Being a teenager is often an exercise of angst, anger and sadness for reasons that you don’t entirely understand (hint: the answer is puberty). Usually, a lot of kids turn to music to try to cope, and they end up feeling like songs understand them in a way that their parents just never could. In particular, these 15 songs were a cornerstone of early 00s angst.
Avril Lavigne – “Sk8er Boi”
OBVIOUSLY this guy I’ve been dating for a week and I are gonna be together forever, MOM!
Linkin Park – “One Step Closer”
“SHUT UP WHEN I’M TALKING TO YOU!”
Simple Plan – “I’m Just A Kid”
Honestly any Simple Plan song could be here.
Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”
Every group of friends had at least one girl who thought she was more original and rebellious for finding this song when other girls were listening to Britney Spears. She was usually pretty hot.
Korn – “Falling Away From Me”
Only a true poet like Jonathan Davis could understand the deep, real feelings we all felt inside.
Beastie Boys – “Fight For Your Right”
You had it right Beasties, living at home IS such a drag.
Marilyn Manson – “The Dope Show”
If this didn’t piss your parents off, either you had some pretty laid-back folks, or you’re lying.
Get ready to cringe at some of the other stuff we loved…
Good Charlotte – “The Anthem”
Because nothing says “rebellion” like a pop band with too much hair gel and tattoos…
Slipknot – “The Heretic Anthem”
You just know that as a teenager you thought “IF YOU’RE 555 I’M 666” was the most profound thing you’ve ever heard.
Three Days Grace – “Just Like You”
Such scathing commentary of the older generation: “I could be mean / I could be angry/ You know I could be just like you.” Ouch, grab some ice for that burn.
Eminem – “The Way I Am”
Eminem was basically the rap equivalent of Marilyn Manson; you definitely listened to him in order to piss off your parents.
Evanescence – “Bring Me To Life”
The absolute kings (and queen) of goth-tinged angst, their lyrics spoke to the depressed teenage girl in all of us.
The Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
That’s right Billy Corgan, you rasp on about how everything is awful.
Green Day – “Longview”
Nothing says “teenage angst” like a song about being so bored all you can think of doing is masturbating.
System of a Down – “Chop Suey”
I still love this song. For real. No shame.