The Songs Everyone Had On Their MySpace

it's like your top 8, but for music

Photo courtesy of Fueled By Ramen.

If there is one thing MySpace did better than Facebook, it was its approach to music. All the HTML coding became exhausting, so Facebook’s lack of personalization was a begrudged blessing in disguise. However, the space to add your favorite song of the moment was (and still sort of is) missed. The element of discovery made MySpace what it was. It gave you, the user, the ability to fine-tune your personal brand that much more closely. What you put on your iPod said more about you than your diary ever could, after all.

The popular songs—the ones everyone had or had come across—on MySpace occupied a sonic space between O.C. chill and college radio angst. It mostly pushed moody boybands into their 15 minutes of fame, but that moment in music, for better or worse, was fleeting. Though there is a special kind of nostalgia those who were really immersed in the scene can understand. The following 15 tracks—tracks that flirt with emo, pop, punk, electro, and more—will take you there. You can take the emo girl or boy off MySpace, but you can’t take the emo out of the girl or boy.