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Top 105 Best Songs About Memories

We all get nostalgic at some point and want to relive a specific time in our life. And, without a doubt, songs are a great way to tap into our memories and emotions and transport us back to the past. 

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To roll back the years, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best songs about memories to help you get there. So, let’s get straight to it and take a look at…

Best Songs About Memories

Top 105 Best Songs About Memories

[nb]1[/nb] 7 Years by Lukas Graham


This was the first song that came to mind, and what a tune. It was released in 2012 by the band Lukas Graham, featuring Lukas Forchhammer as the lead vocalist. At the time of its release, it seemed to be played on just about every radio station and by every guy in a bar with a guitar. 

It was a huge hit worldwide, reaching #1 in the US and the UK. Not surprisingly, given that Lucas is Danish, it got to #1 in Denmark too.

It was taken from the album Lukas Graham, and although not quite as successful still moved a million copies in the US. This compared to two million copies for the single.

One of the most beautiful songs I can think of… 

The lyrics are truly amazing. And although it is a wonderful song in terms of melody and production, the words are the standout.

It recounts the life of someone growing up from a child to adulthood. It also charts the changes in his life because of fame and music. However, it remains grounded in his experiences growing up and in his relationships with those around him.

Most importantly…

He references the people lost along the way who were no longer able to be with him on his journey. Something we can all relate to. He also references the death of his father at the young age of 61, which had a huge impact on his life.

The fact is that the song was a tribute to his father, and honestly, I can’t think of anything more powerful.

By just about every measure, it’s an incredibly touching and emotive song about the past. It was nominated for numerous awards, winning three in total, although why it never won a Grammy is a mystery.

[nb]2[/nb] I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas


Love them or hate them; you can’t deny that this is a good song. At the time it hit the charts in 2009, The Black Eyed Peas seemed to be played everywhere on a continuous loop. Every bar or restaurant was playing their songs. 

Their music was so common that some bars pulled back and would even display signs proclaiming, “Everything BUT The Black Eyed Peas.”

A little unfair, but there you go…

“I Gotta Feeling” was released at the height of their popularity and not only sold well but also broke some digital download records in the process. Most notably, it became the most downloaded piece of music in history, with over nine million downloads in the US alone. 

I love the song and the high-energy dance beat. It’s a great song for the clubs, and this is hardly surprising given that it was produced, in part, by the French Electronic Dance Music master David Guetta. 

The lyrics are not hard to understand. They concern the memories of great nights out with friends, most likely in a club or bar, if the music video is anything to go by. It is a wonderful, fun, and happy piece of music that still makes me smile when I hear it.

[nb]3[/nb] Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison


This was Van Morrison’s biggest hit in the US and the UK. It sold over two million copies and spent sixteen weeks on the Billboard Top 100 in the US. It was released, at least initially, as a solo single. 

However, following its success, his record company at the time hastily threw together a debut album, Blowin’ Your Mind.

The album came out late in the same year, having had no input from Van Morrison. It was purely a money-making exercise that placed “Brown Eyed Girl” as the lead single. Needless to say, Van Morrison was less than happy. 

Not that he ever was…

The song is an exploration of a previous love that was essentially a brief romantic fling. The girl was black, and the song had originally been penned as “Brown Skinned Girl.” 

However, this was too much for audiences at the time. So the title was changed to play down the interracial aspect. Different times for sure. Although, I think the title it became known as is distinctly more catchy.

Also catchy… 

The well-crafted Pop/Jazz style was to become a trademark of Morrison’s music. Additionally, the backing vocals by Sweet Inspirations added a lot to the recording.

Van Morrison maintains that this is not his favorite song, and he subsequently wrote much better ones. This may be the case, but it hasn’t stopped it from being one of only ten songs to have had more than ten million airplays in the US. 

It also hasn’t stopped it from being placed at #110 on the Rolling Stones Top 500 Songs of All Time.

[nb]4[/nb] Reflections by The Supremes


This was released in 1967, the same year as “Brown Eyed Girl.” However, “Reflections” seems to be from a different era, whereas “Brown Eyed Girl” still feels very current.

A large part of this is undoubtedly down to the distinct Motown sound of “Reflections” that was very much of its time. Despite this, and although the song may feel a little dated, there’s no denying that the Soul sound is awesome.

The Supremes were best known for their harmonies. And “Reflections” is a great example of flawless singing and Motown musical production. The single was a huge success and sold over a million copies. The album it was taken from, and of the same name, enjoyed similar sales and chart success.

So, what’s it about?

This is a song about looking back at a lost love. It explores how things might have been and how life might have differed had things worked out. Despite some sadness at the passing memories of a failed relationship, there is a positive message.

The song goes on to consider that things may go a certain way for a reason. This then forces you to adapt and to make a new path that may well take you to a better place. 

It’s telling you that you need to change and that you can’t forever live in the past, despite at times still feeling the need to revisit it. Wise words, indeed. That’s why it made my list of the best songs about memories.

[nb]5[/nb] Crocodile Rock by Elton John


The song was written by the awesome Elton John and Bernie Taupin songwriting duo. Elton John provided the music, and Bernie Taupin the lyrics. It’s been an incredible songwriting partnership that still survives today after 50 years.

“Crocodile Rock” was written and released in 1972 during a period of some of Elton John’s very best music. The song got to #1 in the US and sold over a million records. It was taken from a track off the amazing album, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player.

I believe this album and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which was released a year later, represent the pinnacle of his career. Of the two albums, I still prefer Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, as it also happens to include my favorite ever Elton John song, “Daniel.”

Back to “Crocodile Rock”…

Compared to a lot of Elton John’s songs, it’s intense and high tempo. It’s a track that reminisces about the Rock played in the 50s and how the sound and feel of the music were better. It could, of course, all be down to the singer looking back fondly from a younger man’s perspective. 

Regardless, it’s a fun song about the past that has many of the elements you’d expect from the 50s. And, happily, it sounds good because of it.

[nb]6[/nb] Thinking About You by Norah Jones


Norah Jones is one of the greatest singer-songwriters to hit the music scene over the past twenty years. Her beautiful voice and beautifully constructed Smooth Jazz style Pop songs are a joy to hear.

“Thinking About You” was released in 2006, and I believe was the best song in the space of three years since “Turn Me On” came out in 2003. 

A lot of her fans would also agree…

That’s because “Thinking About You” reached #1 on Billboard Alternative Chart. Surprisingly, it only reached #7 on the Jazz Chart, which I feel is more its natural home.

The single was taken from the album, Not Too Late, which went to #1 in the US and the UK Jazz chart. What’s more, it also sold well, like most of her albums, ultimately chalking up a tidy five million sales.

What made it so good?

“Thinking About You” is a laid-back Jazz song that recounts a relationship from the past in fond terms. What’s unclear is if this is a love interest or possibly the passing of someone close to her. 

The lines, “When… you reach the other side safely”, suggests that this could be memories about the death of someone rather than the death of a relationship.

Whatever the exact meaning, it’s a rather sad song of remembrance. However, Norah Jones delivers it in such a way that regardless of the message, it has a soothing feel to it. Very much like just about all of her music.

[nb]7[/nb] Fifteen by Taylor Swift


So, what is it all about? This is a Taylor Swift song, so as you’d expect, there’s lots of reflection and lots of details about her past relationships and all the emotional fallouts that went with them. 

“Fifteen” deals specifically with her high school life and even more specifically with the first days of high school. The subject is one that plenty will be able to relate to. 

Musically, it’s a melodic and well-constructed song… 

It has a stripped-back feel, with her vocals taking center stage for most of the song. Even when it eventually crescendos toward the end, her voice is never overwhelmed.

“Fifteen” was written and released in 2009, the same year as the album, Fearless, from which it was taken. It’s a typical Taylor Swift Pop/Country song, though, of the two genres; it feels a lot more County than Pop. This is borne out by the fact that it performed much better on the Country Charts.

We shouldn’t be surprised by this considering it was recorded in Tennessee. The single sold two million copies. However, sales for the album were crazy. Sales exceeded seven million copies, and that was just in the US. It also reached the top spot on the US Country Charts. 

[nb]8[/nb] Thinking of a Place by The War on Drugs 


The War on Drugs is one of the most exciting bands to come out of America over the last twenty years. They are a vastly underrated band, and their Alternative Rock/Americana style is unique and also highly musical.

“Thinking of a Place” was released in 2017 as the seventh track from their album, A Deeper Understanding. The single didn’t sell in great numbers, but the album did much better. That made it to #2 in the US and #3 in the UK.

The album received a high amount of critical acclaim, winning The Best Album award at the Grammy’s.

Now, what about this particular song?

The song is predominantly about looking back to a place the singer had spent time in during his earlier adulthood. At this specific place, he saw, rather than met, a mysterious female figure who had a profound effect on him.

He goes on to explain how her appearance magically changed his mental state. She casts a spell over him, and he feels that his problems evaporate.

This six-piece band from Pennsylvania has continued to evolve and improve. Their latest album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore, is possibly their best work. The first single taken from the album, Living Proof, I would also consider their best to date.

[nb]9[/nb] Script For a Jester’s Tears by Marillion


Many of you may not know much about this British Prog Rock band from the 80s, so let me help to fill you in. They were formed in 1979 and were very much influenced by groups like Genesis and Supertramp. A listen to their music in the early days shows plenty of similarities.

Despite being formed so long ago… 

They are still performing and recording today. However, they did have a change of lead singer after ten years. The first period of the band saw Fish as their frontman before being relieved of duties by Steve Hogarth.

The singers are quite dissimilar in their singing styles but are both equally gifted. Another equally gifted and ever-present member of the band is the lead guitarist, Steve Rothery. His playing is magical. If you think of David Gilmour’s playing style, this would best describe Steve Rothery’s high melodic approach to the guitar.

Let’s get on to the single…

“Script For a Jester’s Tears” was the very first track on their same-titled debut album released in 1983. And what a single introduction to the band it was. 

They hit the musical world square between the eyes with a nine-minute musical masterpiece. A highly emotional and beautiful song that could still possibly be their best.

The song is undoubtedly autobiographical…

It recalls the difficulties of a past breakup. He likens a lot of his emotions and fears to a childhood story which heightens his emotional pain and makes the tale all the more poignant.

It’s a highly charged song that leaves the listener feeling fully connected to the experiences of the singer. A painful but strangely addictive track that you can’t help listening to again and again. It’s honestly one of the best songs about memories and lost love that I have ever heard.

[nb]10[/nb] The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand


This is an absolute classic song about memories and one of Barbara Streisand’s best-known songs. It was released in 1973 as the first single off the soundtrack album of the same name. 

The single was also used in the movie titled “The Way We Were,” which starred Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. The single went to #1 in the US and sold over a million copies. The album also went to #1 and sold over two million copies. 

There’s no doubt that both the single and album are great pieces of music. There’s also no doubt that the association with the movie, which enjoyed high box office receipts, certainly helped too. 

So, what’s the song about?

It’s a nostalgic reflection on the singer’s difficult and troubled life with her previous love interest. Despite all the problems, she’s now looking back through rose-tinted spectacles and viewing the time as a much happier time than it was.

She only sees the good times. And she even begins to question if she would do the same if she had the chance to do it over. She also starts to question whether the relationship could be resurrected for a second chance.

It’s a great song and one that Barbara Streisand frequently sings live and is closely associated with. 

[nb]11[/nb] Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen


Bruce Springsteen is widely regarded as an everyman’s musician, a representative of the working man. This is because he has the incredible ability to write songs that ordinary people can immediately connect with on a deep level. “Glory Days” is such a song. 

It was released in 1985 from the hugely successful album, Born in the U.S.A. The single sold a million copies and made it to #3 in the US. The album was a massive hit. It went to #1 in the US and the UK, selling 15 million copies in the US and 30 million copies globally. 

“Glory Days” is a fond and nostalgic recollection of his time at high school. It’s autobiographical and tells of the times he was in a garage band and also of his less-than-stellar appearances playing baseball.

Later in the song… 

He sings about a chance meeting with one of his ex-classmates, who was one of the star players who had professional tryouts but never made it. 

However, unlike a lot of similar songs, it is not a depressing tale of what could have been. Rather, it is a refreshing account of what was and the joy of living in that moment.

A variety of different versions of the song have been released. These range from three minutes and forty-nine seconds to five minutes and thirty-one seconds long. It is also a commonly played live song and can last for even as long as ten minutes.

[nb]12[/nb] Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams


The song was released in 1985 and is one of Bryan Adams’s most successful and well-recognized. “Summer of 69” was released in 1984 from his fourth studio album, Reckless. A great album that I saved up my own money for and bought in vinyl back in the day.

The single reached #5 in the US but only reached #42 in the UK and didn’t chart particularly well in Europe either. Despite this, sales still topped two million worldwide, and the song still went on to become one of his most popular with fans.

The album was an altogether different affair… 

It reached #1 in the US and #5 in the UK. Sales were also much stronger. It eventually sold a highly creditable twelve million copies. “Summer of 69” is a Rock/Pop song and is very much what you’d expect from the Canadian rocker. 

It recounts the life of the singer through one year and particularly through the summer. It’s a shortened version of looking back on someone’s glory days since it’s condensed into such a short time.

The focus of the song mainly concerns the early days of the band. Learning how to play and the first glimpses of another life through music. Plus, it looks at the changes in the band and the relationships involved at the time. 

[nb]13[/nb] September by Earth Wind and Fire


Earth Wind and Fire are an incredible band that has written some amazing hits. They were formed in 1969 but are still playing to this day. Admittedly, they’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, twenty to be precise. But, to still be recording and performing is something.

“September” has all the ingredients for a great song. It’s got a huge Disco feel and beat mixed with a smattering of Soul and Funk. Additionally, it’s high energy and fun from start to finish. The song, when played live, is delivered flawlessly with lots of dancing, smiling, and laughing throughout.

“September” was released in November of 1978, though it was recorded in September of the same year. It would have been so cool if they could have released it at the start of September but never mind.

Despite missing this trick… 

It still made it to #1 in the US and sold over a million copies. The album was taken from, The Ultimate Collection, which is a fantastic ensemble of their best songs. It contains my personal favorite, “Boogie Wonderland.”

“September” is a typical feel-good song about remembering the past without overly complicated lyrics. It’s about living in the here and now, not dwelling in the past. And it’s about thinking of the good times you’ve had and not the bad.

The happy sentiment, delivered by a group of ten smiling dancing people, backed with a high-tempo beat, beautiful melodies, and an awesome groove, how could you not love it? This is a song that will make you smile and make you want to dance. I want it played at my funeral.

[nb]14[/nb] Good Times by Chic


Let’s keep the good times rolling and the happy vibes flowing with another fun and feel-good record from Chic. 

“Good Times” was recorded in 1978 and released in 1979. This was all still during the Disco era, which was close to coming to an end. When I hear these classic Disco songs from these classic Disco bands, I can’t help to feel a twinge of sadness that it ever had to come to an end.

There are a couple of versions of this Funky Disco song… 

The single release was four minutes long. It’s a great song, but by far, the better version is the one you’ll find on the album, Risque, or LP (Long Player), as they were known back in the day.

The song on the album is eight minutes long and is a Dance track that modern DJs would nod in approval to. At the time, there were plenty of fans equally impressed since over a million put their hands in their pockets for a copy.

The song is inspired by embracing the present and shaking off the drudgery and hardships of the past. There are references to the Great Depression and the need to leave it buried in the past so people can move forward and enjoy the material wealth available in the here and now.

When I think of bands like Earth Wind and Fire…

As well as Kool and the Gang and Chic, I undoubtedly think of Disco and good times. So, could “Good Times” be the ultimate Disco song? I believe it probably could be.

[nb]15[/nb] White Christmas by Bing Crosby


It makes a lot of sense to finish my list of best songs about memories with “White Christmas.”


Because, firstly, it’s the best-selling single of all time, and secondly, it is a lovely uplifting song to end with.

“White Christmas” was released in 1942 and is thought to have sold somewhere in the region of a staggering 50 million copies. But that’s not all. When other versions of the song are included, that figure can be more than doubled. That’s impressive for a song that took only fifteen minutes to write.

Happily, the songwriter, Irving Berlin, didn’t sign away the rights, so it will have made him an extraordinary amount of money. In probability, Bing Crosby, ever the businessman, would have cut a good deal for his contribution too.

So, what makes it so great?

It’s a beautiful feel good and sweet nostalgic song for a time of year that’s filled with happy memories. It was originally released in the middle of World War II, and people were searching for anything happy and positive. 

“White Christmas” delivered on this completely. The song quickly became synonymous with Christmas and good times.

[nb]16[/nb]Memory Lane by Elliott Smith


[nb]17[/nb]Yesterday by The Beatles


[nb]18[/nb]Photograph by Nickelback


[nb]19[/nb]My Way by Frank Sinatra


[nb]20[/nb]Don’t Forget Me by Red Hot Chili Peppers


[nb]21[/nb]Landslide by Fleetwood Mac


[nb]22[/nb]Memory Gospel by Moby


[nb]23[/nb]Yesterday Once More by The Carpenters


[nb]24[/nb]Memory Motel by The Rolling Stones


[nb]25[/nb]The End of the World by Skeeter Davis


[nb]26[/nb]Memory Serves by Interpol


[nb]27[/nb]It Was A Very Good Year by Frank Sinatra


[nb]28[/nb]Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns


[nb]29[/nb]Memory of a Free Festival by David Bowie


[nb]30[/nb]Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John


[nb]31[/nb]Do You Remember by Jack Johnson


[nb]32[/nb]Nights In White Satin by The Moody Blues


[nb]33[/nb]Only Time by Enya


[nb]34[/nb]All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers


[nb]35[/nb]Viva La Vida by Coldplay


[nb]36[/nb]Try to Remember by The Brothers Four


[nb]37[/nb]Memory and Desire by Celldweller


[nb]38[/nb]Memories of You by Louis Armstrong


[nb]39[/nb]What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong


[nb]40[/nb]Reminiscing by Little River Band


[nb]41[/nb]Keep Me In Your Heart by Warren Zevon


[nb]42[/nb]Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan


[nb]43[/nb]Thanks for the Memories by Fall Out Boy


[nb]44[/nb]When You Wish Upon A Star by Cliff Edwards


[nb]45[/nb]Sweet Memory by Melody Gardot


[nb]46[/nb]Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses


[nb]47[/nb]If I Had a Photograph of You by A Flock of Seagulls


[nb]48[/nb]How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by Al Green


[nb]49[/nb]Remember Me by Coco Soundtrack


[nb]50[/nb]My Old School by Steely Dan


More 55 Best Songs About Memories

    1. Dancing Queen by ABBA
    2. Summer of Love by The B-52’s
    3. Remember Me This Way by Jordan Hill
    4. Childhood Memories by The Drifters
    5. The Way We Used To Be by Eric Carmen
    6. The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan
    7. Only Yesterday by Carpenters
    8. Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
    9. The Long and Winding Road by The Beatles
    10. Old Memories (Mean Nothing To Me) by John Prine
    11. To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
    12. Memories Back Then by T.I. (feat. B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar, and Kris Stephens)
    13. In This Shirt by The Irrepressibles
    14. Remember When It Rained by Josh Groban
    15. Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band
    16. Remember by Disturbed
    17. Dream of Memories by Emitt Rhodes
    18. Memories Fade by Tears for Fears
    19. One Day More by Claude-Michel Schönberg (from “Les Misérables”)
    20. The Rose by Bette Midler
    21. Things We Lost In The Fire by Bastille
    22. Remember When It Was Me by JoJo
    23. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? by James Ingram and Patti Austin
    24. Long Time Gone by Crosby, Stills & Nash
    25. Those Were The Days by Mary Hopkin
    26. The Way We Were by Gladys Knight & The Pips
    27. The One That Got Away by Katy Perry
    28. Blue Bayou by Roy Orbison
    29. One More Day by Diamond Rio
    30. All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem
    31. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
    32. Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
    33. I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan
    34. Back In The Day by Ahmad
    35. The Way Old Friends Do by ABBA
    36. Time by Pink Floyd
    37. Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts
    38. Time Capsule by Matthew Sweet
    39. The Living Years by Mike + The Mechanics
    40. This Used To Be My Playground by Madonna
    41. The Last Time I Saw Richard by Joni Mitchell
    42. Somewhere Out There by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
    43. I’ll Never Forget You by Poison
    44. Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce
    45. Summer Wind by Frank Sinatra
    46. The Night We Met by Lord Huron
    47. Where Do The Children Play? by Cat Stevens
    48. End Of The Line by The Traveling Wilburys
    49. Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson
    50. Summer Nights by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
    51. For The Memories by Fall Out Boy
    52. That’s What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwick and Friends
    53. Hometown Glory by Adele
    54. The Last Goodbye by Billy Boyd
    55. Never Forget by Take That

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Best Songs About Memories – Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. I hope my playlist of great songs about memories helped you take a ride into your past. Hopefully, there were more happy than sad memories too. It was only a short list, so apologies if your favorite didn’t make the cut.

Until next time, happy listening.

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