10 Songs That Bring Back Fond Childhood Memories*

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.

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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.

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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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42 thoughts on “10 Songs That Bring Back Fond Childhood Memories*

  1. I have so many songs that I consider the soundtrack to my life, I don’t think I could narrow them down to just 10! Now I want to go home a blast some of my old favorites.

    1. It was incredibly difficult, I must admit. I kept going back and adding new ones, taking away old ones, and then evaluating which ones I liked more. There were so many that so almost made the cut, haha! You should totally make a night of it. I did while writing this post and loved it!

  2. This is taking me right back to my childhood – especially S Club 7 and McFly! 🙊😍 tbf a lot of my childhood was spent listening to Ozzy, Iron Maiden and Status Quo 😂 xxx

    Jade | jademarie.co.uk

    1. Aw, a bit of nostalgia every now and again is only a good thing, isn’t it? I must admit that, although I’ve heard of all of those bands, I’ve never listened to them. I only really know of Ozzy as Sharon Osbourne’s husband, if we’re talking about the same person, haha!

  3. Nice little blast of nostalgia 😂 S Club 7 were so much fun. Leave by JoJo will forever be a guilty pleasure of mine xx

    1. Hah! You’ve got to love a little throwback every now and again. Leave by JoJo is SO good. I went back and listened to it when I wrote this post and it still has the same effect on me as it did back then. I’m very dramatic!

    1. Yeah, sometimes you just have those days where nothing else works as good as listening to old songs does, right? Thank you so much! The second one was a stock image, but the first one is my own. Blog photography is something I’m really trying to get better at.

  4. Oh my gosh i love all these songs. I also really liked Amy Winehouse. Also, who can forget high school musical !! Xx

  5. The song that most reminds me of my childhood is rock DJ by Robbie Williams. Me and my friend used to repeatedly request it in the box haha the code was 666 xxx

  6. Although your list has just made me feel ancient 😉 I really enjoyed reading this. I think music is one of the most powerful things when it comes to memory. A song can come on the radio and instantly transport you back in time.

  7. I am sentimental too 💓 From time to time I relisten the music I liked and it makes my heart melt. I loved (and do love now!) black eyed peas, Justin Timberlake and One direction 🔥

    1. I do exactly the same! The first time I listened to the Black Eyed Peas was when their album with the blue elephant on the front was released (I can’t for the life of me remember what it was called, mind!), and I’ve loved their music since. It’s great to go back and listen to their old stuff now and again! I was never really into Justin Timberlake, but I loved One Direction, too!

  8. What a lovely post! You’re so right about the power of music and the hold it has on our hearts and minds. I don’t think you’d have heard of any of my childhood faves (I am an old lady, haha) but the first record I ever bought was Blondie’s The Tide Is High, which I think is a pretty cool claim to fame 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Thank you so much! I am pretty much a baby, so probably not. I loved 90’s music, though. That’s such a cool first record! Mine was a barbie CD full of songs like “Pon De Replay” by Rihanna, and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Sandi Lauper. I’m definitely jealous! I thought I’d heard of that song before, but turns out I remember the Atomic Kitten version from back in the day! That

    1. Aw, thank you so much! It was definitely a personal one, and as someone who loves that sort of thing, I knew it was right to go for. I’m glad it was nostalgic for you, too!

    1. Quite a few people have said the same. It’s so nice to hear from people who were influenced a lot by a similar era of music. The early 2000’s was a great period for music! Thank you.

  9. HSM was my jam back when I was a kid! I loved Everyday and all the songs in all three movies. Also, Amy Winehouse surely holds a special place in my heart. I grew up listening to her music and now I understand her on a way different level. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    1. The songs in the HSM musicals were something else! They were what really got me into musicals in the first place. Amy Winehouse was such a star! I still listen to her today, and like you, her songs definitely mean more to me now than they did when I was younger.

  10. Not so much from my childhood but I had the best teenage years ever and there’s hundreds of songs that take me right back to a time or a place or a person from that period of my life and it makes me so nostalgic and sad!

    1. I’m still in denial that I’m no longer a teenager, but I completely understand where you’re coming from. Music was such a big part of my teenage life, but it’s such a shame when you go back to listen to songs that remind you of a person that you no longer speak to. It’s great that music has the ability to do that, though!

  11. Oh my gosh, all of these songs remind me of growing up so much. I was always obsessed with ‘Reach’ by S Club, I still can’t resist listening to them now and then. I’m pretty sure I had CD’s with all of these songs on.

  12. Oh my, what a blast from the past! I used to love dancing around to S Club 7 (as well as Steps, B Witched, Five, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls anything cheesy and 90s really!). I was never into Take That but had the biggest obsession with Robbie when he went solo, ha ha! Thanks for sharing your childhood favourites Rebekah, I love the nostalgia! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. A lot of the 90’s/noughties stuff flew me by because I was born in 1998, at the end of an era, but I used to love Five and B Witched! Realistically, though, I probably only know their singles and most popular songs. I remember when he went solo; I think so many people loved him, haha! I think my embarrassment from Take That stopped me from supporting him, but I’ll sing along to the songs if they come on the radio. Thanks for sharing yours, too; it was lovely to reminiscence about more bands that I’d forgotten about.

  13. These are all great songs. Want you back I always remember hearing it when I was younger.
    Love that song! I like the others too! It’s so strange how a song can take you back to a situation or a time and bring back so many memories! Thank you for sharing your post. Xx

    1. Want You Back was such a banger. I used to pretend I wasn’t into it, but if they were in their prime now, I’d probably be obsessed with them. It’s definitely strange, but I love it, and I love how different memories related to songs can bring people together! Thank you for your comment.

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