A Psychological Explanation For Why You Don't Forget Songs From Your Teen Years

Team Interns , 02 Nov 2018
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Music (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

Every generation stands tough on the belief that songs from their teenage-year songs were the most quintessential songs ever made. I need to break this down for you, cause you all are damn right! Alright before you start the argument again, tell me I am out of my mind and a call me disloyal ’90s kid, hear me out.

There is a psychological explanation to why the songs you listened to during your teen years stay with you forever, and it will bring peace among every generation, once and for all.

You feel a rush of nostalgia when you listen to an old song randomly, reminding you of a certain phase of your life, a particular incident, school life, feelings you haven’t felt since a long time, a random party or someone special from that time in your life. This usually doesn’t happen with the songs you listen to once you’re over the age of 25. We blame the music industry for not giving us any classic melodies to hum to anymore, but that’s not entirely correct. The reason why some songs are close to our heart is that during the age of 12 to 22 our bodies are filled with hormonal changes, intense feelings, and the excitement of new experiences. The brain is changing rapidly and making us and our feelings extremely sensitive. So when you listen to a song and you love it, chances are it will stay with you forever!

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The reaction isn’t the same in later years of life because we are not as sensitive as we were when we were younger. When puberty hits you, you find comfort in music. It’s like an escape and a sense of being understood. Here are some honorable mentions of the same:

1. The nights we cried listening to Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely by Backstreet Boys
2. Rollicked like total gangsters to What Is Love by Haddaway
3. Danced in front of the TV and imitated the moves to Las Ketchup
4. Jammed to Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
5. Satisfied our inner-emo beings with Complicated by Avril Lavigne
6. Acted like total ghettos to Temperature by Sean Paul

…the list just goes on and on! I already feel euphoric thinking about these treasures!

Now that you’re feeling all spongy and nostalgic, blare up your favourite songs and relive those years. Even better, invite your childhood friends for this one-hell-of-an emotional roller-coaster ride!

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