For today’s birthday post, I was going to publish a list of 25 things I’ve learned by age 25, but the resulting list ended up being precocious and worthy of an eye roll. Instead, I’m going to take a look back on my 25 years in terms of music. Any of my friends with actual decent taste in music know that I possess zero inhibitions about the music that I enjoy. In short, I am very up-to-date on the happenings of the teen pop music world, and I am not ashamed. Here’s a look at my favorite songs or albums released over my lifetime:
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie and it was released the year I was born. The library in that castle…it’s what dreams are made of.
This song is ICONIC. High school dances without this song would not have been the same. Thank you for starting the booty movement, Sir Mix A Lot.
The obvious choice.
This one is a tie because Waterfalls is the first song I remember hearing on the radio and The Colour of My Love is the first album I remember hearing. My mom had the Celine album and I remember lying on the floor of her office with my toys as The Power of Love played through our gigantic stereo.
Mariah Carey is a LEGEND. Always Be My Baby is my favorite Mariah song, followed closely by Heartbreaker.
1996: You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
To be clear, I was not listening to this song in 1996. This song is so scathing that it’s impressive.
1997: Wannabe by The Spice Girls
The year 1997 is the start of my personal golden age of music. The Spice Girls were EVERYTHING. Every girl loved them, every girl wanted to be Baby (never Sporty), and every girl had a Spice Girl Barbie. Spice World was released in 1997, and I still dream about their tour bus.
My sister was a HUGE BSB fan, and I’ve seen the Backstreet Boys on 3 separate tours in my lifetime. BSB > NSYNC. Sorry about it.
This WHOLE album. This is the first CD I remember buying with my own money. Britney Spears was the ultimate cool girl. It blows my mind to know that she was 18 when this record was released. Britney Spears is by far the 90s artist I idolized the most as a kid. She made the Catholic school girl look cool, after all.
I think Christina Aguilera has one of the best voices. Ever. In the history of popular music. And I still really love this song.
The entire album is incredible Survivor, Booylicious, Independent Women. Long Live Destiny’s Child. True story: I saw Destiny’s Child in concert when they OPENED for Christina Aguilera’s debut tour. #blessed
Bennifer <3 Jennifer Lopez is the hottest woman on the planet. Body goals forever.
Hilary Duff is the OG Disney Channel artist, and her debut album was pure gold. None of the songs make any sense and it’s magic. So Yesterday was the stand out track.
Songs About Jane is my favorite album, of all time, period. It’s Maroon 5’s debut album, and while it didn’t come out in 2004, this is the year that She Will Be Loved was on the charts. Everything after this album was downhill for M5, but every single track on this album is AMAZING.
This song came out in 2002, but I didn’t know about it until 2005, and IT. WAS. MY. JAM. I felt so hxc listening to TBS albums while I was simultaneously decked out in Hollister clothing. I think I might have peaked in 8th grade.
Something Corporate/Jack’s Mannequin was the real deal. I used to listen to this song and dream about living in southern California like a weirdo.
The perfect anthem for every high school sleepover where you and your friends would plot a home-wrecking plan to steal the star football/soccer/lacrosse/hockey boy away from his terrible girlfriend.
I have never been more obsessed with any human beings more than the Jonas Brothers, and the exact moment that it began was summer 2008 when I saw the Burnin’ Up music video and fell in love with Nick Jonas (you can’t make fun of me because he’s hot now). The word fan girl does not even begin to justify my behavior from 2008-2010. I legitimately thought Nick and I were soulmates. I was in love and delusional. If you never experienced this type of devotion to a boy band when you were a teenager, I am sorry, because it was the time of my life and I regret nothing. Long live the JoBros.
If you thought my embarrassing teenage behavior was confined to the Jonas Brothers, it was not. This song is still my jam.
Taylor Swift’s album, Fearless, was the soundtrack to my first real relationship, and this song was the ultimate break-up track after I was dumped via text message.
2011: We R Who We R by Ke$ha
There is not a more appropriate track for 2011.
2012: We Found Love by Rihanna
2012 was my junior year of college, the year I turned 21, the year I graduated from college, the year I moved to LA, and it was an absolute mess. This Rihanna song was the soundtrack to every Allston basement party that was thrown.
As evidenced above, I am a woman highly affected by boy bands. I met One Direction at work in 2013 and promptly fell in love with Harry Styles.
2014: 1989 by Taylor Swift
Man oh man. This album. Taylor Swift gets it. In 2014, I loved the players, and they definitely loved the game. Blank Space perfectly describes what it’s like to date in your early twenties. All hail Queen Taylor.
2015: Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adele
SHE’S BACK!!! And her music isn’t online, so I can’t share the track. But you’ve heard it by now, right? This is my favorite track off the new album: “We’ve got to let go of all of our ghosts, we both know we ain’t kids no more.” Word, Adele.
2016: Pillowtalk by Zayn
If you’ve talked to me this year, this will not be a surprise. The first time I heard Zayn’s debut track sans One Direction, I hated it. NOT ANYMORE. Really pumped for this album. Reallllly pumped.
Thanks for reading!