Reminiscing Through Rhythm

Music that brings back memories

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Illustration by Allyson Endsley

Any song can transport someone into a whole new world. Some songs remind people of a place or a time, and as the seniors look back and say goodbye to their years of youth, they are reminded of their favorite childhood songs.

The top song in 2001, the year half of the seniors were born, was “Hanging by a Moment” by Lifehouse. The song had a familiar soft grunge sound that was very popular at the time. Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” came in at number one in 2002. The rock and roll vibe helped the song to hit the top charts, and remain there for four weeks, according to mtv.com.

Although these songs may have been on the top charts when they were born, many get nostalgia from songs that were released before they were even born.

“My dad loved rock music so I listened to every single AC/DC song ever,” senior Cori Cullen said. “I remember listening to ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top.’ That was my dad’s favorite one. I remember me and my mom and my dad would always dance in our living room to those songs.”

Besides the songs on the top charts, some songs remind people of the memories they associate with them.

“[A memorable song to me is] a choral song, ‘Homeland,’ by Randall Stroope,” senior Conrad Powell said. “It was the time that my brother was in the all-state choir in Missouri and that was the first time I got to see him perform in the all-state choir and the song almost moved me to tears because it’s so powerful. Every time I listen to that it reminds me of my brother and all the good times we’ve had together in the choir.”

Popular video games and jingles also bring back memories from the past.

“‘Mr. Saxobeat’ [gives me nostalgia] because it was on Just Dance and I loved playing Just Dance as a kid,” Powell said.

Many people reminisce when they hear songs associated with childhood TV shows. Whether they liked “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” “Victorious,” or “Phineas and Ferb,” there’s a soft spot in their heart for at least one of the show’s featured songs.

“Every time I hear ‘Best of Both Worlds’ I remember whenever I was eight, I went to see the Hannah Montana concert,” Cullen said. “Every time I think of that song, I just think of going there. That was my first ever concert.”