For a lot of us, our teenage years are some of our most formative. They are the years where we really start growing into ourselves—we begin to develop our own tastes, discover the things we really love, and make special memories that end up lasting a lifetime. And although some of the memories we make during those years are better than others (because let’s face it, these years often are some of our most awkward, too), no matter our experiences, we all seem to have fond ones of the music that carried us through them. Yolanda from Inspire and Wander brings us our Music Monday post today, where she relives her own teenage days through the music she loved during those years, music that she shares with her own teenage son today. Enjoy!
Reliving My Teenage Years Through Music | Yolanda @ Inspire and Wander
The other day I was sitting down with my teenager. He just turned 13 and recently purchased an iPhone with some of the money he has saved up. (It’s all the rage, right?) As we were looking through our phones, I told him I was going to get an Apple Music plan so we could share our music and he could find any music he wanted.
Fast forward a couple of days: We were on our way to his soccer practice, which was a good 20 minute drive and provided the perfect opportunity to talk to him about the little things—eyes on the road, relaxed atmosphere, short conversations. I told him I noticed he had made a playlist, and he gave me a big smile. We turned on his music and off we went. A few songs into it, Bust A Move by Young MC came on. “You put this song on your list?” I asked grinning. “Yeah, it’s a good song!” he answered. I couldn’t help but laugh as I explained to him that I listened to that song when I was his age. We laughed and sang all the way to the field.
Later that same night, we settled in on the couch to relax and watch the newest Netflix movie we had just received. It was The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock, a movie that none of us had seen before. Interestingly enough, there is a scene where the older boy (the football player) and a younger boy are out driving and the song Bust A Move comes on. We all looked at each other and laughed—the irony was definitely not lost on us.
This chain of events got me thinking about all of those songs I used to listen to when I was 13, those songs that came on the radio while I was waiting for my curling iron to warm up. Ah, those were the days…
Some of those songs remind me of specific events, while some just remind me of an era, but you know the feeling: they are the songs that bring back your younger, free, and youthful self.
Here are 7 songs that take me back to my early teenage years:
1) Bust A Move – Young MC (1989)
2) Nothing Compares 2U – Sinead O’Connor (1990)
3) U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer (1990)
4) Vogue – Madonna (1990)
5) Love Shack – The B52’s (1989)
6) Pump Up the Jam – Technotronic (1990)
7) Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty (1989)
Let us know: Are you nostalgic for any of these songs? These songs were popular in the late 80’s and early 1990s — is this the type of music you were listening to then? What music or song makes you relive your teenage years?
Yolanda is an artist and family travel curator. She documents travel and everyday adventures through art and photography. You can visit her blog, Inspire and Wander, or find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thank you, Yolanda!
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