9 Teenage Tragedy Songs We All Love

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9 Teenage Tragedy Songs We All Love

9 Teenage Tragedy Songs We All Love

I’m not entirely sure why there is a “Teenage Tragedy” sub-genre in music to begin with, but we do and they are damn good songs! Whatever the reason, it would seem during the 1950s and 1960s this musical trend was at its high point. And if you don’t fancy the term “teenage tragedy” maybe you’ll prefer “death disc” or my favorite, “splatter platter.”

“Ode To Billy Joe” by Bobbie Gentry (1967)

Fun fact: The bridge mentioned in this song collapsed in 1972

“Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots” by The Cheers (1955)

Fun fact: #6 on Billboard Best Selling singles chart

“Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” by Johnny Cash (1958)

Fun Fact: is on the Top 100 Western songs of all time list

“Teen Angel” by Mark Dinning (1959)

Fun Fact: This song was banned from being played by the BBC

“Tell Laura I Love Her” by Ray Peterson (1960)

Fun Fact: The song was adapted for stage in 2007

“The Prom” by Del Shannon (1961)

“Last Kiss” by Wayne Cochran & C.C. Riders (1962)

Fun Fact: Pearl Jam covered it

“Dead Man’s Curve” by Jan and Dean (1964)

Fun Fact: This song reached #8 on Billboard Hot 100 Singles

Leader of the Pack by The Shangri-Las (1964)

Fun Fact: In 2004, Rolling Stone named it one of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

Related topics 1950s, 1960s, songs, teenage tragedy
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