Hello Infectious Readers! I’m Angela Flores. I am 19-years-old and am currently a student at Texas A&M University. I have been writing for Infectious Magazine since June of 2014 and still get excited every time I start writing a piece. I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything.
Growing up, music has always been a part of my life. Between listening to my mother’s oldies CD’s and my father’s tejano radio stations, I’ve learned to appreciate different genres of music, regardless of whether or not they’re top hits.
Below are 10 songs that have witnessed my growth, and have morphed me into the person I am today. So get ready to take a small trip down memory lane with me.
1. Blink-182 – “Adam’s Song”
This was the first song I listened to that made me fall in love with punk (Is Blink-182 even considered punk anymore?). We were analyzing song lyrics in my 7th grade English class. We analyzed the song down to every last metaphor including the chord in the wall and the apple juice in the hall. I felt immediately connected to this song and I rushed home to look up the band on YouTube. The next day, I begged my mom to buy me Blink-182‘s Enema Of The State.
2. The Monkees – “Pleasant Valley Sunday”
This is another song I analyzed in English class, but this time is was five years later while I was at University. “Pleasant Valley Sunday” makes me feel content and happy until I realize what the song actually means. This angsty tune in an underrated social commentary on a generation that began to focus on materialist living, consumerism and status symbols. The song is the perfect representation of a longing to rebel against the normality and conformity of materialistic Americanism.
3. Blind Melon – “No Rain”
I was first introduced to Blind Melon through Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades. How embarrassing is that? I found solace in pretending to play the melody on the guitar as I dramatically laid on my bed all afternoon. As cliche as it sounds, this song sums up a majority of my life. I don’t know where I’m going or where I’ll be in five years but I find comfort in doing my own thing and taking life as it comes. This song has pushed me to be more comfortable with not fitting in an finding peace within myself. My appreciation for this song grows with each listen and it will continue to do so.
4. Son Of Dork – “Eddie’s Song”
Yes, I was a Son Of Dork fan. This band introduced me to Busted and McFly and I was infatuated with edgy, British rock bands for a while. Son Of Dork taught me that not all music has to be serious and that it is completely okay to be goofy sometimes. Even now, I’m still a sucker for lighthearted and half-serious songs. “Eddie’s Song” was released in 2005 and I still have it in a playlist on my iPod.
5. Roger Miller – “King Of The Road”
For obvious reasons, this song stands out among all the other ones on this playlist. As a kid, my mom would play old mix tapes in the car, and “King Of The Road” this was on one of the CDs. There’s something so simple and comforting about Roger Miller’s music. I can still remember singing along to this classic song in my mom’s stuffy jeep and snapping my fingers along to the beat.
6. You, Me, And Everyone We Know – “Livin’ th’ Dream”
This is one of the most personal songs I’ve listened to as it talks about moving forward and creating a better life for yourself. “Because of alcohol I’ve shared sixteen beds/There’s a five year reunion hanging over my head/At least 11,000 people think I’m something I’m not/The courage to let them down isn’t something I’ve still got,” Ben Liebsch sings. Although I can’t relate to alcohol addiction or anything of that sort like the song implies, the song resonates well with different areas of my life and pushes me to not give up what I’ve set my mind to.
7. Nine Days – “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)”
My best friend discovered this song in middle school, and she eventually showed it to me. We would sing along to it in the hallways, at tennis practice, in the cafeteria line and whenever there was an awkward silence between us. It was always easy to burst out into song and have someone else right next to you pick up where you left off. Looking back, I used to think the song’s bass drops were the hardest things in the world, but I now realize how soft they actually are.
8. The Friday Night Boys – “High School”
I had a short acoustic phase throughout high school and this song stuck around for a long time. It helped me realized that life after high school is still the same regardless of your age. I appreciated how the concept of this song could be applied to everyone’s life, not just relationship-wise. “I guess graduating changes nothing at all” is a good mantras to live by. This is true for the most part, until you get your first real job, in which I guess it really does change, but only a little bit.
9. The Darkness – “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
The first time I heard this song was on a local rock radio station and it sounded so different from anything I had ever heard before. I took me a few years to figure out what song it was (Huge thank you to Guitar Hero once again). The song’s unique vocals and guitar riffs stuck to me almost instantly. I would sing along to the track and try to match my singing to Justin Hawkins‘ high pitched vocals. I still can’t get it right, but I enjoy trying.
10. Britney Spears – “Oops!…I Did It Again”
Britney Spears introduction me to pop music. I’m not exaggerating when I say I was obsessed with the Britney. I eventually bought the Barbie dolls to match her red and white outfit changes and memorized her dance routine in the “Oops!…I Did It Again” music video.