Songs by White Pop Artists That Get Love at the Cookout, Presented by Soul In Stereo Cypher

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If you know Soul In Stereo, you know we love hip-hop and R&B. I mean, soul is literally the name of our game.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t get down with other genres too.

With summer already here (I don’t care what the calendar says, that sun says summer has arrived), that means it’s playlist season. And in that spirit, the music fanatics at the Soul In Stereo Cypher on Facebook collaborated on a list of their favorite songs from white artists that still rock black parties.

We’re skipping the obvious R&B “blue-eyed soul” selections like Teena Marie, Jon B and Bobby Caldwell. This is all about pop, rock and getting turnt at the cookout.

Check our readers’ thoughts on their favorites and enjoy the 50-song playlist below.

Kenny Loggins, “Footloose”


Derrick Dunn: “Every time I hear the song I have the urge to dance.”

Swing Out Sister, “Breakout”

Kira Travis: “The perfect feel good, motivational, sing loud in the car song that I still jam to today.”

Evanescence, “Bring Me to Life”

Ariel Worthy: “Evanescence sent me through a very brief goth phase.”

Backstreet Boys, “As Long As You Love Me”


Nicolette Carney: “The boy band era of the 90s was a time to be alive. This BSB jam further extended the debate of which boy band was the best.”

The Killers, “Mr. Brightside”

Jakob Addison Frazier: “Say the sentence “comin out of my cage” to ANY white person and there will be a whooooole performance ahead of you.”

Britney Spears, “Toxic”


Janice Wouldword: “Toxic is one of the best pop songs I’ve ever heard, and it still goes today.”

Duran Duran, “Come Undone”

Juwan Dickerson: “It makes you feel like you’re not crazy.”

Blind Melon, “No Rain”

Luke James MacLachlan:  “A 90s classic, and who can forget Bee Girl in the video?”

Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Under the Bridge”


Billy Joel, “Uptown Girl”


Nicolette Carney: “Although a pop jam, you can’t deny that the songs still has the elements to make a light 2- step rise up.”

Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Ariel Worthy: “.. it’s Nirvana! Also I have always been fascinated with the tragedy of Kurt Cobain’s life.”

Jewel, “Hands”

Alison S. Moore: “The spirituality of this song surprised me. I hadn’t ever heard of her before this.”

a-ha, “Take on Me”


Desiree Savage: “Dope song and even doper vid.”

Toto, “Georgy Porgy”

Brian Hill: “Mainly because it was funky and the emotions were real and relatable across racial and culture lines with little explanation.”

David Bowie, “Modern Love”

Malcolm Knox: “It’s danceable, features that guitar at the beginning and has some sweet harmonies.”


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