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26 Songs You Sweatily Grinded To At A Party In 2009

And then you woke up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy, right?

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1. "Tik Tok" by Kesha

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ It's hard to imagine a world before Kesha (and LOL this is when she still had a dollar sign in her name) but thankfully, "Tik Tok" introduced us to the garbage trash pop princess we'd all grow to love. "Tik Tok" was the song you had no recollection of sweatily grinding to the next morning.

2. "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ Somehow this song ALWAYS came on when you were the perfect level drunk. This meant that when you heard it, you either started making out with whoever you were grinding with, or immediately found your friends and started dancing in a circle together. Thanks, BEP.

3. "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ That first "mah mah mah mah" introduced you to the iqoniq "Poker Face," which is classic, pre-meat dress Lady Gaga. If you weren't grinding to this song, you were dancing on the couch with your gal pals, chanting the lyrics, and trying to not spill your drink.

4. "Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ Who knew that it would take a mid-level pop punk band and Blair Waldorf to concoct one of 2009's most memorable songs, but they did it and THEN some. This song played when you got a little bit of your drink on yourself while you grinded with someone, but that's OK. And then of course you had to scream along at the top of your lungs with Leighton when she sings "BAAAAAAAD" at the end, DUH.


5. "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ You blew through your deodorant while singing along to this Kelly klassic, but all that perspiration was worth it. No one can belt them out like Kelly, as she proves on this jam. Thank you, Miss Independent.

6. "Womanizer" by Britney Spears

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ When this song came on, you had to break away from grinding for a moment to find your friends and sing along with Britney, repeating "womanizer" as many times as possible. And then after that, you went right back to grinding.

7. "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" by Beyoncé

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ Admit it, you broke quite a sweat trying (and failing) to nail Bey's choreography. When you screwed up the dance moves, you went back to grinding with your boo and imagined them putting a ring on it.

8. "Rude Boy" by Rihanna

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ Of all the songs on this list, this one probably was the one where you grinded the dirtiest (think deep thrusts, lots of hip swaying) because DUH, it's Rihanna we're talking about, god bless her.


9. "I Kissed A Girl" by Katy Perry

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ Remember when THIS was a controversial song and none of us had heard of Katy Perry before? Those were good times. This was quite the song to mack it to, and then you would giggle about it with your friends after.

10. "4 Minutes" by Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ This one you not only grinded to, but definitely was ALSO on your workout mix, because Madonna + JT + Timbaland = sweat perfection, ya know? Sweat, baby, sweat!

11. "So What" by Pink

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ This song would play at the end of the night, and whether or not you were grinding with someone, you would grab someone to sing (or rather, scream) the lyrics and maybe even take a shot with before things got WAY out of hand.

12. "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ This was one of those songs that played at the beginning of the evening, when you were barely sweating, and nothing TOO debaucherous had happened...YET. Of course, things would change pretty fast.


13. "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ What happened to Sean Kingston? Who cares, because this song was EVERYWHERE. "Fire Burning" is like, the perfect sweaty song — the rhythm just gets you in the mood to grind up on someone. Well played, Sean Kingston. Well played.

14. "Jai Ho" by the Pussycat Dolls

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ "Jai Ho" was anthemic, the type of song you would only grind to once you found your boo for the evening aka later in the night after you'd had a few drinks. Thank you PCD for this pop masterpiece.

15. "Shots" by LMFAO feat. Lil Jon

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ You probably heard this song twice in the evening: Once, when you were pregaming and still (relatively) sober and needed the push to take a shot of incredibly shitty vodka. Second, you heard this when you were a sweaty mess, probably had lost your friends and/or your phone, and probably shouldn't be drinking any more but you wouldn't turn down another tequila shot, TBH.

16. "Right Round" by Flo Rida

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ God bless Flo Rida, who is a true American treasure. "Right Round" is this quintessential late-00s grinding song, and you perspired your fair share to it. Bonus points if you remember that Kesha provided the (uncredited) female vocals on this song.


17. "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ Gotta slow things down, right? You probably used this song to take a quick bathroom break, or if we're being real, to go fill up your drink at the keg, but that doesn't mean this song doesn't belong on this list.

18. "Obsessed" by Mariah Carey

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ From the beginning where Mariah recites Mean Girls, this song goes ALL in. You definitely sang along to "Obsessed" while you sweatily grinded with your crush while ALSO thinking about how much you'd love to hate-fuck your ex. Whatever.

19. "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ As opposed to most of the songs on this list that required you to drunkenly make out with some hot rando who you'd never talk to again, Taylor's jam was the type of song you'd dance to with someone you ACTUALLY thought you'd fall in love with. Of course, it wouldn't last. Oh well.

20. "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ It doesn't matter if you danced to this song at the top of the Statue of fucking Liberty or in a corn field in Indiana, "Empire State of Mind" SPOKE to you for some reason. From the opening beat, your hips were in rhythm with your boo. CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE OF!


21. "Chasing Pavements" by Adele

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ OK, so this song was before Adele was ADELE. But it's one of her most underrated jams. This was the song where you realized you weren't going home with anyone at the end of the night, so you just danced along to it (sweatily) with your friends.

22. "Blame It" by Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ T-Pain could lit'rally read the Dollar Menu and it would be sweaty grinding perfection. This was the song you danced along to with a full cup of booze in your hand, acting way drunker than you were. Whatever, there was plenty of sweaty grinding to come.

23. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" by Pitbull

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ This song was released before Pitbull was really PITBULL (aka the music video still has those weird animated bars at the top and bottom) but boy does it go OFF. Perfect sweaty grinding song, TBH. Thanks Mr. 305.

24. "Love Sex Magic" by Ciara feat. Justin Timberlake

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ Most underrated sweaty grinding jam on this list, TBH. Ciara is a fucking master at these, and the addition of Justin is just a bonus. This was the song where you sealed the deal — either you were going home with that boo you'd been bumping up against all night, or you weren't.


25. "She Wolf" by Shakira

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ Shakira, come THROUGH. You definitely did that "AWOOH" thing when she sang it, and also REALLY overestimated how good your dance moves were. Spoiler alert: You can't touch Shakira's. No one can.

26. "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus

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~*~SwEaTy MeMz~*~ We saved the most important sweaty grinding singalong song for last. When this song came on, the entire room stopped because something BIG was about to happen. Admit it, you sang this song with hands in the hair, gloriously sweating, and TOTALLY have the lyrics memorized. This song is basically a backup national anthem. Thank you Miley, we are eternally grateful.

And here are (most of) the tracks you totally remember sweatily grinding to in 2009: