Middle School Music: A Guide

In my last post, I talked about maybe making a middle school music version. For those of you who may not know what I’m talking about, I’ll explain. When I was in about seventh or eighth grade, I was really into alternative music. Bands like All Time Low, A Day to Remember, Boys Like Girls, Mayday Parade, Cartel, and so on. I still love listening to these songs all the time, because it reminds me of the good ole days where I was obese, didn’t understand how girls got their hair so flat (update: I later figured out they used a magic tool called a hair straightener) and thought Abercrombie was important. So, in case you’re missing these days, too, I made an all-inclusive list of all of the best middle school songs for you! 

These aren’t all songs that I discovered exclusively in middle school (sorry for the misleading title), but also songs that I feel sound similar/have the same vibe – so some of them are newer. I figure the best way to do this is to name a few of the best ones (in my opinion) from each band! The star (*) indicates my all-time, absolute favorites.

The Academy Is… – About A Girl*, Summer Hair = Forever Young, The Test

All American Rejects – I Wanna*, My Paper Heart, The Last Song, Why Worry,

All Time Low – Remembering Sunday*, Stella, Let It Roll, The Beach, Holly (Would You Turn Me On?), Too Much, Hello Brooklyn, Jasey Rae, Shameless

Anarbor – Passion for Publication*

Blink 182 – I Miss You*, San Diego, All The Small Things, What’s My Age Again?

Borns – Electric Love

Boys Like Girls – Five Minutes To Midnight, Hero/Heroine (Acoustic), Love Drunk, Up Against The Wall*, Me You and My Medication, The Great Escape, Learning To Fall, Dance Hall Drug

Cartel – Wonderwall (cover)*, Honestly, Runaway, Save Us, Lose It, Wasted, Say Anything (Else), The Fortunate, Lonely One

Cobra Starship – Guilty Pleasure, Good Girls Go Bad, The City Is At War

Cute Is What We Aim For – Practice Makes Perfect, Navigate Me, Safe Ride, Marriage To Millions, Miss Sobriety, Newport Living, The Curse Of Curves

A Day to Remember – Have Faith In Me, Homesick, If It Means A Lot To You*, Another Song About The Weekend, You Had Me @ Hello, NJ Legion Iced Tea

Defeater – I Don’t Mind

Dirty Heads – Cabin By The Sea

Emblem3 – Chloe (You’re The One I Want)

Every Avenue – Trading Heartbeats, Between You And I, Chasing The Night, Fame And (Mis) Fortune, Days Of The Old

Fall Out Boy – Sugar, We’re Goin Down*

Forever the Sickest Kids – Believe Me I’m Lying, She’s A Lady, Whoa Oh! (Me vs Everyone), Catastrophe*

The Fray – You Found Me, Never Say Never, Over My Head, How To Save A Life

The Front Bottoms – Twin Sized Mattress*, Funny You Should Ask, Maps, Peach

Good Charlotte – Like Its Her Birthday, Girls & Boys*, I Don’t Wanna Be In Love

Hey Monday – How You Love Me Now, Arizona

The Holdup – Honest, Sativa, Girl Next Door, The Drugs

Iration – Time Bomb

Jack’s Mannequin – La La Lie, Dark Blue*, Miss Delaney, Swim*, Holiday From Real, Bruised, I’m Ready, The Mixed Tape, Into The Airwaves, Miss California, Meet Me At My Window, The Resolution

The Maine – Everything I Ask For, We All Roll Along, Girls Do What They Want, Into Your Arms, Whoever She Is, The Way We Talk, I Must Be Dreaming, We’ll All Be…, You Left Me, Time To Go, This Is The End, and honestly, I love their Christmas album too (don’t judge me)

Matt Simons – Catch & Release

Mayday Parade – Miserable At Best*, Terrible Things, Kids In Love*, Three Cheers For Five Years*, I Swear This Time I Mean It, Oh Well Oh Well*, You Be The Anchor That Keeps My Feet On The Ground I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds, Stay*, The Last Something That Meant Anything

Metro Station – True To Me*, Kelsey, California, Seventeen Forever

Never Shout Never – Bigcitydreams, Dare4distance, Trouble

Owl City – The Saltwater Room, Vanilla Twilight, Hello Seattle, Dear Vienna, Designer Skyline

Panic! At The Disco – Nine In The Afternoon*

Reliant K – Be My Escape (Acoustic)*, Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been

The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, I’m Yours*, Breakeven

Secondhand Serenade – Half Alive, Vulnerable, Maybe, It’s Not Over, Last Time, Goodbye, Suppose*, Fall For You

Simple Plan – I’m Just A Kid, Perfect, Addicted, Welcome To My Life, Shut Up

Sing It Loud – No One Can Touch Us

The Spill Canvas – Lullaby

The Starting Line – Best Of Me*

This Providence – My Beautiful Rescue

Turn Life Lunar – Skyline*, Change Your Mind, Feel*, Crashed (this is my pledge sister’s band; you should definitely check her out here! They have a new single coming out on Tuesday, and their next album comes out August 16th!)

Valencia – The Space Between*

Wakey! Wakey! – Almost Everything (you might recognize this one from a One Tree Hill episode)

We The Kings – Secret Valentine, Don’t Speak Liar, All Again For You*, This Is Our Town, August Is Over, Skyway Avenue*, Stay Young, Check Yes Juliet, We’ll Be A Dream, The Quiet

Yellowcard – Everywhere*, Ocean Avenue, Light Up The Sky


Thanks for reading, XO


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