I thought of this topic after hearing a Savage Garden song on the radio that I haven't even thought about for 12 years. Whit, being 2 years older than me, tolerated it for about one minute before begging the change the station. I probably would have had the same reaction, had I not committed those lyrics to memory during my senior year.
Here are some songs that, when I hear them, I am back to piling with 7 people into a car and making a Wendy's run before the third band rehearsal of the day.
Weezer, "Undone - The Sweater Song" -- we would sing this song a cappella while carrying our marching band equipment down to the football field.
Nine Inch Nails, "Closer" -- who would have thought an artist who we initially got into because of the subversiveness was amazingly talented and intelligent? Bonus point: Trent Reznor being a band geek.
Smashing Pumpkins, "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" -- I remember watching this video with my mom, and after it was over she commented, "Oh, I get it. They're digging their own graves."
Blues Traveler, "Hook" -- I would debate the harmonica talents of John Popper with my dad at least quarterly throughout high school.
Tori Amos, "Pretty Good Year" -- my dedication to Tori Amos in high school is almost physically cringe-inducing to remember, but she is still a rock star on the piano.
Jewel, "Who Will Save Your Soul" -- this song (and this entire album) really spoke to my teenage desire for authenticity. Of course, it manifested in really horrible attempts at poetry, but that wasn't really Jewel's fault.
Third Eye Blind, "Semi-Charmed Life" -- I cannot estimate how many hours we invested into learning the lyrics to this song.
Alanis Morisette, "You Oughta Know" -- this was the anthem for my group of girlfriends when we thought we had actually boy problems.
Live, "Lightening Crashes" -- we used to listen to Throwing Copper during science classes, and it can still remind me of trying to grow specimens in petri dishes (and failing - I mean, seriously? Bacteria grows EVERYWHERE).
Hootie and the Blowfish, "Hold My Hand" -- because really, what would the 90s be without Hootie?
The Cranberries, "Zombie"
Fiona Apple, "Criminal"
Madonna, "Human Nature"
Boyz II Men, "On Bended Knee"
Foo Fighters, "Monkey Wrench"
Garbage, "Stupid Girl"
No Doubt, "Don't Speak"
Sarah McLachlan, "Angel"
Green Day, "Basket Case"
Offspring, "Self Esteem"