Who doesn’t like the thought of recollecting a special memory and feeling all of the pleasant emotions it brings to forethought? It’s surprising how many times we as a society look back on things in order to be inspired, learn a lesson or remember something that is especially poignant throughout our lives. Many times, these memories are enhanced through music. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that there are loads of songs written about memories. Sure, some are better than others, but every single one of them has its place. Below are 10 of the most awesome songs about memories, ranked from number 10 to number one. Each of them has its own YouTube link so if you’re curious to know what any particular song sounds like, all you have to do is click on it and have a listen.
10. Through the Years (Kenny Rogers)
This song has been around for decades, but it’s every bit as poignant now as it ever was. It’s a song about looking back on your life with someone that you care about very much. In addition, the song talks about the way life has changed for the better as a direct result of having that person in it. It’s one of the sweetest ways of telling someone how much you love and care about them, as well as what a difference they make in your life. It’s a country song, so some people that aren’t necessarily big fans of the genre have a tendency to avoid it and many other songs simply because of its genre alone. In this particular case, that would be a mistake, as this is a song that is more than capable of transcending genres, time and virtually anything else. It truly speaks to one’s heart and for that reason, it’s worth having a place on this list.
9. I Will Remember You (Sarah McLachlan)
If you haven’t heard this song, it’s worth knowing that it’s not exactly the happiest tune on the list. The music and the lyrics are rather melancholy, so you might want to have a box of tissues nearby if you decide to give it a listen. As you might have guessed by now, the song discusses the way that everything changes over the course of time, even the relationships that you hold most dear and the people that are in your life. The lyrics in the song talk about remembering someone who is very special once they’re gone. If that’s a trigger point for you, you might want to skip down to the next song on the list. Otherwise, knock yourself out and listen but don’t say you weren’t warned that you’ll probably end up in tears.
8. Memories (Shawn Mendes)
This particular artist routinely creates songs that are catchy to listen to and as a result, people routinely want to hear the songs that he sings. Virtually everything he sings is in the pop genre, but if you’re thinking that you’re going to end up listening to some catchy little tune that doesn’t really have any meaning, think again. The song is very much about going through life and experiencing some of your most important moments with someone that you love and trust by your side.
7. When We Were Young (Adele)
Who hasn’t looked back on their youth as they get older? Even people that are in their 30s or 40s often have a tendency to look back on things and think about what it was like for them when they were younger. In many cases, they’re thinking about what kind of a person they were at a particular age. Some of those memories are happy and some aren’t so pleasant, but they all serve an important place because they all end up making each of us who we are.
6. Memories of Us (Keith Urban)
This is another country song that made the list, and for good reason. It’s all about developing memories with someone that you truly love. In fact, the song often talks about how important it is to have those shared memories with someone important. In fact, the core meaning of the song deals with understanding how having the right person by your side can change your very perception of memories, as things that are routine or mundane suddenly become exciting once again.
5. Future Memories (Yes)
Other than having a rather unique title, this is a song that takes things in a slightly different direction. It’s still talking about memories, to be sure. However, it doesn’t talk about past memories, but instead about those that you will make in the future once you find that special individual to share your life with. At its core, it’s a song about wanting to find the right person and then create all kinds of wonderful memories with them that simply wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
4. Summer of ‘69 (Bryan Adams)
Here, you have a song about what it feels like to be young. The song starts out talking about a group of friends who form a band and how they have all of these possibilities laid out before them that are so exciting and new. The song then progresses to talk about how each one of those individuals has changed over time and who they eventually became as adults. Along the way, they create a number of memories as they go on their separate journeys.
3. You Want To (Make a Memory) (Bon Jovi)
This is undoubtedly one of the sweetest love ballads to come along in years. Now several years old itself, this is a song that has definitely stood the test of time. It’s one about longing for a particular person and then when finding them, making all the special memories with them that you can make. There’s also a part of the song that talks about making the most of each moment, because you never know how many of those moments you are going to get with that particular individual.
2. In My Life (The Beatles)
This is another song that talks about making memories with someone special. The lyrics also talk about how you can have the exact same memory with that special someone that you’ve had countless numbers of times before without them, yet it seems completely different when you have the right person beside you.
1. Memories (Elvis Presley)
Somehow, this seems to be a song that isn’t as frequently associated with Elvis Presley as some of his others, yet it still manages to land at number one on this particular list. The reason for that is simple. It has one of the most important messages you could ever imagine. It talks about making the most out of every single moment and always living in the present, as you don’t know how many of those moments you will get. The lyrics in the song talk about how life can literally end in the blink of an eye, so you must make every moment count because it could potentially be your last or the last for someone you love.