20 Songs To Get You Dancing Around The Living Room

20 Songs To Get You Dancing Around The Living Room

Get your groove on.
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Dancing around the living room possibly might be one of my favorite pastimes. Occasionally I'll even count it as a workout (hey I'm only human). If you have a stressful week full of exams, papers and classes, turn up the volume, turn on Spotify and start grooving. You'll be amazed by how great dancing and singing (horribly if you're anything like me), makes you feel. This is a great and silly stress reliever you and enjoy by yourself or with your roomies!

Let's start with some classics

1. "Dancing Queen" - ABBA. This song really makes you feel like you're young, sweet and 17. You can jive (I know you can).

2. "Friday I'm In Love" - The Cure. Perfect song to celebrate Friday and the weekend! I mean, who doesn't love the weekend.

3. "Bennie And The Jets" - Elton John. This isn't just a dancing song but a singing song as well. The best part about this song besides Sir Elton John is your own interpretation of the lyrics. Electric boobs or boots?

4. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" - Michael Jackson. The king of pop. If you really want to bust a move, MJ is a necessity on your playlist.

5. "Closing Time" - Semisonic. One of my personal favorites and the best song to sing to the top of your lungs. Especially the chorus.

6. "The Boys Are Back In Town" - Thin Lizzy. How do we live in a world where there is only one song about the boys being back in town? Shake whatcha got.

7. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" - Whitney Houston. I mean the title says it all. Grab a roomie or friend and get your dance on with somebody.

8. "It's Not Unusual" - Tom Jones. Bust out The Carlton. Need I say more?

9. "Born to Run" - Bruce Springsteen. Sure you might use to watch your parents dance around their living room to this classic. Carry that torch to keep the legacy going and feel free to break out the dad moves.

10. "You Make My Dreams" - Hall and Oates. One of the best duos to come out of the 70's. Recreate the flash mob Joseph Gordon Levitt created in 500 Days of Summer. Okay, well that might be hard to do in your house but you get the point.

Now for all the dancers stuck in middle/high school.

11. "Fergalicious" - Fergie feat. will.i.am. Fergie taught us all how to spell delicious and glamorous better than your 7th grade English teacher.

12. "Hey Ya!" - OutKast. This song screams for your favorite, most outrageous dance moves.

13. "Soak Up The Sun" - Sheryl Crow. Throwback to your first CD you've probably ever owned. Plus it's important we all remember to soak up the sun.

14. "Mr. Brightside" - The Killers. Possibly one of the best jumping up and down head banger to ever grace the speakers of your 8th grade dance.

15. "Since U Been Gone" - Kelly Clarkson. The anthem to help any girl get over her high school heartbreak. Plus the high notes turn into screaming notes real fast.

And for the final, top five, here are my favorites.

16. "Loving You Easy" - Zac Brown Band. It's impossible not to smile when you listen to this song. Or dance.

17. "Nobody To Love" - Sigma. Dancing to this upbeat song is always a party and the slow parts lets you catch your breath if you're a little out of shape (like me).

18. "You're So Beautiful" - Empire Cast feat Jussie Smollett and Yazz. This song was discovered in a workout class I took last year as our fun, cool down song. I can't keep a straight face listening to this song but boy it makes me want to get up and groove.

19. "Worth It" - Fifth Harmony feat Kid Ink. Talk about a confident song and if you're going to dance around the living room, I hope you're confident. Baby I'm worth it.

20. "The Way You Look Tonight" - Frank Sinatra. Okay, so this is my favorite song in this whole entire world. This jazzy piece is an oldie but a goodie. Not to mention it's sung by Ol' blue eyes.

Dancing in your living room, kitchen or bedroom is something we should all do. It not only helps us de-stress but allows everyone to let out a couple of crazy moves and laugh. If you're looking for this playlist you can find it on my Spotify (Gretchen Gorman) under my playlist The Odyssey. Don't forget to dance through life, it's better that way.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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10 TV Shows You Need To Watch On Hulu

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I have recently moved to watch shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has a lot of great shows and movies to offer that aren't on Netflix. While Netflix is still great, Hulu is definitely starting to grow on me. Here are some shows that I have watched or have started watching on Hulu that I think are pretty great!

1. 11.22.63

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If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

5. The O.C.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

6. The Handmaid's Tale

If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

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I just love true crime stories and this really dives deep into crime stories and the darkest parts of humanity.

8. Intervention

This show can be really sad or frustrating, but I think it's good for people to see the reality of addiction.

9. Smallville

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I also started this one very recently and I've always wanted to watch it. It can be cheesy but it's pretty entertaining.

10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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This is a great show if you want to laugh. I love all of the characters and everything they bring to the table.

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