Nothing is better than having a great cheer playlist to help bring out the social spirit and fighting spirit of your squad. If you’re looking for some great cheer dance tracks, you’ve come to the right place because we’re going to tell you about the 25 best cheerleading dance songs to get you pumped up!
1. Happy – Pharrell Williams
First on our list is one of the most fun songs to dance to and makes a great cheer dance track, which is the hit Happy by Pharrell Williams. This was released in 2013 on his album Girl. The upbeat nature of the track and chorus allows it to be a high-energy tune to get you pumped up to dance. This song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Rhythmic, and Adult Top 40, just to name a few. It was featured in the movie Despicable Me 2, Family Guy, and Black-ish.
2. Mickey – Toni Basil
If you know 80s pop tracks then you’ll know Mickey by Toni Basil, which was released in 1982 on her debut album Word Of Mouth. This is a classic and timeless cheerleading song, and she is even dressed up as a cheerleader in the music video. This upbeat track made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and three on the Dance Club Songs charts. It has been in movies and television shows including Beavis And Butt-Head, Parental Guidance, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Undergrads.
3. Whip My Hair – Willow Smith
Next is Willow Smith with the song Whip My Hair, which was released in 2010 on the album of the same name. This track is about being wild and letting loose, making it the perfect song for cheer. It was her debut single, and it made it to 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
4. So Bring It On – The Cheetah Girls
So Bring It On by The Cheetah Girls is next with this upbeat and high-energy song that’ll make you just want to dance and it’ll help get the crowd into the routine too. If you have a smaller squad then this is the perfect track to use. It was on the 2007 album TCG, which ended up being the final and second album released by the group.
5. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars
Next on our list is a song that almost everyone knows which is Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson from the 2014 album Uptown Special. Not only does the track have a vivacious and captivating beat to it, but the lyrics are fun to sing along to and make you want to just bust a cheer move.
It made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Dance/Mix Show Airplay, and Dance Club Songs charts to just name a few since it was a huge hit both nationally and internationally.
6. Let’s Get Loud – Jennifer Lopez
Next up is Let’s Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez, which was released in 2000 on her album On The 6. It has lyrics that are playful and fun while the beat is energetic and powerful to get you ready to bounce around the floor. It reached number 39 on the Dance Club Songs chart and is often thought to be her signature track. You can find this song on Halftime, Love Island, Family Guy, and many other movies and television shows.
7. All Star – Smash Mouth
Calling all fans of the movie Shrek, you’ll remember the next song on our list because it was famously in the movie and it’s the track All Star by Smash Mouth. This often-parodied hit comes from their 1999 album Astro Lounge, and this song has a chorus that’s incredibly catchy and perfect for cheer.
It made it to number one on the Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts, while it made it only to four on the Billboard Hot 100. This has also been featured in movies and television shows such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, Schooled, Good Trouble, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, and Mary + Jane.
8. Party In The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Party In The U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus deserves a spot on our list because of its upbeat tempo and style. This song was released in 2009 on the album Time Of Our Lives, and it made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The audience is able to sing along to the song if they want which makes it great for competitions. This has been featured in movies and television shows including RuPaul’s Drag Race and Love Island.
9. Crazy In Love – Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z
Next up on our list is the 2003 hit from Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, which is Crazy In Love from her album Dangerously In Love. This high-energy pop song made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart.
10. Under Pressure – Queen And David Bowie
Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie was released in 1981 on their Hot Space album, and it is one of the most well-known Queen songs since it was later sampled by Vanilla Ice for the song, Ice Ice Baby. This is a rock track that has a catchy beat, and it was rated number 31 on the VH1 100 Greatest Songs Of The 80s. It was number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been in movies Minions and Atomic Blonde.
11. Boom Boom Pow – The Black Eyed Peas
Calling all fans of Ugly Betty, the next song is Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas, which is an awesome dance and cheer track. This song was released in 2009 on the album The E.N.D., and it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and two on the Dance Club Songs chart,
It samples the track Reach Out, which was a 1990 hit for Sweet Mercy that featured Rowetta, so you might remember hearing some of those vocals before. Any song by The Black Eyed Peas is worth a spot on your cheer playlist because they are known for their upbeat and high-energy vibe!
12. Stronger – Kanye West
Released in 2007 on the album Graduation, Stronger by Kanye West makes our list because it features heavy drums and synthesizers, which gives it the beat for dancing and grooving all day during your cheer routines. This song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40, and Pop 100 charts.
13. 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New) – Coolio
Up next if you’re looking for a great cheer song is 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New) by Coolio, which features catchy lyrics and a powerful beat. While not for everyone, this 1996 track from the album Gangsta’s Paradise is awesome and reached nine on the Dance Singles Sales chart and five on the Billboard Hot 100.
14. Get Back – Demi Lovato
Next is Demi Lovato with the hit song Get Back, which comes from her 2008 album Don’t Forget and was chosen as the lead single. This is a punk and rock track that is upbeat enough for any dance routine or practice. It hit number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remains one of her most classic songs.
15. Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
Capital Cities is up next with the song Safe And Sound, which would be perfect for any cheer routine where there are a lot of jumps, stunts, and other more physical moves. This track was released in 2011 on their self-titled debut album. It is the chosen theme for the NHL team the Washington Capitals.
It reached two on the Adult Top 40 chart and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been featured on movies and television shows such as Love Is Blind, The Challenge, Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Trip, Supergirl, and 90210.
16. Popular – The Veronicas
If you’re looking for a cheer song with a lot of fun lyrics then Popular by The Veronicas should be on the list. This track was released in 2007 on the album Hook Me Up, and it was written by both of the Veronica sisters. On the Australian Airplay Chart, this song hit number 11 and became the final single that was released for this album.
17. Try Everything – Shakira
On our list next is the ultimate dance track for cheer, which is Try Everything by Shakira. The song was released in 2016 as part of the soundtrack for Zootopia. It reached 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it’s a catchy and entertaining track that anyone can dance to or sing along to.
18. Vibez – ZAYN
In 2021, ZAYN released Vibez from his album Nobody Is Listening, which is a great song for cheer since the track is very upbeat and leaves you wanting to just hit the dance floor. There is a sexual nature to the lyrics, so it’s best for older cheerleaders, and it reached 20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
19. Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall
If your cheer squad has a slower routine picked out then KT Tunstall and the song Suddenly I See would be a great choice. It’s a track that’s sweet and powerful at the same time, coming from her 2004 album Eye To The Telescope. This song hit number three on the Adult Alternative Songs chart and five on the Adult Top 40.
20. Headstrong – Ashley Tisdale
Ashley Tisdale released Headstrong as the title track to her album in 2007, and this is a wonderful song that has a powerful beat and catchy lyrics and is all around a fun track for any dance or cheer routine.
21. Just Dance – Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’Donis
Reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40 is the next song Just Dance by Lady Gaga from her debut album The Fame. This was the lead track from the album and it’s an anthem, which makes it perfect for your cheer playlist. It has been featured in Pretty Little Liars, The Hills, Bones, Dollhouse, and 90210.
22. Yeah! – Usher Feat. Lil Jon And Ludacris
Next on our list is sure to get your whole squad on their feet and is an exciting song to dance to, which is the popular Usher track Yeah! This song features Lil Jon and was released in 2004 on his album Confessions. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40, Rhythmic, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. You may remember this song from The Interview, Hitch, The Hangover, and the television show Bull.
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23. Lip Gloss – Lil Mama
Lil Mama released VYP: Voice Of The Young People in 2007, which was her debut album, and Lip Gloss was the first single from it. It is a catchy hip hop song that’s so fun to dance to and it’s perfect for any cheer routine. The track hit 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 15 on the Pop 100 charts.
24. Roar – Katy Perry
Attention all pop fans, Roar by Katy Perry is next, which was released in 2013 from her album Prism. This track is all about self-empowerment, and there is also a rock element to this song that makes it incredibly powerful and fun to dance to. This track reached number one on the Dance Club Songs, Adult Top 40, Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40, and Adult Contemporary charts.
25. Run The World – Beyoncé
Lastly, Run The World by Beyoncé makes our list, which was released in 2011 on her album 4, and it’s one of her many dance songs that’s great for cheer. This is a track about empowering women, and it can make for some excellent dance routines. It landed at number one on the Dance Club Songs chart and 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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