My Top 10: Favorite Music Artists From My Childhood & Tween/Teen Years

1. Spice Girls


My obsession with Posh Spice was probably unhealthy. I loved her so much, I wanted to be her! In over half of my childhood photos; I have my two fingers up the way Posh used to pose. I re-watched their movie Spice World over and over, danced and sang along to every song each time.

My Favorite Spice Girls Hits: 2 Become 1, Wannabe, Stop, Say You’ll Be There, Too Much, Let Love Lead The Way, Mama



My favorite was always JC. My sister loved Justin. We’d try to learn all of their dance moves in their music videos and if there were solos, my sister would sing Justin’s parts and I would sing JC’s. I was a total *NSYNC fan girl.

My Favorite *NSYNC Hits: Bye Bye Bye, It’s Gonna Be Me, Tearin’ Up My Heart, I Want You Back, Thinking Of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)

3. Backstreet Boys


Contrary to popular belief, I loved both *NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys. Same with *NSYNC, my sister and I chose our favorites. Mine was Nick and hers was Brian. We’d try to catch every morning show they performed on, recorded all of their TRL performances, dance and sang to all of their music videos, bought their albums and listened to them on my CD player. They have a residency here in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood now… I am SO tempted to buy tickets to see them.

My Favorite Backstreet Boys Hits: Incomplete, Quit Playing Games With My Heart, Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely, Larger Than Life, I Want It That Way

4. Simple Plan


Once I got a little bit older, I switched from the pop boybands to my all-time favorite pop punk boyband: SIMPLE PLAN. I wanted all of their albums. I got the Still Not Getting Any one for a gift and listened to it in my room, loud as fuck, screaming the lyrics. If you’re listening to Simple Plan… you have to scream the lyrics and you will feel emotion. It really helped me get through a lot of stupid stuff as a struggling with everything in the world tweenager. I first heard them on the movie Cheaper By The Dozen, their song “I’m Just A Kid” played at the saddest scene and I remember thinking “that’s exactly how I feel!” and the song “Welcome To My Life” was like… so my life.

My Favorite Simple Plan Hits: Welcome To My Life, Perfect World, Everytime, Untitled, When I’m Gone, Your Love Is A Lie, I’d Do Anything, Perfect, Me Against The World, Addicted

5. Christina Aguilera


Christina was my number one favorite, my role model. I still love her to this day and will not stand to hear anyone talk shit about her. Her voice, her face, everything about her is just absolutely beautiful.

My Favorite Christina Aguilera Hits: Genie In A Bottle, What A Girl Wants, Come On Over, I Turn To You, Reflection, Beautiful, Hurt, Lady Marmalade

6. Jesse McCartney


I loooove/d Jesse McCartney. He was such a heart throb! And he still is, in my eyes. I remember receiving his Beautiful Soul album for Christmas. I couldn’t stop listening to it. I’d bring it in the car and my dad would try to play his radio so loud so he wouldn’t have to listen to me sing along to “JMac.” ;D

My Favorite Jesse McCartney Hits: Beautiful Soul, She’s No You, Because You Live, What’s Your Name?, The Stupid Things, How Do You Sleep, Leavin’, Why Don’t You Kiss Her, Relapse, Just So You Know, Right Where You Want Me, Get Your Shine On, Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart, Take Your Sweet Time

7. Mandy Moore


Candy by Mandy Moore was my jam!! I loved the music video! I would dance and sing to it every time it came on TRL. I even recorded it on VHS a few times! After that song, every time there was a new song by Mandy Moore on the music video countdown, I loved it, learned it, and recorded it.

My Favorite Mandy Moore Hits: Candy, Walk Me Home, In My Pocket, Crush, Only Hope

8. Britney Spears

While I did absolutely love Britney Spears and all of her songs, my sister had the bigger obsession with her. I always fought with her how I thought Christina Aguilera was better. My opinions never stopped me from singing along to “Oops!…I Did It Again” or “…Baby, One More Time” though.

My Favorite Britney Spears Hits: Everytime, Lucky, Crazy, Sometimes, From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart, Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know, Toxic, My Prerogative

9. Jonas Brothers


When the Jonas Brothers took over the world, I was a teenager, and yes, I definitely fell into that world. I was in LOVE with Joe Jonas and my sister chose Nick. I would save their photos into a folder on my computer and spend over half my days looking for new ones. My whole MySpace was filled with them… the theme was Jonas Brothers, the song was Jonas Brothers, and their music videos filled up my side bar. The obsession was too real.

My Favorite Jonas Brothers Hits: Year 3000, Hold On, When You Look Me In The Eyes, S.O.S., Burnin’ Up, Lovebug, A Little Bit Longer, What I Go To School For, Time For Me To Fly, 6 Minutes, Mandy, You Just Don’t Know It, Underdog, 7:05, Please Be Mine, Just The Way We Roll, Still In Love With You, Just Friends

10. Avril Lavigne


Avril Lavigne is the original badass!! I went to the Mall Of America and got to sit on my dad’s shoulders and see her signing autographs! I knew all of the lyrics to my favorite songs by her. When her song “Girlfriend” came out, I sent the lyrics to the boy I had my first kiss with– he had a girlfriend when I started talking to him but, I wanted to be his and it worked, hahaha.

My Favorite Avril Lavigne Hits: Complicated, I’m With You, Sk8er Boi, Nobody’s Home, Losing Grip, Fall to Pieces, My Happy Ending, Girlfriend, When You’re Gone, Keep Holding On, I Will Be


I have a few favorite songs I remember from my childhood but, the artists didn’t make it on my top 10.

  • S Club 7 – Never Had A Dream Come True
  • Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue (the song and the entire album)
  • Dream – He Loves U Not
  • Hoobastank – The Reason
  • Ryan Cabrera – On The Way Down
  • Switchfoot – Dare You To Move
  • Relient K – Be My Escape, Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been
  • All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
  • Cartel – Honestly
  • Willa Ford – I Wanna Be Bad
  • Skye Sweetnam – Tangled Up In Me
  • Aly & AJ – The Potential Breakup Song
  • Evanesence – My Immortal
  • Good Charlotte – Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous, Hold On, Girls & Boys, I Just Wanna Live
  • Boys Like Girls – Two Is Better Than One
  • Secondhand Serenade – Fall For You
  • Ashlee Simpson – Pieces Of Me
  • +44 – Make You Smile
  • The Killers – Mr. Brightside
  • Panic! At The Disco – Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off, I Write Sins Not Tragedies
  • 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite
  • The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, Breakeven
  • James Blunt – Beautiful
  • Daniel Powter – Bad Day
  • The Fray – How To Save A Life, You Found Me

What songs remind you of your childhood? Who were your favorite music artists when you were a tween/teen? Whose CDs did you just have to have for your CD player or boom box?

XO, Hunida

*I found all of the images used in this post on Bing Search*
Featured Image by Yanko Peyankov


50 thoughts on “My Top 10: Favorite Music Artists From My Childhood & Tween/Teen Years

      1. I really like a bit of everything but as I have gotten older I like more unknown artists – JJ Grey & Mofro, Marc Broussard, Eric Lindell…so I’m on a blues/soul kick at the moment. I love Jonny Lang, Amos Lee….hopefully that answers your question. I’m in my 40s lol

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  1. Wow! This is an ultimate throwback! I also love everyone in your Top 10! Uhm. Maybe not Jonas Brothers that much? Haha. I don’t know that Ryan Cabrera song you like though. My favorite song from him is “True”.

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    1. I was so obsessed with the Jonas Brothers lol I swear something took over me. That Ryan Cabrera song is so sweet… he wrote it for Ashlee Simpson when they were dating. She’s even in the music video! I love his song “True” too! ♡


  2. Even though I am older than you, I like these as well. Not my all time favorites since pop wasn’t my favorite genre but these are all good. Sounds like you watched a lot of Nickelodeon too 😂
    I love your post!

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  3. It was so nice going back to some throwbacks in this post. I always create throwback playlists. Mainly r&b but
    The Jonas Brothers omggggg, NICK WAS MY HUSBAND! Lol he was literally one of my biggest celebrity crushes. I actually think I wanna do a post on all my celeb crushes for fun lol thanks for the idea.💛✨

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    1. I love R&B more now but back in the day, I loved pop, haha. That’s how I felt about Joe lol… the world’s obsession with them was crazy!! I would love to read a post on all of your celeb crushes, I think you just came up with that idea all on your own, babe. ;D ❤

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  4. Great post! Brings back lots of memories. I don’t think I’ve ever been obsessed with anyone as much as I was the Spice Girls. 😛 Baby was always my favorite.

    I remember when Candy by Mandy Moore came out. I loved that song! They tried so hard to make her another Britney or Christina though, but then she ended up doing her own thing, which was better suited to her. I liked her as an actress.

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    1. OH MY GOSH!!! You can sing, Dom!!! I downloaded Smule on my Note 8 and it didn’t work the same way it did on iPhone. 😦 I def am not a good singer but I had fun on there lol.
      I’ll also always have a special place in my heart for bubblegum pop. ❤

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      1. I am OBSESSED with Smule! They’re always updating/breaking/then fixing something on that darn app but I can’t stay away! Honestly, who cares whether you can or can’t sing—sing ANYWAY! Singing is good for the soul!

        I had Mandy’s first album and I would sing it cover to cover over and over again. I still listen to her debut album at work from time to time! Britney can literally do no wrong in my book. I was fascinated with her and avowed to be the Black Britney when I was younger and would put on performances for the family talent show, LMFAO. This was such a fun walk down memory lane, Hunida! Join me on Smule, will ya?

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        1. I would add you but I can’t get it working on my phone!! 😦
          I loved Mandy as a pop singer lol she was so cute!!! She still is, though!! I agree about Britney… she is the BEST! And she is still performing! She has a residency at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas after giving up her spot at Planet Hollywood to the Backstreet Boys.
          But wait wait… you had family talent shows?! THAT IS SO CUTE!!! It was a fun walk down memory lane, wasn’t it? Glad you enjoyed. ❤ 🙂


  5. Omg what a throwback 😂😂😂 NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, lol. I remember when my cousins used to make fun of me because I liked the Backstreet Boys lol. And Avril Lavigne was one of the first musicians I had heard when I came back from Mexico. I do remember a lot of Christina Aguilera’s music too and Britney Spears of course.
    I never listened to the Jonás brothers or Jesse McCartney though.

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  6. Ahhh I loved every single group/artist you named! I loved both *Nsync and Backstreet Boys growing up. “Bye Bye Bye” was my high school classes’s song lmao. 98° was underrated, too! Jesse McCartney was my first real celebrity crush lmao. I died when he showed up on an episode of The Suite Life. Simple Plan was the shit, and I related to so many of their songs 😂 “Welcome to My Life” And “I’m Just A Kid,” were my junior high and high school jams when I was down. Avril Lavigne was my elementary school days mostly, but hearing her Let Go album brings back so much nostalgia for me!


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