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High-Holy Canon

Played at the end of every dance, in this order.

  • Forever Young - Alphaville (*)
    • NOTE: This song is only played at the last dance of the session.
  • Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
    • NOTE: Everyone stands together and throws up alternating fists during the marching section (it was centered on RA Gaynor who started doing it 18.2 any time the song came on). RAs are known to go hard during this song. The song was also played at every dance in 19.1, with a similar result. Nevermore CTYer Zoe Feit joined RA Gaynor in the center, leading the dance circle. The responsibility was unofficially passed on to Alex Lewis (they were told by Zoe that "You better keep this going, and carry on the tradition."). Similarly in 19.2, Gaynor invited nevermore Livi Quiroga to join them in the center at every dance, to which she wholeheartedly obliged. Gaynor also cries every single time the song is played, without fail.
    • Editing Note: After two years off from CTY, Black Parade continued in The Year That Was (2022), lead by RA Gaynor, although without an official choice of student assistant and instead with a group of 4-5 students. After being played along with Stairway and American Pie at every dance for three years, it has been moved to High Holy with the assumption this shall continue, since even Covid couldn't stop The Black Parade.
  • Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  • American Pie - Don McLean

Upper Canon

Played at nearly every dance.

  • Blister In The Sun - The Violent Femmes
  • Everytime We Touch - Cascada
  • Firework - Katy Perry
    • Traditionally, the song is sung with the words "plastic bag" sung over most every word. This song is DRL Jack Krentz' favorite Canon song and he demands it be played every dance. During the last dance of 19.2, SRAs Noah and Camille waved plastic bags for the duration of the song
  • Get Low - Dillon Francis & DJ Snake
  • I'll Make A Man Out Of You - Donny Osmond
    • NOTE: This song was first played by RAs Dianna and Shellhamer during 10.2 at the urging of the ETHCb class, and continued to be played throughout 11.2 due to the efforts of The Couples' Couch and the invaluable cooperation of SRA Mike.
  • Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
    • This song makes everyone cry! Everyone gets in circles or partners and does the same swaying we do during Stairway to Heaven, and Jack Krentz and the RA’s run around the room flapping their arms. We traditionally scream the lyrics “and you bleed just to know you’re alive” because we’re depressed kids.
  • Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - They Might Be Giants
    • NOTE: This is not the most common version heard. On Youtube it is easiest heard on the Tiny Toons version.
    • NOTE** Keep the conga lines at a reasonable pace or you will regret everything. (17.1)
  • It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
  • Mr. Brightside - The Killers
    • There is a dance that occurs during the pre-chorus, miming each line:
      • Now I'm falling asleep - press two sleeping hands against the side of the head
      • And she's calling a cab - mime a phone call with one hand
      • While he's having a smoke - press index and middle finger of one hand to lips
      • And she's taking a drag - drag two fingers away from mouth
      • Now they're going to bed - press two sleeping hands against the side of the head
      • And my stomach is sick - put hands on stomach
      • And it's all in my head - put hands on head
      • But she's touching his chest now - reach hands out
      • He takes off her dress now - cross hands and raise them from waist to above head
    • After "Let me go" until "I just can't look" and "Taking control," do a double clap / clap pattern similar to American Pie's
    • Never- or nomores also yell "5, 6, 7, 8" leading into the chorus
  • Nightswimming - R.E.M. (*)
  • Sandstorm - Darude (Rave Song)
    • At the request of Rave King Isaac Uy, Sandstorm was the rave song at the first and last dances in 19.2, and Finale by Madeon and James Brown is Dead were played in its place at the second and third dances, respectively.
  • Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne

Lower Canon

Played often, but not at every dance.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  • Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
  • Come On Eileen - Save Ferris / Dexy's Midnight Runners
    • NOTE: Now Dexy's version is used (12.1)
  • Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
  • Cupid Shuffle - Cupid
  • How to Be a Heartbreaker - Marina & the Diamonds
  • I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
  • Lip Gloss - Lil Mama
  • Party in the U.S.A - Miley Cyrus
    • Also known as "Girl Goes To Other City, Discovers They Play The Same Music There" in 19.1
  • Pokemon Theme Song
    • NOTE: This song gained popularity in 08.1 after the whole dance floor emptied due to repetitive playing of bad songs. Then RA Tin, a favorite of students due to his Asian ethnicity and unique hairstyle, played the Pokemon Theme Song, causing more than half the campus to fill the dance floor and sing along. It has been played ever since then.
  • Rainbow Connection - Kermit The Frog (*)
    • NOTE: At 09.2, this song was not played due to SRA Clay's belief that it would lead to nomore-only circles. A certain camper protested Clay's policy by taping posters to the front of ATS requesting that the song be played. They were taken down by RAs, and Rainbow Connection was not played at the last dance.
    • At 10.2, despite SRA Mike's reassurances that the song would be played, it was not, despite the brief resurgence of the RC posters. Rumor also has it that the camper responsible has since aged out of CTY, which should by no means discourage any other campers from carrying on the protesting posters.
    • Rainbow Connection was played at both 11.1 and 11.2, both times due to the efforts of the hall that won the 20-minute DJ set in the "House Wars" program.
    • Rainbow Connection was played at 18.2.
    • This should maybe be re-evaluated by Session 2.
    • Rainbow connection was played in 19.2 in the "House Wars" set, but other than that it was not played. Arely's hall said canon rights!!
  • Waka Waka - Shakira
  • Wavin' Flag - K'naan
    • NOTE: This song was not played in 19.2 or in 18.2.

Dead Canon

Still canon, but RAs have mostly stopped playing it.

  • Ana Ng - They Might Be Giants
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb (Dub step Remix)
    • NOTE: CTYer Leena made this song canon by getting an obscene amount of signatures in 17.1. It was played once and everyone felt ashamed except for Leena who was quite proud of her evil work. This "song" did not return in 18.1
  • Baby Got Back - Sir Mixalot
  • Barbie Girl - Aqua
    • NOTE: Barbie Girl was played at the last dance in 19.2. It is unknown if it will return.
  • Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
  • Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order(**)
    • It was played at the last dance at 14.2 due to the efforts of several campers and Chris's hall winning a DJ set. Katrina Howard made numerous efforts to get the song played at 15.2 as well to some luck. Perhaps the song will return as canon.
    • It was also played once at 18.2.
    • It was also played at the last dance of 19.2, to the string pulling of RA Grant.
  • Brimful Of Asha (Fatboy Slim Remix) - Cornershop
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
    • NOTE: This song was also officially added as canon by RA Marshall during 07.2 but was brought to fame by his 07.1 hall. WE ARE MARSHALL!!!
  • Buddy Holly - Weezer
  • Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Cheap Thrills - Sia
  • Check Yes Juliet - We The Kings
  • Dancing Queen - ABBA
    • NOTE: Dancing Queen was played at most if not all dances during 18.1.
    • NOTE: Dancing Queen was played at most dances in 19.2
  • Dr. Boom Bombay - Dr. Bombay
  • Dragostea Din Tei / Numa Numa - O-Zone
  • I Touch Myself - The Divinyls
    • Hardly played anymore because it's seen as CTY-I, even though in 10.2,the SRAs played a song with the lyrics "I want to make love right now, right now," and all RAs asked agreed that it was at least as CTY-I as I Touch Myself.
    • Despite numerous efforts by the Cult of Godzilla in 09.2, Clay has kept it on the do-not-play list, and it was not played in 10.2.
  • I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones
  • I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
  • I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
  • In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
  • It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
    • NOTE: It's Raining Men was played at the final dance in 19.2 in the "House Wars" set.
  • James Brown Is Dead - L.A. Style
    • NOTE: This used to be dead Canon, but as of 12.1/12.2, it became live again. As of an unknown date, it died again.
  • Juliet - LMNT
    • NOTE: This was officially added as canon by CTYer Rachel and RA Marshall during 07.2 but credit to its popularity is given to Erica Schoneberger (07.1), Ram Narayan (07.1), Steven Braid (07.1), Eric "Smiley" Wei (07.1), and RA Emily Johnston (07.1 and 07.2)
  • Jump Jive An' Wail - Brian Setzer
  • King of Africa - Douster
    • NOTE** 17.1 kids goofed up and created a wall of death so it was banned during 17.2. King of Africa was brought back on a probationary basis during 18.1 with the restriction of no creating said wall of death. Session 1 CTYers seem to have learned from their mistakes and King of Africa is back as canon. (But still be careful!) It wasn't played in 19.1 due to the difficulty of playing it from YouTube when most music during dances is played from Spotify.
  • Like A Prayer - Madonna (**) (was played once at 16.1 and once at 17.1)
  • Moving Like Berney - ISA
  • Neem Een Ander In De Maling - Ome Henk (**) (A Dutch parody of Barbie Girl. This song is often incorrectly thought to be a German remake by Rammstein.)
  • Oh, L'Amour - Erasure
  • Paradise City - Guns 'n' Roses
  • Piano Man - Billy Joel
  • Rock Lobster - The B-52's (**)
  • Satisfaction - Benny Benassi (2nd Session)
  • Sexbomb - Tom Jones (**)
  • Shape of You - Ed Sheeran (moved because this isn't canon, just popular)
  • Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
  • Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
  • Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
  • Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
  • The Time Warp - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    • NOTE: The Time Warp was played at most dances during 19.2.
  • Tunak Tunak Tun - Daler Mehndi
    • Note: Removed from Upper Canon after a decision by CTY students and staff that the song and associated dance are more than a little culturally insensitive.
  • Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Jitterbug) - Wham!
  • What Is Love - Haddaway
  • Wonderwall - Oasis

(*) - These three songs are the Nomore songs. (**) - These Dead Canon songs are starting to be played again some (just not always that much)

The only songs with an order are those of the High-Holy Canon. They are played in the order written above, at the end of every dance. (Outside the period of 2000-2005, Forever Young is only played at the last dance.)

Forever Young,
- AB (SomnusLupus)