13 Essential Good Riddance Songs

This year I will find myself cemented in my late-30s with an endless array of memories from the music of my adolescent youth clear up to what some prefer to label maturation with adulthood. I am still unclear whether the music shapes the memories, or if the memories help determine what music was important.

Here, in January, I have been listening to a lot of hardcore and punk rock and I always seem to circle back to skate punk from the mid-90s. There’s a certain amount of a refreshing aura to the loud, fast, and dense music of this part of my preferential past.

The next best thing to breaking stuff is listening to Good Riddance and screaming along with the lyrics. Here are my picks for their 13 essential songs:

13 | last believer
comprehensive guide to a modern rebellion

12 | yesterday’s headlines
symptoms of a leveling spirit

11 | boys & girls
for god & country

10 | dry season
peace in our time

9 | letters home
operation phoenix

8 | dubious glow of excess
bound by ties of blood & affection

7 | steps
comprehensive guide to a modern rebellion

6 | mother superior
for god & country

5 | flies first class
for god & country

4 | heresy, hypocrisy & revenge
operation phoenix

3 | shadows of defeat
operation phoenix

2 | all fall down
for god & country

1 | thinking of me
comprehensive guide to a modern rebellion

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