“I wouldn’t want to be a kid today”. 23 years since P.O.D. released anti-gun violence anthem Youth Of The Nation, the song is depressingly more relevant than ever

Inspired by gun violence in schools, P.O.D.’s 2001 top 40 hit Youth Of The Nation has only grown more relevant over time

When nu metal forerunners P.O.D. released Youth Of The Nation in 2001, it was in response to a tragedy. The 2001 Santana High School shooting happened just a couple of blocks away from the band’s studio in their native San Diego and was the latest in a depressingly long list of similar events that had unfolded in the two years following the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre. 

Unfortunately, things have only gotten worse in the 23 years since. A 2022 Washington Post report stated that there have been 413 school shootings since 1999, while a 2024 CNN report added that as of June 24 2024 there have been “at least” 34 school shootings this year alone. 

Speaking to Classic Rock, P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval was asked if he was depressed that the single, taken from 2001’s Platinum-selling Satellite, had only grown more relevant over time.