Here’s that Coming of Age nostalgia playlist you were looking for

Cam Garden, Contributing Writer

At some point in life, everyone feels as if they’re the main character in a coming-of-age movie. The best part of any such film is a killer soundtrack. Here are some great songs to sing at the top of your lungs while you settle into the realization that this moment could very well be the best one of your life.

1. Tongue Tied – Grouplove

Everyone knows and loves “Tongue Tied.” Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, just one listen and you’ll immediately remember the words to the chorus. It’s the perfect song to sing while you drive up the coast with your best friends.

2. Ghost Town – Kanye West, PARTYNEXTDOOR

You’ve probably heard this song on TikTok recently over edits of friend groups. Case in point, it’s great to include because of it. The best lyric in the song to make you feel like the main character is “And nothing hurts anymore, I feel kinda free.”

3. Mariposa – Peach Tree Rascals

The perfect song if you’re planning to have a day at the beach or to enjoy the warm weather outside.“Mariposa” is an easy, feel-good song.

4. Play Date – Melanie Martinez

Moving into the more nostalgic end of the spectrum, “Play Date” reminds us all of the beginning of quarantine, when everything was about whipped coffee and “Tiger King.” Even better, you don’t need to know the words to this song to be able to vibe and dance along.

5. Please Don’t Go – Mike Posner

Here’s another song that gained popularity through TikTok. It’s soon to be a staple of the coming-of-age genre. This song is sure to make you want to roll the windows down and let the cool breeze run through your hair.

6. Wait a Minute! – WILLOW

Willow’s hit song “Wait a Minute” is the perfect song to sing as if nothing else matters in the world. It works well for both a high-energy scream sing or just a chill vibe.

7. No Place I’d Rather Be – Cassa Lio

This 2014 hit is sure to get everyone singing. It was truly a song before its time. It perfectly embodies the coming-of-age feel.

8. Put Your Records On – Ritt Momney

Although Momney’s version of the song has become more popular, both his and the original singer Corinne Bailey Rae’s voices work perfectly for this song and this playlist. Each version gives off nice, peaceful, ‘laying-in-the-grass’ spring vibes.

9. Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners

Another hit song, perfect for getting people excited. Again, if you don’t know the words, they’re easy enough to learn or just to dance along to the melody.

10. We Are Young – fun., Janelle Monáe

It wouldn’t be a nostalgia playlist if this song wasn’t included. Whether you’re still in your coming-of-age phase or you’re long past it, this song is sure to make you feel as youthful as ever. At the end of the day, when you’re with your best friends, you can be young at heart and that’s more than enough.