Tunes That Got You Through Your Teens : All Songs Considered We recently asked listeners to tell us about a time when music came to their rescue. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we share some of those stories and the music behind them.

Tunes That Got You Through Your Teens

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

king crimson cover

Court of the Crimson King [2009 Remix]

This song was chosen by Sean, from New York.

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Cover for Superunknown

Black Hole Sun

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

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Cover for Hit to Death in the Future Head

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

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

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Cover for Help! [UK]

I Need You

This song was chosen by Lila, in Brazil.

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Cover for Led Zeppelin IV

Rock and Roll

This song was chosen by Meg, in Los Angeles.

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Cover for Cheap Trick [1977]

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

This song was chosen by Christopher, from Massachusetts.

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Cover for Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bridge over Troubled Water

This song was chosen by Karen, in Maine.

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