"19" is a song by British musician Paul Hardcastle released in 1985.
I was very young when this song came out so I didn't really get the meaning or understand what it was about at the time. The title "19" comes from a Vietnam War documentary's claim that the average age of an American combat soldier in the war was 19, as compared to World War II's 26.
"19" topped the pop charts in the UK for five weeks, and reached the top twenty in the US, where it also topped the dance chart. You can listen to it here.
Hardcastle talks to the Guardian here about what inspired him to make the song.
His manager at the time was the one and only Simon Fuller who went on to manager the Spice Girls and launched American Idol!
Can you remember what you were doing when you were 19?