We’re starting out the first Monday post with a bang, a list I’ve been wanting to do for a while. You’re going to get a good idea of what kind of scene kid I was through these songs, I loved a lot of the sappy, electronic love songs that got me deep in my emotions. I’m not really sure why I related to these songs so much consider I was like 12 and never had been in a relationship, but it be like that sometimes. I always wanted to do a thread of these on twitter because I wouldn’t have to narrow any of them down and I could really stack them up. Getting 10 that really represent my scene phase as a whole is hard but I think you’ll get a good idea of what the years of 2007-2010 were like for me. (Okay, who am I kidding, I’m probably still in my scene phase because some of these songs still fuck.) Also, if this gets enough interest, I might do a part two!
10) Here (In Your Arms) – Hellogoodbye
Songs like this are probably in everyone’s “scene kid” playlists but it makes sense because it’s such a classic. Here (In Your Arms) comes in at #10 for me because I distinctly remember posting lyrics to this song on facebook at least 100 times during my scene phase. They come up now when I look at my “On This Day” and I just cringe at how often I posted them and all the embarrassing shit I would say with it. It’s a fun track though still to this day and always a good throwback song to put on at a party so you can find the people who were scene back in their day too.
9) Nine in the Afternoon – Panic! At the Disco
If you didn’t have a crush on 20 year old Brendon Urie, who were you?? Panic is one of those bands for me that will never get old and this song is the same thing. I was lucky enough to catch them when they played in Minneapolis a couple weeks ago and it took everything in me to not cry when they played this. There’s something so nostalgic about this song that gives me chills every time I listen to it, and never fails to put me in a good mood. The music video is kind of whack, the whole Pretty Odd era kind of seemed like an LSD trip…
8) If It Means a Lot to You – A Day to Remember
This was a track I got more into towards the end of my scene phase, when I was getting into high school and started listening to different music. I went through a HUGE A Day to Remember phase though so this song got played a lot. I’m kind of sick of it now because it’s so over-played and kind of lost the meaning it had for me at that time. It is a pretty cute song though and the crowd vocals kill when they play it live. This song is in every pop punk boy’s playlist for his girlfriend, I’m putting my bets in right now.
7) Cemetery Weather – Isles & Glaciers
I had honestly forgotten about this song until I was looking through my old iTunes to find songs for this list. I’m so glad I found it again, though, because I used to listen to this song bare minimum 3 times a day after I discovered it in middle school. I never was super big into Pierce the Veil until like 2013 but I found Isles & Glaciers before then and fell in love with this song. There’s something super unique about the blend of all the vocals and the almost acoustic but electronic instrumental that make this song so good, even today. If you never listened to Isles & Glaciers back when they were together, check this song out.
6) Run to You – The Rocket Summer
Oh my God, look at the cover art for this album (Do You Feel) and tell me that it doesn’t scream “Every scene girl played this in their room while they edited their pictures on Myspace”. Run to You is one of those classic scene kid love songs that I ate up back in the day. I found out later that The Rocket Summer was a Christian artist and this song could have been more about his relationship with God rather than with a significant other. That wild twist of events gives the song a whole new light, but I think it still stands as being a romantic track too.
5) Denial is not Just a River in Egypt – These Hearts
Coming from Fargo, ND, These Hearts was almost like a “local” band for me when I was growing up. They played a lot of shows in the commons area of my high school, or in small basements around my hometown back when I was in middle/high school. You were not a true scene kid from Brainerd, MN unless you saw this band multiple times at the “A-Commons Shows”. They broke up right after they got signed to Victory Records which is a bit of a bummer, but they’ve all grown up now, ditched the scene bangs, and married their scene queens from high school.
4) Take My Hand – The Perfect Measure
If you were looking for the perfect song to send to your crush on MySpace, this was it. Even his alias/band name reeks of MySpace/scene kid emotion. This is the perfect cutesy love song, it’s simple and gets the point across. I spent many a night as a middle-schooler playing this on my iPod Classic while I dreamt about having the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend. (I never had a scene significant other and I’m still kind of bitter about it). I still bump this in 2017 and it’s even in one of my lovey, mushy playlists on Spotify. Check it out if you’re a hopeless romantic like me.
3) Dakota – A Rocket to the Moon
A Rocket to the Moon is at the top of my list for “Bands that I Wish Never Broke Up” because Dakota, and all of their album On Your Side is one of my favorites. On Your Side was the first CD I ever bought with all my own earned money and that album was well-loved. I played it so much in my boom box that the CD got scratched up so when I got an iPod and tried to burn it on there, the tracks downloaded with all the skips in them and everything. Dakota was one of them and every time I listen to it on Spotify or Youtube or something I forget it doesn’t have the skips and I’m so confused to why it sounds different! I don’t have enough good words to say about this song, it really brings back all of the happy feelings from middle school and makes me think of simpler times. A classic.
2) Blue-Eyed Brunette – Nickasaur!
Even through all the hair dyeing I went through in my scene years, I’m a blue-eyed brunette naturally and so this song got me right where it hurts. I would still give an arm and a leg for someone to cover this song for me, because it’s so cute and makes me melt even now. If you listen to it, you can feel a wave of 2009 nostalgia with the electronic, synth sounds that all the songs back then had. Nickasaur was one of my favorites back in the day and I can’t lie when I say I had a fat crush on him too. Some of his other memorable songs, XOXO and Dear June also could have made this list but this one got the most plays by far.
1) She’s Got Style – Nevershoutnever
A list of songs from my scene phase would not be complete without something by nevershoutnever, and this is my favorite song by him by far. I was seriously in LOVE with Christofer Drew and spent many hours in middle school writing NSN lyrics all over my notebooks or fantasizing about having him as my boyfriend. Nevershoutnever was the artist that got me into the alternative scene, was the reason I discovered All Time Low, and will always hold a special place in my heart for being the first musician/band I ever loved with my whole heart. I’m seeing him tomorrow for the third time and hoping he plays this – wish me luck!!!