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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Song
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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Song
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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Song
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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Song
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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Song
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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Song
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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Cover for Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bridge over Troubled Water

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

This song was chosen by Karen, in Maine.

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Song
Bridge over Troubled Water
Album
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Artist
Simon & Garfunkel
Label
Columbia
Released
1970

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