15 Songs That Changed My Life: The Intern's Tale

The less antisocial among you know that talking about music is one of the best icebreakers there is. To get to know our staff a little better, Rocks Off will periodically be asking them to share a few songs that helped to shape their musical tastes - and character. We start with our youngest member, Fall Music Intern and U of H Print Journalism major Charne Graham, born in 1988. "I'm more than grateful that I grew up in the 90's," she says. "These songs will always bring me back to that exact moment."

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15. The Jackson 5, "Enjoy Yourself" (1977): My father played this song when I would visit him on weekends as a child. This song always made me laugh because of the stalkerish chorus: "Enjoy yourself with me, you better enjoy yourself, you better enjoy yourself..."

14. Big Pun, "It's So Hard" (2000): This song came out in 2000 and I was 12 years old. It was the first single on Big Pun's album Yeeeah Baby, released a few months after his tragic death. I remember very clearly visiting family in Houston when I purchased the album at Best Buy on Richmond, and I played it from start to finish repeatedly. I still have the CD today.

13. Ma$e, "Feel So Good" (1997): Ma$e was one of my first mental rapper boyfriends. This was Diddy's Bad Boy Era of the shiny suits. I was nine years old when my mom convinced me she got Ma$e to perform at our family Christmas party. I was shaking and in tears when the lights were dimmed and I was expecting Ma$e to appear in my aunt's living room. Of course I was disappointed when it was just my cousin dancing around holding a huge poster of Ma$e.

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12. Switchfoot, "Meant to Live" (2003): This song has always been a favorite of mine. It was a single released when I was 15 years old. I'll always remember it because it came on the TV in my best friend's basement the morning after we snuck in and had a raging party. This song woke me up and will forever remind me of my first hangover. Teen drinking is very bad, by the way.

11. Nas, "Ether" (2001): I heard this song everywhere I went when it dropped. I was in the seventh grade and everyone knew the lyrics. The opening "Fuck Jay-Z" line made jaws drop alone. No one has dissed Jay-Z better, and I highly doubt anyone can.

10. Ghost Town DJs, "My Boo" (1996): Although I was only eight years old, then I was in love with bass music at the time. This song made me feel so good and always reminds me of summertime. I remember my mom searching high and low for the cassette with the song but we could never find the original. There were so many remixes, and I eventually had to settle for recording the song from the radio.

9. Marilyn Manson, "The Dope Show" (1998): Like most American parents, mine would not allow Marilyn Manson to be played in the house, so we would have to sneak and listen. I was only 10 years old, so I was a little afraid of Mr. Manson and his costumes. When the video network The Box would play "Dope Show," it caught my attention because of the lyrics. I couldn't help but to keep watching and paid no mind to the fact that I wasn't sure if Marilyn was a man or woman.

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8. Trick Daddy feat. Trina, "Nann" (1998): In elementary school, my friends always looked to me to be the DJ of every party. So for a fifth-grade pizza party at school, I brought all my cassettes in to play on the classroom stereo. I thought I semi-edited my tapes for school, but Trick Daddy and Trina came on holding nothing back. Everyone loved it. I was devastated when my teacher told me I was playing the "devil's music" and my DJ privileges had been revoked.

7. Yo-Yo feat. Ice Cube, "You Can't Play Wth My Yo-yo" (1991): It was New Year's Eve the first time I heard this song. I was 16 years old and my older cousin knew every word. The song felt so good. I never wanted to be a teenager in the '90s more than that moment.

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I love this!  The Ma$e story was the best trick ever I played on you next to telling you that I was booking TLC to perform at your Birthday Party!  It's fun being your mother! 

All jokes aside, I love this article.  You brought back some great memories, and I'm proud of you as you Bloom Into A Fantastic Writer!!!!!!!!  Mommie

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now I have "My Boo" stuck in my head. I remember playing that song in the marching band at Jones High School.


I feel retarded for this, but here goes... "My Boo" by Ghost Town Djs is the closest thing my wife and I have to "our song".

I remember it just like it was yesterday. We had just started dating. We were sitting there on her momma's couch, and that song came on. We started making out and just got lost in the song. I went out the next day and bought the cd. Still have it! Believe it or not, it still gets the juices flowing when I turn it on!

All that said, I don't think it's all that great of a song. It just floods my mind with so many memories that it will always have a special place in my heart.

Thanks for this article, and I hope you continue this series. It is always interesting to hear about songs that are important to others, and the reasons why.

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