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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Millersville chapter.

I was scrolling through Tik Tok, (an app that I spend entirely too much time on according to my screen time), and I came across a video where the person was explaining how the song Tongue Tied by Grouplove gave them this sense of nostalgia that they couldn’t exactly pinpoint. All the comments adamantly agreed, as did I, and it got me thinking about how important music was in my teenage years and still continues to be as I creep into my 20s. Certain songs and even the music artists themselves bring back memories, or a sense of nostalgia, just like Tongue Tied does for so many people. Music artists even allowed me to make life-long friends during my adolescence that I wouldn’t have otherwise (love you, Angel and Sophia!).

I remember as young as nine, I was super invested in Jonas Brothers, which was the start of my love of bands. I vividly remember sitting in front of my TV with the music video to Year 3000 playing and being absolutely mesmerized by the brilliance of those three boys. I entered my (barely) teen years in sixth grade and was suddenly mesmerized by One Direction. If you know me personally, then you know what a major impact this band had on my adolescence. I spent my days watching endless hours of content on Youtube, made friends along the way, and watched the whole band grow along with me. One Direction was a major rock for me, and their music got me through, what felt like at the time, the worst points of my teenage life. As quickly as I watched them rise, I also watched them fall and inevitably break up (March 25, 2015 was a rough one). However, I still carry them with me, and I listen to them to this day because frankly you can’t look me in the eyes and say they didn’t make absolute bangers during their time together as a band.

Now at this point in my life and diving into my twenties, I’m constantly listening to music, and while I haven’t had anything as intense as One Direction, I still have my favorite fixations. Some honorable mentions include: Wallows, PrettyMuch, Clairo, Rico Nasty, and Tame Impala, just to name a few. I actually saw Wallows at the end of February, so now whenever I listen to any song by them I’m immediately taken back to the memory of the unforgettable concert! 

How has music impacted you growing up?

(I feel like this gif accurately represents my best friends and I listening to One Direction at our age now)




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