i’ve recently been going back through music that i used to listen to in my mid-late teens (which for me is like 2011-2015, sorry folks) in an attempt to reassess whether any of it was actually good, and while i still find plenty of it pretty embarrassing, i no longer have the urge to bury myself in the ground whenever i remember my teenage tastes. in fact, i’ve discovered that a lot of it still appeals to me as an adult, despite the fact that i can’t listen to any of it without thinking of god damned high school.
anyway, this exercise made me wonder what everyone else’s cringe phase was like, so if you have one then please post it here! i put together a playlist on yt which contains most of my faves (there’s still a few vids which elude me ) but i’ll spare you the sifting and drop the key culprits here (to be clear, my personal list is of music which i can listen to now and still enjoy, and excludes all the stuff that i have deemed too dreadful for contemporary consumption, but your lists don’t have to be like that, do whatever you want i can’t stop you):
first up, to really set the tone:
jesus christ every time i look at the Boxxy + starcraft 2 space marine artwork i’m fucking obliterated. it’s just incredible.
i used to listen to this when i was like, uhhh, idk 15 or 16? pretty sure i had this vid (along with many others on this list) downloaded onto my laptop in 144p so i could listen after the internet curfew when i was in boarding school (wow exclusive dogs lore).
next up we have a year 11/12 classic:
the zero-G boobs get me every fucken time, not to mention spacebook omg.
i used to listen to this while studying, along with its sibling vid Top Best Dubstep March 2012 (lmao) which i always considered to be the slightly inferior of the two, but still a classic.
alright next is an artist who i used to listen to despite feeling even at the time that they were kinda trash:
i used to listen to a bunch of her other stuff besides this one song, but i wanted to include this one as it’s both pretty representative of the rest of her work and also the first song of hers that i ever heard (i first encountered it inside like, some ff14 fan vid lmao).
alright change of pace:
omg the bitrate in this vid is so bad wtf uhh go to their bandcamp i guess lol
i was given this album by my cousin one time when i stayed over and it was like 50% of what i listened to in 2012. i don’t have a huge love for them anymore but i can appreciate their place in the construction of my taste (unlike some other bands i listened to at the time such as Black Veil Brides, which i can now only listen to in reverent solemn embarrassment).
saved the worst best for last
the thing that really unnerves me about these super long playlists is the way my brain knows exactly which song flows into which other song and what’s coming up next despite not having listened to this in like, 7~ years.
anyway my clearest memory associated with this playlist is playing torchlight 1 on my 2011 macbook pro, lol.
there are plenty more, but some of them i either haven’t found yet (there’s this one Savant (i think) playlist that i’ve been looking for, and i know what the artwork looks like, but i can’t find the right vid ) or are basically covered in the above selection (like this Best Melodic Dubstep Mix 2013 vid which i also used to study to; another case of “wow i know every song in this 2 hour vid how does my brain have room for this???”).
anyway, i hope that was fun, please share your own lists and let us all collectively roll as disobedient dogs in the pungent corpse of our cringe (i just looked up “why do dogs roll in dead stuff” and apparently the answer is “who knows” so i guess science still has a long way to go).