18 Songs that Will Bring you Back to the Early 2000s

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Tracks from the Decade of New Age Punk

I decided to try to go through my old CDs before throwing them away, scratched and worn as they are. I wanted to try to listen to them all, but I actually got embarrassed by some of them--and I was alone... so I saved myself from a lot of angst and gave up on that dream. I did decide to listen to a few of them and let them take me to different periods of my life. I recommend doing this every once in a while. So, this is a genuine artifact of one teenager's emotions burned onto the digital mystery that is a compact disc.


  1. Every Day - Dave Matthews Band
  2. Complicated - Avril Lavigne
  3. A Plain Morning - Dashboard Confessional
  4. 99 Red Balloons - Goldfinger
  5. Superman (It's not easy) - Five for Fighting
  6. 3 Small Words - Josie & the Pussycats
  7. Waking up - Sum 41
  8. Chick Magnet - MxPx
  9. Sincerely Me - New Found Glory
  10. Sadie Hawkins Dance - Reliant K
  11. In My Eyes - Rufio
  12. Broken - 12 Stones
  13. Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
  14. Angel - Dave Matthews Band
  15. Dressed to Kill - New Found Glory
  16. Adrienne - The Calling
  17. I Feel So - Boxcar Racers
  18. Where Are You Going - Dave Matthews Band


Somewhere over the rainbow and straight to the 90s

This CD was. my. FAVORITE when I was a teenager. I listened to it over and over again on my drives to and from work as a lifeguard at a little place in Greenbackville, VA called Captain's Cove. I had this and the Used on rotation, and only took them out when my girlfriends were in the car who wanted to hear some things that were a little more romantic or popular.

Back then, I had this weird fear of listening to my favorite songs so much that I'd eventually dislike them.

When I saw "Monkey" in the stack of Scratch & Burn CDs, I felt a strange sort of trepidation about relistening to it because I was afraid it would cause some teenage feelings or angst to resurface. Or, I thought I would be completely embarrassed by my actual favorite CD. But I didn't feel that way; in fact, I think it for me now what it did back then: it made me happy.

And here's another twist on my emotions regarding this CD -- I realized when I listened to it today that my adult self didn't want to feel happy about it. I wanted to be embarrassed, and to write my teenage self off, and to decide Sum 41 and New Found Glory and all of those new wave punk bands of the 2000s were ridiculous. Not because it would make me feel better now, but because that is my habit -- to write things off as stupid, even if it's me.

Well, listening to this CD woke me up a little, and showed me that I had that habit, and reminded me to just let myself enjoy something and let myself be at peace with the fact that my past self enjoyed something, and by extension stop judging others when they like something I don't like. To hell with that fear of finding out my past self was a major dork. So what if I had liked something bad? I enjoyed the shit out of it then, and now I have the memory of happily driving the back roads wearing nothing but my red swimsuit, windows down, singing at the top of my lungs.

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SarahLinny 2 months ago from Philadelphia, PA Author

That is also a good song (and a true statement)! I wonder if it was, perhaps, subconscious inspiration for the punk song that came out 30-some years later?


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billybuc 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

#5 is one of my all-time favorite songs. When I saw the title of this article I instantly thought of the old classic "Breaking Up Is Very Hard To Do" by the Walker Brothers...late 60s....I am now officially showing my age. LOL

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