A Guide to What Teens Listen to and Why [Teen Article]
Posted Jun 16 2009 5:36pm
Rachel is a 16-year-old born and raised in NYC. She enjoys singing, debating, traveling and writing. Her favorite subjects are English and Science; she wishes to pursue a career in either of them in the future.
Now personally? I don’t listen to most of the mainstream music. However, most teens listen to those songs for a reason. Here is a little cheat sheet to understand why.
1. Rock music is not as intense as it was when our parents were our age. Now this genre of music is just to listen to when we feel down. Most songs of this variety reminds us that we’re not alone in feeling down, and sometimes that helps. Then again, some others might just listen to it because there’s some good beats or guitar riffs. We normally just listen to whatever sounds good.
2. Slow music helps us feel tranquil and relaxed. This is the best type of songs to do homework with, preferably piano versions of our favorite songs with no lyrics. It doesn’t help you work when you’re too busy singing or trying to find out the lyrics of “that really good song”.
3. Country music is a real “feel good” type. Most of the best love/breakup lyrics are in country songs. These types most people don’t tend to listen a LOT of, but recently it’s been getting a come-back. Young country singers are modernizing this type nowadays like Taylor Swift, though some good classic country love songs never get old, like Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” or LeAnn Rimes’ “I Need You”. 4. Dance songs have great beats to dance to (duh) and it also sounds good in our teenaged ears (see #1).
5. Hip hop and R&B are mainly good combinations of sweet beats and nice verses. I personally like these two because they’re good genres to break-dance with and yet are good to listen to when you’re not dancing.
6. Rap is one of the types of music that I really do not get why some people listen to. This type is the ‘rebel’ music of this generation’s teens, like rock was in the previous one. These songs are basically about all the things kid’s shouldn’t do…maybe that’s why it’s listened to; we always tend to want to rebel from what society/parents try to tell us to do. However, rap is so mainstreamed nowadays that I can safely say that that theory is false.
7. The ‘undiscovered’ ones, I think, are the best. They are not mainstream songs, so they’re less ‘touched’ by society’s materialistic/carnal hype. These are raw talents of young singers that aren’t all up in the news because they aren’t the ‘discovered ones’. Most teens normally miss these types because these songs are only found if you’re REALLY looking for them, and that’s only when a friend or a small magazine company recommends them. My favorites are Ronnie Day’s “Written at a Rest Stop” (his whole soundtrack that includes that song are great to listen to when you’re sad), Marie Digby’s “Say it Again”, “Miss Invisible”, and “Beauty in Walking Away”. Others like The Morning Of’s “Shine”, “The Last Goodnight’s Pictures of You”, Amy Pearson’s “Wish I was Her”, Elise Estrada’s “Unlove You”, and Kristine Mirelle’s “Let Go” are some good songs most teens don’t normally hear. Some of those songs are what some teenagers would call “old” or “no longer ‘in’” but the sincere lyrics and the memorable melodies of these songs make them timeless.