It's about that time of year when families travel from near and far to come together in the name of family. From matching tees to mouth watering BBQ, there's nothing like family reunion season.
That's right--it's family reunion time, so grab that one auntie who spills all of the family tea and that cousin who stays asking for a dollar and head to the dance floor for a good time. Here are 20 songs from generations past that you're bound to hear and groove to at this summer's family reunion.
"September" by Earth, Wind and Fire
Do you remember, the 21st night of September?
"Before I Let Go" by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
This one is a given, now fall in line and hit the electric slide a few times and don't forget to sing along!
"Outstanding" by The Gap Band
Uncle Charlie tore this one up! We won't blame you if you get in a little two step.
"Summer Breeze" by Kool & the Gang
The sun is setting and the kids are getting in the last of their fun, everyone is packing up and saying goodbye, this is the perfect send off song.
"Brickhouse" by the Commadores
One of your aunties is going to request this and swear up and down that Lionel Richie wrote this song about her.
"Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan went off on this song--you can't help but feel good.
"Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige
Auntie Mary gave us nothing but good vibes with this jam and she's right, you'll feel "Just Fine" after hearing it.
"Good Times" by Chic
This song is perfect to do the bump to -- just promise not to bruise a hip.
"Family Reunion" by The O'Jays
THE family reunion song to play at family reunions.
"Rock with You" by Michael Jackson
R.I.P. to the King of Pop. Thankfully his classic still live on.
"Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang
It's the hip-hop classic that the old heads will appreciate.
"I Want to Thank You' by Alicia Myers
This song is the perfect mix of R&B and gospel realness.
"We Are Family" by Sister Sledge
Another required jam to be played at any Black family gathering.
"Turn Your Love Around" by George Benson
This song will make you stop what you're doing and hit the dance floor to for a little two step, and we aren't mad at it!
"Square Biz" by Teena Marie
Teena Marie is definitely invited to the family cookout. Her music is priceless.
"Feel For You" by Chaka Khan
Another Chaka song because you can never really get enough.
"Don't Stop" by Soul to Soul
It's an underrated jam that makes you smile inside.
"Rock Creek" Park by The Blackbyrds
The perfect smooth song to sip and step to.
"This Place Hotel" (Heartbreak Hotel) by The Jacksons
This is a jam from The Jacksons that didn't get enough radio play, but you'll have to trust us when we say it's the perfect song.
What songs are you looking forward to hearing at your annual family gathering?
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