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By EW Staff
July 06, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

Penny & the Quarters, ”You and Me”

”I absolutely adore this song. I put it on and instantly feel happy and hopeful, or if I’m feeling sad and want to wallow in my despair, I’ll put this on, sit on my couch, and just cry. In both instances, I feel happy afterwards. I realize that’s a stark dichotomy, and I’d just like to add that I don’t judge you.”

DJ Kool, ”Let Me Clear My Throat”

”Last summer I was home in Oklahoma City (Go Thunder!) for my niece Ripley’s fourth birthday, and this song came on as we were driving around. We started car dancing, and I taught her a few moves that day — my favorite being to ‘back it up.’ To me, there’s nothing better than a small child learning inappropriate things.”

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg, ”Nuthin But a ‘G’ Thang”

”In college, my best friend and I would dance and go to drive-in diners and blast the song on repeat as we ate. It was confirmation to me that all you need to be happy is your best girlfriend, Snoop, diet soda with extra ice, and french fries.”

Busy Signal, ”Come Over (Missing You)”

”I love having friends over for pool time at my house. One day, I came home and heard this song playing and walked out to my pool, and I see a dear friend dancing by himself in nothing but boxer briefs. Instead of being surprised or embarrassed, he just smiled and kept on dancing, and of course I joined in. So now whenever I hear this song, I smile. It also reminds me to lock my front gate more.”

BJ the Chicago Kid, ”Hay”

”This has been my favorite for the last two months. I just think it’s a dope song.”

Wendy Rene, ”After Laughter (Comes Tears)”

”The music from this era is enriched with so much feeling. The voices are soulful and heart-wrenching and delicious; you feel like you’re really sharing their experience.”