5 Songs Written By Teenagers

These 5 artists mastered the art of songwriting in their teens

Some musicians spend their lives mastering the art of song writing. These five musicians figured it out before they hit 20.

Pixies – “Here Comes Your Man” Black Francis wrote “Here Comes Your Man” when he was only 14 or 15. Years later Pixies formed but it wasn’t put on Come on Pilgrim or Surfer Rosa because it sounded too much like pop. Their producer talked them into putting it on Doolittle.


Pearl Jam – “Better Man” Eddie Vedder wrote “Better Man” on a 4-track recorder in his apartment while still in high school. He also didn’t like it because of its mainstream sound and wanted to give it away to a Greenpeace benefit record. It didn’t see the light of day until Vitalogy in 1994.


Violent Femmes – “Blister in the Sun” Most of the songs on Violent Femmes’ self-titled debut album were written by Gordon Gano while he was still in high school. That includes “Blister in the Sun”, “Add It Up” and “Gone Daddy Gone”.


Arctic Monkeys – “Fake Tales of San Francisco” Alex Turner recorded the first demo for “Fake Tales of San Francisco” when he was only 18. Arctic Monkeys’ first EP was released in May of 2005. Both Alex Turner and Matt Helders were 19.


Kate Bush – “The Man with the Child in His Eyes” Kate Bush recorded “The Man with the Child in His Eyes” when she was only 16. The rumour is she wrote it at 13 years old. The song was released Bush she was 20.