Tuesday, August 23, 2011

top 5 tuesday: songs that reminisce

I love music. I listen to many artists and genres across the spectrum of music and have quite an eclectic taste in it.

There are a few songs, however, that no matter when and where I hear them, they remind me of a time, place, event or person. They take me back to that initial moment when I heard the song.

So, for today's Top 5 Tuesday, I'm sharing the top 5 songs that cause me to reminisce.

1. "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai. Curse you, Napoleon Dynamite. I'll never be able to listen to this song again without picturing that amazing talent show dance sequence in my head.

2. "Waterfalls" by TLC. This one takes me straight back to elementary school. Fifth grade to be specific. I remember learning (and performing) the rap part with my friends. Yes, my dear blog readers, I RAPPED it. [shudder]

3. "Mama Mia" by Abba. I used to work at a ladies (circuit training) gym. We had a few CDs that were on repeat throughout the day. This soundtrack was one of them. I can't bear to listen to any of these songs anymore, nor will I watch the movie. Just imagine 8 hours of non-stop Abba. Ugh. [NOTE: I'm not even willing to go to youtube to find a clip of the song to reference it. I hate it that much.]

4. "Consuming Fire" by Third Day. Ah, yes. I used to sing in a band that did this song quite frequently. I still have a soft place in my heart for it.

5. "Time of Your Life" by GreenDay. On the last day of school during my junior year of high school, my English teacher sang this song (a capella) to our class. I was torn between shock that he had the guts to sing it in front of mean and rude teenagers (and he had a good voice too!) and sadness because I realized I was growing up really, really fast.

What about you? Are there any songs that do it for you too? Perhaps something reminds you of your high school graduation or your first crush or even the birth of your children?

Happy Tuesday!


  1. It's song post Tuesday obviously :)
    Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down) by Chumbawumba, because we played it for stands music when I was in marching band in high school.
    Lose My Breath by Destiny's Child (high school, hilarious!)
    Illuminations; Reflections of Earth, by Disney.(high school marching show and trip to Disney with the band)
    Lifehouse- Hanging by a Moment (first kiss!)

  2. OH man! I loved when Mr. Trivett sang to us. Melted my heart, that did.

    All my Life by KC & JoJo ! I remember this song playing at the ice rink in 7th grade.

    Bridge Over Troubled Water - My sisters and I would ride around Maine in my aunt's convertable singing this when we would visit her in the summer.

    I feel like I could think of a million more.

    Oh yeah - Living on a Prayer reminds me of daycare because we made up a dance routine to it.

  3. How He Loves by John Mark McMillan. Every time we sing this at church I sob. See, I grew up with John Mark and his best friend Steve Coffey (the song was written the day after Steve was killed in a car crash). So, every time I hear this song I think of them and all the fun we had. I feel the same way when I eat french fries and a Frosty (Steve was the one who convinced me to try this lovely combo).

    I associate the film and the song "Singin' in the Rain" with the birth of both of my kids. I watched it in the hospital while I was in labor, both times.

  4. "Pony" by Ginuwine -- one of my fellow volleyball players was OBSESSED with that song and played it all the time on the bus to/from games

    "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette -- Me and my friends LOVED this one in high school and we all wet our pants that we got to see her perform it live at the Grammys

    "Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters -- It was my best friend's favorite song in high school

    "Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen -- I saw this video debut on MTV back when MTV actually played videos


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