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“Level Up” – Ciara

Ciara came out of the gate strong back in 2004, with her singles like “Goodies” and “1, 2 Step” but in recent years, she has struggled a bit to make as big of an impact as she once had. But with her single “Level Up”, the star was ready to make waves, and she took no prisoners.

“Level Up” came out later in the summer, but its quick-paced lyrics and high-intensity beat — with even higher intensity choreo! — proved that Ciara was not playing around when she sang “my comeback on one hunnid!” It was catchy, it was dancey, and she absolutely slayed the video with a gaggle of fierce backup dancers. People even started making their own Instagram videos of the choreography. Now that is impact!