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  • Writer's pictureDiana Morales

The Songs That Shaped Us (Off the Grid)

There are a couple of iconic songs that people our age will instantly recognize. The nostalgia from the early 2000s to the 2010s takes us back in time. The way a memory is attached to that piece of music is honestly mesmerizing.


Starting off with Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," released in 2010, featuring the pop queen of her era, Christina Aguilera. This song played everywhere growing up, but the most vivid memory of it is me being on a carnival ride with the sunset and this song playing at full blast in the summer. One of the most fun memories I have.



The second song that I believe impacted us is Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne. This song was released in 2014, and I remember this song being one that my school choir chose to sing in a spring concert. My ride home from school always had this song on repeat, just a pretty catchy melody and lyrics that had a different music video compared to some I had seen growing up.



My third choice is Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." I remember listening to this song the first time when I was watching the 2014 Grammy Awards. It features Pharell Williams, an iconic artist from the 2000s and now. After listening to it and seeing how catchy and groovy it was, I was hooked and started delving into the world of Daft Punk and electronic music. What an amazing introduction to the world of Daft Punk!



An artist that I can't fail to mention is One Direction. Although most of their songs and their impact on the world will be unforgettable to me, one of their most iconic ones is "Best Song Ever," which was released in 2013. The music video just screams fun, summer, pop, and it broke barriers honestly with Zayn Malik dressing and acting as a female secretary, showing that he's not afraid to show his feminine side whilst being in the biggest boyband in the world at the moment.



Honorable mentions include:

  • Bruno Mars

  • Kendrick Lamar

  • Justin Bieber

  • Katy Perry

  • Lady Gaga

  • Beyonce

  • Nicki Minaj

  • Adele

Honestly there are countless artists that impacted us as a generation growing up.

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