For the past year or two, Will and I have been friendly with a young lady who is probably the only true rock fan in her hip hop/rap/reggaeton-loving high school (nothing against those genres). As we’ve remembered the rock that excited us when we were her age and up to our mid-20s (waaay too long ago), we’ve occasionally passed some of our favorites along to her. Recently she celebrated a birthday and we made her a mix of must-listens to put what she likes today in a little more perspective. The list follows after the jump–feel free to list your own favorites in the comments:

1 “On Some Faraway Beach,” Brian Eno (Here Come the Warm Jets, 1974)
2 “Holland, 1945,” Neutral Milk Hotel (In the Aeroplane over the Sea, 1998)
3 “Sweethearts,” Camper Van Beethoven (Key Lime Pie, 1989)
4 “A Shot in the Arm,” Wilco (Summer Teeth, 1999)
5 “Sooner or Later,” The Feelies (Time for a Witness, 1991)
6 “Sweet Jane (Full-Length Version),” The Velvet Underground (Loaded [Disc 1], 1970)
7 “Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying,” Belle & Sebastian (If You’re Feeling Sinister, 1996)
8 “Driver 8,” R.E.M. (Fables of the Reconstruction, 1985)
9 “The Village Green Preservation Society,” The Kinks (The Village Green Preservation Society [mono], 1968)
10 “Anesthesia,” Luna (Lunapark, 1992)
11 “Little Time Bomb,” Billy Bragg (Workers Playtime, 1988)
12 “Super Electric,” Stereolab (ABC Music [Disc 1], 1991)
13 “Range Life,” Pavement (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, 1994)
14 “Autumn Sweater,” Yo La Tengo (I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, 1997)
15 “Your Phone’s off the Hook, but You’re Not,” X (Los Angeles, 1980)
16 “As We Go Up, We Go Down,” Guided by Voices (Alien Lanes, 1995)
17 “Unsatisfied,” The Replacements (Let It Be, 1984)
18 “Erase You,” ESG (A South Bronx Story, 1981)
19 “Tango Till They’re Sore,” Tom Waits (Rain Dogs, 1985)
20 “Just Another High,” Roxy Music (Siren, 1975)

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