Disclaimer: My Growing Up playlist might be the weirdest grouping of songs you have ever seen. Not to mention their release years just jump from early 2000’s to 1960’s to just last year. In truth, I am still growing up and have a lot of learning to do. However, I can tell you what songs and artists have influenced me the most.
In case you were too lazy to scroll to the bottom of this page, my name is Austin Heath and I am an 18-year-old senior in high school. I am also homeschooled, giving me extra time to enjoy music enough to write about it on Infectious and my own music recommendation/review site, named “Austin’s Music Picks”. Again, you can find all of this stuff in a single sentence at the end of the article.
I could pretend I have had an immense love affair with music since I was a baby. I can also act like every bit of music I loved was classic and the best the industry had to offer. But no, instead I will inform you that it took a lot of Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Nickelback, and more artists whose names just make you cringe to mold my taste in music. And that’s okay to me, because I am willing to give any music a chance now. The parameters of music that I write about go beyond just my favorite genre (RnB), and I find myself loving songs from all over the map.
So let’s jump right into the fun part of this and start from as far back as I remember:
- (Sir) Elton John – “Your Song”
This song ranks among my all-time favorites, and I have found myself fond of this track since I first heard it on my parents’ wedding CD. Even during a time when I never went out of my way to listen to music, I always looked forward to that 7th song on the tracklisting so that I could sing along to this. It’s just a simple love ballad that I can never get bored of.
- Coldplay – “Yellow”
“Yellow” is one of those songs that just feels timeless. It defines that early 2000’s era, and everytime I hear it, memories of pre-school and my last days as an only child just come flooding. Funny thing is, I never remember hearing this song very often, and yet somehow it seems to spark a thousand individual memories. Also, how can you not love baby-faced Chris Martin?
- Nickelback – “How You Remind Me”
I honestly cannot think of what to say about this song. It just kinda speaks for itself. After hearing softer Alternative and Motown since I was little, this opened me up to anything that resembled harder Rock. Forgive me for making you listen to Nickelback, we’ll just move on to the next bit.
- Train – “Drops Of Jupiter”
I am not completely sure if I liked this song for the sound itself, or the fact that my mom played it so much that the cassette tape started skipping. That being said, there was something about this song that felt different to me and foreshadowed another all-time favorite of mine that would be a gateway into Pop music, “Hey Soul Sister”. No denying it is an incredible piece either.
- Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine
I cannot even say I like this song that much, but it’s another one that wore me down from listening. I would never go out of my way to listen to it, yet I can sing the whole thing for you right now. It has been a favorite of my mom’s since she first saw Guns N’ Roses in NYC before they went big. I feel like this song has been around as long as I can remember and I still hear it everytime I get in the car.
- The Beatles – “Yesterday”
Cue middle school, and for the first time I can actually relate to music. I began to take a real liking to The Beatles, and “Yesterday” became my favorite song of theirs. I found myself recording this song from a YouTube video with my cell phone, and playing it back like a video clip whenever I went anywhere. It was illegally downloading music for stupid people.
- Enrique Iglesias & Ciara – “Takin’ Back My Love”
Wow, did I love this song. I still do, and both of these artists have been favorites of mine at one point in my life. I consider this my all-time favorite song, and it has held that place for multiple years now. It is so catchy, and I never get bored of it. There are still songs by Enrique Iglesias that rank in my favorites, but this one takes the cake.
- David Guetta ft. Usher – “Without You”
David Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat was the first album I ever downloaded and heard in full. I still listen to several of those tracks, but nothing stands out more than “Without You”. It was the song that represented my relationship when it started almost 4 years ago (Long distance and still going strong), and everytime I hear it all of those butterflies in my stomach start to flutter again.
- Trey Songz – “Last Time”
Trey Songz has always been a favorite artist of mine, and his RnB has truly influenced me into loving the genre. “Last Time” truly sums up the sound that I love the most, and comes off an album that includes other favorites of mine including “We Should Be” (A must-listen) and “Wonder Woman”. I could name a number of songs in RnB that you should try on for size, but ultimately this piece is my go-to recommendation and never gets old.
- Bastille – “The Driver”
And here I am, reporting for Infectious Magazine three days a week. I write about lots of music on my own site, for a few other sites as a guest writer, and here, but this song really represents my jump into journalism and my love for it. The release of this single was my first article on here (thanks Angela for helping me make it look less terrible than the first draft!), and while I may have loved Bastille before this, I found a sentimental reason to appreciate them after this.
This was too hard to just narrow down to ten songs, so if you have some time to kill, you can search these other songs that have influenced me, which include (but are definitely not limited to):
Beyonce – “Countdown” (Just a favorite, can’t explain why)
Chris Brown – “She Ain’t You” (Still love it, among my Top 5)
Ne-Yo – “One In A Million” (Helped me find my love for Ne-Yo, my favorite artist)
Hollywood Undead – “Everywhere I Go” (One of the first real crude songs I ever heard. Still love it to this day!)
Tinashe ft. Aye-H – “Pretend” (Mostly because it was my first Rap verse as an artist)
Thanks for reading, I hope you have exited this journey feeling like you made good use of an extra 20 minutes. If not, sorry for disappointing, but I have more awesome music on my own site, austinsmusicpicks.wordpress.com! Yay for shameless promotion!
Before I go, I should say something. In all truth, I have a lot of growing up to do still. I am immature, crazy and yet still coming out of my shell. But I do know that the diverse music I listen to has a great influence over my life and mindset, and being honest, I had little care for Alternative/Rock/Metal/Punk music before writing for Infectious Magazine. Choosing to write here was definitely the right choice, and inspired me to love artists such as twenty one pilots, Falling In Reverse, Set It Off, Fall Out Boy, and plenty more! Seriously, the number of artists I listen to is so large I couldn’t even begin to list them at this point.
So a huge thank you goes to everyone who has helped me get to where I am, and I am truly thankful to every song, artist, and individual who has influenced me to keep on writing. Afterall, sometimes, and especially now, it can get damn difficult to keep on keeping on.
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