When I first heard about Spotify’s new Time Capsule feature, I was terrified. Everyone on Twitter was in agreement that the Time Capsule was accurate and a reminder of middle school nightmares. I avoided mine, unconvinced that the playlist would be able to encapsulate (get it?) the way my music taste diversified upon the advent of iTunes and puberty.
Then my editor was like, “Write this,” so now I have to crack this motherfucker open — right after I Google where to find it.
“In The End” – Linkin Park
In the end, it doesn’t even matter how embarrassed I am this is the first song. Like, I’m not even embarrassed that this is on the playlist. It is true that I rocked to this song as a tiny string bean version of myself years ago. I’m just embarrassed it’s first.
‘Till I Collapse” – Eminem feat. Nate Dogg
I did not listen to this in middle school; I was super picky about what Eminem I listened to because he’s a creep.
“Ignition – Remix” – R. Kelly
R. Kelly is a bad person and I know all the words to this song.
“Santeria” – Sublime
I don’t practice Santeria.
“Mr. Brightside” – The Killers
I think this is on everyone’s.
“Lose Yourself – Soundtrack Version” – Eminem
To this day, I get upset when people get the lyrics to this song wrong. I’m looking at you, the internet.
“Stronger” – Kanye West
Honestly, the inclusion of Kanye on this playlist really highlights the lack of 50 Cent.
“Numb/Encore” – Jay-Z and Linkin Park
“Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” – Fall Out Boy
At first, I did not like Fall Out Boy because my younger sister liked Fall Out Boy a lot. You know, just girly things.
“All the Small Things” – Blink-182
As a kid, I definitely thought my neighbor’s older brother wrote and sang this song with his band (because he had a band and liked this song). I was devastated when I learned the truth.
“No Scrubs” – TLC
This song remains on my playlist made up entirely of lady artists designed for those times when I don’t want to to acknowledge that straight, white men make music.
“All Star” – Smash Mouth
“Gold Digger” – Kanye West
I don’t care what none of y’all say, I still love this song.
“What’s My Age Again?” – blink-182
I don’t know a single word to this song.
“Semi-Charmed Life” – Third Eye Blind
I frequently forget that this song exists. Then I hear it somewhere in the distance, and I don’t know where it’s coming from.
“Chop Suey!” – System of a Down
I know people listened to this, but I was not one of them.
“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
I feel like I should be skateboarding down the sidewalk in the beginning of a nineties movie whenever this song plays. It has always made me feel this way, despite the fact that I have literally never been able to shred gnar.
“Without Me” – Eminem
I heard this song for the first time in fifth grade; it was on a Grammy nominees CD, a favorite of the classroom. Whenever this song would come on, we would all yell in unison to block out where the curse words are, as if we didn’t know they were there and just decided that was the right time to yell.
“Last Resort”- Papa Roach
Best listened to on the school bus on a highway bridge over a lake brimming with alligators.
“I Write Sins Not Tragedies” – Panic! At the Disco
This was the first concert I went to as a teenager. I still wear the t-shirt I got at it to bed sometimes. That’s right, this article just got oddly intimate despite it being terrible and embarrassing in every other way.
“It Wasn’t Me” – Shaggy
I heard this for the first time in seventh grade in a geography class where we were given free reign and learned nothing except the words to this song.
“Yeah!” – Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris
My sister’s rendition of this is second only to the original.
“Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” – T-Pain feat. Yung Joc
I feel like I should have known I was gay much sooner based on what I would think about while listening to this song in middle school.
“Say My Name” – Destiny’s Child
The original jam.
“Hypnotize – 2014 Remastered Version” – The Notorious B.I.G.
This was a song I only ever heard on the radio which made it even better somehow.
“I Want It That Way” – Backstreet Boys
My first CD was this album.
“Kryptonite” – 3 Doors Down
For the bulk of my youth, “Smallville” was my favorite TV show. Guess where I heard this song the first time.
“Drive” – Incubus
Not into it.
“Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard
I think I liked this song because it described the exact opposite of what my life was.
“Island In The Sun” – Weezer
I also heard this song for the first time on “Smallville,” friends.
Spotify’s Time Capsule feature has a different effect on everyone. For me, all I want to do is rewatch “Smallville.” Somebody save me.