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What song makes you feel nostalgic?

Asked by tianalovesyou (692 points ) June 10th, 2012

What’s a song that makes you feel nostalgic about a period of your life that’s passed?

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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

“The Midnight Special”, the Creedance Clearwater version. Basically, anything by CCR.

Reminds me of sneaking the retired colonel’s daughter out in the woods for a weekend and way too much booze with the whole gang the weekend before we all took SAT’s on Monday.

chyna's avatar

Stairway to Heaven.

dontmindme's avatar

If You Were Here by the Thompson Twins reminds me of my early teen years and falling for the cute boy in my school. Such an innocent time of my life.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

There are too many to list or limit to one answer. If you held a gun to my head in order to get an answer, it would have to be, She’s Leaving Home by The Beatles. It represented a time in my teen years when I realized that I didn’t always hold the same opinions that my parents did.

jca's avatar

Too many to name. Any time I hear a hit songs playlist or pop song from any period from the early 70’s to the present, music reminds me of a period in my life. Anything from Elton John to Olivia Newton John, to R&B to disco to the earliest hip hop to later hip hop/R&B. Anything from Mary J. Blige to the O Jays, to Billy Preston to new wave, you name it, it reminds me of something.

zenvelo's avatar

I’m like @jca , too man to name. Certain songs bring back memories of one girl or another, other bring back being in a car with certain people at a certain time.

filmfann's avatar

I was living in Oakland, and my girl (not yet my wife) was living in Antioch, which is a good 45 minute drive. I would drive home late at night, after spending the weekend with her, and during that long quiet drive I always had the radio going. The big song at the time was Robert Plant’s Big Log.
Whenever I hear that song, it takes me right back to those days.

woodcutter's avatar

Almost everything from the 70’s….or 80’s. After that it all just goes fuzzy. Right now I’m thinking songs from “Boston”

chyna's avatar

@woodcutter I love Boston. Good choice.

Sunny2's avatar

“This Nearly Was Mine” from South Pacific. I played it over and over when my first romance was over. Melodramatic, but that’s how it was when I was 18.

YARNLADY's avatar

Anything by the beach boys

muppetish's avatar

Most of what plays on K-Earth 101 and, specifically, the soundtrack to The Sandlot. I listened to those so much as a kid because: my mom always played that station in the car and that was one of my favourite movies.

@YARNLADY The Beach Boys definitely make me feel nostalgic. It’s wonderful how certain bands can cross generations like that.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Chances Are by Johnny Mathis.

ucme's avatar

“Jesus Christ, superstar, wears frilly knickers & he wears a bra”
I recall singing that to my religious teacher at school, needless to say, detention followed.

bookish1's avatar

Everlong by the Foo Fighters reminds me very strongly of a specific day in high school. Plus, it has nostalgia built right into the lyrics.

flutherother's avatar

This is one of them.

linguaphile's avatar

Many. Almost anything by Howard Jones and Duran Duran brings me back to my high school halls, “Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul and “Black Cat” by Janet Jackson bring me back to Friday night dances during my senior year at a boarding school, “Separate Ways” and other Journey songs bring me back to sing-alongs in college dorm rooms with my little gang of friends, and “Angels Among Us” by Alabama brings me back to when my son was little.

fremen_warrior's avatar

Golden Brown by the Stranglers My grandfather was a geography teacher (& school principal btw), and while he didn’t travel much outside Poland (once to Moscow in the 70’s as a local soviet delegate, and once to Italy when he retired), but his stories of the Far and Middle East have always inspired me to go travelling. This song, and the fantastic video clip, remind me of that. He passed away a few months ago, but I am just starting to explore the world :-)

bookish1's avatar

Holy crap. How could I forget.
Every song by the Chili Peppers between 1999 and 2006, haha. I’m pretty sure Californication was the first real rock album I bought. By The Way came out when I had just started high school. Midnight and Venice Queen are still two of the most beautiful, evocative songs I’ve ever heard. And Stadium Arcadium (the beginning of the end of the John Frusciante era) came out just as I was graduating high school, and reminds me very strongly of that last summer in limbo before I moved away to college.
I love thinking about how many cohorts of kids have grown up with the Chili Peppers. Still haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to their new Frusciante-less album, but I’m sure I will eventually.

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