20 New School Songs You'll Hear at Every Black Family Reunion This Summer

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Let the fun times flow and the good tunes play. Here are 20 new school songs that belong on your family reunion playlist.

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. 

20 Old School Songs You Hear at Every Black Family Reunion

Here are 20 songs that millennials know and love--you're bound to hear them and groove to them at this summer's family reunion.


Otis by Kanye West and Jay Z

Yeezy and Hov came with nothing but heat when this song dropped 5 years ago. This song is straight fire.


California Love by 2pac

This song is nothing but summertime feeling. Besides, it's Pac and nothing is quite better than that. 

The Next Episode by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg

Snoop and Dr. Dre made the perfect song with this one. 

It Was a Good Day by Ice Cube

Any time spent with family is a good day. 

Candy by Cameo

We dare you not to break out in the electric slide just like this is The Best Man. 

Work By Rihanna Featuring Drake

The Bad Gal made a summer jam for the ages with this track. 

Controlla by Drake

Becaue you can never get enough of the Carribbean vibe. 

One Dance by Drake

Another Drake joint because...yes. 

Poison by Bell Biv Devoe 
At least BBD warned you that girl was bad news.

Summertime by The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff
The summer season doesn't really kick off until you hear this right here. 

This is How We Do It by Montell Jordan
Every 90s child knows this jam--it's a crowd favorite that sure to play at some point in the day. 

Hey Ya by Outkast
Andre 3000 blessed us with this bop but promise not to shake it too much like a polaroid picture in front of the fam!

Step in the Name of Love by R. Kelly
Grab your granny and get your step on, this song is still a banger.

Party by Beyoncé
You always need a song from Queen Bey in the mix and this one is is certified gold. 

Crazy in Love by Beyoncé
There is never a bad time to hear this song...ever.

Green Light by John Legend featuring Andre 3000
Sometimes John Legend steps from behind the piano and jams are born.

Sumthin' Sumthin' by Maxwell
This is a nice mellow tune but it's the perfect cookout song. 

Candy Rain by Soul For Real

This song is a classic timeless jam.


Alright by Kendrick Lamar

It's a new anthem for the ages--K.Dot says it best, "we gon be alright!"


What songs are you looking forward to hearing at your annual family gathering?

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