There’s a soundtrack to everyone’s childhood, teenage years and adulthood. There are songs that you’ll cherish forever, along with others that you wish you could forget. But there are some songs in particular that capture things that will inevitably happen as you grow up so perfectly, so concisely, that it almost hurts to think about their lyrics. And despite all that, those are the ones that become favorites. Here are some of those songs.
1. “Last Hope” – Paramore
“And the salt in my wounds isn’t burning any more than it used to. It’s not that I don’t feel the pain, it’s just I’m afraid of hurting anymore.” Hayley Williams truly has a way with words. With all the things the band has gone through and how it has grown (the members included – they have spent much of their lives in Paramore), it only makes sense that they express what it means to grow up through music. There’s one line in particular that sums up how everyone feels at one time or another: “I don’t even know myself at all. I thought I would be happy by now.”
2. “Black Sheep” – Metric
Though this is the music video/cover version from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, it’s my favorite version. It perfectly captures the confusion and rage you can feel toward someone you used to care about – especially about an ex. The song has hints of both rock and pop, and it showcases the lead singer’s beautifully breathy, but still hearty, voice. Surely you’ve gone through something that made you feel confused and angry, and this song… it’s what you wanted to say to the person who made you feel that way, but you only only thought of it after that person walked out of your life.
3. “Dammit” – Blink 182
“Dammit” is all about loving, losing, growing up and failing. You’ll make mistakes and love people you shouldn’t – it’s human nature. This song just showcases that. “I guess this is growing up.”
4. “Revelry” – Kings of Leon
Everyone dreams of being something better. This song outlines how you feel when you realize that your dreams might be a little to big and brilliant for you to accomplish… and that you’re going to try to achieve them anyway. It also warns against dreaming too hard and being so focused on the future that you miss the present. In the song, the protagonist hurts the woman he loves because he was “dreaming of revelry.”
5. “Time To Pretend” – MGMT
This song makes you feel like you felt all those times when you just wanted to be careless and forget that you had responsibilities. Everyone feels like that sometimes, but when the “real world” seems like it’s a step away, you feel like that more and more. It’s terrifying, waiting for reality, and so you “pretend.”