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"The Anthem," Good Charlotte (2002)
The musical equivalent of screaming, "You're not my dad." But at the Man.
"You Oughta Know, "Alanis Morissette (1995)
For sixth graders everywhere angry that their crush asked someone else to the spring formal, and even angrier their mom won't explain why Alanis is so pissed about "going down in a theater."
"American Idiot," Green Day (2004)
Thirty seconds in, and suddenly you were political. You weren't even going to go to the Flag Day Assembly. Open your eyes, Mrs. L. Open your eyes.
"There You Go," Pink (2001)
The inspiration to be the kind of free-spirited rebel who speaks her mind and has the confidence to wear a cowboy hat over neon hair.
"Only Happy When It Rains", Garbage (1995)
The kind of youthful fury that only comes when no one understands the depth or your depth. You want to talk about last week's Gilmore Girls? Sure, but only if we can do it through the lens of first-wave feminism. And we have to wear turtlenecks.