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10 songs that could be adapted to the twerk craze

2:13 PM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
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Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform at the MTV VMAs. (Photo: Kevin Mazur, WireImage for MTV)


So Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber have a twerk track. Don't think for a second it'll be the last one.

Autocorrect functions may still try to change "twerk" to "tweak," but that'll probably change soon. In the wake of Cyrus' provocative/outrageous/disgusting/ridiculous/ troubling performance at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, twerking has been trending like crazy, on social media and in news-site traffic data (for the best explanation of this phenomenon, read this mock op-ed from The Onion).

MORE: 'Twerk' by Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber released online

Dance crazes need records, and they need them fast. Fortunately, it's a simple matter to change the word "work" to "twerk." And - voila! - 10 instant twerk classics.

  1. Baby Twerkout - Jackie Wilson
  2. Lord Have Mercy on the Twerking Man - Don Williams
  3. Finest Twerk Song - R.E.M.
  4. Twerkin' at the Car Wash Blues - Jim Croce
  5. Twerkin' for a Livin' - Huey Lewis & the News
  6. Twerking My Way Back to You - Frankie Valli & the Four Season
  7. Twerking for the Weekend - Loverboy
  8. Twerking in a Coal Mine - Lee Dorsey/Devo
  9. Twerking Class Hero - John Lennon
  10. We Can Twerk It Out - The Beatles

Mind you, a few of these songs would need new rhythm tracks. And we're not sure we like the idea of a 63-year-old Huey Lewis twerking, or that we'll ever get that image out of our brains. Especially if he starts sticking his tongue out the way Cyrus does.


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