What better way to spend a Sunday in the library than by secretly listening to your favorite angst songs from your youth? We know you miss them as much as we do.
Let's dive right in. Blink-182 had all the raw emotion to relate to the tweens of the early 2000s with a sound that was just catchy enough and hair that was just gelled enough to get those tweens to pay attention. "All The Small Things" was an anthem and you know it. When you were sitting alone in your room, your angst almost bubbling over from some middle school drama, you knew you could always pull out your hot pink iPod nano and blink-182 would be there to make things just a little less awful.
You cannot tell me that the second this song comes on you don't start to jam out a little bit like it's 2005. "I'm just a kid, and life is a nightmare" is firstly complete lyrical genius, and secondly became the anthem of lonely tweens everywhere. For me, I immediately flashback to that scene in Cheaper by the Dozen as the relatable, under-appreciated ginger is having the worst day of his life and this song starts to blast as a montage begins. God, I miss a good montage.
My personal vote for the catchiest chorus of the early 2000s angst-rock movement, "The Middle," is still to this day one of the finest pick-me-up songs around. While yes, maybe this song can get a tad annoying when an entire party of people cannot for the life of them remember the lyrics to any of it BUT the chorus--this song holds a special place in my heart for teaching tween me the valuable lesson that it's all going to be just fine.
The single reason that no parent born in the 90s will have a child named Stacy. Who would want to knowingly subject their daughter to being told she just doesn't have it going on quite like her mom does? What mother would knowingly bring on unwanted attention from neighborhood tween boys? That's no family I want to be a part of.
"Stacy, Madonna, way before Nirvana." This stone cold anthem by Bowling for Soup really was a bit of an insult to the generation before the Millennials. They were old news, like that mini-skirt made of snakeskin. A new generation of music and culture was arriving.
Just a loud enough rock song to be playable on the radio, just angsty enough for us to love it, "Beverly Hills" was a suburban tween's anthem. Growing up in suburbia, your life was anything but glamorous. You thought of all rock and movie stars as beautiful, famous people walking around in Hollywood and laying around by the pool, and it made you a little jealous. Hearing a cool rock star like Rivers Cuomo sing about how he felt the same way you did brought the world a little more into perspective.
I'll let you guys in on a little secret. I went and saw Fall Out Boy with Paramore this summer over break, and I honestly don't think I've ever had more fun at a concert. We were jumping around and singing way out of our range like it was 2003, and "Sugar We're Going Down" was by far the most "off the chain" song of the entire night. So if you have the chance to see them or any of your other adolescent favorites, do it and go be a tween for a little while; you won't regret it.
I'll let you guys in on another dirty little secret, the All-American Rejects got their start at a high school in Stillwater, Oklahoma, about 45 minutes from where I grew up. They would come back and do regular nice things for the community and such and the one time I saw them live, the guitar riff at the beginning of the song actually melted my face off; it was so on fire. Just a warning for you listeners, this early 2000s rock guitar is incendiary.
Oh Avril, how I have missed you. Did you guys know that she and fellow Canadian and artifact of the Early 2000s Chad Kroger (of Nickleback fame) got married in the south of France last year? I wonder if their children will all have that brown-roots-blonde-tips hair color that everyone had back then?
Sadly, I must leave you with one of the most depressing songs of the era. This song is perfect for a melancholy day. You're feeling sad and there isn't anything that's going to change that. This soaring ballad tugs at your heartstrings and tells a beautiful story, characteristics that were all too absent in early 2000s popular music.