6. “I Couldn’t Wait To Leave 6 Months Ago” – Neck Deep
With a title like that, you’re able to hear the pent-up angst in this song before you even press the play button. Welsh rockers Neck Deep’s telling tune is off their first EP Rain In July, accompanied by a music video with simple, direct camera shots and a tempo breakdown that’s got us both reminiscing about the past and packing our bags.
Hometown: Wrexham, Wales, UK
Best lyric: “I’ll miss the smell of the rain on my road/The dirty streets of the town I call home”
5. “Truth Of My Youth” – New Found Glory
From their crazy onstage energy to vocalist Jordan Pundik’s edgy khaki shorts, it’s safe to say that New Found Glory had a guaranteed spot on this list of hometown anthems. “Truth Of My Youth,” off their 2004 album Catalyst, croons about an ex-girlfriend and the lies that come from the citizens of an empty town.
Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida
Best lyric: “There was a time and place where I never thought I’d leave my hometown/But those days finally are dead and gone”
4. “Why You’d Want To Live Here” – Death Cab For Cutie
After John Lennon, who once referred to the city as “a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco,” northwestern rockers Death Cab For Cutie take second place on the list of musicians who despise Los Angeles the most. Packed with insult after insult, this song turns the City of Angels devilishly upside down in seconds.
Hometown: Bellingham, Washington
Best lyric: “It’s a lovely summer’s day/And I can almost see a skyline through a thickening shroud of egos”
3. “Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard
One of the biggest pop-punk songs of the 2000s, this quintessential track blared from everyone’s car radio in the summer of 2004, eventually making it to No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Nowadays, with the group’s impending disbandment, this song feels even more reflective than ever, bringing back those memories of sleeping all day and staying up all night.
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Best lyric: “We could leave this town and run forever/Let your waves crash down on me and take me away”
2. “The Great Escape” – Boys Like Girls
The hymn of rebellion for all grade-school students in 2007, Boston-based Boys Like Girls’ debut single smashed the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 23. The hit generated the authentic vibe of leaving childhood memories behind with one final night to remember, and for most of us, at such a young age, this song really hit, well… home.
Hometown: Andover, Massachusetts
Best lyric: “Let’s get drunk and drive around/And make peace with an empty town”
1. “All Signs Point To Lauderdale” – A Day To Remember
We’re pretty sure this was a dead giveaway. It’s quite hard to top a song that literally has “I hate this town” as its opening line. The music video is also a big ol’ middle finger to high school bullies everywhere, rightfully earning the No. 1 spot on our list.
Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Best lyric: “I hate this town, it’s so washed up/And all my friends don’t give a fuck”