Music is incredibly powerful. It has the ability to help you through difficult times, and creates memories that stay with you long after the song itself loses popularity. The songs from my childhood definitely fit the latter category. Whether I was walking home from school, or sitting in the back of my dad’s jeep singing my heart out, I can associate many of my childhood songs with specific (or several) memories.
If you hadn’t already gathered from my introduction, I’m an incredibly sentimental person. That’s why, when I was contacted by Panasonic to talk about their Panasonic Multi Room Speakers in a music-themed post, I had the perfect idea.
Let’s face it; the way I feel about my childhood music isn’t unique. We all have moments when we go back and listen to the music popular when we were children, right? With that said, I thought this gave me the perfect opportunity to discuss the songs I listened to in my childhood. It also allows me to connect with you personally, by talking about some of the person memories associated with these songs.
It hasn’t been easy to narrow it down. I could’ve sat here writing down a hundred songs from my childhood and the memories associated with them if I had tried. For the sake of everyone’s sanity, however, I’ve narrowed it down to my top ten, and chosen ones that have the strongest memories attached to them.
Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink
I wasn’t alive when the original version of this song was released, but I loved the Moulin Rouge version. I may have only been 3 in 2001, but I have distinct memories of strutting around my older sister’s room singing “Soul Sister, Go Sister” over and over again. Her and her friends, young teenagers at the time, laughed at me while I did so. I’m sure they were just jealous of my childhood singing skills, though.
Five Colours – McFly
As a child, I was obsessed with McFly, and Five Colours definitely started that trend. I was six when it was released, and have fond memories of shouting the words whenever it came on the radio. In that same year, it was played at every disco and birthday party, and I never got sick of it. Before long, I’d memorised every word, and the introduction was enough to make me hyper. Revisiting the song for this blog post, at 20, had a similar effect.
Crazy Chick – Charlotte Church
I was seven when this song came out. My friend from down the street introduced me to it, and it was our anthem for a long time. We’d have it playing on repeat in the background while we played doctors and nurses, and sing away to it on our way to the shops. I loved it.
Leave (Get Out) – JoJo
Dramatic music videos were very common during my childhood in the early 2000’s. This was one of those songs I’d listen to while staring out of my car window when it was raining, pretending I could relate to the lyrics. The fact that I had never been in a serious relationship, or experienced heartbreak, didn’t seem to matter at the time.
Want You Back – Take That
When I was younger, for many years, my mum was a Take That superfan. I wasn’t too bothered by this until she introduced my little sister to their music. It became the only thing we listened to on the way to school for at least a few months. Funnily enough, when you’ve heard the same song a thousand times, it doesn’t sound so good anymore. I was also at an age where liking anything your parents did wasn’t cool in the slightest, so that contributed.
Reach (For The Stars) – S club 7
I don’t think I knew about this song when it was first released. It wasn’t until later, when I pulled the CD out of my parents collection, when I realised how much I loved this song. Although I have a few, one of my fondest memories of this song is when my younger sister and I put on a show for my parents to it. We’d spent the whole day putting together a dance routine, and though it definitely wasn’t strictly quality, we were proud of ourselves.
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
You might think it’s weird to mention this in my childhood songs, but I loved Amy Winehouse. This was definitely influenced by dad, who would often play her songs when we were on drives together. I liked a lot of her songs when I was younger, but one of my favourites was definitely Rehab. She was something of an idol to me when I was younger, though I never realised just how difficult things were for her when I was younger. I appreciate her music a lot to this day.
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Although this song regained it’s popularity from being played during dramatic Grey’s Anatomy scenes, that’s now how I originally remember it. This was another childhood song influenced by my dad, and we’d often listen to it in the car or in the living room.
Dr. Bieber – Justin Bieber
As embarrassing as it is to admit this, I was obsessed with Justin Bieber as a child. I’d go as far as to say I had a special interest associated with him, which is creepy, looking back. I definitely listened to him everyday. Somehow, however, this gem of a song escaped me for a long time. Unless you were a superfan, you probably have no idea it exists, either. Once I had discovered it existed, though, I loved it. I learnt the rap in one day. That’s impressive, right?
Everyday – High School Musical 2
High School Musical was the movie series of my childhood. In reality, I could have picked any song from the three movies and been happy with my selection. Everyday was my choice because it was the only song from HSM 2 I learnt to play on the recorder. I played it so much that I could still probably play it to you today. I’m sure it sounded a lot better to me than it did to those who had to listen to it for months on end.
Ridin’ Solo – Jason Derulo
This is probably one of the most unexpected songs on this list, and one that I wouldn’t usually listen to, even in my childhood. I think the reason I enjoyed this one so much is because we used to play it in the car on the way to school. It wasn’t long before my younger brother hated it, and the rest of us would love playing it just to annoy him. What are siblings for if you aren’t annoying them at every opportunity?
Are you as sentimental as I am when it comes to songs from your childhood? Do you have any memories associated from the songs mentioned above, or a different song? Let me know down below!
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