21 Amazing Nostalgic Songs From The Past

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Best Nostalgic Songs

Growing up is a universal thing that everyone goes through. And as we grow up, we start to embrace nostalgia a bit more by the day. You yearn for those days when things were simpler, or maybe there are some songs that just remind you of the memories you made during those times.

By making a playlist about nostalgic songs, you can reminisce about the good old days when things were simpler while also re-discovering some songs that you’ve forgotten over the years. 

When creating a playlist consisting of nostalgic songs, it’s important to keep in mind that the song selections that we’re recommending are just that. If there are songs that are personally significant to you, then you should definitely include them as well. 

But with the vast variety of songs that exist, coming up with a mere 10 or 20 songs can seem like a daunting task. Which songs to include? Which ones would be apt? Well luckily for you, we’ve made a list of 21 Amazing Nostalgic Songs From The Past.

1. My Way (Frank Sinatra)

Being your own person is the central theme of the song, and that could exactly be the send-off that your loved one deserved and needs. A popular song for older generations, this timeless classic is popular amongst the youth as well.

2. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

A classic and uplifting song,  What A Wonderful World never fails to give you hope. For all its flaws, humanity still has a way of redeeming itself. And that is the wonderful world that Armstrong is singing about. 

3. Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)

A timeless classic, Isn’t She Lovely is the father-daughter song to beat all father-daughter songs. Throughout the song, Wonder sings his heart out about his newly born daughter.

4. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Guns N Roses)

Originally written by Bob Dylan, it’s this version with Axl Rose’s ripping voice and Slash’s slick solos that make the list.

5. Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)

A song where one of the most iconic beats are accompanied by some of the best falsettos you’ll hear, Stayin’ Alive is a simple catchy song that you just can’t help but sing along to.

6. Forever Young (Rod Stewart)

Stewart has said that  Forever Young was one of his favorite songs due to the fact that it was a song dedicated to his children. It’s a song about learning from the mistakes we make when we’re young and helping our children when they’re in a similar situation, thus remaining forever young.

7. Yesterday (The Beatles)

One of their most-covered songs, Yesterday is a song about how we’re always longing for times when things were simpler, a time when our loved ones were still in our lives.

8. The Show Must Go On (Queen)

Written by the frontman Freddie Mercury nearing his death (meaning it was following his diagnosis of AIDS), the song is a testament to his determination to move forward in life. And that is exactly what he sings of through the song. Whatever happens, the show will go on.

9. Don’t Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)

The iconic whistle, the straightforward, almost too simplistic lyrics, McFerrin’s jovial voice. This song was meant to lift moods, and it does a very good job of doing that. No matter how bad things may get, just weather through it because good times will come.

10. Faithfully (Journey)

A song that is unique in its structure due to the absence of a chorus, Faithfully delivers the message of how people are capable of enduring great hardships to be with the ones they love.

11. I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)

A timeless classic, I Will Always Love You is a beautiful song about the eternal nature of love, and how sometimes, love transcends all. Even time.

12. Let It Be

As we grow older, we realize that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. And it’s not hard to get caught up with dwelling on your mistakes. One of the most popular songs by the Fab Four, Let It Be is a song about just letting things be when it is clear that there’s nothing that we can do.

13. You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)

For all the jazz lovers out there, this timeless Wonder song encapsulates what many parents considered their children to be. As such, this song could be the perfect reminder of the happy times you shared with your daughter.

14. Feeling Good (Nina Simone)

From Michael Buble’s Jazzy version to Muse’s hard-hitting metal version, Feeling Good is a song that’s been widely covered. While the iconic lines of “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life” that raises up to a crescendo provides us with a sense of upliftment no matter what the version, it’s Simone’s original that we’re sticking to here.

15. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)

A staple at karaokes, this upbeat is song is perfect for belting out your sorrows with its strong lyrics about self-empowerment. No matter what you’ve gone through, you’ll survive and come out stronger than ever. This also makes it a wonderful song for a retirement party.

16. Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin)

One of the most popular songs of all time, Stairway To Heaven starts off slow and keeps the pace until the guitar solo. From there on, it’s classic rock and roll. Due to its mystical lyrics and shifting tones, people are still trying to interpret the meaning of the song.

17. Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)

While we could make an entire list of Sinatra songs that will make you feel nostalgic, it’s this lovely hit about how wonderful it is to fall in lovethat makes it on to the list. 

18. With a Little Help from My Friends (The Beatles)

Out of the Fab Four, Ringo was often the one who stood out due to his absence on vocals. As the title of the song suggests, this song is about relying on your friends when you’re faced with any trouble. Ringo’s involvement in the song is perhaps the most notable aspect of the song.

19. Sweet Child o’ Mine (Guns ‘N’ Roses)

The instantly recognizable riff from Sweet Child o’ Mine by guitarist Slash is followed up with Axl Rose describing the girl of his dreams, showing that even hardcore rockstars have their soft spots.

20. Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)

Another song that is a hit at karaoke bars, this song will make you feel like living again. From the instrumentals to Perry’s gorgeous voice, there’s just something uplifting about everything in this song.

21. Mr. Blue Sky (Electric Light Orchestra)

A wonderfully happy song, Mr. Blue Sky is guaranteed to make you feel like all your worries are gone. The beat, the vocals, the solo in between, and the vibes. It’s just a happy time all around.