jam / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Throw on your brake lights / We're in the city of wonder / Ain't gonna play nice / Watch out, you might just go under

11. "Battlefield" — Jordin Sparks

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: I never meant to start a war / You know, I never wanna hurt you / Don't even know we're fighting for / Why does love always feel like a battlefield, a battlefield, a battlefield?
Jive / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: I never meant to start a war / You know, I never wanna hurt you / Don't even know we're fighting for / Why does love always feel like a battlefield, a battlefield, a battlefield?

12. "Chicken Fried" — Zac Brown Band

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Cold beer on a Friday night / A pair of jeans that fit just right / And the radio up
Live Nation/Home / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Cold beer on a Friday night / A pair of jeans that fit just right / And the radio up

13. "Boom Boom Pow" — The Black Eyed Peas

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Them chickens jackin' my style / They try to copy my swagger / I'm on that next shit now / I'm so 3008, you so 2000 and late
Interscope / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Them chickens jackin' my style / They try to copy my swagger / I'm on that next shit now / I'm so 3008, you so 2000 and late

14. "Viva la Vida" — Coldplay

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: For some reason I can't explain / I know St Peter won't call my name / Never an honest word / But that was when I ruled the world
EMI Records / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: For some reason I can't explain / I know St Peter won't call my name / Never an honest word / But that was when I ruled the world

15. "Run This Town" — Jay Z feat. Rihanna and Kanye West

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Life's a game but it's not fair / I break the rules so I don't care / So I keep doin' my own thing / Walkin' tall against the rain / Victory's within the mile
Roc Nation / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Life's a game but it's not fair / I break the rules so I don't care / So I keep doin' my own thing / Walkin' tall against the rain / Victory's within the mile

16. "Hot N Cold" — Katy Perry

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: 'Cause you're hot then you're cold / You're yes then you're no / You're in then you're out / You're up then you're down / You're wrong when it's right
Capitol Records / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: 'Cause you're hot then you're cold / You're yes then you're no / You're in then you're out / You're up then you're down / You're wrong when it's right

17. "I'm Yours" — Jason Mraz

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: So I won't hesitate / No more, no more / It cannot wait, I'm sure / There's no need to complicate / Our time is short / This is our fate, I'm yours
WMG / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: So I won't hesitate / No more, no more / It cannot wait, I'm sure / There's no need to complicate / Our time is short / This is our fate, I'm yours

18. "Swagga Like Us" — T.I. feat. Kanye West, Jay Z, and Lil Wayne

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: You kick it like me, no exaggeration necessary / Livin' revolutionary, nothin' less than legendary / Gangsta shit hereditary, got it from my dad / Flow colder than February with extraordinary swag
Roc-A-Fella Records / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: You kick it like me, no exaggeration necessary / Livin' revolutionary, nothin' less than legendary / Gangsta shit hereditary, got it from my dad / Flow colder than February with extraordinary swag

By your penultimate year of college, you probably had a good handle on things as far as studying goes. You also probably loved Glee, even though you were still distraught that Lost ended, and Lady Gaga was a phenomenon.
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By your penultimate year of college, you probably had a good handle on things as far as studying goes. You also probably loved Glee, even though you were still distraught that Lost ended, and Lady Gaga was a phenomenon.

19. "Bad Romance" — Lady Gaga

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: I want your ugly / I want your disease / I want your everything as long as it's free / I want your love, love-love-love / I want your love
Interscope / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: I want your ugly / I want your disease / I want your everything as long as it's free / I want your love, love-love-love / I want your love

20. "Tik Tok" — Ke$ha

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Don't stop, make it pop / DJ, blow my speakers up / Tonight, I'm-a fight / Till we see the sunlight / Tick-tock on the clock / But the party don't stop, no
RCA / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Don't stop, make it pop / DJ, blow my speakers up / Tonight, I'm-a fight / Till we see the sunlight / Tick-tock on the clock / But the party don't stop, no

21. "Need You Now" — Lady Antebellum

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now / Said I wouldn't call but I've lost all control and I need you now / And I don't know how I can do without / I just need you now
Capitol Records / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now / Said I wouldn't call but I've lost all control and I need you now / And I don't know how I can do without / I just need you now

22. "Bulletproof" — La Roux

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Been there, done that, messed around / I'm having fun, don't put me down / I'll never let you sweep me off my feet
Polydor / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Been there, done that, messed around / I'm having fun, don't put me down / I'll never let you sweep me off my feet

23. "Forever" — Drake

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Last name ever, First name greatest / Like a sprained ankle boy I ain't nothing to play with / Started off local but thanks to all the haters
Interscope / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Last name ever, First name greatest / Like a sprained ankle boy I ain't nothing to play with / Started off local but thanks to all the haters

24. "Love the Way You Lie" — Eminem feat. Rihanna

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Just gonna stand there and watch me burn / But that's alright, because I like the way it hurts / Just gonna stand there and hear me cry / But that's alright, because I love the way you lie
Aftermath Records / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Just gonna stand there and watch me burn / But that's alright, because I like the way it hurts / Just gonna stand there and hear me cry / But that's alright, because I love the way you lie

25. "Billionaire" — Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: I wanna be a billionaire so freakin' bad / Buy all of the things I never had / I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine / Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen
Fueled By Ramen / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: I wanna be a billionaire so freakin' bad / Buy all of the things I never had / I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine / Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen

26. "Like a G6" — Far East Movement feat. The Cataracs, DEV

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Popping bottles in the ice, like a blizzard / When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard / Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6
Cherrytree / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Popping bottles in the ice, like a blizzard / When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard / Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6

27. "Empire State of Mind" — Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of / There's nothin' you can't do / Now you're in New York these streets will make you feel brand new / Big lights will inspire you / Let's hear it for New York, New York, New York
Roc Nation / ABC / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of / There's nothin' you can't do / Now you're in New York these streets will make you feel brand new / Big lights will inspire you / Let's hear it for New York, New York, New York

Finally, graduation time. The recession was pretty terrible, to say the least, but there were other cool things that happened during your final year of collegiate life. Prince William and Kate Middleton were married, there was the birth of the hilarious Hipster Ariel meme, and people were obsessed with planking.
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Finally, graduation time. The recession was pretty terrible, to say the least, but there were other cool things that happened during your final year of collegiate life. Prince William and Kate Middleton were married, there was the birth of the hilarious Hipster Ariel meme, and people were obsessed with planking.

28. "Rolling in the Deep" — Adele

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: The scars of your love remind me of us / They keep me thinking that we almost had it all / The scars of your love, they leave me breathless / I can't help feeling we could have had it all
XL Recordings / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: The scars of your love remind me of us / They keep me thinking that we almost had it all / The scars of your love, they leave me breathless / I can't help feeling we could have had it all

29. "Born This Way" — Lady Gaga

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Don't hide yourself in regret / Just love yourself and you're set / I'm on the right track, baby / I was born this way, born this way
Interscope / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Don't hide yourself in regret / Just love yourself and you're set / I'm on the right track, baby / I was born this way, born this way

30. "No Hands" — Waka Flocka Flame

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Girl the way you're movin' / Got me in a trance, DJ turn me up, ladies dis yo jam / I'ma sip Moscato and you 'gon lose them pants / Then I'ma throw this money while you do it with no hands
1017 Brick Squad / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Girl the way you're movin' / Got me in a trance, DJ turn me up, ladies dis yo jam / I'ma sip Moscato and you 'gon lose them pants / Then I'ma throw this money while you do it with no hands

31. "Bottoms Up" — Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Can I get that margarita on the rock rock rock / Can I get salt all around that rim rim rim rim / Trey, I was like yo Trey / Do you think you can buy me a bottle of Rosé
Songbook / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Can I get that margarita on the rock rock rock / Can I get salt all around that rim rim rim rim / Trey, I was like yo Trey / Do you think you can buy me a bottle of Rosé

32. "Jar of Hearts" — Christina Perri

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: And who do you think you are? / Runnin' 'round leaving scars / Collecting your jar of hearts and tearing love apart / You're gonna catch a cold from the ice inside your soul / So don't come back for me, who do you think you are?
Atlantic / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: And who do you think you are? / Runnin' 'round leaving scars / Collecting your jar of hearts and tearing love apart / You're gonna catch a cold from the ice inside your soul / So don't come back for me, who do you think you are?

33. "Grenade" — Bruno Mars

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Gave you all I had and you tossed it in the trash / You tossed it in the trash, yes you did / To give me all your love is all I ever asked / 'Cause what you don't understand is / I'd catch a grenade for you
Elektra / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Gave you all I had and you tossed it in the trash / You tossed it in the trash, yes you did / To give me all your love is all I ever asked / 'Cause what you don't understand is / I'd catch a grenade for you

34. "Run the World (Girls) " — Beyoncé

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: This goes out to all the women getting it in you're on your grind / To other men that respect what I do please accept my shine / Boy, you know you love it how we're smart enough to make these millions / Strong enough to bear the children then get back to business
Columbia / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: This goes out to all the women getting it in you're on your grind / To other men that respect what I do please accept my shine / Boy, you know you love it how we're smart enough to make these millions / Strong enough to bear the children then get back to business

35. "What's My Name?" — Rihanna feat. Bruno Mars

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: You're so amazing, you took the time to figure me out / That's why you take me way past the point of turning me on / You bout to break me, I swear you got me losing my mind
Def Jam / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: You're so amazing, you took the time to figure me out / That's why you take me way past the point of turning me on / You bout to break me, I swear you got me losing my mind

36. "Coming Home" — Diddy and Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Tell the world I'm coming home / Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday / I know my kingdom awaits and they've forgiven my mistakes / I'm coming home, I'm coming home / Tell the world that I'm coming
Bad Boy / Via youtube.com

Nostalgia-inducing lyrics: Tell the world I'm coming home / Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday / I know my kingdom awaits and they've forgiven my mistakes / I'm coming home, I'm coming home / Tell the world that I'm coming

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