So I remember being in my late teens and starting to notice that “older people” (you know, like, in their late 20’s and such. Ahem.) were always listening to the music that they listened to in their teens. Like my parents and aunts and uncles were always rocking out to Pink Floyd, The Doors, Led Zeppelin and even some Grand Master Flash thrown in for good measure. Even older siblings of my friends were all into Debbie Gibson and Metallica and always had that stuff on in their cars when they were forced to pick us teens up from one practice or another. And I remember thinking to myself that I’d never be “one of those”. That I would always stay up on whatever the newest cool stuff available was.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
Joke’s on me. Cause yesterday, as I’m driving home from my oh-so-boring late 20’s job, I found myself incessantly pressing skip on my ipod for all the new supposedly cool songs of the present in favor of the stuff I listened to in, you guessed it, high school. I mean, I was bringing out the old school No Doubt, 311, Third Eye Blind, Ben Folds Five, Fiona Apple, Poe, Fugees and Natalie Imbruglia and even some out of the college mix like Jack Johnson, G Love & Special Sauce, Incubus and Stroke 9. Jill Sobule’s “I kissed a girl” was even in there and it pains me that the teens of today only know the not-so-homo-friendly “I kissed a girl” a la Katy Perry and not the wonderful original circa 1995 that helped me become the good lesbian I am today.
So it’s official. I’ve become “that girl” I said I’d never become. Now that I am one of them, I feel comfortable in giving my analysis as to why this phenomenon happens. I think it’s because those few years between say 16 and 23 are those times where you have the most freedom, yet the least responsibilities, thereby making it the most FUN time in your whole damn life. And fun, in a general sort of sense, is very often accompanied by good music. So therefore, whenever you hear these songs, it brings you back to those good times in your head. And even though we’ll never get those times back, we’ll always have their music to take us back, at least figuratively.
What do you think? And what are your favorite teen songs?