1. "Move Along" by The All-American Rejects
Tyson Ritter's voice and general sexiness sent your hormones skyrocketing and left you crying on your floor wondering when you would fall in love. Who cares if you were only 13?
2. "Everything Is Alright" by Motion City Soundtrack
Spoiler alert: Everything was definitely not alright. Maybe your mom wouldn't let you stay out past 9, or your Chia Pet died, but this song always managed to get the tears flowin'.
3. "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap
You'd turn your lights off, put on your headphones for your iPod mini, and wonder why the hell life was so unfair. And the waterworks began when they hit the high note on "hide and seek."
4. "All the Things She Said" by t.A.T.u.
So maybe you didn't know at the time this was about lesbians (or maybe you did). Either way, it always managed to throw your angst into overdrive.
"THIS. IS. NOT. ENOUGH."
5. "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera
At this point in your life, you probably didn't know how to do your hair, you definitely had some acne, and you probably were rocking some pink and blue braces. Being reminded you were beautiful was a very emotional and NECESSARY experience at this age. WORDS CAN'T BRING YOU DOWN.
6. "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera
Whenever this Christina song played someone started cutting onions in the room.
7. "It Ends Tonight" by The All-American Rejects
This AAR song made you want to fall in love (mostly with Tyson Ritter). You couldn't help but imagine your love story unfolding with your crush (who you probably never talked to).
8. "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol
When you heard this song you lay in your bed and looked at the ceiling, wishing you had someone to lie next to and "just forget the world." Instead, your mom probably walked in your room and interrupted your cry session.
9. "Run" by Snow Patrol
This was the type of song that you blasted as loud as you could while you watched yourself cry in the mirror, and then proceeded to cry more at how scary you look. Being a teen was a good time, wasn't it?
10. "Look What You've Done" by Jet
YEAH. LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE. This was the perfect song to cry to when you thought about one of your many middle school enemies who had betrayed you.
11. "Miserable at Best" by Mayday Parade
God forbid your name was Katie, because this song was hard for even the non-Katies to handle.
12. "Breathe Me" by Sia
The best part of sobbing to this song was trying to take the audible deep breaths throughout the song with Sia. And that "I am small and needy" bit always got you. EVERY TIME.
13. "Dark Blue" by Jack's Mannequin
Thank you, "Dark Blue," for articulating what it felt like to be "alone in a crowded room." Because you sure felt alone in that crowded school dance when YOUR CRUSH DANCED WITH THAT OTHER TRICK.
14. "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5
Thanks to your hormones wreaking havoc on your life, and Adam Levine's eyes, you couldn't help but tear up to this song and wonder if she (you) will be loved.
15. "White Houses" by Vanessa Carlton
So this song was totally about losing your virginity, and even though you probably had only grinded to "Low" at this point in your life, it really resonated with you.
16. "Just Like a Pill" by P!nk
P!nk was obviously iconic for you. She was pretty much your girl power soul sister and helped you through the best of times and the worst of times.
17. "Hands Down" by Dashboard Confessional
Your hopes really were so high at this age that if someone actually kissed you, it MIGHT have killed you. But your crush knew your heart was theirs to fill or burst, to break of bury, or wear as jewelry.
18. "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes
THIS VIDEO, THO. You're pretty sure Bright Eyes might have been trying to drown you in your own tears, and godamnit they were succeeding.
19. "Adam's Song" by Blink-182
DAMN THAT CUP OF APPLE JUICE. DAMN IT. Mark Hoppus knew how you felt, and could put your thoughts into a beautiful song filled with sadness and pure unadulterated tears.
20. "Memory" by Sugarcult
Oh, what a beautiful breakup song. When you finally got the courage to tell your crush how you felt, everything went downhill. Your crush didn't feel the same way, you JUST WANTED TO BE A MEMORY AT LEAST.
21. "The Funeral" by Band of Horses
This was your shit after hearing it on One Tree Hill. Whenever you needed a little angsty cry sesh, this song was ready and waiting. To this day, you can't get through it without sobbing.
22. "MakeDamnSure" by Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday spoke to your emo soul, as you sat in your room wiping your over-lined eyes with a tissue. To this day, "I JUST WANT TO BREAK YOU DOWN SO BADLY" is the lyric that got you through seventh grade.
23. "You and Me" by Lifehouse
You were either crying to Lifehouse's power ballad because you got to slow-dance with your crush like ~in the movies~ or because no one actually asked you to dance at your middle school mixer.
24. "Only Hope" by Mandy Moore
Can we just talk about Mandy Moore's death in A Walk To Remember? Forget that Switchfoot originally wrote the song. Mandy knew where it was at. Every time this song came on you couldn't help but sob thinking about Jamie's death.
25. "Hold On" by Good Charlotte
Oh the ANGST, THE PURE, RAW, TEEN ANGST. Good Charlotte got you through your awkward phase as they whispered "Hold On" into your Claire's-adorned ears.
26. "Leave (Get Out)" by JoJo
You and JoJo connected on a spiritual level through this song. She knew the betrayal that came with being cheated on, and so did the sixth-grade you, because YOU HAD BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK A FEW TIMES.