100 great songs composed by teenagers

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Maybe a homeage of sorts to Jerry Leiber although I am leaving it up to more R&B-digging people to find examples of great Leiber/Stoller songs from back then.

1. We Could Send Letters - Aztec Camera
2. Pillar To Post - Aztec Camera
3. Oblivious - Aztec Camera
4. Walk Out To Winter - Aztec Camera
5. This Boy Wonders - Aztec Camera
6. The Bugle Calls Again - Aztec Camera
7. You Know So Well - Sondre Lerche
8. No One's Gonna Come - Sondre Lerche
9. Goldfinger - Ash

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:18 (six years ago) Permalink

basically, the entire first Bongos album

frogbs, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:10 (six years ago) Permalink

10. The Letter - The Box Tops

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:15 (six years ago) Permalink

^ really?

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:17 (six years ago) Permalink

written by Wayne Carson Thompson. Don't think he was a teenager

Number None, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:20 (six years ago) Permalink

That's what I thought

11. These Days - Jackson Browne
12. Meet on the Ledge - Richard Thompson / Fairport Convention

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:23 (six years ago) Permalink

"Meet on the Ledge" a particularly mind-blowing composition for a teenager

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:24 (six years ago) Permalink

13. Throwing Muses - Call Me

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:30 (six years ago) Permalink

14. I'll Follow The Sun - The Beatles

nate woolls, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:33 (six years ago) Permalink

15. Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights

Number None, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:39 (six years ago) Permalink

16. Ride - Chelsea Girl

kraudive, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:40 (six years ago) Permalink

17. I Luv U - Dizzee Rascal

little mushroom person (abanana), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:41 (six years ago) Permalink

18. Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw

uberweiss, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:43 (six years ago) Permalink

19. Disco Inferno, "Waking Up"
20. Disco Inferno, "Summer's Last Sound"

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:44 (six years ago) Permalink

21. Some of the stuff on Selected Ambient Works V1 was apparently composed when Aphex was 14. My guess was Green Calx, but you just don't know?

Why'd You Wanna Tweet Me So Bad? (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:46 (six years ago) Permalink

22. Them - Gloria

Number None, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:51 (six years ago) Permalink

My bad re: the letter. Sorry guys, I'm always doing shit like that on ILM.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:56 (six years ago) Permalink

I believe that demo of "Windowlicker" was one of his first...

Mark G, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:57 (six years ago) Permalink

23. Noise Addict - I Wish I Was Him

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:04 (six years ago) Permalink

I too thought Chilton wrote "The Letter"

I'll be interesting in 20 years (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:13 (six years ago) Permalink

24. I Know You Got Soul - Eric B & Rakim (just to annoy Geir)

Now he's doing horse (DL), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:17 (six years ago) Permalink

There's a number of great Carole King songs which she co-wrote with Gerry Goffin when she was a teenager, 'Will I Still Love You Tomorrow?', 'Halfway to Paradise', 'The Locomotion', 'He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)' etc.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:18 (six years ago) Permalink

25. U2 - I Will Follow

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Stevie Wonder also had a lot of classic co-writes while still absurdly young

Number None, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:21 (six years ago) Permalink

^ yeah, Tears of a Clown ffs

NickB, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:22 (six years ago) Permalink

No Mmmbop, no credibility.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:23 (six years ago) Permalink

26. Strawberry Letter 23 - Shuggie Otis

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:25 (six years ago) Permalink

27. the Who - "I Can't Explain"

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:28 (six years ago) Permalink

'Will I Still Love You Tomorrow?'

That was the 'reply' version...

Mark G, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:34 (six years ago) Permalink

You're reading my mind Geir - I've was going to start a thread soon "50 great songs written by people 16 years old or younger"....

And I was going to start the list with Strawberry Letter #23, and that's already from several years into Shuggie Otis' career!

OK then:

26. "Walk Away, Renee", 16-year-old Michael Brown of The Left Banke

Lee547 (Lee626), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Nice one!

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:42 (six years ago) Permalink

25./24. "Gimme Some Loving" and "I'm a Man" - Steve Winwood (primary songwriter of the former at 17, entirely the latter at 18).

Lee547 (Lee626), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:53 (six years ago) Permalink

23. "Surfer Girl" written by Brian Wilson when he was 19, as were several early Beach Boys songs like "Surfin' Safari" for which I presume Apple's web browser was named.

Lee547 (Lee626), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 14:11 (six years ago) Permalink

24. Tyler, The Creator - French
25. Tyler, The Creator - Yonkers
26. Tyler, The Creator - Sanwitches

It's been so long since I listened to the first Mobb Deep album to comment but I'm sure it has 1 or 2 stand outs.

gay socialists smoking mushrooms with their illegal gardeners (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 14:18 (six years ago) Permalink

"Hit It From the Back"

President Keyes, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 14:33 (six years ago) Permalink

rap is pretty dense for this - De La were in high school when they recorded Three Feet High and Rising, for example, and you can't go past

27. Ice Cube - Boyz N The Hood
28. Ice Cube - Dopeman
29. Ice Cube - Gangsta Gangsta
30. Ice Cube - Straight Outta Compton
31. Ice Cube - Fuck The Police
32. Ice Cube - Express Yourself

Ellen Allien ... in my urethra? (sic), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 14:37 (six years ago) Permalink

33. Classy - DuSantiago/Laverne
34. Come Out 2Nite - Laverne
35. Robot Song - DuSantiago/Laverne

Ellen Allien ... in my urethra? (sic), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 14:50 (six years ago) Permalink

36. Fly - JK & Co

Roger Sánchez Broto (vain_bowers), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 15:26 (six years ago) Permalink

40. To Know Him is to Love Him - Teddy Bears

satisfying punishment for that thing he said about lesbians (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 15:36 (six years ago) Permalink

41. My Lip Gloss - Li'l Mama

satisfying punishment for that thing he said about lesbians (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 15:37 (six years ago) Permalink

42. By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Jimmy Webb
43. And When I Die - Laura Nyro

henry s, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 16:46 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm still trying to figure out what the deal is with this song..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SYvSRXVW2o

billstevejim, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Most of the stuff on Illmatic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5PnuIRnJW8

billstevejim, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Also "Wedding Bell Blues" and "Stoney End" by Laura Nyro

Josefa, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Kinda ironic "Wedding Bell Blues", about Laura (one has to assume) so wanting to marry this Bill guy, was written by a lesbian

Lee547 (Lee626), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Alex Chilton did write a few Box Tops songs when he was a teen BTW, all from the last of their four albums, but not "The Letter" or "Cry Me A River"

Lee547 (Lee626), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:37 (six years ago) Permalink

x-post: The lesbianism came later in life. She was married to a man in the early 1970s.

Laura Nyro's debut LP at age 19 contained four songs that became Top 10 hits for other artists!

Josefa, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:43 (six years ago) Permalink

44. Sugar Mountain - Neil Young

written on his 19th birthday

agnosy, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:49 (six years ago) Permalink

45. Lucky Man - ELP
(Strictly speaking not a teenager, but I would think a great song penned by a 12YO should deserve a mention)
46. Where's The Love - Hanson

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 21:59 (six years ago) Permalink

wasn't love's Orange Skies written by one of the dude's as a teen

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 22:13 (six years ago) Permalink

sorry for the extra apostrophe but I guess so

According to Bryan MacLean, "Orange Skies" was the first song he ever wrote. At the time 17 years old and working as a roadie for The Byrds, he based the song on a section from The Byrds' version of "The Bells of Rhymney", attributing that arrangement to Roger McGuinn

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 22:13 (six years ago) Permalink

orange skies and sugar mountain are both songs that I can believe a teenager wrote tho

never heard this shit but holy shit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auRmonzH1Yw

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 22:14 (six years ago) Permalink

47. Arctic Monkeys, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"

Aziz Ansari & III (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 22:29 (six years ago) Permalink

48. Soulja Boy, "Crank That"

Aziz Ansari & III (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 22:32 (six years ago) Permalink

49. Everyday - Buddy Holly
(he had just turned 20 when it was released, so pretty sure he penned it at 19)
50. It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Buddy Holly
(He was not a teenager more at this stage, however this song was written by 18YO Paul Anka)

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 22:33 (six years ago) Permalink

51. The Cure - Killing An Arab
52. The Cure - 10.15 Saturday Night

kraudive, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 22:34 (six years ago) Permalink

53. Paul Anka - Put Your Head on My Shoulder

why delonge face? (unregistered), Tuesday, 23 August 2011 22:36 (six years ago) Permalink

54. "Society's Child," Janis Ian (age 14)
55. "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" Poly Styrene
56. "Wipe Out," The Surfaris

Josefa, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 00:01 (six years ago) Permalink

57. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers

Josefa, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 00:07 (six years ago) Permalink

58. From salsa, "Che Che Colé," Willie Colón
59. "Der Erlkönig," and a few others, Franz Schubert

Josefa, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 00:45 (six years ago) Permalink

60 Nas "The World is Yours"

billstevejim, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 09:19 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

61. "Creation" by Creation
One of my all time favourite Norwegian songs, penned by the then 16YO Geir Olav Bøkestad:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRD8sh8z8uI

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 23:18 (six years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

Let's do this for PROGGE

Cardiac Arrest - A Balloon For Bertie's Party
Kiran Leonard - Pink Fruit
The Electric Soft Parade - Silent To The Dark
like all of Bergtatt by Ulver and loads of other BM kinda

YOUNGE PROGGE

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:44 (three months ago) Permalink

A modern day Riquelme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDG6FibIkwY

saer, Friday, 12 January 2018 21:54 (three months ago) Permalink

How Mozart's compositions are listed[edit]
The indication "K." or "KV" refers to Köchel Verzeichnis (Köchel catalogue), i.e. the (more or less) chronological (i.e. by composition date) catalogue of Mozart's works by Ludwig von Köchel. This catalog has been amended several times, leading to ambiguity over some KV numbers (see e.g. Symphony No. 25).
The compositions of Mozart listed below are grouped thematically, i.e. by type of composition. Not all thematic groups of Mozart's works have a separate numbering that is generally accepted: Köchel only numbers symphonies (1 to 41), piano concertos (1 to 27, leaving out some early transcriptions by Mozart) and a few other groups. On the other hand, for most chamber music and vocal music there is no such numbering (or at least no generally accepted one).
Only relatively few of Mozart's compositions have opus numbers, as not so many of his compositions were published during his lifetime, so numbering by opus number proves quite impractical for Mozart compositions.
Symphonies[edit]
Main article: List of symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart's symphonic production covers a 24-year interval, from 1764 to 1788. According to most recent investigations, Mozart wrote not just the 41 symphonies reported in traditional editions, but up to 68 complete works of this type. However, by convention, the original numbering has been retained, and so his last symphony is still known as "No. 41". Some of the symphonies (K. 297, 385, 550) were revised by the author after their first versions.

Childhood symphonies (1764–1771)[edit]
These are the numbered symphonies from Mozart's early childhood.

Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, K. 16
Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, K. 17 (spurious, attributed to Leopold Mozart)
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, K. 18 (spurious, by Carl Friedrich Abel)
Symphony No. 4 in D major, K. 19
Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, K. 22
Symphony No. 6 in F major, K. 43
Symphony No. 7 in D major, K. 45
Symphony No. 8 in D major, K. 48
Symphony No. 9 in C major, K. 73/75a
Symphony No. 10 in G major, K. 74
Symphony No. 11 in D major, K. 84/73q
Symphony No. 12 in G major, K. 110/75b
Symphony No. 13 in F major, K. 112
There are also several "unnumbered" symphonies from this time period. Many of them were given numbers past 41 (but not in chronological order) in an older collection of Mozart's works (Mozart-Werke, 1877–1910, referred to as "GA"), but newer collections refer to them only by their entries in the Köchel catalogue. Many of these cannot be definitively established as having been written by Mozart (see here).

Symphony in F major, K. 75 (GA 42)
Symphony in F major, K. 76/42a (GA 43: doubtful)
Symphony in D major, K. 81/73l (GA 44: doubtful)
Symphony in D major, K. 95/73n (GA 45)
Symphony in C major, K. 96/111b (GA 46)
Symphony in D major, K. 97/73m (GA 47)
Symphony in F major, K. 98/Anh.C 11.04 (GA 48/56: doubtful)
Symphony in B-flat major, K. Anh. 214/45b (GA 55: doubtful)
Symphony in B-flat major, K. Anh. 216/74g/Anh.C 11.03 (GA 54: doubtful)
Symphony in G major, "Old Lambach", K. Anh. 221/45a
Symphony in F major, K. Anh. 223/19a
Symphony in A minor, "Odense", K. Anh. 220/16a (doubtful)
Salzburg-era symphonies (1771–1777)[edit]
These symphonies are sometimes subcategorized as "Early" (1771–1773) and "Late" (1773–1777), and sometimes subcategorized as "Germanic" (with minuet) or "Italian" (without minuet). None of these were printed during Mozart's lifetime.

Although not counted as "symphonies" the three Divertimenti K. 136–138, in 3-movement Italian overture style, are sometimes indicated as "Salzburg Symphonies" too.

Symphony No. 14 in A major, K. 114 (1771)
Symphony No. 15 in G major, K. 124 (1772)
Symphony No. 16 in C major, K. 128 (1772)
Symphony No. 17 in G major, K. 129 (1772)
Symphony No. 18 in F major, K. 130 (1772)
Symphony No. 19 in E-flat major, K. 132 (1772)
Symphony No. 20 in D major, K. 133 (1772)
Symphony No. 21 in A major, K. 134 (1772)
Symphony No. 22 in C major, K. 162 (1773)
Symphony No. 23 in D major, K. 181/162b (1773)
Symphony No. 24 in B-flat major, K. 182/173dA (1773)
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183/173dB (1773)
Symphony No. 26 in E-flat major, K. 184/161a (1773)
Symphony No. 27 in G major, K. 199/161b (1773)
Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200/189k (1774)
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a (1774)
Symphony No. 30 in D major, K. 202/186b (1774)
There are also several "unnumbered" symphonies from this time period that make use of music from Mozart's operas from the same time period. They are also given numbers past 41.

Symphony in D major, K. 111+(120/111a) (GA 48)
Symphony in D major, K. (126+(161/163))/141a (GA 50)
Symphony in D major, K. 196+(121/207a) (GA 51)
Symphony in C major, K. 208+(102/213c) (GA 52)
Symphony in D major, K. 135+61h
There are also three symphonies from this time period that are based on three of Mozart's serenades:

Symphony in D major, K. 204 (based on the Serenade No. 5)
Symphony in D major, K. 250 (based on the "Haffner" serenade)
Symphony in D major, K. 320 (based on the "Posthorn" serenade)

sarahell, Friday, 12 January 2018 22:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Violin concertos[edit]
Mozart's five violin concertos were written in Salzburg around 1775. They are notable for the beauty of their melodies and the skillful use of the expressive and technical characteristics of the instrument, though Mozart likely never went through all the violin possibilities that others (e.g. Beethoven and Brahms) did after him. (Alfred Einstein notes that the violin concerto-like sections in the serenades are more virtuosic than in the works titled Violin Concertos.)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 207 (1775)
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211 (1775)
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 (1775)
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 (1775)
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 (1775)
Mozart also wrote a concertone, an adagio and two stand-alone rondos for violin and orchestra.

Concertone in C major, for Two Violins and Orchestra, K. 190/186E (1774)

sarahell, Friday, 12 January 2018 22:14 (three months ago) Permalink

"It Doesn't Matter Anymore," sung by Buddy Holly, is a Paul Anka composition.

banjoboy, Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:42 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7kpgFwXCMg

wendy n bonnie

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:05 (three months ago) Permalink

Animal Collective - "Penny Dreadfuls"

avey tare wrote that when he was 16

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:08 (three months ago) Permalink

the entirety of Before the World Was Big by Girlpool

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:08 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6lYDZ8xGVY

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:11 (three months ago) Permalink

oh man, so otm ^

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:15 (three months ago) Permalink

^ That song was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein

Josefa, Sunday, 14 January 2018 07:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Everything on the first Violent Femmes album was written by Gordon Gano when he was 18. Blister in the Sun, Gone Daddy Gone, etc.

adam the (abanana), Sunday, 14 January 2018 13:40 (three months ago) Permalink

imago mentioned black metal upthread but I'll spell it out: the entirety of Emperor's In the Nightside Eclipse.

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 13:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Free- All Right Now

Andy Fraser was 18 when he co-wrote this hit with Paul Rodgers who was an over the hill 21 at the time.

earlnash, Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:38 (three months ago) Permalink

I believe Todd Rundgren was 19 when he wrote "Hello It's Me"

Number None, Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:48 (three months ago) Permalink

Robin Gibb (b. 22/12/49) had a hand in a fair few. As did Maurice, for that matter. (Andy Fraser was 17 when we wrote "All Right Now btw).

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 14 January 2018 15:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Christian Wolff was 17/18 when wrote this ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDKXlMnhdT4

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 14 January 2018 15:05 (three months ago) Permalink

Elliott Smith - Condor Avenue

in twelve parts (lamonti), Sunday, 14 January 2018 15:18 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh I bumped this thread because I saw your list but wanted to expand the idea beyond pop! Good list though

#TeamHailing (imago), Sunday, 14 January 2018 15:47 (three months ago) Permalink

Cardiac Arrest - A Balloon For Bertie's Party

I've read that As Cold As Can Be In An English Sea was written in 1976 so he would have been around 14. It's one of my favourite songs.

The 2005 'rehearsal' version if anyone needs evidence. Also one of the best things on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/N5QYijFfOaQ

Noel Emits, Sunday, 14 January 2018 15:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Felix Mendelssohn and George Enescu's string octets, written when they were 16 and 19, respectively. Here's a quality performance of the latter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ugv_o2XsJoE

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 January 2018 15:57 (three months ago) Permalink

nobody mentioned Rowland S Howard's 'Shivers'?!?!

whitehallunity, Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:55 (three months ago) Permalink

George Michael was 17 when he wrote "Careless Whisper."

Ex Slacker, Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:12 (three months ago) Permalink

McCartney wrote « When I’m 64 » when he was 15. It might not be « great » though!

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:18 (three months ago) Permalink

It isn't.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Monday, 15 January 2018 00:09 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rfGKIMwpJk

mick signals, Monday, 15 January 2018 00:19 (three months ago) Permalink

That album by Jethro Tull, written by Gerald Bostock..

:-)

Mark G, Monday, 15 January 2018 00:30 (three months ago) Permalink

entirety of Fiona Apple's Tidal, but especially "Sleep to Dream" and "Shadowboxer".

Roz, Monday, 15 January 2018 03:16 (three months ago) Permalink

totally otm Roz

kolakube (Ross), Monday, 15 January 2018 04:08 (three months ago) Permalink


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