17 is basically the perfect age; not naive at 16, yet not an adult at 18. Here are 17 songs that capture that experience. Listen along to the playlist here.
1. "Seventeen" - Marina and the Diamonds
"Never felt like a princess / I used to kid myself in this dress / That it was just how things / were meant to be / Oh seventeen / Seventeen
2. "Dancing Queen" - ABBA
"You are the dancing queen / Young and sweet / Only seventeen"
3. "Strawberry Wine" - Deana Carter
"Was it really him or the loss of my innocence / I've been missing so much"
4. "Edge of Seventeen" - Stevie Nicks
"All alone on the edge of seventeen"
5. "Seventeen" - Winger
"I'm only seventeen (seventeen) / But I'll show you love like you've never seen"
6. "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl" - Broken Social Scene
"Now you're all gone / Got your make-up on / And you're not coming back"
7. "Furr" - Blitzen Trapper
"When I was only 17 / I could hear the angels whispering"
8. "Seventeen" - Alessia Cara
"I couldn't wait 'till I could be seventeen / I thought he lied when he said take my time to dream / Now I wish I could freeze the time at seventeen"
9. "At Seventeen" - Janis Ian
"I learned the truth at seventeen / That love was meant for beauty queens"
10. "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" - Meatloaf
"'Cause we were barely seventeen / And we were barely dressed"
11. "17" - Youth Lagoon
"Oh, when I was seventeen / My mother said to me / 'Don't stop imagining / The day you do that is the day you die'"
12. "Seventeen" - RAC
"When I was seventeen I knew / Just how I wanted life to be"
13. "Seventeen Ain't So Sweet" - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
"Seventeen is just a test / Yeah and I would recommend / That you live with no regrets"
14. "Seventeen" - Jet
"We take our chances everyday / We watch those bleeding hearts decay"
15. "Let's Go" - The Cars
"And she won't give up / 'Cause she's seventeen"
16. "Seventeen" - Stone Cold Fox
"I was a happy kid when I was seventeen / I had no love to lose I pictured it in dreams"
17. "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" - Britney Spears
"All I need is time / A moment that is mine / While I'm in between"