Top Ten Songs Which Instantly Spark a Memory

There are some songs which, when we hear them, completely by accident, instantly transports us back to a particular time and place in our lives. Those songs that stop us dead in our tracks for whatever reason, good or bad.

The Top Ten

1 It's My Life - Bon Jovi UListen to Sample
2 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship

This song was in my aunt and uncle's wedding banquet video! I was 3 3/4 at the time.

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3 Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding UListen to Sample
4 In Your Eyes - George Benson UListen to Sample
5 Here I Go Again - Whitesnake UListen to Sample
6 Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay UListen to Sample
7 Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi UListen to Sample
8 Rehab - Amy Winehouse

Ya know, Beege, had formed an opinion of this gal based on tats and lifestyle (which was not altogether in error) before ever bothering to listen. After she passed, saw a gig she had done with a maybe five-piece band, all jazz and blues. Was completely blown away by her awesome talent. Later saw an interview with her "progressive" jellyfish father, and it was abundantly clear that this had been a massively over-indulged, totally ungoverned child set on a path to the inevitable. Such a waste.

I know, V. A lot of people have judged her the same way before actually listening. I've done it myself (not about her, though - I loved her unique voice and diversity before I knew about her lifestyle). I genuinely miss her; keep expecting her to surprise us all with brand new music and then I remember... - Britgirl

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9 Fortuneteller - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
10 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran UListen to Sample
12 Heaven - Bryan Adams UListen to Sample
13 Burn It to the Ground - Nickelback UListen to Sample
14 Judgement Day - Whitesnake UListen to Sample
15 Et Si Tu N'existais Pas - Joe Dassin

It brings back memories from my childhood since my grandma played this song very often. - Metal_Treasure

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16 Out in the Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott UListen to Sample
17 Please Forgive Me - Bryan Adams

Hey, one of mine too! Forgot to mention it. Can't believe I forgot! Makes me think of my college days. - Britgirl

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18 Don't Let Go - En Vogue UListen to Sample
19 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
20 Oh Babe, What Would You Say - Hurricane Smith

Only nice memories. It's the sweetest, loveliest and most heartwarming song I have ever heard. - Britgirl

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21 Ain't No Stopping Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead UListen to Sample
22 The Cut Runs Deep - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
23 Belle - Garou UListen to Sample
24 Le Jardin Du Luxembourg - Joe Dassin

Reminds me of my early childhood because my grandma loves this song. - Metal_Treasure

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25 Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

Every time I hear this I think about my childhood

"And now the times are changin'
Look at everything that's come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six string (except my one isn't old)
I think about ya'n wonder what went wrong "

and best line
"And if I had the choice
Ya - I'd always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life"
- zxm

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26 Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. UListen to Sample
27 (You've Got To) Love Her with a Feeling - Taj Mahal UListen to Sample
28 The House that Built Me - Miranda Lambert UListen to Sample
29 The Real End - Rickie Lee Jones UListen to Sample
30 Fall at Your Feet - Crowed House
31 Torn - Natalie Imbruglia UListen to Sample
32 Nightingale Song - Toad the Wet Sprocket UListen to Sample
33 The Sounds of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel UListen to Sample
34 I Remember You - Skid Row UListen to Sample
35 It's My Life - No Doubt UListen to Sample
36 Killing Me Softly with His Song - Roberta Flack UListen to Sample
37 Crocodile Rock - Elton John UListen to Sample
38 School Boy Crush - Average White Band UListen to Sample
39 Turn Your Love Around - George Benson UListen to Sample
40 Green Onions - Booker T & the MG'S

Made me cry. Must be the onions. Or something :'( - Britgirl

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41 Rock the Casbah - The Clash

Makes me smile. Reminds me of my days working as a room maid (okay...cleaner) in a four- star hotel, which had a very grand gold and red coloured social room with chandeliers on the ceiling. It was called The Caz Bar. Some of my best memories are still floating around the Caz Bar and indeed the entire hotel. - Britgirl

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42 Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush UListen to Sample
43 Mary's Prayer - Danny Wilson UListen to Sample
44 Zoom - Fat Larry's Band UListen to Sample
45 Bad Boys - Wham! UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes

1. It's My Life - Bon Jovi
2. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
3. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
1. Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
2. Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
3. Fortuneteller - Deep Purple


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