Yellowcard "Ocean Avenue" (2004)
Album: Ocean Avenue
There's nothing tweens love more than some good old fashioned nostalgia. And Yellowcard's "Ocean Avenue" delivers a healthy dose of it. The street that the song is named after, Ocean Avenue, is a street in Jacksonville, Florida, where the band grew up. Rather than yearning for a particular person, "Ocean Avenue" aches for a time and place. So lyrics that on the surface seem targeted toward a specific individual-"There's a piece of you that's here with me/It's everywhere I go, it's everything I see/When I sleep, I dream and it gets me by"-are actually pining for a feeling.
It's impossible to not shift your shoulders to the guitar riffs, and the drums are insane. Oh right, and there's a fiddler in the band, so there's that. We're not going to front, it's easy to forget about this song, but once you find it, things get better. -Alysa Lechner