Why 30 Seconds to Mars was the best band of my teenage years


Everyone is all caught up in the Chainsmokers, but I’m getting back into 30STM music. Maybe its the fact that Suicide Squad rocked my world and I was reminded of how awesome Jared Leto is. I mean have you seen Requiem for a Dream or Mr. Nobody? Go watch them. He rocks. Anyway, anyone who was born in the mid nineties knows that we all loved bands like 30STM, Blink 182, The Killers, Linkin Park, and Apocalyptica. We all went through that phase of thick dark eyeliner, all black clothing, and converse shoes coupled with raging hormones. Remember when skinny jeans and eyeliner on boys was in? Me too. Jared Leto made it hot, and he still rocks it. Bottom line, I started listening to 30STM music again, and I was reminded of how awesome it is. I used to hate music where there was lots of yelling, I would immediately change the radio station. Now I bounce in my seat when I hear it come on. The Kill came on the stereo at work today and I had to tell myself that I was in a public place and needed to hold it together. A stupid toothy grin still spread across my face.

This music is so deep, and I never realized it until now, my angsty teenage self just wanted to hear some screaming music and idolize the angel face that is Jared Leto. Like here is a line from The Kill:

“What if I fell to the floor?
Couldn’t take all this anymore”

That’s deep man…like deep dish pizza deep. Imply what you want from that line.

It’s hard not to like this band. I mean what’s not to like? They are cute, funny, make good music, love their fans, and guess what else?  They care deeply about the environment, particularly Jared Leto. His song, A Beautiul Lie, was about how humans hurt the environment, and how we can minimize our impact. He is also a vegan, and has been for 20 years! It’s not for everyone, but good for you Jared! I’ll support you from over here while I eat filet mignon. Sorry!

Anyway, I never got to go to a concert, but I wasn’t that into concerts when I was younger anyway. Well that, and my parents totally wouldn’t let me go in fear of me getting squashed in a mosh pit, so I didn’t bother asking. But I’m now twenty-two years old and I still haven’t been to a single concert. Just not my scene. I can honestly say that I want this band to go back on tour so that they could be my first concert. Either them or ACDC. I have high expectations.

Without further ado, here are my ten favorite songs by 30STM that I have had on repeat for at least a week.

  1. The Kill
  2. Closer to the Edge 
  3. Kings and Queens
  4. Up In the Air  
  5. This is War
  6. Hurricane 
  7. A Beautiful Lie
  8. From Yesterday 
  9. Bad Romance (yeah its a cover, but it’s godly)
  10. City of Angels 

Comment below with your favorite 30STM song, or other bands you recommend for those days you are feeling the black eyeliner and skinny jeans look.


My Favorite Rock Songs

So today I’ve got another hour or so drive on my agenda for softball. And what better way to spend it then screaming and singing along to some music. Here is just a little list of my favorite rock songs. These are perfect for singing along, for road trips, and it has a perfect mix of moods for however you are feeling that day. They are in no particular order. I love them all equally.

1. Goodbye Stranger by Supertramp

2. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by ACDC

3. Highway to Hell by ACDC

4. Paradise by Sharif

5. Your Love by The Outfield

6. Free Bird by Lynard Skynard

7. Look at You by Screaming Trees

8. Silent Lucidity by Queensryche

9. Back in the Saddle by AeroSmith

10. Carry on my Wayward Son by Kansas

11. Dirty Laundry by Don Henley

12. Don’t Bring Me Down by Electric Light Orchestra

13. Just What I Needed by The Cars

14. Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple

15. Soul to Squeeze by Red Hot Chili Peppers

What are your favorite songs? I will post the full playlists I have soon.

Rock Music Prescriptions Based on Your Mood

I’ll admit it. I’m a follower when it comes to music. I’ll listen to pretty much anything that comes on the radio from Jason Derulo to Meghan Trainor or Taylor Swift, I’m really not picky. My quirk is if I only like the song and don’t love it I’ll change the station every 15 seconds which drives passengers crazy. But here’s how I justify my actions…

And if I’m driving expect it to change every thirty seconds. Moving on.

I have to say that my all time favorite genre of music is hard rock/classic rock. I’m talking Lynard Skynard, Metallica, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and of course ACDC. I was definetly born in the wrong decade considering my taste in music. Some people think of it as the drug age music or cold hearted. But hey if the Rolling Stones want to paint my heart black, sign me up! For the music…not the drugs. The music is perfect for letting loose, especially if you need to scream a little, or you just want to sing along. I often listen to it on long bus rides for away games, or road trips. But there is never a wrong time to listen to some rock.

Prescription Rock for the Moods:

Angry/Pumped up or Just Need to Scream: ACDC, AeroSmith, or Metallica

Happy/ Relaxed, Just wanna sing along: Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers

Dramatic: Queen, Rolling Stones, and ZZ Top (enough said with Queen) P.S. I highly recommend the entire Bohemian Rhapsody

Sad/Tired: Eric Clapton,

Overall, I love this music and I will post some playlists I listen to. What’s your favorite type of music? Comment your playlists! ROCK ON