Mixtape – Seventeen

Oh, look… it’s August 17th!!! 

I’m kicking around the idea of creating some posts entitled, Mixtape. Just stories and songs about mixtapes. We’ve all made on for some reason in our past. Let me know if you think this is an article I should pursue.

The number Seventeen has always been a lucky and significant number in my family. The number signifies anniversaries, birthdates, and just appears all the time in all of our lives. The other day, I thought… how many songs can I think of that are about the number seventeen?

Those who are seventeen are Juniors or Seniors in high school. They are about to embark on life after high school and many will get their first job. 17 year-olds are planning for the future and trying to decide who they really want to be after school is out. In celebration, I created a list of 17 songs. However, it is better than just having a list of 17 songs but each song has the word 17 in the song title. (Well… not all of them!)

When I was 17 it was one of the best years of my life!

This is what I came up with. Enjoy!

17. Damn You Seventeen – Lady A
Released 2014, Country
Album 747

16. Seventeen Forever – Metro Station
Released 2008, Rock
Album: Metro Station

15. 17 Crimes – AFI
Released 2013, Rock
Album: Burials

14. What A Nice Way To Turn 17 – The Crystals
Released 1962, R&B
Album: Twist Uptown

13. 17 – Youth Lagoon
Released 2002, Indie Rock
Album: The Year of Hibernation

12. (She’s) Sexy + 17 – The Stray Cats
Released 1983, Rockabilly
Album: Rant N’ Rave with the Stray Cats

11. Seventeen – Ladytron
Released 2002, Electronic
Album: Light & Magic

10. 17 Days – Prince
Released 1993, R&B
Released as a single on the B-Side of When Doves Cry

9. 17 – Cross Canadian Ragweed
Released 2002, Country
Album: Cross Canadian Ragweed

8. 17 Again – Eurythmics
Released 1996, Rock
Album: Peace

7. Seventeen – Mat Kearney
Released 2011, Rock
Album: Young Love

6. 17 – Kings Of Leon
Released 2008, Rock
Album: Only by the Night

5. 17 – Avril Lavigne
Released 2013, Rock
Album: Avril Lavigne

4. Seventeen – Tim McGraw
Released 2009, Country
Album: Southern Voice

3. Seventeen – Winger
Released 1988, Rock
Album: Winger

2. At Seventeen – Janis Ian
Released 1975, Rock
Album: Between the Lines

A brilliant song!

1. Edge Of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks
Released 1982, Rock
Album: Bella Donna

17 – Pink Sweat$
2020, The Prelude

Seventeen – Coffey Anderson
2020, Seventeen

17 – Zhavia Ward
2019, 17

Seventeen – Sharon Van Etten
2019, Remind Me Tomorrow

Seventeen – Alessia Cara
2015, Know-It-All

Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me) – Frankie Valli
1966, 2nd Vault of Gold Hits

But what about the number 17?

Well, the current NASCAR driver with car number 17 is Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The drivers with the most NASCAR wins with car number 17 are David Pearson (30) and Matt Kenseth (24).

The other 17 references include the magazine Seventeen for teens.

Psalm 17 is a prayer of David. Quoted, “Hear me, Lord, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer – it does not rise from deceitful lips”.

The 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Direct Election of U.S. Senators. The 17th century incorporates the dates from January 1, 1601, to December 31, 1700.

Alfred Hitchcock made a film called Seventeen.

The 17th President of the United States was Andrew Johnson.

Apollo 17 was the last Apollo space shuttle mission to land men on the Moon.

The most valuable baseball player who wore the number 17 was Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals.

What #17 inspired songs can you think of???

Two of my favorite…


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