Official TIP Songs

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There are seven canonical TIP songs. The songs are meant to be played at every dance. The only campus that plays all 7 songs is Duke East.

As different campuses have different traditions, the official TIP songs vary from campus to campus and even from term to term. There are no true 'official' songs which are universally acknowledged, save for possibly American Pie by Don McLean, which is played at all TIP campuses, no matter what.


The Seven Official Songs


"Yatta" and "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate" are still relatively new in the TiP universe. Yatta has arguably the most epic of origins.

NOTE: Breakfast at Tiffany's is not recognized as a TiP song at Duke East.

Songs That Came Close to Canonical Status

Traditional Slide Show Songs

  • Carolina on My Mind - James Taylor
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
  • Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  • Rivers and Roads - The Head and the Heart

Duke East Songs

Duke East, always being the most traditional campus, ALWAYS plays the seven official TIP songs. In addition, the following songs have become well known in recent years. All of these songs were played at at least 2 dances at East Term II 2015.

  • Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Cupid Shuffle - Cupid
  • Cotton Eyed Joe
  • Everytime We Touch - Cascada
  • Vamos A La Playa - Loona
  • Nightswimming - R.E.M
  • Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
  • Hips Don’t Lie - Shakira
  • Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (traditionally sung at the talent show)
  • Hearts Throbbing - Noah C Cornelius (a recent addition, but it's got it's own relic now so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )


Spotify Playlist of Duke East songs - feel free to add more as more songs become canonical traditions or unofficial traditions

https://open.spotify.com/user/lumivalo/playlist/1Jtv4cq5eIN5XXDrLdqNgQ

Appalachian State Songs

ASU/UGA

  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something

'Good Riddance' by Green Day is also sometimes considered an ASU TIPsong.

University of Georgia Songs

At UGA's first ever TIP term, Term I 2009, the 'official' TIP songs became a mix of those at several campuses, largely ASU, as many of the UGA Tipsters come from ASU:

  • American Pie – Don McLean
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
  • Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
  • It’s The End of the World as We Know It – R.E.M.
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
  • Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  • I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys (Term II only)
  • Electric Feel - MGMT (Term II only)
  • Wonderwall - Oasis (Both Terms)
  • Hallelujah (Both Terms)
  • Dunked On - Froggy Fresh (UNOFFICIAL, and s/o to Carter)

Also, this campus is where TiP-Radio started.

2012 Term 2 Along with the traditional UGA songs, there were many new songs introduced and widely played throughout the camp

  • Payphone - Maroon 5
  • Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
  • What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
  • Wop - J-Dash
  • Lights - (Bassnecter Remix)

2016 Term 2 a Parody of years was Written callen First Year.

Duke West Songs

As of Duke West 2008, there are no guaranteed songs. Staff play whatever songs they feel like, regardless of tradition. Most of the time the Six Official are played, but sometimes are not. Except maybe "Crank Dat" and "Get Low". Those might just be guaranteed.

As of Duke West 2010, and their observations, these songs might be guaranteed:

  • American Pie - Don McLean: It isn't TIP without it. Except when it rains out before time comes to. See the last dance.
  • It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.: TiPsters are to run in full circles around the dance area. They probably play it believe that we need our exercise!
  • Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show: 4th years stood on the Sigma Nu bench in Kilgo Quad for this song in '09. In '10, the dances were moved to the quad where we met for classes, and the students merely did it in lines. '11 and '12 the lines were used again
  • Blister in the Sun - Played at the halfway point in the dance. During the hushed part everyone gets down and whispers the lyrics. Also claps at the appropriate times are required.
  • Poker Face - Lady Gaga: To torture us with. It's popular.
  • Sandstorm - Darude: Blasted in order to cause an actual sandstorm on the quad by initiating mosh pitting. It was cut early for the first time in West history in '09, due to injuries (the pit was on concrete in not-Kilgo quad).
  • Limbo - Played at the first dance of '09 and '10, Luau theme. Also played during Quadfest, and assumable at least one a term at either or both events.
  • Fire Burning - Sean Kingston: Played at every dance since its rise as a hit. During Term II, 4th year members of the Blob danced the Macarena to this song because they could. This song was notably not played at any dance in '10 or '11 or '12
  • Alejandro by Lady Gaga. (it helps if there is an Alejandro at the camp. There will be a circle formed around him.)

Other more-or-less likely songs, most with accompanying dance routines:

  • The Cha Cha Slide (also known as the Casper Slide) - DJ Casper
  • Macarena - Los del Río and Fangoria
  • Cupid Shuffle - Cupid


As of Duke West 2012, only It's the End of the World as We Know It, Blister in the Sun, Time Warp, and American Pie are "official tradition songs" (proven by Term II mini-dance).

Duke West 2013

  • Vamos a la Playa
  • Iris (the classic TiP slowdance song)
  • Brown Eyed Girl (heard once throughout the three dances)
  • Blister in the Sun (Played when the sun goes down, except once when the RC's forgot)
  • End of the World as We Know It
  • American Pie
  • Time Warp
  • Stacy's Mom

Duke West 2014

  • American Pie- Don McLean
  • Iris- The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Blister in the Sun- The Violent Femmes
  • End of the World(As We Know It)- R.E.M
  • Time Warp- RHMPS
  • Gold Digger- Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx
  • Get Low- Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
  • Power- Kanye West ft. Daft Punk
  • Vamos a la Playa- Loona
  • Every Time We Touch- Cascada
  • My Heart Will Go On- Celine Dion(Note- Dubstep version)

Duke West 2015

  • American Pie- Don McLean
  • Iris- The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Blister in the Sun- The Violent Femmes
  • End of the World(As We Know It)- R.E.M
  • Time Warp- RHMPS
  • Every Time We Touch- Cascada
  • Vamos A La Playa- Loona
  • My Heart Will Go On- Celine Dion(Note- Dubstep version)
  • Shia Labeouf- Rob Cantor
  • Wavin' Flag- K'naan
  • San Francisco- The Mowglis
  • Watch Me- Silento
  • Trap Queen- Fetty Wap

Duke West 2016

  • American Pie- Don McLean
  • Iris- The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Blister in the Sun- The Violent Femmes
  • End of the World(As We Know It)- R.E.M
  • Time Warp- RHMPS
  • Every Time We Touch- Cascada
  • Vamos A La Playa- Loona
  • Cotton Eyed Joe- Rednex
  • Party in the USA- Miley Cyrus
  • My Boo- Ghost Town DJ's

Duke West 2017

  • Vamos a la Playa- Loona (only played once first dance sadly)
  • American Pie- Don McLean
  • End of the World(As We Know It)- R.E.M. (many tipsters lost badges at this song)
  • Time Warp- RHMPS
  • Cotton Eyed Joe- Rednex (sadly it wasn't played at one of the dances and a bad remix was played at another)
  • Iris- The Goo Goo Dolls (slow dance song of tipwest)
  • Every time we Touch- Cascada (this was an especially loved song at tip west term 2, where Jordan's awesome Rag taught the whole camp the amazing dance to this song)
  • Blister in the Sun- The Violent Femmes
  • Fireflies- Owl City

Duke West 2018

  • Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
  • American Pie- Don McLean
  • Vamos a la Playa
  • Everytime We Touch- Cascada
  • Cha Cha Slide
  • Sandstorm
  • End of the World As We Know It
  • Time Warp
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)- Green Day (accidently played at first 2 dances)

Texas A&M Songs

There are 5 official songs played at the end of every dance at Texas A&M. The number is up from the original 4 played in previous years, because RLC Lizzy made an executive decision in 2010 to add the Celebration Remix of Wavin' Flag by K'naan (as made famous by the World Cup) to the official song lineup. These 5 songs must be played at the end of every dance, in the specific order. Other semi-official songs may be played throughout the dance, in any order.

Official

  • Wavin' Flag (Celebration Remix) - K'naan
  • We Bleed Maroon - Granger Smith
  • It’s The End of the World as We Know It – R.E.M.
  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show

Semi-Official Line Dances

  • Cotton Eye Joe
  • Watermelon Crawl
  • Copperhead Road
  • Waka Waka

Davidson Songs

Davidson also plays many of the Official TIP canons, since we all know Davidson is prep for Duke traditions.

2010 These songs are a mix, from all of the dances, to summerfest, to TIPsync.

  • All I Do Is Win- DJ Kahled
  • Dynamite- Taio Cruz
  • You Belong With Me- Taylor Swift
  • Time Warp- Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Bulletproof- La Roux
  • Yeah Toast!- Lawrence and Nate

2011 (term 2)

  • Barbara Streisand- but you must, must, must must, MUST replace the whole "Barbara Streisand" part with "Daniel Bullock"- OR ELSE!!
  • Friday (ironically, of course)
  • Baby (same as above, a protest was put in place by freezing in unison)
  • Dinamite
  • Cha-Cha Slide
  • John Wall
  • "Forget" you (though nobody sings it that way)
  • Everytime We Touch
  • Wobble
  • Bring 'em Out!!!!!

2012 Term 1

  • We are Young. Brandons RC group did a TIPsync to this, and acted drunk and high on stage. They got yelled at for inTIPpropriate behavior.
  • Stacey's Mom
  • Popular
  • American Pie (Duh)
  • RACK CITY!!!!! Brandon and Davis's RC groups constantly put this on the suggestion list for the dances. Joseph and Spencer spearheaded a campaign to get it played at the last dance. During the silent parts in All I Do is Win, they yelled "PLAY RACK CITY!!!" and everyone cheered. At the last day party, Arjun blared it on speaker, and everyone was happy.

2012 Term 2

  • stacey's mom
  • Hotel Room service
  • Whop
  • wobble
  • Forget You
  • Call me Maybe
  • Jenny
  • Low
  • Time Warp
  • It the end of the world as we know it
  • American Pie
  • One thing
  • Everytime We Touch

2013 Term 1

  • American Pie
  • Don't Stop Believing
  • Time Warp
  • Wobble
  • Wop
  • I'll Make a Man Out of You
  • I'll make a Boone (Merely Players) Out of You
  • Cathedrals
  • Hey There Delilah
  • Iris
  • It's the End of the World As We Know It
  • Never Gonna Give You Up/One thing
  • With or Without You
  • Nightingale
  • Vamos a La Playa
  • After Ever After
  • The Song of the Count
  • Kiss You
  • Some Nights
  • 867-5309/Jenny

2013 Term 2

  • American Pie (played 2nd to last at dances)
  • Time Warp (played last at dances)
  • It's the End of the World as We Know It (played 3rd to last at dances)
  • Blister in the Sun
  • Brown Eyed Girl
  • Wobble
  • I'll Make a Man Out of You
  • Chloe (You're the One I Want)
  • Hey There Delilah
  • I Love It
  • Best Song Ever
  • WOP
  • 22
  • The Creep
  • Cathedrals
  • Boohbah Theme Song (HOW ON EARTH WAS THIS FORGOTTEN)
  • The Pokémon Theme Song

2014 Term 1

  • My Heart Will Go on
  • Don't Stop Believing
  • The Last Saskatchewan Pirate
  • Single Ladies
  • Vamos a la Playa
  • Wobble
  • Wop
  • Fancy
  • Wrecking Ball

2014 Term 2

  • My turtle
  • The Last Saskatchewan Pirate
  • Vamos A La Playa
  • Wiggle
  • The Time Warp
  • Crazy Rap (Cold 45 and Two Zig-Zags)
  • Because I Got High
  • The Hobble (Messi Remix)
  • No Diggity

2018 Term 1

  • Footloose
  • God's Plan
  • Don't Stop Believing
  • Worth It
  • It's the End of the World
  • Good Riddance
  • American Pie
  • The Time Warp

Trinity Songs

2011 Term 2

  • Don't Stop Believing - Journey
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

For a long time Trinity didn't play American Pie. As of 2012, this has officially changed. As of Term 2 2011, there was no American Pie at Trinity. This needs to change. At Term 2 2014 American Pie was cut off by the DJ messing something up. They tried to get us to return to the Prassel but we kept singing the rest of the song. It was awesome.

2012 Term 2

  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Wobble - V.I.C
  • Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
  • One Thing - One Direction
  • Payphone - Maroon 5
  • Forget You - Cee Lo Green
  • Feel So Close - Calvin Harris
  • Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) - Katy Perry
  • Teach Me How to Dougie - Cali Swag District
  • What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
  • Hold it Against Me - Britney Spears

As of Term 2 2012, there is American Pie as the last song in every dance (except on the second dance of the term when TIPster Justin asked Mr. T (a TA) to play one more slow song giving him a chance to ask TIPster Cristina to dance with him)

2013 Term 2

  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus
  • Hey There Delilah - Plain White Ts
  • Cruise - Florida Georgie Line
  • Don't Stop Believing - Journey
  • Wobble - V.I.C
  • Summertime Sadness - Lana del Rey (used for people in time out)
  • Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Counting Stars - One Republic
  • Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
  • Starship- Nicki Minaj

2015 Term 2

  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus
  • Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Wobble - V.I.C
  • Vamos a la Playa - Loona
  • Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  • It's the End of the World as We Know It - R.E.M.
  • Low - Flo Rida
  • Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
  • Uma Thurman - fall out boy (not really but it was at 2 dances)

Shut up and Dance- Walk the Moon Every time we touch- Cascada

2015 Term 1

  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus
  • Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Vamos a la Playa - Loona
  • It's the End of the World as We Know It - R.E.M.
  • Hips don't Lie - Shakira
  • Crank That - Soulja Boy
  • Low - Flo Rida
  • Everytime We Touch - Cascada
  • Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
  • Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) - Silento
  • Shut up and Dance - Walk the Moon
  • Cupid Shuffle - Cupid
  • Macerena - Los del Rio


University of Kansas

2012 Term II

  • Payphone - Maroon 5
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 - Plain White T's
  • We Are Young - Fun.
  • Glad You Came - The Wanted
  • Everytime We Touch - Cascada
  • Rhythm of Love - Plain White T's

2013 Term 1

  • Iris
  • Radioactive
  • American Pie
  • I Love It
  • Everytime We Touch - Cascada

New College of Florida

2012 Term 1

  • Forever Young - Alphaville
  • Interlude - Attack Attack
  • It's the End of the World as We Know It - R.E.M.
  • American Pie - Don McLean

NO TIME WARP :P but the term was still wonderful!

2012 Term 2

  • Forever Young- Alphaville
  • American Pie- Don McLean
  • It's the End of the World As We Know It- R.E.M.
  • Call Me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepson
  • What Makes You Beautiful- One Direction
  • Want U Back- Cher Lloyd
  • Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen (all hail the Jeffites and their sock puppets)
  • Titanium- David Guetta and Sia
  • Hey Ya- Outkast
  • Piano Man- Billy Joel
  • F**king Best Song Ever- Wallpaper
  • Interlude- Attack Attack
  • My Heart Will Go On- Celene Dion
  • The Scientist- Coldplay
  • Iris- The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Too Close- Alex Clare (technically this isnt legitamately an OFFICIAL tip song, but Emma V. and Anne could often be found belting it around Z, and those hawt mamacitas were some amazing singers. So it counts.)

Georgia Tech

2014 Term 2

  • American Pie- Don McLean
  • It's The End of The World As We Know It- R.E.M.
  • The Last Saskatchewan Pirate- Captain Tractor
  • Come On Eileen- Dexys Midnight Runners
  • Summer of 69- Bryan Adams
  • I Don't Want to Miss A Thing- Aerosmith
  • 22- Taylor Swift
  • Space Jam (The Parrot Worship Song)
  • My Heart Will Go On- Celine Dion
  • Everytime We Touch- Cascada
  • Time Warp- The Rocky Horror Show
  • Vamos a La Playa- Loona
  • I'll Make A Man Out of You- Mulan
  • Tik Tok- Ke$ha
  • Party in The USA- Miley Cyrus
  • Say Something (I'm Giving Up On You)- Great Big Sea
  • Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen (Requested By The Sith Lord)

2015 Term 1

  • American Pie- Don McLean
  • It's The End of The World As We Know It- R.E.M.
  • The Last Saskatchewan Pirate- Captain Tractor
  • Summer of 69- Bryan Adams
  • I Don't Want to Miss A Thing- Aerosmith
  • My Heart Will Go On- Celine Dion
  • Everytime We Touch- Cascada
  • Time Warp- The Rocky Horror Show
  • Vamos a La Playa- Loona
  • I'll Make A Man Out of You- Mulan
  • Livin' on A Prayer- Bon Jovi
  • Sandstorm- Darude
  • Thriller- Michael Jackson
  • I Will Always Love You- Whitney Houston

2015 Term 2

  • American Pie-Don McLean
  • Every time We Touch- Cascada
  • Uptown Funk- Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
  • Actual Cannibal Shia LaBoeuf
  • Come on Eileen- Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • Time Warp- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  • Better By You, Better Than Me- Judas Priest (mainly the Criminal Minds class tho)
  • Lose Control-Missy Elliot
  • It's The End of The World As We Know It- R.E.M.
  • Blister in the Sun- Violent Femmes
  • The Last Saskatchewan Pirate- Captain Tractor

2016 Term 1

  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Blister in the Sun - Violet Femmes
  • It's the End of the World As We Know It - R.E.M.
  • My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
  • The Last Saskatchewan Pirate - Captain Tractor
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Vamos a la Playa - Loona
  • Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  • Swag Surfin' - F.L.Y.
  • Every time we touch - Cascada
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue something
  • Sandstorm - Darude
  • Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
  • Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show

2016 Term 2

  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Vamos a la Playa - Loona
  • Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  • Every time we touch - Cascada
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue something
  • Sandstorm - Darude
  • Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
  • It's the End of the World As We Know It - R.E.M.
  • Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • The Yao Ming Song - Pulltab

Rice University Songs

These three are played at the end of the dance in this order:

  • It's the End of the World As We Know It - R.E.M.
  • American Pie - Don McLean
  • Time Warp

These are played at some point during each dance:

  • Hey Ya
  • Party in the USA

2018 Term I:

  • Vamos a la Playa - Loona
  • Waka Waka - Shakira

See Also:

TiPWiki's TIP Songs Category