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Songs that defined your childhood?

Postby astrodomekid » May 17th, 2019, 10:40 pm

I’m sure we all have songs we loved listening to as kids and bring out the nostalgic feels in us when we hear them now. And given the fact that my 25th birthday is coming up in late November, I find myself listening to more of these songs than ever before. I already posted a similar topic a while back, but now I’m willing to go into greater depth with all the songs that I really liked listening to back in the day. And of course, I would like to hear from you guys what songs you have fond memories of when you were young.

So without further ado, here’s the songs that defined my childhood.

ATC - “Around the World (La La La La La)”
Avril Lavigne - “Complicated”
Avril Lavigne - “Sk8tr Boi”
Backstreet Boys - “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
Backstreet Boys - “It’s Gotta Be You”
Backstreet Boys - “I Want It That Way”
Backstreet Boys - “Larger Than Life”
Backstreet Boys - “Quit Playing Games With My Heart”
Backstreet Boys - “We’ve Got It Going On”
Baha Men - “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
Bodyrockers - “I Like the Way”
Bon Jovi - “It’s My Life”
Britney Spears - “Oops! I Did It Again”
Britney Spears - “Stronger”
Britney Spears - “Toxic”
Coldplay - “Clocks”
Coldplay - “Speed of Sound”
Eiffel 65 - “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”
Evanescence - “Bring Me To Life”
Evanescence - “Going Under”
Evanescence - “My Immortal”
The Fray - “How To Save a Life”
Goo Goo Dolls - “Sympathy”
Griffin House - “Lay Down In Your Fields”
Gwen Stefani - “The Sweet Escape”
Gwen Stefani - “Wind It Up”
Gwen Stefani - “4 in the Morning”
Jason Mraz - “The Remedy”
Jet - “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?”
Jewel - “Intuition”
John Mayer - “My Stupid Mouth”
John Mayer - “No Such Thing”
John Mayer - “Why Georgia”
John Mayer - “Your Body is a Wonderland”
Justin Timberlake - “Cry Me a River”
Kelly Clarkson - “Miss Independent”
Matchbox Twenty - “If You’re Gone”
Matchbox Twenty - “Unwell”
Maroon 5 - “Harder to Breathe”
Maroon 5 - “She Will Be Loved”
Maroon 5 - “This Love”
Nickelback - “Photograph”
Nine Days - “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)”
NSYNC - “Bye Bye Bye”
NSYNC - “Celebrity”
NSYNC - “Digital Get Down”
NSYNC - “Girlfriend”
NSYNC - “God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You”
NSYNC - “Gone”
NSYNC - “It’s Gonna Be Me”
NSYNC - “I Want You Back”
NSYNC - “Just Got Paid”
NSYNC - “No Strings Attached”
NSYNC - “Pop”
NSYNC - “Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)”
NSYNC - “Tearin’ Up My Heart”
NSYNC - “That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You”
NSYNC - “This I Promise You”
OutKast - “Hey Ya!”
P!nk - “Get This Party Started”
Ricky Martin - “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
Santana - “Smooth”
Sheryl Crow - “Soak Up the Sun”
Smash Mouth - “All Star”
Smash Mouth - “I’m a Believer”
Sting - “After the Rain Has Fallen”
Sting - “A Thousand Years”
Sting - “Big Lie Small World”
Sting - “Brand New Day”
Sting - “Desert Rose”
Sting - “Fields of Gold”
Sting - “Ghost Story”
Sting - “Send Your Love”
Sting - “Send Your Love (Dave Aude Remix)”
Train - “Cab”
Train - “Calling All Angels”
Uncle Kracker - “Drift Away”
Usher - “U Got It Bad”
Usher - “Yeah!”
98 Degrees - “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)”

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Re: Songs that defined your childhood?

Postby jon » May 18th, 2019, 1:57 am

I remember being in the music store in 1991 the day Nevermind came out with my brother. The store was playing Teen Spirit. He got Nevermind

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Re: Songs that defined your childhood?

Postby Robotrek » May 18th, 2019, 1:40 pm

Gary Numan's "Cars" and Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride" were always up there with songs I heard a lot when I was younger (around 10). Breakfast in America (the entire album) also echoed around my house a lot in the earlier years (between 6-10). Later on, in my mid teens, I listened to a lot of Cinderella and Skid Row. In my late teens-early 20's, I ditched rock because it went to crap in the 90's. So I switched over to new jack swing, and heard a TON of En Vogue. Loved that stuff!

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Re: Songs that defined your childhood?

Postby Hardcore Sadism » June 14th, 2019, 12:13 pm

Tiny little me in the 90's, Smashing Pumpkins and The Offspring.

But one treasure that really lit me up back then was Big Headed Todd and the Monsters with Bittersweet Surrender.

The 90's birthed a lot of road trip friendly songs that we just don't see today.

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Re: Songs that defined your childhood?

Postby velcrozombie » June 14th, 2019, 2:58 pm

I was born in the 80s but my Dad played the oldies almost exclusively. The Monkees and the Beach Boys were my early favorites - a Beach Boys live album from the bargain bin was the first proper album I ever owned. My Mom played a mix of Top 40 and Christian Contemporary stuff - Amy Grant was in constant rotation (and was the first concert I ever attended) and she probably defined my childhood more than any other single musician. From the Top 40 radio it was Billy Joel ("Uptown Girl" and "The Longest Time" especially) and Stevie Wonder ("I Just Called to Say I Love You" I remember being played incessantly) more than anything else. When I got a little older I latched onto Phil Collins and started watching a lot of VH1 (MTV was still a tool of the devil at that point) and got into other Patrick Bateman-approved stuff like Huey Lewis and the News and Robert Palmer. At the same time I'd go to one of my cousin's houses and they'd put on Dr. Dre, Ice Cube or Salt n Pepa ("Nuthin' But a G Thang" probably defined being 10 years old more than any other song) while we played sports games on the Genesis and then go to my guitar-playing older cousin's house to hear Metallica (he had a dark blue Charvel that looked something like the guitar Kirk Hammett played), Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Anthrax, Queen, Dream Theater, Megadeth... I don't think I fully made the turn into the harder stuff until I got a membership with Columbia House and got my 15 cassettes for a penny when I was around 11.

I should make a special mention of the first music I ever had - I'd get these coloring books called We Sing Silly Songs that came with a cassette and a set of markers. They would have a few pages for each song in the book with the lyrics and illustrations and I'd listen and color for hours. Still one of my fondest memories as a child.

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