Taking Back Sunday was the band we all turned to when someone wronged us. No ex was immune to our silent rage, and when we were alone...we let it out to our favorite TBS songs. Still making kick-ass tunes today, Taking Back Sunday will forever be remembered for their raw, intuitive sound, based on the rock standards of chugging guitars and heart-wrenching vocals. With the added edge of blinding style and twisting lyrics, TBS was easily our first choice when we wanted to listen to something that embodied our blind emotion.
Here are 10 songs you still listen to today, whether you're angry or not.
10. There's No 'I' In Team
This song is ideal for those times you felt like the world was against you. Most of adolescent frustration surrounds your friends, and how they change. If you thought you were going to be best friends with someone long after high school, and you loose them in the middle, it can be difficult to get over. People aren't replaceable like a lot of things in life. Friendship is a fickle thing and when we start to drift away from people, it can be a hard thing to swallow. That fact is a hard one to learn when you're young. Betrayal never gets easier.
Most Scream-able Line: Is this what you call tact? I swear you're as subtle as a brick in the small of my back
9. What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost
Louder Now was an album that kicked ass on several different levels. Listenable and totally intense from the first track to the last, it became timeless to a lot of us. "What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?" Is the first thing you hear, and man is it a stunner. The chorus was written for the precise moments where you want to cut someone out of your life forever, and it feels amazing to scream. The title of the album "Louder Now" is hidden in these lyrics too.
Most Scream-able Line: "What's it feel like to be a ghost / louder now louder now."
8. This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)
This was one of the first Taking Back Sunday songs I ever heard, and it blew me away. The vocals and the lyrics were so applicable to everything I was dealing with. A change in friend groups, betrayal, sad teen angst and the prospect of a future that looked non-existent. These struggles seem endless at times, and when people try and tell us everything we don't know, and how dumb we are, we don't want to listen.
Most Scream-able Line: I KNOW YOU KNOW EVERYTHING
I remember blasting this in my headphones when I had to ride the bus to school. It's a song that stays with you no matter how long ago you last listened to it. "Liar" is angry, brash and vengeful, like a lot of us were in our younger years. I can't say that this song doesn't apply frequently today as well. I wish it didnt but you can't change human nature.
Most Scream-able Line: LIAR IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
6. Timberwolves In New Jersey
This song is just the jam. It's a quintessential TBS track: stylish lyrics with a driving rhythm, themes of revenge, longing and lost love. It's full of that piss and vinegar most of us haven't lost due to aging. It's a great listen after a long day, and reminds you of exact moments in life where things either worked perfectly or fell apart completely.
Most Scream-able Line: "Stop it come on / you know I can't help it / I got the mic and you got the mosh pit."
5. A Decade Under The Influence
When bad things happen and you end up having to leave people behind it's not easy to let them go. Whether you're holding on to a bad friend or partner, there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough and get out of their influence. This song calls to that part of us that just wants to say "fuck it" and run.
Most Scream-able Line: "To hell with you and all your friends its on."
4. You're So Last Summer
Sometimes you can't help who you fall in love with. We've all had those relationships where the other person just doesn't give a shit about us, and we're constantly trying to figure out why. "You're So Last Summer" is that feeling wrapped in a song. You want to hate that person for what they've done to you, but you just can't. It's the curse of really liking someone. And it sucks.
Most Scream-able Line:"The truth is you could slit my throat / and with my one last gasping breath / I'd apologize for bleeding on your shirt."
3. Set Phasers to Stun
The ultimate break up song, Set Phasers to Stun is heartbreaking. We've all been burned by someone that we'd take a bullet for. And it's hard to rationalize why our love for that person remains when they devastate us. This idea seems to be a running theme in a few TBS songs. Betrayal is a major trigger for this band, and for us.
Most Scream-able Line: I WILL NEVER MAKE ANOTHER PROMISE WITHOUT YOU
2. Cute Without The "E" (Cut From The Team)
The soundtrack to every high-school break up is still relatable today. We tend to blame others for the times we get hurt, and rightfully so. We can be jealous and burdened with regret, but ultimately the only way we can move on is to get our bullshit out. This song made our impotent rage feel 100 percent okay, accepted even. Sometimes your friends don't understand, they think you're being dramatic and emo...but you're really upset. You feel something, and now that the person who made you feel is gone...well now you feel nothing.
Most Scream-able Line: WHY CAN'T I FEEL ANYTHING FROM ANYONE OTHER THAN YOU
MakeDamnSure is still the anthem for the unwanted. There is nothing like the opening of this song. It gets your blood flowing and your heart pumping battery acid.
When you just want to have someone to yourself, but they either don't like you, or belong to someone else, this song creeps up into your memory. You may have memories of this song being blasted from a beat-up car speaker, while driving around your high school parking lot. You may revisit it more than you'd like to admit. You may have gotten older, but this song is just as effective at helping you channel whatever the hell is going on.
Most Scream-able line: I JUST WANNA BREAK YOU DOWN SO BADLY
What's your favorite TBS track? Which ones did we miss!? Comment below.
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