Posted On July 11, 2014 By In Music, Music Musings

Top 10 Unexpected Jukebox Gems


Move over, Top 40.

With a track record of running out of singles and swiping my credit card at the jukebox, I am a self-proclaimed aficionado (So far, the only song I’ve ever paid for to be skipped by the bartender has been Tearin’ Up My Heart and it was 10 p.m. in a biker bar so I deserved it). Next time you find yourself up against the jukebox, have a little faith in some of these gems — fingers crossed nobody played an entire Metallica album before you. In that case, leave immediately.



“Picture” // Kid Rock feat. Sheryl Crow

On my 21st birthday, I spent midnight in an abandoned dive bar with some of my best friends. I put a dollar in the jukebox and used both credits to play “Picture.” (It was a one-credit song.)


“I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” // My Chemical Romance

If you were born in the early 90s and went through middle school with My Chem, this one may spark some serious feels (Moment of silence for My Chemical Romance).


“Torn” // Natalie Imbruglia

Nailed it.

“It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” // Celine Dion

TRUST. ME. ON. THIS. ONE. Your friends will surprise you.

“I Want It That Way” // Backstreet Boys

See also: Anything Britney, X-Tina or Nsync (bonus points for that one track they were confused about and added Nelly to post-production).

“1, 2 Step” // Ciara

Shake it like jello, make the boys say “hello.”

“No Diggity” // Blackstreet

“Pitch Perfect,” fan or not, this 90’s jam will bring out the Fat Amy in everyone.

“Country Grammar” // Nelly

Most jukeboxes will edit out 60 percent of the lyrics. Still worth it.

“Lose My Breath” // Destiny’s Child

See also: “Solider” and “Survivor.” Always Play Next.

“Sugar We’re Going Down” // Fall Out Boy

And all the 20-somethings said, “Amen.”

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Meaghan McGoldrick is writer for Writtalin. She's a 20-something post-grad, born, raised and based out of Brooklyn, just trying not to get evicted. When she's not writing about middle school talent shows or drug busts for her full-time gig at a local newspaper, she's writing about wine, beer and what happens when you mix them. She enjoys long walks on the beach, Netflix and cronuts. Lover of words. Guacamole enthusiast.