Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. It can feel great to think about past memories and people, and just sit and reminisce. Music can be a powerful emotive tool, and with that in mind, we have compiled this list of best nostalgic songs to listen to. The past is great inspiration for music. Some of the greatest songs ever written were about the past. These songs speak of youth gone by, some of them about past memories, but all of them talk about the past. So sit back, chill, and take a trip down memory lane. You will not regret it.
- Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Summer of 69 is the song that put this Canadian rocker on the map. Still a favourite amongst Indian college students, and rightly so. This song talks about a man’s past and his memories in his hometown. He talks about trying to form a band, getting into trouble with the law and even his first love. Summer of 69 will definitely put you in a reflective mood.
- The house that built me – Miranda Lambert
This slow ballad is a tribute to the house she grew up in. As she changed, the house was always with her, and was a sort of solace when things went wrong. She says that while she just lived in the house, it was a backdrop for all her memories and experiences, and made her the person she is today. The house truly built her.
- Pokemon Theme Song
While this may seem sort of foolish, we all grew up with that series. We rooted for, cried, laughed and felt triumph with Ash Ketchum. This song is bound to take you back to carefree childhoods, where the entire world was yours for the taking. Put this song on, and be transported back to that world. This song will choose you.
- In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins
The dreamy atmosphere that this song conjures up is the main reason it’s on this list. The lyrics don’t really make sense, but there’s a sense of loss with a vague hope for the future, and that’s what nostalgia is all about.
- Big City Nights – Scorpions
While rock you like a hurricane is their most famous song, this one talks about the 80s, and will make you feel for what was undoubtedly a much simpler time. The song will make you nostalgic for the 80s even if you weren’t around in the 80s. Everything about this song screams nostalgia, from the opening guitar riff to the melody line that follows. The vocal lines talk about rain and stars, and add to this plaintive but happy tune.
- Wind of Change – Scorpions
Another one by the Scorpions. This one was written in response to the breaking of the Berlin Wall, and talks about what someone who lived while the wall existed would feel upon its breaking. Many Russian landmarks are referenced in the song. The guitar solo is out of this world.