Remember those days when you would lock yourself in your room and listen to those two or three songs that perfectly captured all of that repressed teen angst, when you felt like no one would ever understand you and how you were feeling? Almost all of us went through that phase where we listened to pop-punk and emo music because it appealed directly to our oh-so-broken hearts. Allow this playlist to take you down memory lane as you relive the first time you heard these teen anthems.
- “That’s What You Get” — Paramore
- “Sugar, We’re Going Down” — Fall Out Boy
- “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” — Panic! at the Disco
- “Teenagers” — My Chemical Romance
Picking a My Chemical Romance song for this list wasn’t easy, as there are so many good choices. However, “Welcome to the Black Parade” is probably the most angsty album in the entire My Chemical Romance catalog, and this song from the album speaks directly about teenagers, so it ultimately won a spot on the list.
- “All The Small Things” — Blink-182
- “The Middle” — Jimmy Eat World
- “Welcome to My Life” — Simple Plan
- “DONTTRUSTME” — 3OH!3
No matter what age you were when this song came out, you know this song. For better or worse, 3OH!3 was the most popular band for about five minutes in 2008, and people still quote the line “Tell your boyfriend if he says he’s got beef / that I’m a vegetarian.”
- “Dear Maria, Count Me In” — All Time Low
- “Gives You Hell” — The All-American Rejects
Probably the most popular break-up song of the late ‘00s, this song probably got every teenager of that era through the hard times at least one heartbreak. Sadly, this song was probably as popular as The All-American Rejects ever got.
- “Memory” — Sugarcult
- “Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone) — Forever the Sickest Kids
- “Miserable at Best” — Mayday Parade
- “American Idiot” — Green Day
- “Ocean Avenue” — Yellowcard
- “Fat Lip” — Sum 41
- “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too” — Say Anything
- “The Anthem” — Good Charlotte