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I would go on record saying that during the first 30 minutes of my day at the office, I’m an absolute garbage employee. I sit at my desk drinking coffee and pretending to drink coffee when secretly I’m queuing up my playlist for the rest of the day. Since I’m too lazy to put together themed playlists for myself, I like to go through Spotify’s pre-made playlists and see what they have in store for me.
What I love about Spotify is that all of their TBT playlists have themes, running the gamut from the 60s to the 2010s, and even breaking it down by genre during those periods. So yesterday, when I opened up the TBT playlist and saw that it was covering emo and pop-punk music from 1999-2009, I was ecstatic. That’s the shit that I listened to growing up, so it was truly a throwback Thursday for me. The weirdest part of it, though, was when I realized that some of the songs I listened to while growing up are significantly more relevant to me now, in one capacity or another.
Here are a few that I’m talking about:
“Teenagers” by My Chemical Romance
I’ve significantly flipped stances on this bad boy. What used to be a song of rebellion is now a song of intimidation. Yeah, you know what? I’ll admit it: the teenagers do scare the shit out of me. Do you know how easy it is to become a meme these days? All it takes is some punk at a Steak and Shake who just graduated from high school to snap a candid picture of you drunkenly dipping your fries in mustard and now you’re getting laughed at on the internet. I don’t want or need that shit in my life.
“Dirty Little Secret” by The All-American Rejects
I sang this song very sensually to the plate of nachos I sneakily ate during Whole 30 last month. That’s really it.
“Dear Maria, Count Me In” by All Time Low
Alright, so, truth be told, I really only relate to the first line and the chorus. Despite the fact that the song is (apparently?) about falling in love with a stripper, the line, “I got your picture, I’m coming with you,” rings very true. In 2017, pictures are everything, especially when you’re single. Putting together a Bumble profile? Gotta have the right pics. Trying to show your new boo that you know where all the cool spots in town are? Jump on the ‘gram and geotag that shit. Your new bae’s out of town and you decided to stay in on a Friday night? Well, you get the picture.
“Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne
What was once a light hearted song about having a crush on a friend’s mom is now real as fuck. Kind of like agriculture, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact point when it started, but one day I woke up and realized that I’m kind of attracted to things like maturity, organization, and a general sense of having your shit together. You know, qualities that the stereotypical mom possesses.
I’m also not sure why it took me 14 years to watch the music video for this song, but holy shit. It’s so much more sexual than I thought it would be. 13-year-old Charlie would be punching 24-year-old Charlie as hard as he could if he knew what he was missing.
“Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” by Fall Out Boy
Okay, okay, hear me out on this one. There’s a lot going on in this song that isn’t necessarily relevant to where I’m at right now. I don’t play with the whole “spiteful lover” thing, so this whole “He tastes like you, only sweeter” line can get out of here.
However, the concept is what sticks with me. I know that the line “Thanks for the memories, even though they weren’t so great” was probably intended to be tongue in cheek, but I can think of so many examples of nights out with friends and think, “Damn, that night kind of sucked, but I wouldn’t want to spend it with anyone else.” The fact is, even though careers aren’t set in stone, chances are we’ve hit the point where we’re not going to be doing anything drastically different for the rest of our lives. So, yeah. Thanks for the memories, friends, even though they weren’t always so great. They’re still experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything else..