Calling all Twerk Team wannabes—here’s what we know: Twerking, a portmanteau word of twist and jerk, has infiltrated nearly every aspect of music culture. But it’s nothing new. Songs encouraging (or demanding) one to twerk have been around more than two decades, and while we can argue that one can twerk to literally anything—D’Angelo, Juvenile, Barbara Streisand, if that’s your thing—we’ve narrowed the canon of great twerking songs not just down to the classics, but the anthems.
And what constitutes a “twerking anthem”? It hits hard. It has a heavy beat, and is best heard as loud as you can listen to it without blowing out speakers (or eardrums). The music videos are flooded with beautiful people demonstrating their most proper twerking technique. Most importantly, they’re not just songs to shake it to, but the songs that go hand in hand with twerking, the kind of songs you hear in the club in the wee hours of the morning. There’s an art to making the perfect twerking anthem, the type of song that not only lifts your body but your spirit.
From Uncle Luke of 2 Live Crew’s “I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)” to French Montana’s “Pop That” (which samples Uncle Luke’s anthem) to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP,” these are the most classic twerking songs.