10 Old Songs That Found New Life in 2014

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    Every year something that was old becomes new again, and 2014 was no exception. Everything from the bucket hat to Michael Keaton was resurrected, as well as the Republican party. And while Instagram’s #tbt and the podcast Serial were both excellent conduits for comebacks, ultimately it was the music industry and its various channels that were responsible for 2014’s strongest cases of nostalgia. These are the 10 songs that experienced the greatest musical comebacks of 2014.

    Sir Mix-a-Lot – “Baby Got Back”


    On her aggravating earworm “Anaconda”, Nicki Minaj didn’t just sample Sir-Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”; she hijacked it. The opening whips and stuttered rendering of the 1992 classic blast listeners back into a world of cassette tapes and Gameboys until the bass drops, and the sounds of 2014 are briefly restored. Still, bass drops aside, “Anaconda” is 80% “Baby Got Back”, and its 380 million views on YouTube and FM ubiquity have caused people to obsess over Becky’s butt at heights not seen since the Dream Team dominated the Barcelona Olympics. For better or worse, “Baby Got Back” is 2014’s runaway winner. In the hands of a mega-pop star, the song was thrust back to life and easily wormed its way back inside the heads of tired millennials, as if it had never even left.

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