When it comes to TBT playlists, one would expect a cluster of songs that are generally embarrassing. However, the only thing that I might find embarrassing is that all my favorite middle school bands were borderline boy bands. Yes All-American Rejects, I am talking about you. But truth be told, my taste hasn’t changed an awful lot so I can’t say I’m too ashamed. Fortunately, I was able to dive into the good old poppy emo-rock I listen to today pretty early on in life. This with a combination of classic rock and 90s jams introduced to me by my father largely comprised my music catalog right around the 6th/7th grade era. Enjoy diving into the iPod of little, adolescent Jordan.
- All American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
What throwback playlist from a young adult my age wouldn’t be complete without a little Rejects?
- Fall Out Boy – Sugar We’re Going Down
Going hand-in-hand with AAR, I fell in love with everyone’s favorite emo rockers thanks to this radio hit.
- The Fray – You Found Me
Trying to appeal to a more sophisticated “I’m going to listen to piano driven pop tunes” outlook, I found solace in The Fray.
- Paramore – Pressure
Middle school hit and I found out women could rock. Not a time goes by where I hear this song and don’t have flashbacks to strolling into 7th grade English refusing to let anyone disturb my jam session.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
In 6th grade all I wanted to do was listen to the Chili Peppers. In spite of my parents’ disapproval, I borrowed my friend’s copy of Stadium Arcadium and listened to it religiously. Dani California still remains my favorite off the record.
- Dave Matthews Band – Ants Marching
When I received my first iPod, I only had my dad’s CDs at my disposal to burn to iTunes. Memories of earlier childhood made this one of the most played songs on the prized little device.
- The Who – Pinball Wizard
Another influence passed down the generations, I remember latching on to The Who despite the fact that it resembled none of the other bands I enjoyed. Still Classic.
- Pearl Jam – Daughter
A family friend lent me Pearl Jam’s discography in 8th grade… what more is there to say?
- The Killers – Mr. Brightside
A former snowboarding buddy of mine was obsessed with The Killers. Not a ride to the slopes went by where I wasn’t forced to listen to Hot Fuss and I couldn’t have been more fortunate that this was the case.
- Matchbox Twenty – 3 AM
Matchbox Twenty’s greatest hits for Christmas one year was a gamechanger.