1. I Feel Good by James Brown
This song is about being happy and feeling good about yourself. This year, I’ve been happy and felt good many times this year. My friends and achievements have made me wonderful about myself. However, I also chose this song because it was played several times in LA class. Whenever I listened to this song, I felt somewhat happy because of the upbeat beat and exaggerated voices.
2. I Almost Do by Taylor Swift
This song is about confusion and being alone during those times of confusion. In the start of every single one of my middle school years, I was placed in a class full of people I didn’t know. In fact, in most classes, I didn’t have any friends. I wanted to make friends, but it was hard, because many of the people around me had other friends and didn’t really seem interested in befriending me. But in the end, I made new friends and that confusion went away, instead being replaced by comfort.
3. Let it Go by Idina Menzel
This song is about being yourself and abandoning the person you tried to make everyone believe you were. After all, this song is based on the Frozen character Elsa, and how she struggled to hide her powers and finally let go of that anger she was holding for many years. As for me, I didn’t really have to worry about making people believe I was someone different, because I was always myself.
4. Count on Me by Bruno Mars
This song is about friendship and how you can rely on a friend if you go through tough times. I couldn’t be more thankful for my friends. During times I wasn’t feeling my best, my friends were there to comfort me. And so I tried to do the same with them and always tried to be there for them when they were feeling down. I really like this song, not only because of the tune, but because of the beautiful message in the lyrics.
5. Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
This song is about facing challenges and being resilient through them as you move forward in life. I had to be resilient many times this year. When I did badly on tests or had an argument with a friend, I had to study hard, or pretend to forget what happened after an argument. I’ve dealt with things not coming my way and negative emotions. In a way, I’m glad those things happened, because I became a much stronger person from those challenges.
6. Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots
At first, I thought this song was only about being stressed out and having to be strong as you faced stress. However, this song is also about the transition from childhood to adulthood. In the song, the chorus is a wish for the “good old days” of childhood and “turning back time” and being stressed out as you grow older. That was the case with me, because during middle school, I had to take on more responsibilities as I was older. At those times during stress, I would look back at the time I used to be in sixth grade when I had no homework and so little responsibilities. But that stress is always going to grow as I move on to high school, and soon enough, I’ll be thinking that the stress in middle school is nothing compared to high school, college and work.
7. See You Again by Charlie Puth ft. Wiz Khalifa
This song is about farewell and is a tribute to Paul Walker. Since there will be many goodbyes to middle school and people who are leaving, I thought this song would be appropriate. Not only is this a song about farewell, but it is also a wistful song about friendship. The song holds a nostalgic feeling of looking back at friendships and always remembering them. This song shows that friendship is powerful and how that bond will connect people for a while.
8. Hall of Fame by The Script
This song is about working hard, not giving up and eventually reaching your goal. During my school year, I had to work incredibly hard. I’ve studied really hard before science and Chinese tests, and that got me far. I ended up doing really well, and those are just a few examples. Also, since I will be graduating from middle school in one and a half weeks, I will be looking back at all the hard work and achievements that I’ve accomplished in middle school.