As a proud member of Generation Y, I understand the trials that can come with being a millennial. While there are many benefits to being part of the generation (i.e., continued political progressions, less pressures, and the beauty that is smartphones), attempting to navigate your way through life as a millennial can be downright exhausting. Along with the plethora of bills that serve as a rite of passage to anyone making the transition from college student to full-blown adult, student loan debt is one side effect of spending a grueling four years (or more) in order to enter a land of limitless career possibilities. Moreover, while having so many options in the way of jobs can be a good thing, it can also get overwhelming. As one who has trouble deciding on something as menial as which dressing to put on a turkey sandwich (sidebar: creamy caesar is the unsung hero of condiments, IMHO), I've suffered a fair amount of stress in the past when it comes to trying to figure out exactly where I want my career path to take me.
Speaking of options, modern dating culture can be a hassle — amiright? Dating banter has almost exclusively gone to text for millennials and the ability to "swipe right" on a barrage of potential baes can sometimes lead to an onslaught of first dates — but very few second or third dates. I understand this isn't always the case, but it sure can feel like it sometimes.
As all you brave millennials trudge through the highs and lows that come with being born sometime between the 1980s and early 2000s, I would like to provide you with some sweet tunes to speak to your angst. Being a millennial isn't always easy, but a relatable soundtrack can help you decompress and remind you that you're not alone in your growing pains.
1. The Rembrants' "I'll Be There For You"
Although Friends was a show based on six Generation Xers — the issues tend to overlap. Bills, modern dating culture, and the like can make us all feel like it hasn't been "your day, your week, your month, and even your year." Plus, many millennials (me) enjoy binge-watching Friends ad nauseam.
2. LunchMoneyLewis' "Bills"
Welcome to the land of astronomical expenses, millennials! Remember, we're all in this together.
3. Will Smith's "Fresh Prince Of Bel Air"
Here's one to feed your unremitting desire for '90s nostalgia. You. Are. Welcome.
4. Ingrid Michaelson's "Girls Chase Boys"
The dating culture for Generation Y can feel a bit... well... complicated at times. With the rise of dating apps, conversations going almost exclusively to text, and the toggle between work and personal life, romantic interactions can understandably get lost in translation.
5. Jason Derulo's "Ridin' Solo"
Remember how I was lamenting about some of the pitfalls of modern dating culture? On the flip side, modern dating culture can also be downright awesome. Generation Y doesn't face the same pressures to settle down like previous generations, which offers ample time to explore career options, enjoy the fun of single life (it really can be pretty amazing, guys), and hold off on getting serious until finding the perfect match. I know it can suck to not have that special someone in your life, but "ridin' solo" definitely has its benefits.
6. White Stripes' "We're Going To Be Friends"
While romantic endeavors can get decidedly complicated for many members of Generation Y, millennials tend to hold friendship in high regard. Navigating your way through the trials of adulthood can become less grating when you have a good support system on deck.
7. Blink-182's "What's My Age Again?"
As a millennial honing in on the age of 30 (GAH!), I ask myself this question on a fairly regular basis.
8. Travie McCoy's "Billionaire"
Because we all wish we had a billion dollars — amiright? To be honest, this song might apply to every generation.
9. Loverboy's "Working For The Weekend"
Whether your "weekend" falls on an actual weekend, in the middle of the week, or you're lucky to have a day off between your various jobs — everyone looks forward to a break from the grind.
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