Songs for the Ages (literally)

Tony Madden

Perhaps the most beautiful quality of music is its ability to take snapshots of any given time in our lives. 


There is something to be said for the drama of your first heartbreak at 15 or the qualms of being 17. Here are the songs that take the best snapshots of our tumultuous teens. 

Fifteen – Taylor Swift

Oh, to be fifteen years old again and falling for some handsome senior boy. In the dreamy country stylings that made her so popular back in 2008, Taylor Swift tells the story of high school love and loss from the point of view of she and her best friend Abigail.


In her freshman-year naivety, Abigail went all-in for a boy on the football team who changed his mind and left her in the dust. Taylor reminds her that the pain isn’t forever.


“When you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them,” she sings. “In your life, you’ll do things greater than dating the boy on the football team. I didn’t know it at fifteen.”

Seventeen – Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan explores an all too real struggle for queer people all over: that of hypersexualization and losing your innocence a bit too early. It’s far less lighthearted and surface-level than Swift’s “Fifteen,” but tells a necessary tale.


“I went out looking for love when I was seventeen,” Sivan sings. “Maybe a little too young, but it was real to me. And in the heat of the night, saw things I’d never seen.”

18 – One Direction

The 2010s’ favorite boy band made a killing on an impressive catalogue of love songs such as “18.” In the fan-favorite from One Direction’s 2014 album “Four,” the boys sing of a love that hasn’t died since their youth.


“I wanna love like you made me feel when we were 18,” they sing.