Tunes That Got You Through Your Teens

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We recently asked listeners to send us their personal stories about a time when music came to their rescue, particularly when they were growing up.  We got hundreds of notes — some of them moving, some of them funny.  But we were most struck by everyone's boundless love and enthusiasm for music and its ability to make us feel the weight of our lives like nothing else.

Teen years seem to be the time when people are most open to discovering music, or the time when they come to realize its power.  From the stories we got, songs have helped define our early crushes, frustrations, anger, love, boredom.  Through it all, time and time again, people found that music helped them to better understand their own feelings, and guided them through the direction they chose to take with their lives.

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share some of the stories we heard and the music behind them.

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Tunes That Got You Through Your Teens

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Court of the Crimson King [2009 Remix]

  • Artist: King Crimson
  • Album: In the Court of the Crimson King [2 CD]

This song was chosen by Sean, from New York.

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  • "Court of the Crimson King [2009 Remix]"
  • Album: In the Court of the Crimson King [2 CD]
  • Artist: King Crimson
  • Label: Discipline Global Mobile
  • Released: 1969
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Cover for Superunknown

Black Hole Sun

  • Artist: Soundgarden
  • Album: Superunknown

This song was chosen by Ray, now living in China, but originally from Washington, D.C.

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  • "Black Hole Sun"
  • Album: Superunknown
  • Artist: Soundgarden
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Released: 1994
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Cover for Hit to Death in the Future Head

Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone ...)

  • Artist: The Flaming Lips
  • Album: Hit to Death in the Future Head

This song was chosen by T.J. from Oklahoma.

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  • "Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone ...)"
  • Album: Hit to Death in the Future Head
  • Artist: The Flaming Lips
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Released: 1992
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Cover for Help! [UK]

I Need You

  • Artist: The Beatles
  • Album: Help! [UK]

This song was chosen by Lila, in Brazil.

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  • "I Need You"
  • Album: Help! [UK]
  • Artist: The Beatles
  • Label: Capitol
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Cover for Led Zeppelin IV

Rock and Roll

  • Artist: Led Zeppelin
  • Album: Led Zeppelin IV

This song was chosen by Meg, in Los Angeles.

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  • "Rock and Roll"
  • Album: Led Zeppelin IV
  • Artist: Led Zeppelin
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Released: 1971
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Cover for Cheap Trick [1977]

Ballad of TV Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)

  • Artist: Cheap Trick
  • Album: Cheap Trick [1977]

This song was chosen by Christopher, from Massachusetts.

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  • "Ballad of TV Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)"
  • Album: Cheap Trick [1977]
  • Artist: Cheap Trick
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
  • Released: 1977
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Bridge over Troubled Water

  • Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
  • Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water

This song was chosen by Karen, in Maine.

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  • "Bridge over Troubled Water"
  • Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
  • Label: Columbia
  • Released: 1970
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