Jann Arden: At Seventeen
Quiz by Sharon Michiko Yoneda
artist: Jann Arden
songwriter: Janis Ian
date released: 2018 by Jann Arden
"At Seventeen" is a song by American Janis Ian, released in 1975 on Between the Lines (her seventh studio album) and as a single. Ian's most successful recording, the song is a commentary on society's beauty standards, adolescent cruelty, the illusion of popularity, and teenage angst, as reflected upon from the maturity of adulthood. Things haven't changed much today, except for the Internet and social media in which ordinary girls find refuge.
American Janis Ian recorded the most recognizable original:
As this song is iconic in the coming-of-age of many young women, it had to be included in the Songbook covered by Canadian Jann Arden, who gives it her best shot.