Not that any of us want to go back to the days of middle school, full of awkward phases, decorated lockers, and life-or-death love for our crushes. But shuffling through songs on my iPhone this morning really took back to the days when I was a Mustang. Let's review the songs that fueled my angst-ridden teen years.
Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional
You know you rocked out to this song while you wore your southern cali Hollister top and ripped low rise flare jeans with your besties. We all have Laguna Beach and "LC," Lo, Jason, Tanner, Stephen, and of course Kristin to thank for our addiction to alternative pop music. Where would we all be right now without that developmental stage in our lives? We wouldn't properly know how to handle youthful 7th grade break ups, but we could, and we did, and THANK YOU LAGUNA BEACH AND HILARY DUFF OPENING SONG. Star lyric: "My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me. So won't you kill me. So I'll die happy."Â Ahh, 8th grade love. It was soooo Romeo and Juliet.
"Yeah" by Usher
I'm in the club with my homies. You know you rolled up to school dances in the car with your mom jammin it to this Usher staple. Seriously though, this is probably one of his best songs, and we were lucky enough to experience in our awkward phases, dancing in chaperoned cafeterias drinking Dr. Pepper, braces and all. Star lyric: "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah....yeah" Yeah.
"Im not okay" by My Chemical Romance
Did anyone else obsess over this song??? Was I emo???? Well I admit it, I was enamored by anything that sang about the woes of teenage years. I'M NOT OKKKAAAYYY.... because 8th grade math is hard.... I'M NOT OOOKAAAAYYY.... because I have lunch detention again.... I'M NNNOOOTT OKAAAYYYY... Rocket Power and Hey Arnold don't play anymore and Netflix isn't invented yet.... You get the idea. There was much to be depressed about in this stage of life, and frankly, I'm not okay. Star lyric: "I'm not okay." In all seriousness though... I still really like this song. Judge me.
"Complicated" by Avril Lavigne
OOOOHHHHH Avril. I was SOOOOOO obsessed with you. "Uhhuh.. Uhhuh... Life's like this... Uhhuh... that's the way it is." YOUR WORDZ MOVE ME TO NO END. What would my life had been like if I didn't have Avril to go home and jam to in my first generation pink ipod??? I don't even want to think about the empty hole that would be my heart if Avril hadn't told me why all the boys in my middle had to go and make things so complicated. Star line: "Laugh out. When you strike your pose. Take off. All your preppy clothes." And thus the line was drawn between Hollister and cool-skater-girl-Avril style.
If these songs and a dollar and fifty cents for lunch money don't take you back to the
most awkward years wonder years of your life, THEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL.