Nostalgia is a fun thing. From time to time, we find ourselves going back to the good ol’ days, pulling out photos, trying on outfits we swear we used to fit into, and listening to whatever music was on our first iPods.
“I can’t believe I used to listen to this garbage,” you say as you quickly skip over the High School Musical soundtrack, even though you and I both know you secretly still love it. After you get past the embarrassing remnants of your pre-teen music tastes, you land on something great. Your tone shifts to, “Why did I ever stop listening to this?”
2007 was a great year for music. It was at the heart of the millennial punk-rock/pop-punk revival and angsty emo movement we all look back on with not-so-fond memories of being pushed into lockers and trash cans for being “different.” However, you have to admit that the music you listened to when you finally got home was pretty stellar. Having a hard time remembering? Keep reading.
1.) ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ – All Time Low
*Cough* “I got your picture/I’m coming with you/Dear Maria, count me in/There’s a story at the bottom of this bottle/And I’m the pen.”
Has there ever been a more defining cough in the history of music? This song put All Time Low on the map and is their most well-known song to this day. Even though there are plenty of great tracks on their latest LP Future Hearts, it’s worth a trip back to their early days to relive this song and forget the fact that it’s about a stripper.
2.) ‘I’m Like a Lawyer with the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)’ – Fall Out Boy
Infinity On High was an alright album. Certainly not FOB’s finest. This was arguably when the Chicago rockers were their most famous, though. “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” both saw mainstream radio success, but “I’m Like a Lawyer” is the single that sticks after these 10 years. Patrick Stump’s voice is 100 percent in this, and regardless of the meaning, which is still debated, we can agree that it makes you feel good. Don’t believe me? Watch this video of Patrick serenading Panic! At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots as they sit around a fake campfire on stage.
3.) ‘When Did Your Heart Go Missing’ – Rooney
Remember that guy from The Princess Diaries who was Mia’s best friend’s brother? The one who played in a band and fixed cars and loved M&Ms and should have ended up with Mia instead of Chris Pine’s character? Yeah, he’s the frontman/founder of the band Rooney. Weird, right? Even weirder is that he’s apparently related to Nicolas Cage. *shutters*
Either way, this was a good song in 2007 and is a good song today. It didn’t see the airtime of some of the other songs on this list, but you may remember it from an episode of Gossip Girl or the horrendous Nancy Drew movie starring Emma Roberts. When I think of 2007, I think of this song.
4.) ‘Believe’ – The Bravery
The worst thing to happen to a song you like is to hear it being used for sports coverage. Just look at “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy and “Song 2” by Blur. I’m not wrong.
Enter “Believe” by The Bravery, the theme song of the 2008 NFL Draft. American Idol also used it to promote Twilight for some reason, which is kind of funny because what on earth does football have in common with vampires?
More recently, it was sampled in the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song “Crew Cuts.” If this song is good enough for bloodsucking, football playing emcees, it’s good enough for you to give it another listen.
5.) ‘Check Yes Juliet’ – We The Kings
Everyone liked this song. Admit it. It didn’t matter if you were a scene kid, a punk rocker, or even – gasp – a popular, you played this song over and over, whether in secret or not. And why wouldn’t you? It’s incredibly catchy and infectious, and I’m sure if you played it at your next rager that I know you’re having (but didn’t get invited to yet…), it’ll be a hit.
What do you think? Did we miss your favorite ’07 song? Hate everything on this list? Let us know in the comments below.