The best songs by teenagers

Interested as usual in keeping myself awake, my list includes songs I love recorded by performers in their teenage years. I took “teen pop” literally, not as shorthand for assembly line pop largely written and arranged by adults for teenage acts, although, of course, Korea and Japan have produced many latter-day triumphs that wreck havoc with categorization. All these tracks were singles except for the One Direction track — this quintet recorded album tracks superior to its singles, and “No Control” has a hysteria that I expect from hormones and illegal beer mixing in peculiar ways.

1. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
2. Debbie Gibson – Out of the Blue
3. Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
4. New Kids on the Block – Step by Step
5. One Direction – No Control
6. OutKast – Player’s Ball
7. Color Me Badd – All 4 Love
8. BTS – I Need You
9. Earl Sweatshirt – Earl
10. 3T – Anything
11. Taylor Swift – Hey Stephen
12. Leslie Gore – You Don’t Own Me
13. Corina – Temptation
14. New Edition – Cool It Now
15. Debarge – All This Love
16. Tracie Spencer – This House
17. Backstreet Boys – Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)
18. Brockhampton – Junky
19. Jonas Brothers – Pom Poms
20. Foxy Brown – I Shot Ya (Remix)
21. Take That – Back For Good
22. Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
23. Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again
24. LL Cool J – Rock the Bells
25. Usher – You Make Me Wanna…
26. Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA
27. Christina Aguilera – What a Girl Wants
28. Tevin Campbell – Round and Round
29. Paramore – Misery Business
30. Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man
31. N Sync – Bye Bye Bye
32. Andy Gibb – I Just Want to Be Your Everything
33. Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
34. The Jackson 5 – ABC
35. The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
36. Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp
37. Kriss Kross – Jump
38. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – Why Do Fools Fall in Love
39. Roxanne Shante – Roxanne’s Revenge
40. The Slits – Typical Girls

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