oh, sweet nostalgia

songs marked with * are explicit.

Dictionary.com describes nostalgia as “a wistful desire to return… to a former time in one’s life; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.” We tend to use this word quite often while referring to music that emits this grand feeling (usually accompanied by great sadness). But what is it about these songs that create this feeling?

Odds are that you, Reader, are a person between the ages of 13 and 25, meaning that the 2000’s were your glory days.

I know you miss it.

But why?

There are a few potential reasons.

Danger. As a kid in the 2000’s, you sought out songs that would make you feel like a rebel. Maybe one with a bad word or two in the chorus. Anything that could make you feel even remotely edgy was good enough for you, right? I know. I’ve been there. These songs allowed you to pretend, if only for a moment, that you were someone else. Someone older, more attractive, and more socially equipped than you were. Looking for a few songs you may have forgotten that made you feel avant-garde? Try Gives You (Expletive)* by The All-American Rejects, Honestly by Hot Chelle Rae, and Don’t Trust Me* by 3OH!3.

Depth. As you grew into your music taste, you realized that you needed songs that were less about having fun with your friends and more about the problems of life and society. Of course, you were a child – you likely wouldn’t have known a real problem if it hit you across the face, but, as the saying goes, fake it till you make it. And, boy, did you fake it. Now, you can look back on those songs, laughing about the issues that you thought you had while striving to fix the ones that you are currently struggling with. Here’s a few deep songs for a rainy day: All The Right Moves by OneRepublic,  Whataya Want From Me* by Adam Lambert, and Bad Day by Daniel Powter.

Style. You probably realized early on what type of music you gravitated to. If you were like me, you were attracted to music with real instruments. Yes, you likely were drawn to bands. And kids in the 2000’s had the best introduction to pop rock. Some of you were attracted by big names like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance, but others were inclined to listen to bands like The Ready Set and Nine Days. Who?, you may be wondering. Exactly. The 2000’s delivered some of the best pop rock one-hit wonders. Looking for some jams to share with the next generation? Look into Absolutely by Nine Days, Love Like Woe by The Ready Set, Check Yes Juliet by We The Kings, Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down, and 1985* by Bowling For Soup.

Tune. Finally, what’s the use in this evaluation if we don’t mention the catchiest songs? As impressionable youths, these tunes got stuck in our head and never seemed to escape. Even years later, occasionally, these earworms will work their way back into our lives (not like we’re complaining). Eager to dance like they did back in the day? Remember Fireflies by Owl City (if you send me a meme I will DELETE MY ACCOUNT), Animal by Neon Trees, Beverly Hills by Weezer, and The Middle by Jimmy Eat World.

Was your favorite song from the 2000’s not listed? What else attracted you to the music you listened to?




One thought on “oh, sweet nostalgia

  1. well, yeah, I was born in 2003, (yes, groan, I’m a cringey 13 year old) and I grew up with 00s alternative rock, and 90s rock, so that’s what I mostly listen to now. Sometimes, I listen to a song in my recommendations, and I immediately have déjà vu. It’s one of the reasons why I have random songs like Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis, Miss Murder by AFI, Mr. Brightside by The Killers, they remind me of when I was younger and of my parent’s music.


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