We all had them, our angst-filled teenage years spent angry at the world and rebellious against any authority. Our parents would say “do this” and we’d say “fuck that.” In our minds we were right about everything and no one stood a chance in telling us otherwise.
We were the “misunderstood” generation, determined to lead our own paths. All of this tumultuous emotion led many of us to turn to music that mirrored our so-called struggle of being a hormone-raged teen. We’re willing to bet that you jammed out to at least one of these tracks while your parents repeatedly begged you to turn the stereo down.
1. Yellow Card – “Ocean Avenue”
If you’ve ever listened to Yellow Card, you know this song. It’s the epitome of our ideal teenage lifestyles. Sleeping all day, staying up all night…Not to mention the typical desire to run away and leave this town forever.
2. Story Of The Year – “Until The Day I Die”
Along with all the angst and rebellion, came the dramatic lovesick emo kid. I’ll spill my heart for you…Will you though? Because right now I can’t even get a damn text back. On another note, I saw these guys live as an angsty teen myself and they were amazing.
3. Good Charlotte – “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous”
Tbh, I will always crank this song way TF up. It’s just such a catchy headbanger, makes me feel like I’m back at Warped Tour. Can we talk about that hair for a second though? Remember when people would actually spike their hair up like that? And the guy-liner…where did the time go?
4. Sum 41 – “Fat Lip”
Sum 41 is probably as teen punk as it gets. We like having fun at other people’s expenses…It’s no secret teenagers really don’t give a shit about anything. They just wanted to be in mosh pits and have gel-tipped hair. Well, they used to anyway.
5. Paramore – “Misery Business”
In full disclosure, I’m always going to love Paramore. Hayley Williams gave all of us angsty girls someone to sing along with. She was one of the first “punk” groups of the early 2000s to not only have a front woman, but one that was a total badass.
6. Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
So, you might be thinking Jet isn’t really angsty, but they fall in with that lovesick hormone-fueled teen emotion that we’re all too familiar with. Also, Jet is classic and they earned a spot on this list. Are you gonna be my girl?
7. Blink 182 – “Feeling This”
Honestly, you can’t have a playlist with the words “angsty teen” and not include Blink 182. These guys jumpstarted our dive into early 00’s punk rock and they’re still going strong AF.
8. Taking Back Sunday – “Make Damn Sure”
Taking Back Sunday is another one of the OG’s that made their way onto our list. Make Damn Sure is arguably one of their best tracks and one every former emo kid knows by heart. At least we do, anyway.
9. Simple Plan – “Welcome To My Life”
Let’s be real, we all had a time in our lives where we listened to a little too much Simple Plan. Not that they aren’t badass because they are, but as a no longer angsty teen, I have to admit some of these tracks were unbelievable whiney. Somehow you just don’t belong and no one understands you…typical teenager.
10. Bowling For Soup – “1985”
Yes, Bowling For Soup because everyone and their mom knows the words to “1985” and it’s impossible not to sing along with it. Though not the most angsty of tracks, it was still a pretty big staple of our teenage years.
11. Green Day – “Holiday”
Last, but certainly not least, the one and only Green Day. We could really just put their entire American Idiot album on here, but for the time being we chose a classic Green Day rager, “Holiday.” You’re welcome.