Many Millennials grew up in the Alternative Rock scene of the early 2000s. Bands with songs about being misunderstood and unsure of yourself were geared toward sappy teens, but have you given the music of your youth a listen lately? Some of those same songs you loved in high school can still explain exactly what it feels like to be a young adult venturing out in the real world for the first time.
Here are eight classic alt rock songs that are still relatable.
1. “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” – My Chemical Romance
MCR had a way of making you feel like being misunderstood was just fine. That translates over to adult life too, because we all have missteps at times.
2. “Move Along” – The All-American Rejects
One thing that comes with getting older is learning when to walk away from a situation. “Move Along” was an anthem about going on even in the face of something difficult.
3. “I’m Just a Kid” – Simple Plan
Technically as an adult we’re supposed to not feel like kids anymore, right? That notion may be better off as just a theory, though. Sometimes we get stuck in the space between being just a kid and being a full-blown grown up.
4. “I Miss You” – Blink 182
A big part of growing up is having to watch relationships end whether they be between friends or couples. It’s never easy and it always hurts. And there’s nothing more heartbreaking than hearing Tom Delonge say sorry on this Blink classic.
5. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – Green Day
“I walk alone” seems like a horribly depressing lyric to relate to real life. But, as adults we often learn that there are some things we have to learn to do on our own.
6. “Perfect” – Simple Plan
Simple Plan had a lot of songs about being misunderstood in your youth, but one lesson that seems to stick with us at any age is the idea that nobody is perfect. It’s OK to make mistakes and learn from them.
7. “All We Know” – Paramore
Sometimes when it rains it pours, and sometimes we don’t know how to fix every situation we’re in. Part of being an adult is accepting that and knowing that change can be a good thing every once in awhile.
8. “I Don’t Care” – Fall Out Boy
When all else fails, just remember that you shouldn’t care what anyone thinks of you. You’re figuring everything out on your own and doing it on your terms.