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10 Best Songs From Teen Movies & TV Series

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The article will list some of the best songs from teen movies and television series.

The article will list some of the best songs from teen movies and television series.

Over the years, TV and cinema have produced several series and movies focused on adolescence. In some cases, the predominant themes are the life of teenagers at school and with friends, love stories, and issues such as bullying.

In other cases, these themes are intertwined with music, leading to the creation of musical series and films. An example is High School Musical, one of the most-watched movies on Disney Channel.

Other examples are Teen Beach and Glee: the latter is perhaps the most successful musical TV series ever, as well as one of my favorite ones. Below are some of the most successful songs from TV series and movies featuring teenagers.

Top 10 Songs From Teen Movies & TV Series

  1. "Like Me" – Teen Beach Movie (2013)
  2. "Loser Like Me" – Glee (2011)
  3. "Breaking Free" – High School Musical (2006)
  4. "On Our Way" – Glee (2013)
  5. "Oxygen" – Teen Beach Movie (2013)
  6. "Boom Clap" – The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
  7. "Friday I'm In Love" – Glee (2015)
  8. "Don't Stop Believin'" – Glee (2014)
  9. "Can't Stop Singing" – Teen Beach Movie (2013)
  10. "Surf’s Up" – Teen Beach Movie (2013)

1. "Like Me" – Teen Beach Movie (2013)

Teen Beach Movie is the first of two movies about Brady and McKenzie. The two teens surf a 40-foot wave without realizing it has magical powers. They suddenly land on another beach, shortly after realizing that they got trapped inside the plot of their favorite musical, Wet Side Story.

At a specific moment in the movie, the boys discuss what girls like in a guy, and the girls try to find what guys like more in a girl. This ends up in a catchy and danceable song you will love to listen to several times.

Don't dress for him, it's better when you dress for you!

— "Like Me"

The part above of the song is also significant, as the girls agree on a solid point, which should also apply in real life: you have to dress as you like and not as someone else would like.

2. "Loser Like Me" – Glee (2011)

Glee is not only one of the most successful musical series, but also one of the best to describe issues many teenagers face during their life, including bullying. The Glee cast impersonates schoolboys and girls with a passion for singing.

Still, their life inside their school is not easy, as they are considered "losers" and constantly targeted by bullies.

All of the dirt you've been throwin' my way

It ain't so hard to take, that's right

'Cause I know one day, you'll be screaming my name

And I'll just look away, that's right

— ”Loser Like Me”

The song describes their situation well and highlights one fact: they will be able to redeem themselves and achieve success, while their bullies will be, one day, the real losers. This is undoubtedly a song that wants to encourage teens never to give up and always stay strong without caring about what bullies say.

3. "Breaking Free" – High School Musical (2006)

"Breaking Free" is one of the most famous songs from High School Musical. The lyrics are about Troy and Gabriella, who solve all the difficulties they encounter in the movie and are then free to do whatever they want together.

The song is a climax, and several versions have been performed, being one of the most important pieces of the whole series.

4. "On Our Way" – Glee (2013)

In the fifth episode of Season 5, the Glee cast covers "On Our Way," a song released in 2013 by The Royal Concept. The cover is catchy, and the lyrics mean to encourage people to be themselves and spontaneous.

5. "Oxygen" – Teen Beach Movie (2013)

Oxygen is the first song in Teen Beach Movie. It is a teen love song adapted to the setting in which it is performed: the beach. The music well describes the love between the two protagonists, Brady and McKenzie, but does not go further with topics, so it has the explicit purpose of introducing the movie. Like other pieces, it is danceable and catchy.

6. "Boom Clap" – The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

The song was released as a single from the soundtrack to The Fault in Our Stars, one of the most successful teen movies of 2014. Partially because of its use in the movie, "Boom Clap" was one of the major hits that year.

7. "Friday I'm In Love" – Glee (2015)

"Friday I'm In Love" was a song released in 1992 by the British band, The Cure. The Glee cast performed a cover in the ninth episode of Season 6, in which Spencer sings a solo, then the New Directions backup. It's not one of the most famous Glee covers, but it is catchy and pleasant.

8. "Don't Stop Believin'" – Glee (2014)

"Don't Stop Believin'" is Glee's de facto theme song, as the cast covers it in both the first and last episodes. The song has symbolic importance for the Glee cast. "Don't Stop Believin'," released by the rock band Journey in 1981, is about people breaking the monotony tin their lives, and which seems rooted in our society.

It's a must-have piece in rock concerts, but it's essential in understanding Glee. The story is about a group of teens who excel in singing and never stopped believing in their abilities. These students are offbeat in the fictional McKinley High School, where the headmaster encourages sports and the study of scientific subjects rather than singing.

The Glee Club is constantly labeled as a group of "losers" and seems to have everyone against them, with the only exception of Will Schuester, the Spanish teacher who guides the students through the realization of their dreams.

9. “Can't Stop Singing” – Teen Beach Movie (2013)

When Brady and Mack are trapped inside their favorite musical, they suddenly get forced to perform a song, as they are bound to the development of the plot. So, they found themselves singing without being able to stop until the end of the performance.

"Can't Stop Singing" is not only of the most famous pieces from Teen Beach's soundtrack, but also a TikTok hit.

10. “Surf’s Up” – Teen Beach Movie (2013)

"Surf's Up" is the final song in Teen Beach Movie, a celebration of Mack and Brady returning home after getting trapped in the musical. The movie ends with Mack's aunt allowing her grandson to stay with Brady instead of moving away to school, which was hinted at in the movie's beginning.

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