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

It's My Life - Bon Jovi
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.

Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
In Your Eyes - George Benson
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
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

Fortuneteller - Deep Purple
Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

The Contenders

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Heaven - Bryan Adams
Burn It to the Ground - Nickelback
Judgement Day - Whitesnake
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

Out in the Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott
Mary's Prayer - Danny Wilson

August, 2018.

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

Don't Let Go - En Vogue
The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
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

Ain't No Stopping Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
The Cut Runs Deep - Deep Purple
Belle - Garou
Le Jardin Du Luxembourg - Joe Dassin

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

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

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

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

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

Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
Zoom - Fat Larry's Band
Bad Boys - Wham!
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