Music Monday: Throwback Edition

The title says it all. I’m going to share with you a few songs that remind me of my younger days in chronological order, from age 9 or so when I got my first CD player to age 17 when my music taste actually started to develop to what it is today.

I first got a CD player when I was around nine years old from my friend Kristi and my dad would make me mix CDs with everything from classic rock to Broadway musicals. I would also buy other CDs like Disney soundtracks and Disney artists Hilary Duff. Here is what you would find on my CD player…

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After a while it became a faff to carry around all my CDs and the player itself, so my dad got me an MP3 player not unlike this one. When I wanted to get a song we didn’t own, my dad would check the lyrics (that means I didn’t get to listen to terribly mainstream music until high school) and buy the MP3 file from Walmart. Here is what you would find on thatMP3 player…

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The MP3 player and it’s whopping 1GB storage wasn’t around too long until my dad suggested that I think about getting a music device that would last. With that, 13-year-old me decided to save money to buy an iPod classic 80GB. Including the case, it cost me exactly $266 and I used it most every single day until 2015 at age 20 when I made things more simple and put my music on my phone. For the most part, I don’t listen to these artists regularly (or at all) anymore. There were a handful of other bands that I listened to a few songs regularly, but these bands were ones I listened to the most and in some cases saw live in high school. Here is what you would find on my iPod…

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Did you bop to any of these?

Photo by Surya Urs.



  1. bingingonabudget
    March 11, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing, this is awesome. I’m getting my brother a record player for his birthday and was looking for a record to buy with it. Do you have any recommendations?

    • rachelwuest
      March 14, 2019 / 4:11 am

      Oof, depends on what he likes! An artist I’ve recently discovered I think most anyone would like is Father John Misty.

  2. March 14, 2019 / 3:33 am

    Oh man, some of these songs bring back memories! Especially the ones during the MP3 player times … The good old days!

  3. March 28, 2019 / 2:28 am

    It’s always fun to look back at old music choices. I started out listening to a lot of Disney albums/soundtracks too, and then my MP3 player music looked just like yours!

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