Music That Rocks: Kids at Heart

It’s (was) Parents Weekend! On Friday, proud parents of Boston College students arrived at The Heights, in packs that could only be rivaled by those of Freshman trying to enter a Mod on a Friday night I might add. To celebrate a weekend that is typically one of the nicest “change-ups” of the year, we want to hear those songs that remind you of home, of being a young kid, or that make you long for the days of recess and non co-ed birthday parties! Here are those songs that make your heart feel young.

I’m Just a Kid – Simple Plan

“How could I not, I write the blurbs for these things. There’s something upbeat about this song, despite the absolute DOWNER lyrics, that make me feel like I’m an elementary school kid at sleepover disobeying my parents by staying up until 2 am drinking soda and eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. That’s right everybody, I’ve always been a rebel. But seriously, who doesn’t love this song every now and again.” – Mike M ‘18


Stacy’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne
“Such a nostalgic song, gosh was 2003 a good year, being 7 was the best. On an unrelated note, this song is just a classic, you throw it on and everyone is singing along no question. Just such a great song. Oh, by the way this is the only song you’re allowed to play during Parent’s Weekend. ESPECIALLY if you have a friend named Stacy, and even more so if her mom’s got it goin’ on.” – Korey Ryan ‘18

When It Comes To You” – Dead Ghosts
“Sunny summer days as a kid are what this song reminds me of, back when I would bike around my neighborhood, play in the sprinkler in the front yard, chase the ice cream truck, and set up lemonade stands with my sister. You might not get that feeling just by reading the name or the lyrics, but listen to this jangly, lo-fi tune and take a trip back in time. It’s also a great song to play in the car on nice days with all your windows rolled down.” – Austin Hord ‘20

Send Me On My Way” – Rusted Root
“This song is an instant day changer. You’re crazy if you claim that a good whistle solo doesn’t put you in a good mood. From the goofy lyrics to the upbeat drums in the background, this song always makes me want to get up and dance. For some reason, I think Pandora reads my mind, and whenever I’m feeling down, this song just happens to come on. The lyrics are also just pretty darn motivating. Certainly makes me want to push through those late nights full of chicken tenders and tears. And as an amusing aside, it also happens to be featured in both of the films Ice Age and Matilda, and if those two films don’t remind you of childhood, you clearly didn’t have one.” – Jess Pazienza ‘19

Homecoming” – Green Day
“Anyone who claims to have not gone through an angsty, punk/alternative rock-fueled period in their middle school days is lying. Nothing soothes the pre-teen soul like guitar riffs and screaming swear words. But in all seriousness, Green Day’s American Idiot was the first album I personally owned and listened to way too much, and to this day is still one of my all-time favorites. ‘Homecoming’ is the work’s penultimate track and vents emotion, confusion, and frustration through a varied and quirky 5-part arrangement for 9 full minutes – a true emblem of the genre’s glory days. Although ‘Homecoming’ is not one of the record’s more popular songs, the manner in which it candidly channels the resolution of American Idiot’s storyline has always struck a special chord with me. (Check out the Broadway musical adaptation of the album, too – it’s incredible.) As I write a few weeks into my semester in London, I think fondly of everyone awkwardly shotgunning in front of their parents at tailgates this weekend, along with the other joys awaiting me in Brighton. The song’s theme of returning to one’s roots seems fitting, then, as I simultaneously enjoy my amazing experience abroad and admire the wonders of home. Looking forward to my own homecoming this December (unless Trump wins the election, then I’ll prolly transfer and take my chances with Brexit).” – Nick Flowers, ‘18


Steal My Sunshine” – Len
“When I think about music in my childhood, my mind immediately goes to my family’s fluorescent blue in-home karaoke machine straight out of 1999. It was completely loaded with everyone’s favorite Ace of Base and Spice Girls songs, but Steal My Sunshine was always big hit because it presented the opportunity for a duet. My older sister always made me sing the man’s part, a tricky task as you had to nail the raspy Canadian accent while also keeping up with the nonsensical lyrics, but I never minded. We actually had a colored strobe light in my basement to accompany the karaoke machine; looking back, my basement in the early 2000s was more lit than most Walsh parties.” – Lucy Palmer ‘19

When You’re Gone” – Avril Lavigne
“For some reason, Avril Lavigne was such a big hit when I was a kid back in China. There are limited foreign singers that we know, and somehow Avril became the one that everyone listened to and obsessed with. And when I think about elementary school days, she’s the one comes to mind. Even though this song is talking about a couple’s break up, it kind of also fits into how college students miss home. “I never thought I’d need you there when I cry” just perfectly describes how I wish my mom is here for parents weekend and how much I miss her.” – Siqi Wang’19

When I Grow Up” – The Pussycat Dolls
“I don’t know about you, but 9-year-old me was bombarded with musical success stories to look up to. The Cheetah Girls, Hannah Montana, and those kooky kids from High School Musical, including a certain bowl-haired, lip-syncing, pre-fame Zac Efron. With idols like that, how could I not want to grow up to be famous? The Pussycat Dolls understood my struggle. With the help of its quick, upbeat tempo and highly contended lyrics (They want to have GROUPIES, people!), this song has snuck its way into the late night repertoire of many a ‘90s kid.” – Shelby Grasso ‘19

Thunder Road”– Bruce Springsteen
“I had the extreme fortune of being raised in a pro-The Boss family. So there was a good chance every time we were in the car when I was young, a Springsteen album would be in the CD player, and we always managed to work our way to Thunder Road. Sitting here writing this, the words and melody are flooding back to me (despite not having heard the song in years) and I have this sudden urge to skip my art class and spend 3 hours listening to nothing but Bruce. In fact, it is taking all of my willpower right now not to belt out the chorus (as my musically challenged father was apt to do in the car) in the middle of Mac…it would certainly improve the ambiance.” –Emmett Walsh ‘18



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