What is more nostalgic than childhood? The years of no worries, no problems, and perfect bliss – well, for the most part. As much as we might miss it, our memories always fade away with time, but the music we grew up with always manages to capture such a vivid memory that we can picture it when listening to a certain song. Here’s a list of nostalgia-inducing songs I believe will bring back good memories for you too. Warning: they are still just as amazing today!
Tide is high – Atomic Kitten:
The song originally came out in 1967, when it was performed by the Jamaican group The Paragons, but it was popularized by Blondie in 1980 with their reggae version of the song. Atomic Kitten’s version is a cover of the 1980 Blondie version, but with more of an upbeat rhythm. ( and the superior version in my opinion).
Can’t Fight The Moonlight – LeAnn Rimes:
For me, this is the definition of nostalgia-inducing songs. The lyrics and instrumental are very reminiscent of childhood. It is also the theme song of the film Coyote Ugly and was a major hit in Australia as well as the US.
Beautiful girls – Sean Kingston:
The song samples Ben E. King’s classic “Stand by Me”. The song actually received a lot of heat for using the word “suicidal” and got banned from certain radio stations because of it, but still somehow made it into our childhoods as it was streamed everywhere.
Taking back my love – Enrique Iglesias feat Ciara:
Enrique Iglesias’ second single from his English album “Greatest Hits”. This song has one of the most emblematic music videos, timeless and raw, as it depicts a pretty violent breakup story. Do not try this at home!
Dragostea din tei – O-zone:
A Romanian/Moldovan song that somehow made its way all around the world. The song also became known as “Maya Hi” and “Numa Numa ” from the band’s album “ DiscO-Zone”
Drop it like its hot – Snoop Dogg feat Pharrell Williams:
This song’s chorus got us all clicking our tongues. But besides that, it was named the most popular song of the decade by Billboard. One of those old-school songs that will be stuck in our heads forever.
Who let the dogs out – Baha Men:
Innocent fun song, right? Well, as it turns out, the writer of the song admitted that “It was really a man-bashing song.”. Men get called dogs for name-calling the women at the party. Feminism works in mysterious ways.
Smack that – Akon feat Eminem:
The refrain we all butchered, yet still could not stop singing. I know, this describes all old-school songs. This iconic Akon tune is the first song on his album, “Konvicted”.
The ketchup song (Aserejé) – Las Ketchup :
Let’s be honest, we all knew the dance to this song. This is the group’s debut single from their debut album “Hijas del Tomate”
Thriller – Michael Jackson:
I could include all of Michael Jackson’s songs in this list, but I believe this is the first one everybody heard from the King of Pop. I mean, didn’t we all practice that dance?
Livin’ la vida loca – Ricky Martin :
This song started the Latin music craze in the US, and later in Europe too. It was released on Ricky Martin’s first English-language album.
I hate this part – Pussycat Dolls:
I believe we all had a Pussycat Dolls phase while growing up, however, out of all their old-school songs, this one is the most nostalgic to me. Not very upbeat, but amazing vocals. It was initially meant to be Nicole Scherzinger’s solo project, but they ended up singing it as a group.
Destination Calabria – Alex Gaudino feat. Crystal Waters:
It is the first single released from the singer’s debut album “My Destination”. I think what stood out to me the most about this song was that everyone and their mom had it as their ringtone.
Sweet dreams (are made of this) – Eurythmics:
Part of the album with the same name, the song was written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. To be honest, this song terrified me because of its low vocals and music, but I can’t deny a catchy tune when I hear it.
Believe – Cher:
Off the album also titled „Believe”, it is one of those old-school songs everybody knows the chorus to. This is when we all found out nobody does autotune better than Cher.
This is the life – Amy Macdonald:
The song comes from the singer’s debut album with the same name. Personally, it is very reminiscent of long, nocturnal car journeys. Nothing screams nostalgia-inducing songs quite like this one.
Sweet about me – Gabriella Cilmi:
From her debut album “Lessons to be learned”, the song was used in so many ads all over Europe that it became a staple commercial song. Nonetheless, an incredible and very catchy song.
Touch my body – Mariah Carey:
To be fair, I was more fascinated by the video than the lyrics, which were clearly inappropriate. Oops. Still, we can’t deny the incredible vocals of Mariah Carey in this one.
Man! I feel like a woman – Shania Twain:
The song tells a very personal experience the singer has had having to work to provide for her brothers and sisters after their parents died in a car crash. However, it is also a very ahead of its time homage to drag queens whom she drew inspiration from.
Hung up – Madonna:
This song features an instrumental sample from ABBA’s single “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”; both amazing and nostalgic in their own way, but I chose this one over the other because I feel that the music video is more well-known too. Probably how I personally got introduced to the Queen of Pop as well.
Family affair – Mary J Blige:
From her fifth album “No More Drama”, which Dr. Dre helped write and produce, the song was and still is one of the best instrumental pieces of art.
Rise up – Yves LaRock:
From the band’s debut album with the same name, the song was a major hit in most European countries. This was one of those songs everybody was a little annoyed about hearing but still liked anyway.
Pon de replay – Rihanna:
This is Rihanna’s debut single, from her debut album “Music of the Sun”. And she never disappointed us since.
La Camisa Negra – Juanes:
A great song with amazing instrumentals. For me, this song and “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee go hand in hand. Both incredibly nostalgia-inducing songs.
Stupid Girls – P!nk:
Ah, yes, the anthem for “girls can’t be pretty and smart”; still, very entertaining video, just like everything P!nk used to release.
Tattoo – Jordin Sparks:
Although it wasn’t a hit in America or Australia, Europe received it well and played it so much that it has now become a part of our childhoods. This hymn is part of Jordin Sparks’ self-titled debut album
Whenever, whenever – Shakira:
One of our first encounters with the iconic vocals of Shakira. The song tells the story of how lucky her partner is to have found her. And she is not wrong.
Morning after dark – Timbaland feat Nelly Furtado, Shoshy:
One of the many Timbaland songs that were played everywhere. Leave it to Timbaland to bring back all those nostalgic memories through his many collab songs.
Cry me a river – Justin Timberlake:
Ever been cheated on? Justin Timberlake has got your back. The song is from his debut solo album, “Justified” and it was inspired by his then-relationship with Britney Spears. One of those nostalgia-inducing songs we didn’t understand until we grew up. Unfortunately.
With you – Chris Brown:
Back when we knew Chris Brown as a good guy, he also made good music. Like this song from his second album, “Exclusive”.
Pump it – The Black Eyed Peas:
The fourth and final single from The Black Eyed Peas’ album “Monkey Business”, comes this song with its unmatched energy. A true vibe booster.
Wannabe – Spice Girls:
Spice Girls’ debut single from the album “Spice”. The song that taught us to put friendships over relationships.
Callin’ you – Outlandish:
From the album with the same name comes this soothing tune.
Jenny from the Block – Jennifer Lopez:
J Lo reminding us to stay humble, despite how well we do in life. This is the lead single from her third album “This Is Me… Then” and an anthem for all nostalgia-inducing songs we remember to this day.
Replay – Iyaz:
Even though this song has become a meme in the last year, I would still consider it a bop. The first single released from his debut album of the same name
Circus – Britney Spears:
Most people think of “Toxic” as Britney’s greatest single, and though I agree, I believe Circus deserves just as much appreciation.
Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink:
The song that had us all singing “ Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?” as kids…yikes. Still, one of the most iconic collabs in the music industry.
Be my lover – La Bouche:
Oh, how the radio stations loved this song. This one is the second single from their album, “Sweet Dreams” and it remains one of their most successful hits. And one of the most nostalgia-inducing songs in my opinion.
I can’t dance – Genesis:
This was the fourth track from the Genesis album “We Can’t Dance”. And, ironically, this song made us all dance. Phil Collins, the drummer of the group, wrote the lyrics to this truly nostalgia-inducing song.
Enjoy the silence – Depeche Mode:
One of those oldies our parents loved so much that it jokingly became referred to, over the years, as “Eastern Europe’s anthem”.
Wake up call – Maroon 5:
The single that brought Maroon 5 into our lives.
Kiss kiss – Tarkan:
I think most of us remember the kissing noise as the staple sound of this song. However, it was a great hit and became Tarkan’s first recognized single.
Push the button – Sugababes:
The lead single from their fourth studio album “Taller in More Ways”. The song was inspired by the band member Keisha Buchanan’s admiration for another artist.
Lady(hear me tonight) – Modjo:
The band’s debut single from the duo’s self-titled album. I believe this song is truly timeless.