Recently, I’ve been rediscovering bands and songs I used to love as a teenager, so I thought it would be fun to share 12 of my favourites.
I was an “emo kid”, despite my protests at the time that I wasn’t, so some of these songs will probably come as no surprise at all if we have similar music tastes.
Good Charlotte – Girls & Boys
This album is the whole reason I ended up becoming an “emo kid”. When I started senior school, I rapidly became best friends with a girl with an awesome music taste, and this was the first album she recommended to me.
I grew up listening to Def Leppard, and glam rock, so Good Charlotte were probably my first experience of (then) modern rock.
My Chemical Romance – Helena
What list of emo songs would be complete without a nod to My Chemical Romance? I don’t even need to say anymore about this.
My Mum even made me a Helena-style dress, because that’s how cool she is.
Panic! At The Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Oh, these guys were the masters of incredibly long and passive aggressive song titles.
A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was, and still is, a fantastic album. But much like my feelings towards The Killers, I only loved their first album. But boy, did I play this to death.
Fall Out Boy – Get Busy Living, Or Get Busy Dying
Fall Out Boy are also well-versed in incredibly long titles.
It’s going to sound incredibly “emo” of me when I say “these guys saved my life”, but there were honestly nights where I felt it was true.
My OCD was particularly tough to deal with with I was a teenager, which was probably made harder as I didn’t tell anyone. But Fall Out Boy’s bassist was vocal about his struggles with mental illness, and I think that was probably the first time I’d seen a musician talk about it, so the lyrics and music were really helpful to me.
From Under the Cork Tree is still one of my favourite albums to this day, I just wish I felt the same way about their new music. *Weeps*
Fightstar – Paint Your Target
I was skeptical of Charlie Simpson’s foray into rock, but as soon as I heard this, I fell in love with Fightstar. They featured heavily in my music taste in my teenage years, and I’m so glad they’re back together and working on new music.
Mindless Self Indulgence – Shut Me Up
I had completely forgotten about these guys until I checked out my Last.fm to see what some of my most played songs were.
They’re a lot of noise, and daft sound effects, but they’re so fun. One of my friends introduced me to them and I loved them right away. We went to see them live the next year, and it was one of the funnest gigs I’ve ever been to.
I’ll give you a gold star if you can make it to the end of this video!
Paramore – Misery Business
This video came out at exactly the right time for me. It came out just as I was becoming obsessed with colouring my hair, and I spent the summer this came out with my hair looking like Hayley’s does in this video. It is still my favourite ever ‘hair era’. (Yes, my hair has eras.)
Alexisonfire – Rough Hands
Oh I love this song so much. It’s one of those songs where you can really feel the emotion behind every single word.
I wish I could have seen Alexisonfire live. They’re reforming to do a few shows over the summer, including Reading & Leeds, but a £60 ticket just to see one band seems like a lot, especially when I don’t like the headliner on that day.
Mayday Parade – I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About
In case you haven’t noticed, super long and passive-aggressive song titles were all the rage back in the day. Are they now? I don’t know. I’m out of touch with new rock music, it’s all about country in these ears right now.
Mayday Parade were one of my favourite bands that I never got to see live. They had two singers back when I first discovered them, and it worked so darn well. One of them left and, despite their efforts, it was never the same for me. The emotion was lacking, so I like to just pretend they no longer exist.
The Blackout – Go Burn City Hall To The Ground
The Blackout supported Lostprophets the first time I saw them back when I was about 14 years old. I think they’d only released a few songs at that point, and I spent months listening to those songs over and over until they released The Beijing Cocktail.
I am still truly gutted that The Blackout have split up. IT’S JUST NOT FAIR!
Lostprophets – Last Summer
Oh man, I don’t know how I feel about posting this, because of the whole disgusting lead singer thing. I’m not even saying his name, but does what he did change their music and mean I shouldn’t enjoy it anymore? I don’t know.
What I do know is that Last Summer was one of my favourite songs ever. Whenever I listen to it, I’m taken back to being in my early teens, in my room on a hot evening, surfing MySpace. Because, what else would I be doing? It makes me feel so, so nostalgic.
You Me At Six – Save It For The Bedroom
It took me a while to warm up to these guys, but when I saw that the video for this song was a mickey-take of The Jeremy Kyle Show, I couldn’t ignore them anymore.
Their passive-aggressive songs were also particularly useful as angsty MSN names, remember those?
It’s nice to see how far YM@6 have come since their first album, and it’s always fun to be able to say “Oh, I liked them back when…” because you feel like being a bit of a hipster.
What were some of your favourite songs as a teenager?