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I really do think that you experience some of the best years of your life as a teenager. Maybe when you're living it it doesn't feel that way, and maybe it's a case of looking back with rose colored glasses and nostalgia and all that jazz. But really when has anything felt as important, as life changing, as it did when you were young. When have the lyrics of a song meant so much to you. To me a great song or YA book about teens has the ability to capture those teenage feelings of vulnerability, rebellion, invincibility, and of believing nothing will ever be as important as it did when you’re a teenager.
Most of these songs I listened to as teenager...and they meant something to me. Maybe they'll mean something to you too.
1. Anthems For A 17 Year-Old Girl - Broken Social Scene
People change, growing old sucks.
"Used to be the one of the rotten ones, And I liked you for that. Now you're all gone, got your make-up on, And you're not coming back"
Less about being a teen, and more about dwelling in the past (something I do a lot of) when you've been dealt a hard lot in life. The Noisettes do a great cover of When You Were Young, which I ALMOST like more than the original.
"He doesn't look a thing like Jesus, But he talks like a gentlemen. Like you imagined when you were young"
3. Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
"Well, she was just seventeen, You know what I mean. And the way she looked was way beyond compare"
4. Fluorescent Adolscent - Arctic Monkeys
I find this song, in parts, strangely depressing.
"Nothing seems as pretty as the past though. That Bloody Mary's lacking a Tabasco. Remember when he used to be a rascal?"
5. Teenage Love Song - Rilo Kiley
"We were teenagers the first time we met, You were so famous, I couldn't resist. I was your girl then, that's what you said, When you kissed me, kissed me, kissed me"
Have a favourite song that sums up your adolescent years to a T? Let me know in the comments!