23 Ways Music Made You Feel Old In 2013

Miley Cyrus is only 21. TWENTY-ONE.

1. Miley Cyrus is 21, and Bangerz is her fifth No. 1 album.

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2. Only one member of One Direction, Louis Tomlinson, is old enough to drink legally in the United States.

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3. Lorde wrote “Royals,” one of the most popular songs of the year, when she was 16. She’s 17 now.

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4. “22” is Taylor Swift’s 21st single to sell at least 1 million copies. She is 23.

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5. Three contestants on American Idol this year were only 8 when Kelly Clarkson won in 2002.

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6. Ten years ago, Selena Gomez was singing in a kiddie pool with Barney…

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7. …and this year she had a top 10 hit with “Come and Get It,” a song in which she tells dudes to…come and get it.

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8. Alana Haim was not born until a year after the date printed on her T-shirt on this magazine cover.

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9. Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé have been famous singers for 16 years, which is exactly half the time they’ve both been alive.

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10. We now live in a world where people have no idea who NSYNC are.

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11. You can say to a kid in high school now that you have MP3s older than them.

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12. Blink-182 went out on the final leg of their 20th anniversary tour this year.

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13. Outkast’s “Hey Ya” is now 10 years old.

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14. Oh, and so is Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love”…

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15. …and R. Kelly’s “Ignition Remix.”

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16. …and The Postal Service’s Give Up.

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17. The Jonas Brothers broke up this year — seven years, one wedding, and one pregnancy after they first came onto the scene.

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18. Daft Punk scored their first multiplatinum hit this year with “Get Lucky,” 19 years into their career.

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19. Incidentally, that’s exactly how old Howard Lawrence, half of the popular dance act Disclosure, is today.

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20. Frances Bean Cobain is now 21, and is slowly turning into her mother.

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21. Kids who started high school this year have never known a world without “Thong Song.”

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22. This is what Miley Cyrus looked like 11 years ago…

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23. …and this, of course, is Miley today.

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