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Blast From the Past: Throwback Movies, Music, & More!

Feeling bored in quarantine? In the mood for something nostalgic and fun?

Check out our top 10 movies, music, and favourite throwbacks for all of Gen Z!

Our Top 10 List:

1. Hannah Montana the Movie

Based off the famous Disney television series, Hannah Montana, this movie follows Miley Stewart and her life in stardom (as Hannah Montana). As glamorous as it sounds, it is, of course, not that easy! Her dad brings her to Crowley Corners, her hometown, and suddenly her separate lives as Miley Stewart and Hannah Montana gets extremely complicated.

There were many perks to this movie, such as the famous dance song “Hoedown Throwdown,” the song “The Climb,” our newfound appreciation for Lucas Till (Travis), and seeing Miley with her family!

2. Avril Lavigne

Our pop, punk, and rock queen! Meet Avril Lavigne — a Canadian singer and songwriter that definitely doesn’t know how to age. Check out some of her memorable songs: “Girlfriend,” “Complicated,” and “Sk8er Boi.”

3. High School Musical Movies

Highschool Musical Movies 1, 2, and 3 will forever be Director Kenny Ortega’s best works! From the casting, the vibrant colours, and iconic singing and dancing performances, there’s nothing better than jamming out to our childhood heroes! Some of our favourite songs include: “Bet On It,” “I Don’t Dance,” “We’re All In This Together,” “Fabulous,” and last but not least  HSM 3’s “Can I Have this Dance”!

4. Cheaper by the Dozen - 1 & 2

Cheaper by the Dozen stars Steve Martin, Hillary Duff, Alyson Stoner, and many other familiar faces in a comedic take on family life. Both movies showcase the quirkiness of different family members and the struggles that may come with them. The first movie explores the sacrifices that the Baker family must make for parents to pursue their dreams, and the consequences that result because of it. The second movie portrays the family in a summer camp setting in which the Baker family goes head-to-head with the Murtaugh family.

5. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

Carly Rae Jepsen, a Canadian pop singer, released her song “Call Me Maybe” in 2011 which made the Canadian Hot 100, Billboard Hot 100, and totally became one of our go-to karaoke songs!

6. iCarly & Victorious Crossover Episode

Throwback to the days when we all wanted Pear Phones and would look forward to watching any crossovers within Dan Schneider’s TV Universe! iCarly and the web show team: Carly Shay, Sam Puckett, Freddie Benson, and Gi-bbayyyy meets the Victorious Cast — Hollywood Arts’ funniest students: Tori and Trina Vega, Andre Harris, Jade West, Beck, Robbie Shapiro, and Cat Valentine. 

In the crossover episode iParty with Victorious, Tori and Carly find out that they have both been dating the same boy at the same time. This episode has everything — revenge, mashups, laughter, and much more! 

Watching both incredibly hilarious shows makes for an awesome way to rewind and relax. You can find some good ol’ episodes of Victorious on Netflix!

7. Cher Lloyd - Want U Back

One Direction was not the only X-factor contestants that rose to fame. Throwback to Cher Lloyd — the singer behind the cute yet tough diner concept of 2011’s “I Want U Back.”

8. Teach Me How to Dougie - Dance & Music Video

Known for its catchy “cowbell-bolstered beat” and fun dance moves, it's no wonder that no one could get enough of dancing to this!

9. Mean Girls

Linsay Lohan plays Cady Heron in a 2004 iconic teen-comedy, Mean Girls. The film follows Cady as she experiences high school for the first time, with complex friend dynamics, the social hierarchy, and Aaron Samuels.

10. Legally Blonde

Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, though not seemingly the most intelligent, finds herself at Harvard studying Law after her boyfriend dumps her! This pink-loving, former fashion merchandising student decides to face the odds in order to get back at her ex.

Whether it was from listening to some of our favourite throwback music or rewatching iconic films and shows from our list, we hope you enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane!

Article Contributors: Katrina Artes, Victoria Huang