Jon Savage’s Top Teenage Tunes – a playlist

My love of Jon Savage is pretty well-documented, and I definitely believe his book about teenagers should be required reading. Teenage: The Creation of Youth is probably number one in my all-time book-charts (non fiction, OBVS) and I recommend it to anyone who will listen to me. I can’t quite recall, but I have a feeling that this is the book that launched my obsession with all things 1920s – so you maybe have him to blame for all those millions of blog posts.

There’s a film based on the book on the way and there’s also an amazing blog, which is one of the best things on my reader – every post a little nugget of joy.

Anyway, at some point I came across our man Jon Savage’s 53 Top Teenage Tunes but was disheartened to find that no-one had made a playlist of it yet. So, in the spirit of appreciation for all the things his book has done for me, I made one.

Charting teenagers in songs from 1939 to the present day, there’s a bit of everything on there. I propose it as pretty good cleaning up/pottering around the house on a Saturday morning music. A couple of tracks were missing – looking at you, Beatles and Beatlettes, and I added Atari Teenage Riot just cos.




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