THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
353-Janis Ian-At Seventeen.
1975-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 0.47.In the wonderful world of Pop music it is amazing how often the Number 17 occurs,for instance Joan Jett saw him standing there by the record machine,while The Beatles saw her standing there.For Frank Sinatra it was a very good year and Bobby Goldsbro(see best songs 942) became a man,but the most famous 17 of them all of course is ‘The Dancing Queen.’
Janis Ian was born Janis Fink in New York City in 1951,she is a singer/songwriter and author.In 1964 she legally changed her surname to Ian,taking her brother Eric’s middle name.At the age of 14 she wrote and recorded her first hit song.’Society’s Child’,which charted on Billboard in 1967 reaching Number 14.
‘At Seventeen’ is a song about the illusion of popularity,society’s beauty standards and adolescent cruelty as told from the point of view of a woman who was an ‘Ugly Duckling’ as a girl in high school while the popular girls got all the attention.
‘And those of us with ravaged faces,lacking in the social graces,desperately remained at home,inventing lovers on the phone.’
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