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100 Songs About Memories

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Remember the way it used to be? Bring back memories about the good times spent with friends, family, and old flames. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about memories and reminiscing.

Remember the way it used to be? Bring back memories about the good times spent with friends, family, and old flames. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about memories and reminiscing.

Making Memories

My dad traveled six hours to take my nieces and nephews trick-or-treating for Halloween, because their family of seven doesn't "do" Halloween. Asked why he would travel so far for a night of costumes and handout candy, he happily remarked that they "were making memories."

Making memories is what we all do each and every day. Who you spend time with, as well as how you spend those moments, will be what tomorrow's memories are made of. Spend that time well. One day you may need your memories to carry you through.

While you're in a nostalgic mood, make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs to celebrate remembering and the memories you hold dear. And then go make some new memories with people you care about.

1. "Good Old Days" by Macklemore (featuring Kesha)

You often don't know you're living through the good old days until they've passed you by. That's the sentiment expressed in this 2017 pop song which recognizes the value of appreciating the moment.

Don't fritter away your youth worrying about tomorrow, dreaming relentlessly about finding success. The future will be here soon enough, and all you'll have is memories. Make sure they are good ones.

I wish somebody would have told me babe
Some day these will be the good old days
All the love you won't forget
And all these reckless nights you won't regret
Someday soon your whole life's gonna change
You'll miss the magic of these good old days.

2. "When We Were Young" by Adele

In this emotionally wrought pop song from 2016, the narrator unexpectedly runs into an old lover at an evening event. Although it's been years, the memories come flooding back to her. Being in his presence again is like coming home, and she seeks a moment together with him to reflect on what they once shared when they were both young and in love.

3. "19 Somethin'" by Mark Wills

Gen Xers will recognize all the significant cultural highlights of their youth in this fun 2002 country song. The tune rattles off a list of trends and events from both the 1970s and 1980s:

  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Pac Man
  • the Farrah Fawcett hairdo
  • Daisy Duke and her cutoff jeans
  • the Rubik's cube
  • the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster and
  • big hair and parachute pants

If you lived through these good times, then take a trip down memory lane. If you weren't born yet, listen to everything you missed out on.

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4. "Automatic" by Miranda Lambert

Technological conveniences help us navigate life on automatic, and it's easy to forget how we did it when everything was old school. This country song from 2014 reminds us of the simpler days before cellphones and texting, automatic dryers, navigation systems, email, and everything else that's instant. Back then, we put in the time, learned the manual way of doing things, and waited our turn.

5. "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen

This 1984 rock classic drives the point home that one day, we'll all look back on the past as the good old days and wonder just where time went. The song describes a man in his thirties who recounts his high school days when he runs into an old friend.

... I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it
But I probably will
Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture
A little of the glory of, well time slips away
And leaves you with nothing, mister but
Boring stories of glory days.

6. "Sixteen" by Thomas Rhett

Oh, to be 16 again! The guy in this 2017 country tune recalls being a wild, free, and confident teenager. At the time, he was learning to drive, sneaking in after curfew, and always looking forward to getting older. Now, as he looks back, he wishes he could go back and recapture some of that feeling again. There are no "redos."

7. "I Go Back" by Kenny Chesney

Music is like a date stamp, a time machine that can transport you to another era. The guy in this 2004 country song hears "Jack and Diane" and suddenly he's carried back to his high school days. The world made more sense then, and he felt invincible. And when he hears "Keep On Rockin' Me Baby" he thinks of the frat parties of his college days with the gnawing feeling that time was slipping away.

What songs serve as your time machine?

8. "Thnks fr th Mmrs" by Fall Out Boy

The couple in this 2007 rock song are out of love but still going through the motions of a relationship. Their affair has become one of convenience, and the narrator acknowledges that it wasn't fulfilling now that he looks back: "Thanks for the memories even though they weren't so great."

And in case you're wondering about the title with no vowels? Well, that was the band's response to their record label's request that they shorten the song title. They "disemvoweled" it.

"Take care of your memories.  For you cannot relive them." - Bob Dylan, American musician

"Take care of your memories. For you cannot relive them." - Bob Dylan, American musician

9. "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams

The man in this 1985 classic rock song recounts the best days of his life from the summer of '69. He remembers how alive he felt playing with his high school garage band and being in love for the first time. Feeling young and restless, he was high on life and felt that the magic would last forever.

10. "Graduation Song: Hold Onto the Memories" by Corey Tynan

Tell me this hasn't happened to you. When you walk across the stage at graduation time (or watch a loved one do so), there's a lump that grows in your throat. You realize that this is a sea change and you will never see most of these people again. For those you do see, life will never be the same.

This sentimental 2010 song captures the strange juxtaposition of emotions that is graduation: eagerness to embrace the future that awaits and tentativeness about leaving behind everything that is familiar:

The lights go dim as we suddenly see
It's time to find who we're meant to be
We couldn't wait for this to end
Now we wish we could start again.

11. "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan

This Grammy Award-winning pop ballad from 1999 captures the solemn, mournful feeling of saying goodbye. The narrator stands on the edge of a major transition in her life and has so much to say in parting. However, she cannot find the words to express herself except to ask whether her friend will remember her.

12. "Kids" by OneRepublic

When you're in the moment, it's so easy to believe that life will always be this way. The narrator in this 2016 pop song recalls the wild days of his youth when he and his friends had time on their sides and few adult responsibilities.

As fun as those memories were, however, he looks forward to making more memories in the future:

I refuse to look back thinking days were better
Just because they're younger days
I don't know what's 'round the corner
Way I feel right now I swear we’ll never change.

"What I remember most about high school are the memories I created with my friends." - J.J. Watt, American football player

"What I remember most about high school are the memories I created with my friends." - J.J. Watt, American football player

13. "Amnesia" by 5 Seconds of Summer

If you've ever experienced a break-up in which the relationship is over but the heart refuses to move on, then you know that memories can haunt you. In this 2014 pop song, a broken-hearted guy wishes he had amnesia so that he could escape the memories that keep him stuck in the past. His ex has found a new love, yet he wonders how can she be fine when he feels like such a mess?

14. "Springsteen" by Eric Church

Memories take the narrator in this 2011 country song back to being carefree, 17, and in love. The way he recalls it, the attraction was instant. It was love at first sight, and they spent the summer together—two teens, a Jeep, and a Bruce Spring soundtrack blaring in the background. Even now, years afterwards, Springsteen songs take him back to that time, and he wonders whether it's true for her as well.

15. "Unbelievable" by Owl City (featuring Hanson)

Anyone who grew up in the 1990s can find plenty of nostalgia to relate to in this 2015 pop song as the narrator recalls memories of childhood. From putting Mentos in Diet Coke to watching VHS tapes and playing Nintendo games, growing up during that era was so enjoyable that he thought it couldn't get any better. However, his current self comments that as unbelievable as the past was, the future holds promise of even better memories.

16. "Unforgettable" by Thomas Rhett

When you fall in love with someone, you can often recall every detail of first meeting them. For the guy in this 2017 country ditty, he rattles off every unforgettable portion of the memory, from what day it was to the song that was playing and what she was wearing. He even told her that he was going to marry her. Apparently, his bold prediction came true.

17. "If Drinking Don't Kill Me Her Memory Will" by George Jones

The incomparable George Jones was known for his drinking and his songs of relationship regret. In this 1980 country classic he belts out longing for an ex whose memory still haunts him. George spent memorable years in the '70s in a rocky marriage to country star Tammy Wynette. Theirs was a romance that ended in divorce and a string of country hits.

18. "(You Want to) Make a Memory" by Bon Jovi

Two old lovers reconnect and share some memories in this 2007 rock song. And as they look at an old photograph, they play with the possibility of creating a new memory.

19. "Photograph" by Ed Sheeran

This 2014 pop ballad was inspired by the singer's long distance love relationship with singer Nina Nesbitt. He helped keep their relationship alive with the help of memories and feelings evoked by photos:

Hmm, we keep this love in this photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts were never broken
And time's forever frozen still.

In the end, photos weren't enough to sustain the love affair which Nesbitt described it as a "love/hate" relationship.

20. "Memories" by Shawn Mendes

The heartbroken guy in this 2015 pop song initially invested so much hope in the relationship he had with his girlfriend. He hoped that it would last forever, but now all that remains are the photographs and the memories:

All these precious moments
That we carved in stone
Are only memories after all.

"You can close your eyes to reality but not to the memories." - Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, Polish poet

"You can close your eyes to reality but not to the memories." - Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, Polish poet

Even More Songs About Memories and Remembering

SongArtistYear Released

21. Reminiscing

Little River Band

1978

22. In My Life

The Beatles

1965

23. Between an Old Memory and Me

Travis Tritt

1994

24. Reflections

The Supremes

1967

25. Choke

OneRepublic

2016

26. Memories Can Wait

Talking Heads

1979

27. The Boys of Summer

Don Henley

1984

28. Brown-Eyed Girl

Van Morrison

1967

29. Memories

Elvis Presley

1968

30. Middle of a Memory

Cole Swindell

2016

31. Crocodile Rock

Elton John

1972

32. Wasted Time

Keith Urban

2016

33. American Honey

Lady Antebellum

2010

34. Night Moves

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

1976

35. Marina del Rey

George Strait

1982

36. All Summer Long

Kid Rock

2007

37. September Morn

Neil Diamond

1979

38. www.memory

Alan Jackson

2000

39. '65 Love Affair

Paul Davis

1981

40. Live Until I Die

Clay Walker

1993

41. Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago

Lee Ann Womack

2005

42. The Way We Were

Barbara Streisand

1973

43. May We All

Florida Georgia Line

2016

44. Blood Brothers

Luke Bryan

2013

45. The First Word in Memory Is Me

Janie Fricke

1985

46. Burnin' Old Memories

Kathy Matthea

1989

47. I Wanna Go Back

Eddie Money

1986

48. Memories

The Temptations

1975

49. Dancing Your Memory Away

Charly McClain

1982

50. Time Marches On

Tracy Lawrence

1996

51. When You Close Your Eyes

Night Ranger

1983

52. Photographs and Memories

Jim Croce

1972

53. Senior Year

Randy Houser

2016

54. Jack and Diane

John Cougar Mellencamp

1982

55. Take Your Memory With You

Vince Gill

1992

56. I Wanna Go Back

Eddie Money

1986

57. Memory

The Lacs

2013

58. As Good as I Once Was

Toby Keith

2005

59. I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll)

Nick Lowe

1985

60. Grandpa (Tell Me 'bout the Good Old Days)

The Judds

1985

61. Memories

David Guetta (featuring Kid Cudi)

2010

62. Back When

Tim McGraw

2004

63. My Favorite Memory

Merle Haggard

1981

64. Through the Years

Kenny Rogers

1982

65. Every Mile a Memory

Dierks Bentley

2006

66. Memories of Us

Keith Urban

2004

67. The House That Built Me

Miranda Lambert

2009

68. House of Memories

Panic! at the Disco

2016

69. Against the Wind

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

1980

70. Fool Hearted Memories

George Strait

1982

71. For a Little While

Tim McGraw

1997

72. New Year's Day

Taylor Swift

2017

73. Paper Hearts

Tori Kelly

2013

74. Photograph

Nickelback

2005

75. Kiss Me, Kiss Me

5 Seconds of Summer

2014

76. Don't Stay

Linkin Park

2003

77. Wildest Dreams

Taylor Swift

2014

78. Coldest Winter

Pentatonix

2016

79. 7 Years Old

Lukas Graham

2015

80. The Dance

Garth Brooks

1989

81. The Good Stuff

Kenny Chesney

2002

82. Don't Blink

Kenny Chesney

2007

83. Dance with My Father

Luther Vandross

2003

84. Yesterday

The Beatles

1965

85. Remember When

Alan Jackson

2003

86. Remember Everything

Five Finger Death Punch

2011

87. Whenever You Remember

Carrie Underwood

2005

88. I Remember You

Trisha Yearwood

2014

89. Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts

2002

90. Good Riddance

Green Day

1997

91. A Different World

Bucky Covington

2007

92. Stressed Out

Twenty One Pilots

2015

93. 1985

Bowling for Soup

2004

94. These Days

Rascal Flatts

2002

95. Fireworks Hill

Catman Cohen

2011

96. Your Wildest Dreams

Moody Blues

1986

97. Remember You Young

Thomas Rhett

2019

98. Memories

Maroon 5

2019

99. Yesterday Once More

The Carpenters

1973

100. Memory

Barbra Streisand

1981

"Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it." - L.M. Montgomery, Canadian author

"Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it." - L.M. Montgomery, Canadian author

Questions & Answers

Question: What is the name of the song with lyrics "with these years I still remember"?

Answer: There's one song that comes close to those lyrics. The 2018 song, "Racing Sailboats" by Last Conversation contains the lyrics, "these years I still remember." Here is an excerpt of the lyrics from that part of the song:

In all these years I still remember

The living room shaking as we're singing along to that Pumpkins song, you didn't have to tell me but I knew that you wished you had the things that I did

I never knew that we'd be so far

From doing what was natural

And out here on the water

We'd race for miles in the dark

If we could have another chance

Maybe we'd learn what it means to have family.

If this isn't it, perhaps the lyrics you quoted aren't exact.

Question: What's the name of the song with the lyrics, "I want you to be happier"?

Answer: That song is the 2018 hit, "Happier" by Marshello (featuring Bastille). Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A5x86iqfBg

Question: What is the name of the song with lyrics "bringing back all my feelings"?

Answer: The 2019 pop song that you want is called "Deep" by Julia Michaels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnFr0fYVnbw

Question: What’s the song with lyrics “the memories of love”?

Answer: An artist named Shakra has a song from 2005 called "Out in the Rain." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSs6CqEh0Rw

© 2018 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 11, 2020:

Saugot Chowdhury - That's not ringing a bell with me but perhaps a reader will have a suggestion and leave it in the Comments Section below. Sorry I couldn't help.

Saugot Chowdhury on August 09, 2020:

Hi, flourish.

Nice list. I have been searching for a list about old times. Thanks.

By the way have you come across a song that goes in a radio static voice and talks about Nixon, o j Simpson and others characters of 80s and 90s?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 20, 2020:

Giulia - I'm sorry but that's not enough information to go on.

giulia on July 19, 2020:

whats the song about missing de 17 or 16 years old. dont know exactly but in the video clip there was a man walking

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2020:

James - I don't recall this but perhaps someone else does.

James Meyer08 on June 30, 2020:

Any one Remember a darker rock song that was about him remembering everybody he grew up with or that lived on his street/neighborhood and how they turned out. i think the music video was shot in a darker grey filter and in a abounded building

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 22, 2020:

Jodis - Thanks for these song recommendations.

Jodis on May 21, 2020:

There's two songs that I listen to quite a bit, both childhood nostalgic songs... 'Sour Patch Kids' by Bryce Vine is really good and is about being a kid with no responsibilities, and '1994' by Alec Benjamin is also a really good song about living in the 90s, and well, being born in 1994.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 10, 2020:

Cedric - Unfortunately, I was unable to find a song that matched those lyrics in the song databases. Perhaps a reader can help.

Cedric on May 08, 2020:

I like the song very much. Genre is pop music, female artist. I dont know the title and artist but contains lines like "im gonna sick it to you memory", "ill be telling by a look in the mirror"

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 24, 2020:

Shyron - Thanks for the song suggestion which I added. I hope you are doing well in the lockdown and staying healthy.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on April 23, 2020:

Memory

Barbra Streisand

Midnight

Not a sound from the pavement

Has the moon lost her memory

She is smiling alone

In the lamplight

The withered leaves collect at my feet

And the wind begins to moan

Memory, all alone in the moonlight

I can dream of the old days

Life was beautiful then

I remember the time I knew what happiness was

Let the memory live again

Every street lamp seems to beat

A fatalistic warning

Someone mutters and the street lamp sputters

And soon it will be morning

Daylight

I must wait for the sunrise

I must think of a new life

And I mustn't give in

When the dawn comes

Tonight will be a memory, too

And a new day will begin

Burnt out ends of smoky days

The stale court smell of morning

A street lamp dies

Another night is over

Another day is dawning

Touch me

It's so easy to leave me

All alone with the memory

Of my days in the sun

If you'll touch me

You'll understand what happiness is

Look, a new day has begun

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Data from: LyricFind

1990 - this is the song that comes to mind when Memory is mentioned.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 23, 2020:

Julia - Thank you for the song suggestion.

Julia on April 21, 2020:

Southern Cross by Crosby Stills & Nash

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 05, 2020:

Peggy - He is a real card. Some of my favorite memories involve him at the center. Thanks for stopping by!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2020:

Your dad was a great guy to help create memories for your nieces and nephews and probably you, at the same time. I can hear the song "The Way We Were" in my mind sung by Barbra Streisand right now. Love it!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 09, 2020:

Brice - I'll do a playlist of songs about photos and include that one. Thanks for the idea and for stopping by.

Brice on March 07, 2020:

“Photograph” by Ringo Starr brings back memories for me. It reminds me of all the times I’ve looked through the pictures on my phone of my high school girlfriend and reminds me of how much I still miss her.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 14, 2020:

Rob - I'm sorry that you're apparently in a funk. We often make the past out to be better than it actually was by painting it to be what we wished it was. I hope you're able to mold the present into what you want it to be and are able to find some happiness. Be gentle on yourself. Peace to you.

Rob on February 13, 2020:

For me bad times bring back old memories. It reminds me of how good things used to be when I was little and innocent. Then I wonder how things ever got this bad, and then I get sad. Oof.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 17, 2019:

Ally B - Thank you. Have a great day.

Ally B on December 17, 2019:

OMG!! this is great!

Robert Sacchi on November 11, 2019:

You're welcome, the Moody Blues version of "Wildest Dreams" holds a special place for me.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 11, 2019:

Bob - Thanks for the suggestion which I'm adding.

Robert Sacchi on November 10, 2019:

Another memory list. There is also "Wildest Dream" by the Moody Blues. It's a completely different song from Taylor Swift's Wildest Dreams.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 06, 2019:

Trine Daely - Thanks for the correction.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 01, 2019:

Dion - It's a good song. Interestingly, Nelly Furtado said that although she wrote the lyrics she doesn't necessarily know what they are about -- that it just captured a feeling. Thank you for the suggestion. Have a terrific week ahead!

Dion on August 31, 2019:

How about 'Say It Right' by Nelly Furtado? It's a memory song and it has become my favourite song ever since I've heard it for the first time when I looked up to 'My Favourite Songs' by 'younger days' channel in YouTube.

I have a lot of strong connection with that song. I think it's that because the song was released in 2006 and I was also born in 2006. I also heard that this song would always be played back on the radios.

In the ending, a guitar solo instrumental appeared and . . . I had become sad ever since whenever I hear that song.

Nelly Furtado - Say It Right (2006)

I hope you can reply me soon because I'm so curious about what are you going to reply to me back.

Best Wishes, FlourishAnyway,

Dion

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 09, 2019:

SadSongCollector - Thank you for the nice comment. It's not a ranked list. I like country music and specifically Alan Jackson's song. I added your song suggestion. I appreciate you.

SadSongCollector on July 08, 2019:

Strong list, although I really think Alan Jackson's "Remember When" deserves a Top 10 position, not merely #85 spot, since it is one of the more powerful selections about a life of memories. I'm not normally a fan of country music but that one is the best. Also, you should give a listen to "Fireworks Hill" by Catman Cohen. That one reminds me of when I was a young crazy teen in love.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 10, 2019:

Hi, Paula, Thanks for commenting! Hope you have a great weekend! Stay warm!

Suzie from Carson City on February 09, 2019:

Flourish.... I wanted to comment on this article, but I kept on Forgetting.....or did I already comment? Oh dear......Paula

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 09, 2019:

Kitty - That's sad.

Kitty on February 08, 2019:

When I think about my childhood, my dad died and I got a Mito, always makes me sad, my mum was having a hard time and I couldn’t help her that’s my story hope you like it!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 20, 2018:

Dianna - Old photos really take me back too. Sometimes it's hard to believe how much time has passed. Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful week.

Dianna Mendez on March 19, 2018:

Another good article! Songs do bring back memories for me but I think looking at old photos bring a reality to how much time has passed. I am going to have to look up Neil Diamond's song.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 14, 2018:

Nikki, You are so kind and encouraging. Thanks for your support.

Nikki Khan from London on March 14, 2018:

What an amazing list of songs Flourish,,past memories are very pleasant to remember and especially some songs bring us those moments back.

Loved all the songs, thanks for sharing dear.

And sorry I didn’t realise that you published a hub, found out when was checking my followers list.

God bless you dear.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 10, 2018:

Jo, Well said! Have a great weekend making new memories.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on March 10, 2018:

Remembering the good times is always good, but it's never too late to make new memories.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 09, 2018:

Nell - Thanks for stopping by to listen and read. Hope you're doing well.

Nell Rose from England on March 08, 2018:

What a great list! I love adele, but didn't seem to know many of the others, but enjoyed listening to them, great hub as always.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 06, 2018:

Frank - I loved them too, and yes, it's been awhile! Glad it brought back the memories for you, buddy. Have a great day.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 06, 2018:

Larry - Thanks for the suggestion. I've added it as #90. I hope you're doing well.

Frank Atanacio on March 06, 2018:

The Little River Band, wow I use to love that group, that's was so good about your hubs.. they trigger long past memories.. Now I googled the little river band and I am playing their music as I comment.. thank you

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on March 05, 2018:

Such a fertile topic, impossible to get them all. "Brown Eyed Girl" is a very special one for me, but there's so many good songs here.

I didn't see "Good Riddance" by Green Day. To me it encompasses the given topic, but it's interpretable.

Love your lists.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 05, 2018:

Chitrangada - Thanks for the kind sentiments. Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 05, 2018:

Kallini2010 - I love your spirit, and the fact that you spend your birthday making new memories is inspirational. I hope those new experiences were good ones. I bet you're one heck of a buddy with your different take on life. And yes, smells definitely are triggers. I "smell" the people that I know. It may be the cat in me, however.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 05, 2018:

What an amazing list of songs! Some lyrics get imprinted in our heart and mind. Thanks for sharing this well presented article!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 05, 2018:

Heidi - The power of repetition. My husband and I have completely different musical tastes, so I'm thankful for earbuds (as is he). Have a terrific week!

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on March 05, 2018:

Oh, the good old days! Fact is, they may not have been all that good. What makes them so good is that they are old. (And God forbid, you discover your old diaries or letters or anything written at that time. You'll realize that what you remember is not what it was).

I agree with your father's idea and commitment to make memories. My "policy" about birthdays is that we (I) should spend them doing something new (for the first time) no matter how trivial it could be - it's the only way to remember what we did and where we went on that particular year.

On my last year birthday (conveniently falling on Halloween - when costumes, decorations and festive mood, in short, the entertainment bit is all taken care of), I went to so called Distillery District in Toronto. I went alone, made photos and had "experiences". My family is not necessarily share my ideas, but I try my best. At least with my son we had birthday my way and his way and guess which ones we remember?

To add to memory triggers - smells. Smells are the most powerful memory provocateurs.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 05, 2018:

So many good ones in this list! "The Way We Were" was the first one I thought of from your list. But hubby has listened to "Summer of '69" so much it's permanently stuck as a memory in my head. :) Happy Monday!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 05, 2018:

Mary - How true! There's every crisp detail of some memories but the things you need right now -- nothing. You're not alone!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 05, 2018:

Dora - I appreciate your stopping by and your kind comment. Have a wonderful week!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 04, 2018:

Memories are what life is made of; they are to be cherished. I like the Bob Dylan quote. Thanks for all the lyrics you share.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2018:

Bob - I do the same thing. While many technological changes have enhanced our lives, there's also the concern that we're losing some of the basic skills of interpersonal relationships and communications. It's easy to come off sounding like someone who "walked to school uphill both ways" but through time people who are younger will grow to understand. Thanks for taking the time to share your personal thoughts.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on March 04, 2018:

It is amazing how hearing some songs will bring memories rushing back. Both good and bad.

I also think its incredible that I can remember the words to a song I haven't heard for 30 years but can't find my car keys that I had two hours ago. LOL

As always, great list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2018:

Tamara - My daughter, an only child, is about to graduate from high school so I'm a little emotionally sloppy with the memories these days, too. We're waiting for college decisions which should come soon. She could end up out-of-state or just a few hours away, not sure. Hope you are doing well. Hugs back to you!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2018:

Genna - I love Bruce Springsteen, too! If only kids knew about the "wild child" that resides in some of their aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers and others.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2018:

Shyron - Thank you for the little poem/comment. I hope you have a fabulous week ahead.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2018:

Linda - Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm sure they'll remember the gesture for a long time. Have a wonderful week!

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on March 04, 2018:

Great article. It is amazing to me what stirs up memories. The biggest trigger for me is the constant need of media and purveyors of new things to make it seem like the "cutting edge" devices and methodology are truly the best ever conceived. Each time someone shows something that will "revolutionize" how things had been done for hundreds (if not thousands of years) I cringe.

Tradition verus progress, such a creatively destructive process!

My opinion is that there is a trade-off of sorts levied for every step of progress. For every new-fangled gizmo made, a facet of history is destroyed. The clearest example I can give of this is cell phones. We get to use instant digital communication with almost anyone in the whole world and at the same time, we lose the ability to speak person-to-person with anyone in the whole world. We get a brand new shorthand of symbols, a timesaving way to print ideas via airwaves and at the same time we lose how proper language and motivational speaking is done.

All things were not done inefficiently in ages past. All new things are not preferable to original methods of doing things.

I find myself saying the same things I've heard my parents and grandparents say, "When I was a kid..." "I remember when..." The shame of it all is when the old way is put forth to anyone who is unfamiliar with it, it is almost impossible to make that younger gal or fellow understand what is trying to convey. It almost never is possible for them to see the trade-off, the incredible loss in certain instances of progress. The whole comparison thing comes off as an old man stubbornly sticking to an outdated and rapidly vanishing world in which he is deparate to hold again before he dies. Bob.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on March 04, 2018:

These are the songs that usually make me cry. Seasons in the Sun is a particularly intense tear-jerker for me. I get very emotional when it comes to memories.

You are still on your game, and doing a wonderful job on your songs, as always!

Hugs,

Tamara

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on March 04, 2018:

Songs always trigger memories for me...the first time heard it; where I was, and what I was doing. Bruce's Glory Days took me back so many years...the freedom and the strides to his music, and my single, wild-gal years. I loved this hub. :-)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 03, 2018:

Each song brings back a memory

Of treasures lost

Of loves that can no longer be

And I hope you have not forgotten me

But I don't mind if your songs brings those memories

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Blessings my friend

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 03, 2018:

I love the story of your father driving a long distance to help children celebrate Halloween. What a kind act. I love the Bob Dylan quote, too. Good memories are so important in life.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 03, 2018:

Devika - So glad you enjoy these songs so much. Have a wonderful weekend.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 03, 2018:

Wow!! These are beautiful songs and just remembering so many on the list took me down my lane as well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 03, 2018:

Mary - I sure wished I had that situation, as I moved around a lot growing up. You're very lucky. Have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 03, 2018:

Clive - Lots of work goes into each of my playlists. Thanks for noticing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 03, 2018:

Bill - My dad knows the importance of memories and nostalgia. He is one of eight children and has lost two siblings in the last six months. One day, all we'll have is our memories ... unless they disappear too. Thanks for stopping by, and have a terrific weekend. Hope it's getting to be springtime on the west coast.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 03, 2018:

Linda - It's a shame that some of the brightest flowers bloom so quickly and are picked early. Jim Croce was one of them. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 03, 2018:

I was all over #23 an #42; oddly I didn't think of the Beatles. So many great songs about this topic. And I love the story of your dad driving six hours...what a guy!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 03, 2018:

I love the poetry in some of these songs. Nowadays, with Facebook, one can hardly escape memories of the past. I enjoy reminiscing some of these with my childhood friends. Maybe, in one of our reunions, we should play these songs.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on March 02, 2018:

I have no idea how you know all these songs. But its cool

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 02, 2018:

Flourish, I am amazed at how many of these I know (my memory is terrible, and since this article is about memories, I'm sure there's a joe hidden in here somewhere). I think my favorite is the one by Jim Croce. What wonderful lyrics he wrote; what a shame that we lost him so early in his career.

Thanks for a wonderful article. I know you'll get lots of great comments on this one.

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