Like I’ve always said, there’s a song for everything, including being a confused 20-something aka me. Music is something that gets me through my day, actually it’s something that gets me through life. I love when I find a song that perfectly describes what I’m feeling in a way that I could never express myself. Sometimes, I’ll listen to a song, and it’ll remind me of a person or a memory or a feeling. I love connecting with music, and I’ll forever be sad that I wasn’t blessed with any musical talent.
Today, I’m so excited to be collaborating with my blog bestie, Nina from Hugs & Lattes. We’re bringing you songs that most millennials and 20-somethings can relate to. My playlist includes a little bit of country, a little bit of pop and a lot of confusion.
Road Between – Lucy Hale
This song is perfect for millennials because it talks about how we’re all still trying to figure ourselves. Lucy sings about how the past is what it is, and we’re trying to get to the future, but right now, in the present, we’re just struggling to navigate the road between the two. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re going to learn so much about ourselves and it’s all going to work out.
Relevant lyrics: “The road to love is paved with good intentions. I’m still getting to the good part, the breaking down, learning how to write my story.”
Just Got Paid – NSYNC
I know personally when my direct deposit hits my bank account, I’m ready to par-tay. Okay, maybe not necessarily, but I feel so much better after getting paid even though I know I’m going to have to pay my bills. This old school NSYNC song is about getting paid and going out on the town and having a good time. And then at the end of the song, reality hits when they say “Eh, I’m broke.”
Relevant lyrics: “Just got paid Friday night. Party hoppin’, feelin’ right.”
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
I think we’re all pretty familiar with everything about this song (because it’s awesome). Tay Tay gets it. She sings about how the things people say and the assumptions they make about you are irrelevant. All you have to do is shake it off.
Relevant lyrics: “I stay out too late, got nothing in my brain. That’s what people say…I go on too many dates, but I can’t make ‘em stay. At least that’s what people say…But I keep cruising. Can’t stop, won’t stop moving. It’s like I got this music in my mind sayin’ it’s gonna be alright.”
Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
An oldie, but goodie, this song definitely hits home for any millennial entering the “real world.” It basically sarcastically talks about how living on your own and supporting yourself for the first time is tough. When we were in school, we were living a little bubble of comfort, but once we get out on our own, you can’t just go cry to your mom and expect her to fix your problems. You have to step it up and be your own hero, so to speak.
Relevant lyrics: “Aint it fun living in the real world? Ain’t it good, ain’t it good being all alone? Don’t go crying to your mama, cause you’re on your own in the real world.”
Not My Day – Keith James
This song is about those days where literally every single thing in your life seems to be going wrong, and even the smallest of infractions make much bigger impacts than they would normally. Yeah, we’ve definitely all been there.
Relevant lyrics: “If my luck doesn’t change, I’ll be out of my brain by tonight. When your head’s out of place, you’re behind in the race of life. Sometimes, it’s just not my day.”
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
This song starts with a bunch of wishes. If that doesn’t signify how this song is relevant to millennials then I don’t know what would. This song talks about how we’re all just kind of wandering around being semi-anonymous, but even so, we still very much care about what others think about us. It also talks about how they wish they could revert back to the good ole days where everything was simpler. Now we’re just working for the money and being way too stressed. So true.
Relevant lyrics: “I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink, but now I’m insecure and I care what people think. My name’s Blurryface, and I care what you think. Wish we could turn back time to the good ole days when our mama sang us to sleep, but now we’re stressed out.”
The Middle of Starting Over – Sabrina Carpenter
While this song is super poppy, I just love the lyrics behind it so much that it makes me fall in love with the song. I think every millennial can relate to the message behind “The Middle of Starting Over.” It tells the story of a person who has been through some rough things in the past and they’ve wasted their time doing things that weren’t beneficial to bettering themselves. Now they’re looking forward to new opportunities and the chance to basically have a clean slate and just start anew.
Relevant lyrics: “The colors and the stars seems little brighter. Tomorrow isn’t far away. Through the hardest part, I’m working towards a happy ending.”
Be sure to check out Nina’s list for even more 20-something songs!
What songs would you add to the list?