Here it comes, the flood of you feeling really effing old.
2006 was an incredible year of music in my 8th grade opinion. It was the year of MCR, 30 Seconds To Mars (Before they started spelling it out completely), Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday and so many more.
Let's take another ill-fated trip down memory lane shall we?
Here are 10 unforgettable Emo/Pop/Punk/Alternative tracks that are turning 10 this year. Hey 13 year old self...this one is for you.
1. MakeDamnSure -- Taking Back Sunday
You're a complete liar if you don't still sing this song at the top of your lungs when it comes on in the car. It's a testament to the devotion you felt to some hapless high-school fling no doubt. Why couldn't they love you back? Because you were 12 and they didn't know what love was.
It still hurts though.
2. The Kill -- 30 Seconds To Mars
Jared Leto at his finest in my opinion. Yes, since this song came out he's won an Oscar, released 2 more multi-platinum albums with his band, and became the Joker...but who cares. This is his crowning glory. This video is pretty badass too, The Shining anyone? Leto never ceases to amaze, and this was when I fell in love with Shannon and Tomo too. You know, the rest of the band? These guys are highly underrated.
COMMMMEE BREEAKK MEE DOOOOOWWWWNNNNNN.
3. Welcome To The Black Parade -- My Chemical Romance
I remember the day this album came out, I made my poor mother go to the store and buy it for me. I couldn't wait a day to get the damn thing. Then, I rigged up my CD player under my clothes and listened to it all day in school. Before iPhones and headphones were a thing, you had to sneak your music around. I remember walking down the halls of my middle school in a handmade T shirt that said, "We Are The Black Parade". I hope I still have it somewhere.
4. Lying is the Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off -- Panic! At The Disco
I had no idea what the hell was going on with boys until I heard this song. I was changed forever. Damn you Brendon Urie. Seriously, though...this video blew my mind too. So different than my little mind imagined it. I guess my love affair with lead singers fully matured with this track.
5. When Your Heart Stops Beating -- +44
I'm sorry, but the best Blink 182 side project of all time is +44. Mark and Travis slayed their only album, "When Your Heart Stops Beating". It was the soundtrack for a really painful time for my young heart, and honestly I wouldn't have wanted any other band around. This album has so many incredible tracks on it including one of my favorite songs of all time, "No It Isn't." Seriously, look that song up, it'll change your life.
6. The Phrase That Pays -- The Academy Is...
I saw this band play at The Regency in San Francisco as one of my first outings in the city. It was for the "Almost Here" 10th anniversary tour, and if you want to read more about that experience you can click here...that being said, The Phrase That Pays is one of the most amazing songs to ever hit my eardrums. It's all about that illusive concept of constantly running out of time. And as a crazed person with artist brain and anxiety for ages...it connected with me on a more visceral level than any other song on this list. Check them out if you've never heard them before. It's a shame they don't make music anymore, but hey, that's besides the point.
7. Alive With The Glory of Love -- Say Anything
A lot of the older kids at my high school were obsessed with Say Anything. I kind of missed the Max Beemis train, but this song still comes to mind when I think of really great tracks from 2006. It's one of those ridiculous songs with really deep lyrics and an incredible beat. Romantic and fatalistic, it's honestly a really beautiful tune that anybody would be happy to hear during a particularly dark time.
8. Bring It! (Snakes on A Plane) -- Cobra Starship feat. William Beckett, Travie McCoy and Maja Ivarsson
This is the go-to karaoke track for my friends and I, partly because it's ridiculous, and partly because there's a part for everyone's vocal range. Those who seek to sing the glorious chorus of this song have to know that it's high AF. And William Beckett of The Academy Is... really delivers. This is a totally outrageous song that was released as the theme to the famous "Snakes on a Plane" movie starring Samuel L Jackson. Yes, it's lame and yes it's not exactly the most artistic or profound track on this list...but it's a rip roaring good time. Put it on at your next party and see what I mean.
9. Sowing Season -- Brand New
As an album, "The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me" is as solid of an emo record as you can get. Rife with religious guilt. heartbreak and life's questions it's one of those albums you can't forget easily. Snowing Season, the lead track, assaults you in the best way when you put this record on. It'll bring up some old emotions and some new ones, and that's the best kind of nostalgia, where the past meets the present and you realize you're actually not as different of a person as you thought.
10. A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me -- Fall Out Boy
This song came with an 11 minute video. It was like the emo version of Thriller. Fall Out Boy got my attention with the release of their 2nd major label record, "From Under The Cork Tree" and I never looked back. Hopefully, I'll be seeing them this week for a special Super Bowl concert in downtown San Francisco. Anyway, they're a band that changed my life, and I will never forget this song, because in the midst of teenage angst and heartbreak they kept me looking toward the future, and all the sorrow that would be in store.