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What music takes you back to a specific time period in your life?

Asked by etignotasanimum (3374points) December 13th, 2010

Pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll give an example. For me, the music of Good Charlotte (their album The Young and The Hopeless), Greenday (American Idiot), Fall Out Boy (From Under the Cork Tree) Panic! at the Disco (the song I Write Sins not Tragedies) and My Chemical Romance (in particular the song Helena) all define the end of middle school/ beginning of high school period in my life.
I was fourteen and had just lost someone I loved deeply for the very first time. I was also due to move and leave everyone I cared about behind to start fresh in a new town.
So, life was filled with sadness, but hope. I also experienced love for the first time during that time period. It was kind of a paradoxical time!
What music defines important time periods in the lives of other jellies?

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helkie's avatar

Taylor Swift, Pixie Lott, Carrie Underwood, Katharine McPhee.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

This whole CD takes me back to some incredibly fun times in my life.

Lamb, Massive Attack, Letters to Cleo, Portishead, Snake River Conspiracy, Rancid, VNV Nation, REM, Nirvana, Aesop Rock…. I could really go on. There are tons of different albums and different musicians that take me back to different periods in my life.

The song “Walkin’ To Missouri” by Sammy Kaye takes me way back to my childhood, it was my grandmother’s favorite song to sing to me when I was a kid. Still makes me cry.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Various incarnations of the Beatles take me from preteen (I Wanna Hold Your Hand) through Sgt Pepper and on through college… Every one I hear has a different poignant memory.

janbb's avatar

Blue by Joni Mitchell takes me back to the year I spent studying in England and particularly the times I was homesick.

helkie's avatar

Taylor Swift: Long Live, Pixie Lott: Turn it up, Carrie Underwood: There’s a Place for us (Chronicles of Narnia), Katharine McPhee: Not Ur Girl. These are for all different reasons not just the reasons of the meaning of the songs.

muppetish's avatar

90s music, man. The good and the bad. It drops me back to when I was a kid and wanted to take a baseball bat to every radio on the planet. It seemed like most girls were either swooning over boy bands (N*SYNC, The Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Boys2Men) or screeching pop songs (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, the Spice Girls.) Meanwhile, guys were listening to Blink 182, Outkast, Nine Inch Nails, and other bands whose music either sounded like trash or noise to my ears.

It’s funny that Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Nirvana, and Hole make me feel pangs of nostalgia even though the first band noted is the only one I actually listened to as a kid.

Otherwise: Elton John makes me think of road trips with my dad and every motown tune reminds me of when my mum would drive me to and from school morning. That music is very pleasing to my ears :) I always whistle, hum, snap, or sing along.

The Beatles have been with me all my life through K-EARTH (the only radio station I can stomach.) They don’t remind me of any specific moment, but I can’t separate them from my musical identity.

Cstar023's avatar

The song “Wonderful”, by Everclear, still brings me to tears when I hear it. I was fifteen, my parents had just separated, and my mother, younger sister and I spent years after that living in homeless shelters.

Cruiser's avatar

The Band Spirit had a great great album out when I was younger and I remember going away alone without my family with my cousins to their lake cabin and we cranked Mr. Skin and floated all day long out on the inner tubes in the hot July summer sun!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Sitting cross-legged in front of a record player listening to Beatles’ albums on the bedroom floor that my older sister and I shared at our parents’ house.

marinelife's avatar

The Rolling Stones song Ruby Tuesday takes me back to my junior year in high school, especially one magical night at a dance.

The cast album of Hair and Bridge Over Troubled Waters remind me strongly of my freshman year in college.

Supergirl's avatar

The song “No Rain” by Blind Melon takes me back to 7th grade when I was madly in love with an 8th grader that could play that song on his guitar, and made my heart soar each time.

So many more….

Trillian's avatar

Jerry Rafferty’s Baker Street, the theme from The Rockford Files, and Frankie Valli’s Who Loves you? all take me back to soft summer nights in 1976.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

This brings me back to when I used to powder my wig. ;)

DeanV's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie I was way, way, late to the party on Aphrodite. Good call there, though, all of those groups.

I still think of bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse (right before they got huge in the US), Beck, Modest Mouse, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Cake, and Franz Ferdinand as the bands of my freshmen year of high school. Before I got into electronic, before punk, before I branched out, per se. Back when I still thought Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists were “independent”.

Now I think of groups like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, The Crystal Method, Ratatat, and Justice as the first electro type groups I got into, and even that really wasn’t that long ago. They sure as hell have influenced me more than all the alternative and emo bands I used to like, though.

Kayak8's avatar

My life has been so long, it would take a veritable retrospective of all music since before the Beatles to really do it justice.

john65pennington's avatar

1965…...Percy Faith Orchestra…...“Theme From A Summer Place”.

What happened to the good music like this song?

Cruiser's avatar

@Trillian Baker street rocks! I love the sax solo and it will never get old for me!

jazmina88's avatar

The Grateful Dead remind me of summers on Dead tour. new Years Eve 1990 with Bill Graham coming out of the roof in a psychedelic chicken costume.

There was nothing like dancing on a hill :):)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Knock Three Times transports me back to the old roller skating rink where we used to hang out on the weekends.

ucme's avatar

This takes me right back to my schooldays. Ahhhh I was a demon with the pom pom’s, although the skirt tended to ride a little high XD

gm_pansa's avatar

All of the older Kpop (Korean Pop) from the late 90’s through the early 2000’s. It brings me back to my Happy Happy Joy Joy place. Back then, just doing something as simple as listening to music helped me to feel as though I could go out in the world and make a positive difference. It’s strange how much of an affect music can have on an individual at times! :)

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