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"1979" is a song by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Released in 1996 as the second single from their third studio album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, "1979" was written by frontman Billy Corgan, and features loops and samples that were uncharacteristic of previous Smashing Pumpkins songs. The song was popular with critics and fans; Allmusic's Amy Hanson called it a "somewhat surprising hit". The song was nominated for the Record of the Year and Best… read more

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  • Adolescence. Strange and bittersweet sometimes but beautiful period.
  • v It hurts looking back on that shout...
  • v 2 late
  • I want David Bowie to do a cover of this.
  • One of my favourite songs of all time. That guitar riff, along with the poetic lyrics and great vocals, evoke this incredibly nostalgic atmosphere. It's not necessarily happy, but it reminds you of all the things you ever did with all the friends you ever had, and though not all the memories are the best, you're just glad to have them. <3 Beautiful song.
  • Perfect song for getting drunk with your friends one summer's night and just going out and doing stupid shit
  • One of my favorite songs of all time. The lyrics are so poetic. This isn't really a happy song for me personally, although I completely understand where everyone is coming from.
  • Uuuia's horrid brother was born then
  • it's sunny-&-perfect-weather-driving-down-the-hwy-windows-rolled-down song
  • epic

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