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    29 '90s And 2000s Songs That Explain Why Millennials Are The Most Angsty Generation


    We were all angsty teenagers at one point. But millennials growing up in the 2000s took this to a new level.


    We had Effy Stonem, Avril Lavigne, and One Tree Hill on our side. We were unstoppable.

    And if you're a cusper, like me, your angst phase probably started around age 10. Because literally every other song on the radio was...well, pretty dark.

    Linkin Park: I tried so hard and got so far.. 10 year old me: BUT IN THE END, IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTER

    And in my 10-year-old heart, I truly felt these lyrics.

    Here are 29 songs that explain why millennials know angst better than anyone:

    Andy in the rain in The Shawshank Redemption
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    1. "Losing Grip" by Avril Lavigne

    "Why should I care? Because you weren't there when I was scared, I was so alone!"
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    Avril Lavigne's Let Go was my first CD. I used to scream this song on road trips, and my parents were like...chill.

    2. Breathe (2 AM) by Anna Nalick

    "Life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button girl, So cradle your head in you hands"

    How old were you when you realized this song was about addiction and abortion?

    3. "Savin' Me" by Nickelback

    "All I need is you, come please, I'm callin'
And, oh, I scream for you
Hurry, I'm fallin', I'm fallin'"
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    Say what you want about Nickelback, but this song about needing to be saved was felt deep in my 10-year-old heart, despite my biggest hardship being science homework.

    4. "Second Chance" by Shinedown

    "Tell my mother, tell my father, I've done the best I can to make them realize this is my life, I hope they understand"
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    This song made me want to run away from home so badly.

    5. "Tied Together with a Smile" by Taylor Swift

    "Hold on, baby; you're losing it
The water's high, you're jumping into it
And letting go, and no one knows
That you cry; but you don't tell anyone"
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    Yes, even Taylor Swift makes this list. I used to secretly cry myself to sleep after the last day of school because I'd miss my friends, and I always felt this song referred to that secret.

    6. "Make Me Wanna Die" by the Pretty Reckless

    "I'll never be good enough, you make me wanna die"
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    My parents got legitimately worried when I started blasting this one, so I had to say it was a joke. :/

    7. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day

    "Here comes the rain again falling from the stars. Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are"
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    The first month of school was always rough, guys.

    8. "Lucky" by Britney Spears

    "And they say she's so lucky, she's a star, But she cry, cry, cries in her lonely heart, thinking, if there's nothing missing in my life then why do these tears come at night?"
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    So many songs about crying to yourself at night.

    9. "Creep" by Radiohead

    "I'm a creep
I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here"
    Beggars (on behalf of XL Recordings Ltd.) / Via

    This was the millenial/Gen X version of "I'm weird. I'm a weirdo. I don't fit in, and I don't want to fit in."

    10. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day

    "I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don't know where it goes, but it's home to me and I walk alone"
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    We all felt this song when we didn't get asked to the dance or get a part in the school play.

    11. "In the End" by Linkin Park

    "I tried so hard and god so far, and in the end it doesn't even matter"
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    Every time I got an 89 on a test, I would blast this song and cry.

    12. "Just Tonight" by the Pretty Reckless

    "Here we are and I can't think from all the pills, hey
Start the car and take me home"
    UMG (on behalf of DAS Label / Interscope Records) / Via

    ^Me after I took three gummy vitamins and thought I was dying.

    13. "Call Me When You're Sober" by Evanescence

    "If you loved me, you would be here with me"
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    I'm pretty sure everyone was sober in my elementary/middle school, but the sentiment remained. DON'T ONLY TALK TO ME OVER TEXT THEN IGNORE ME AT SCHOOL, MAX.

    14. "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence

    "I've been sleeping a thousand years it seems! Got to open my eyes to everything! Don't let me die here!"
    UMG (on behalf of Concord Records, Inc.) / Via

    Every 2000s emo song was about someone saving you, which is honestly a toxic message, and probably the reason for all my failed relationships.

    15. "I'm with You" by Avril Lavigne

    "Isn't anyone trying to find me? Won't somebody come take me home?"
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    16. "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind

    "He's on the table and he's gone to code and I do not think anyone knows what they're doing here"
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    The casual way we'd burst into "I WISH YOU WOULD STEP BACK FROM THAT LEDGE, MY FRIEND!" defined millennial culture.

    17. "The Scientist" by Coldplay

    "Nobody ever said it was easy; no one ever said it would be this hard. Oh, take me back to the start"
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    Take me back to elementary school, where no one made fun of me for not shaving my legs.

    18. "How to Save a Life" by the Fray

    "Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend"
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    The best song to blast after getting in a fight with your BFF.

    19. "Breathe Me" by Sia

    "Ouch I have lost myself again
Lost myself and I am nowhere to be found
Yeah I think that I might break"
    UMG (on behalf of EMI) / Via

    Like "How to Save a Life," this song was used for every sad TV moment.

    20. "Dark Blue" by Jack's Mannequin

    "Have you ever been alone in a crowded room?"
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    21. "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia

    "I'm all out of faith
This is how I feel
I'm cold and I am shamed
Lying naked on the floor"
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    ^Me when I sat down in the shower and pretended the water was rain.

    22. "Fix You" by Coldplay

    "Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you"
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    Just another song to reinforce the whole savior message!!

    23. "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance

    "Because one day, I'll leave you
A phantom to lead you in the summer
To join the black parade""
    WMG (on behalf of Reprise) / Via

    This is honestly the most hopeful song on the list. WE'LL CARRY ON.

    24. "Guns for Hands" by Twenty One Pilots

    "You all have guns, and you never put the safety on. And you all have plans to take it, don't take it"
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    There were so many upbeat-sounding songs in the 2000s that were actually about very dark topics (see number 15).

    25. "Thnks fr th Mmrs" by Fall Out Boy

    "Thanks for the memories, thanks for the memories, even if they weren't so great"
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    I blasted this song after I broke up with my seventh grade boyfriend. Well, technically, my friend broke up with him for me over the phone, but that's just a small detail.

    26. "The Freshmen" by the Verve Pipe

    "And now I'm guilt-stricken, sobbing' with my head on the floor"
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    ^Me after I accidentally stepped on my cat's tail.

    27. "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.

    That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you and I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've said too much, I haven't said enough
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    I know this song is from 1991, but Glee using it during the 2010 "Grilled Cheesus" episode was a cultural reset, so I'm claiming it for millennials.

    28. "It Ends Tonight" by the All-American Rejects

    "The walls start breathing, my mind's unweaving. Maybe it's best you leave me alone"
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    I still don't know what's ending tonight, but that never stopped me from screaming this song out the car windows.

    29. And finally, "I'm Just a Kid" by Simple Plan

    "I'm just a kid, and life is a nightmare. I'm just a kid, I know that it's not fair. Nobody cares 'cause I'm alone"
    WMG (on behalf of Lava) / Via

    If you didn't yell "it's not fair!" and slam your door, were you even a 2000s teenager?

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