Run Oregon Tunes: My high school playlist (2000-2002)

I was a pretty boring teenager growing up in Middle Class America in Salt Lake City. I was not a rebelious teen – instead focusing my energies on earning a college scholarship to play baseball (which ended up happening). I did not go to parties, nor did I partake in any drug or alcohol usage. I spent a lot of time at home on the weekends, and only really left home once I started dating my lone high school girlfriend in my senior year.

But if you looked at the music I was listening to at that time, you would get an entirely different picture of me. I would appear angst-ridden, depressed, and genuinely unhappy – all of which could not have been further from the truth. I know grunge died before my highschool years, but the bands I listened to were sort of the off-shoots from mid-90’s bands of Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jane’s Addiction.

All of the bands on this playlist are from my 10th-12th grade years of 2000-2002. As I was making this playlist, I found I could literally sing 90%+ of all the words in these songs even though it has been 10+ years since I have listened to some of these. They are not the best songs in the world (some are downright bad), but they do hold a special spot in my heart – a link to youthfulness as I now tredge through my 30th year of life and listen to MUCH better music.

Run Oregon Tunes: My high school playlist (2000-2002)

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Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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