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Power Ranking The THON 2016 Line Dance Lyrics

It’s [time redacted] on 2022, which means it’s about time to break out the tradition of ranking things that would ordinarily not be ranked. The THON 2016 line dance is full of pop culture references, Penn State news, and FTK energy, but what lines make you want to dance the most? Here is our official and delicately assembled ranking.

Catch up on the full line dance here, and our explanations of the lyrics here.

Honorable Mentions

  • Courage, for journeys brighter // Honesty, we inspire
    Strength, is redefined // Wisdom, dreams align
  • The dance break
  • US Soccer, third World Cup // record set, that’s what’s up!

The listing of the Four Diamonds take up two lines, and it’s also obviously one of the best by default. Therefore, we’ll list it first, but stick to one-liners from here on out. The dance break, like always, is a highlight — especially the Dab. Finally, there’s the U.S. Women’s National Team winning the World Cup. Featuring two Nittany Lions (Ali Krieger and Alyssa Naeher) is nice, but not as nice as…

10. Women’s soccer at the top // Don’t like a class? LATE DROP!

A team full of Nittany Lions! Penn State women’s soccer won its first ever National Championship, becoming the first Big Ten team to do so in the process. Additionally, the line references the new unlimited late drop policy, to be implemented in the fall.

9. Star Wars makes its big return // Jurassic World, they’ll never learn

Star Wars VII was one of the most important movies ever made, and I’m not just saying that to justify getting fleeced at the ticket office. Jurassic World was similarly popular and is the first of two Chris Pratt references on this list.

8. BJC, let’s rally // Show the world we’re Happy Valley

Polysyllabic rhymes automatically earn bonus points. Also whether it was intentional or not, it’s cheeky nomenclature to say “rally” instead of “riot.”

7. Two-kay sixteen is our year // Boundaries? Not in here

We checked everywhere from the floor to the black curtain on the upper level behind the stage. No boundaries to be found.

6. 5 home games all in a row // Names on jerseys had to go

This is the only Penn State football reference and half of it is dedicated to scheduling Rutgers, Buffalo, and more as early season cupcakes. Names being taken off the jerseys was big news though, but even bigger is the fact that Joey Julius is shown on the screen when the line comes on.

5. Blast off, BJC! // Can you feel that energy?

This is the first line of the chorus and a self-fulfilling prophecy.

4. David Bowie rrrrocked the past // Missing Snape in potions class

The line dance leader, Heather Grace Thomas, said “Although it’s such a sad thing, we turned it into something that everyone can look back on and remember fondly” about this lyric. It’s the most melancholy in the whole line dance, but it’s well-deserved in the wake of the two legends’ recent passings.

3. Hover boards, watch your toes! // Quick one question, WHAT ARE THOSE?!

Hover boards were one of the weirdest things in 2015, and I only call it weird because I’m trying to play off the fact that I just really don’t get it. Maybe they’re fun and practical, or maybe their greatest gift to the world will be the video of Mike Tyson falling down. On the other side of the equation is one of the best things to happen in 2015: this.

2. Parks and Rec ends in the spring // I know when that Hotline Bling

Here’s the second Chris Pratt reference. Leslie Knope and her Parks Department ended their run after seven seasons, while Drake’s dancing became an internet sensation — making it a perfect addition to the THON line dance.

1. One mission, show your diamonds // Every cub a Nittany Lion

This is peak THON. Show your diamonds, every cub is a Nittany Lion. It speaks for itself.

What did we get right? What did we get wrong? Let us know in the comments.

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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.

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