11 Absolute Bangers That Will Take You Back To Playing Dance Dance Revolution At Your Friend's House

11 Absolute Bangers That Will Take You Back To Playing Dance Dance Revolution At Your Friend's House

'Cause everytime we touch...
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If your middle school years were anything like mine, a typical weekend night consisted of pizza, prank calls, and Dance Dance Revolution pads. Playing mostly on DDR Extreme 2, a majority of songs in this mix will come from that game, although there will be some outliers. With that being said, will I learn that your childhood was as filled with House, Eurobeat, and Hardstyle music as mine? I sure hope so.

1. Speed Over Beethoven by ROSE



Starting off strong with the song that banged that absolute MOST on DDR: Speed Over Beethoven. Now that's what I call classical music.

2. Everytime We Touch by Cascada

Every single prepubescent and their moody older sibling screamed every word of this song. Thank you Cascada, even if your hit is just a cover.

3. Heaven by DJ Sammy



Yes, you know this song, vaguely, but surely. It hit #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002. Make sure to watch it in that good 144p resolution.

4. Butterfly by Smile.dk



Did you know the original version of this song is one of the oldest music videos on YouTube, being uploaded in 2005? Talk about a digital relic. Cringy lyrics aside, the remix used in DDR allows for no breathers. Grab my heart, indeed, DDR announcer.

5. Boom Boom Dollar (K.O.G G3 Mix) by King Kong & D.Jungle Girls


One of my favorites to dance on light mode, Boom Boom Dollar oozes that early 2000s Eurobeat. Soak it in.

6. La Copa De La Vida by Patrick Victorio (Original by Ricky Martin)

Despacito who? Oh Ricky Martin, my first exposure to Latin pop, you kill me. This remix by Patrick Victorio from Dance Dance Revolution Extreme always made me not follow the pads because I just could not contain myself.

7. Running in the 90s by Maurizio De Jorio

So this may have been from Stepmania and not DDR, but this song, which is now included in many a meme, contains the same amount of Eurobeat energy any song from any DDR installment has. The rush of adrenaline that boils within you in this song is too much for my mortal body. I'M JUST RUNNIN' IN THE 90S COME ON BABY RUN TO ME.

8. All Around the World (La La La) by ATC

You very much know this song if you ever watched Vine videos. Thanks to Viner TheJasiminator and her dancing, All Around the World reemerges from the depths of 2000, although it continues to be a popular song to sample.

9. Get Busy by Sean Paul


From DDR Extreme 2, Get Busy by Sean Paul was a lost gem I had only recently uncovered. Man, remember Sean Paul? Where did he go? I hope he is doing well because he released JAMS. Temperature by him or Break it off featuring Rihanna, anyone?

10. Captain Jack (Grandale Remix) by Captain Jack


Another one from DDR Extreme 2 and its predecessor, this also pleased my middle school self. This song is song. This song is so difficult to dance to. You can only imagine how well my athletically inept self did (not well).

11. Barbie Young (Speedy Mix) by Cartoon Heroes


Last but certainly not least comes from the most Nightcore-ish song from the list by Cartoon Heroes. Bursting with energy , this oldie but a goodie from 2003 also proved its difficulty, even on beginner. Either that or I am just horrendous at Dance Dance Revolution.

So, how many of these songs made you go "Oh yeah, I remember hearing this song!" Hopefully at least one of these rung a pounding, electronic, bell.

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BREAKING (not fake) NEWS: It's true, you have to hit your lowest before hitting your highest.

I want to share my lowest with you, and I'm almost ashamed to say it had nothing to do with the loss of both of my parents. I like to think I handled that like a warrior.

Turns out I didn't, and the hurt I've been burying from that hit me all at once, the same moment my life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

My life flipped upside down overnight back in August. I had my heart broken shattered, lost two very important friendships that I thought were with me until the end, lost my 9-5 job, my health took a hit stronger than a boulder, and I was absolutely lost. For the first time, ever, I let go of the reigns on my own life. I had no idea how to handle myself, how to make anyone around me happy, how to get out of bed or how to even begin the process of trying to process what the f*ck just happened. I was terrified.

Coming from the girl who never encountered a dilemma she couldn't fix instantaneously, on her own, with no emotional burden. I was checked out from making my life better. So I didn't try. I didn't even think about thinking about trying.

The only relatively understandable way I could think to deal with anything was to not deal with anything. And that's exactly what I did. And it was f*cking amazing.

I went into hiding for a week, then went on a week getaway with my family, regained that feeling of being loved unconditionally, and realized that's all I need. They are all I need. Friends? Nah. Family. Only. Always.

On that vacation, I got a call from the school district that they wanted me in for an interview the day I come home. It was for a position that entailed every single class, combined, that I took in my college career. It was a career that I had just gotten my degree for three months before.

I came home and saw my doctor and got a health plan in order. I was immediately thrown into the month-long hiring process for work. I made it a point to make sunset every single night, alone, to make sure I was mentally caught up and in-check at the same exact speed that my life was turning. I was not about to lose my control again. Not ever.

Since August, I have spent more time with family than ever. I've read over 10 new books, I've discovered so much new music, I went on some of my best, the worst and funniest first dates, I made true, loyal friends that cause me zero stress while completely drowning me in overwhelming amounts of love and support, I got back into yoga, and I started that job and damn near fell more in love with it than I ever was for the guy I lost over the summer.

But most importantly, I changed my mindset. I promised myself to not say a single sentence that has a negative tone to it. I promised myself to think three times before engaging in any type of personal conversation. I promised myself to wake up in a good mood every damn day because I'm alive and that is the only factor I should need to be happy.

Take it from a girl who knew her words were weapons and used them frequently before deciding to turn every aspect of her life into positivity — even in the midst of losing one of my closest family members. I have been told multiple times, by people so dear to me that I'm "glowing." You know what I said back? F*ck yes I am, and I deserve to.

I am so happy with myself and it has nothing to do with the things around me. It's so much deeper than that, and I'm beaming with pride. Of myself. For myself.

I want to leave you with these thoughts that those people who have hurt me, left me, and loved me through these last couple of months have taught me

Growth is sometimes a lonely process.
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You outgrow people you thought you couldn't live without, and you're not the one to blame for that. You're growing.
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Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

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