Today’s Monday’s Music Moves Me theme is the brainchild of John from The Sound of One Hand Typing. He wants us to focus our playlists on songs about remembering or forgetting. I’ve put a playlist together utilizing songs about both. Some songs have the words Remember or Forget in the title and others are simply about remembering or forgetting.

Music, for me, in addition to simply digging the sound, is about nostalgia. Those who know me know I’m incredibly nostalgic. I love the past. That’s no secret when you walk into my house and see my orange crushed-velvet wingback chair from the 60s, my art deco bar, the funky retro floor lamp, the abstract and modern art on the walls and the far-out table lamps that came from my childhood home in the 70s.

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Sure, I have a ton of regrets and life hasn’t always been all things rosy but for a good chunk of time, my years in the 60s and 70s were fantastic and fun. Music and nostalgia being undeniably intertwined is why Classic Rock is my genre of choice. It’s my time-machine back to those days.

Songwriters are well aware of the link between lyrics and memories and have crafted some wonderful time-travel tunes, tapping into the desires of those who want to remember or those who want to forget.  My playlist for today’s 4M post are full of songs with lyrics that speak to remembering past times. I’ve also included songs that specifically have the target words of “remember” or “forget” in their titles.

Being short on time, I’m simply listing the song titles and their artists or bands. I hope you enjoy. In the Comments section, tell me some of your favorite Remember or Forget songs.


How Soon We Forget by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams

Remember (Walking in the Sand) by Aerosmith

Against the Wind by Bob Seger

Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds

Remember Me by Fleetwood Mac

Fields of Gold by Sting

Tuesday’s Gone by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Those Were the Days by Mary Hopkin

Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen

Kodachrome by Paul Simon

Brown-Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Do You Remember by Phil Collins

I Don’t Remember by Peter Gabriel

These Are Days by 10,000 Maniacs

I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan

Reminiscing by Little River Band

Don’t You Remember by Adele

Just Remember I Love You by Firefall

Don’t Forget to Dance by The Kinks

Don’t Forget to Remember Me by Carrie Underwood

I Won’t Forget Her by A-ha

Forget Me by Shania Twain

Forget About Us by Tim McGraw

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day

American Pie by Don McLean

Crocodile Rock by Elton John

Honey by Bobby Goldsboro

Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

My Hometown by Bruce Springsteen

Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin

All Summer Long by Kid Rock

Nights I Can’t Remember, Friends I’ll Never Forget by Toby Keith

Yesterday by the Beatles

In My Life by the Beatles

My Way by Frank Sinatra

There are tons of songs that can fit into this theme. What are some of your favorite “Forget” or “Remember” songs? Do you prefer “time-traveling” with music or are you more into staying on top of today’s new music? Let’s chat in the Comment section below. 

And remember: Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by JAmerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked and Curious as a Cathy.  Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.


30 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me – SONGS ABOUT REMEMBERING & SONGS ABOUT FORGETTING

  1. Hi Michele; Like you, I’m steeped in nostalgia for the 60s and 70s. Love your lamps! 😀 This is a fabulous playlist as well. Aerosmith did a great cover of Walkin’ In the Sand. ❤ I have Guilie Castillo at The Den today, talking about her dog rescue book. Come on over and check it out, if you have time. Cheers!

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    • Hi Debbie,
      Glad you like my playlist (and my lamps! Aren’t they so cool? The ones that are up now are from the 70s (I grew up with them); before those I had some very amazing lamps from the 50s. They had some great styling back then too. Love me some boomerangs… 🙂 )

      Thanks for coming by to check out my 4M post. I enjoyed Guilie’s post at your place. So proud of her. What an accomplishment!
      Have a great weekend. How was your holiday weekend last week?


    • Hey, thanks Patrick. Especially for the compliment on my lamps. 🙂 I just left your place a few minutes ago. Great songs over there too…
      Have a great weekend…


    • Hey Janet. Thanks for coming by. I was just at your place earlier. I hope my comment posted. I think I hit Post (or Publish) — was busy here with a few folks coming and going and when I went back to my computer the comment box was empty and I don’t remember if I hit the Publish button. Anyway, I was there and enjoyed the memories your post about your daughter coming back home after college graduation brought up. Soooo long ago. But I remember it as a wonderful time in my life. Hope it’s like that for you all too…

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  2. Summer of ’69 sure is nostagic. I love his songs. I used to work for an appliance company when Bryan Adams’ girlfriend called for a repair job. My co-worker took the call and said that his girlfriend kept yelling at her saying, “This is for BRYAN ADAMS! BRYAN ADAMS!” It kind of put a bad image of him in my mind, but it’s probably her, not him. I still love his songs.
    Against the Wind and Fields of Gold. Love those songs! They really take you somewhere.
    10,000 Maniacs. Natalie Merchant has a unique voice. I’ve always loved their songs.
    I Will Remember You. Played a lot at funerals. It’s such a sad and good song.
    I never get tired of American Pie. I even like the Madonna version as well.
    Cat’s in the Cradle. I can never get through this song without crying. Such a sad situation but true with thousands of people.

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    • Oh I feel the same way about Cat’s in the Cradle! It really is a common familial tragedy. Everyone should hear that song and take it to heart so it doesn’t happen in their families.
      I don’t think I ever heard Madonna’s version of American Pie. I’ll have to look that one up.
      That’s crazy about Bryan Adams’ girlfriend. She was probably a fame-whore groupie who became his short-term girlfriend. People with attitudes like that usually don’t last… 🙂

      Thanks for coming by!


    • Hey Cathy. Thanks for coming by. Yeah, Bruce had a few good ones for the theme. He’s a pretty nostalgic guy…


  3. GREAT choices, Michele! And I love the theme… Yes, the nostalgic ingredient is a huge part of the reason I love music, too (maybe it’s a 70’s thing? 😉 ) — I even have a playlist on Spotify that’s called ‘The Past Never Dies’, haha… There’s all sorts of stuff in there, but some of the ones that immediately come to mind are INXS’s Never Tear Us Apart, Brian Adams’ Summer of 69 (as you so wisely listed above), and pretty much anything by Tom Petty (but especially King’s Highway).

    Monday’s Music Moves Me sounds like a great, great blog hop… I doubt I could put something together for every week, so I probably won’t sign up (seems unfair to everyone else, right?), but maybe I can join on the sly, borrowing a theme every now and then and coming up with a playlist to share with y’all.

    Thanks so much for the beautiful comment you left on my guest post over at Debbie’s; really loved seeing you there, Michele, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. (I’m not even a tiny bit surprised you got ‘Top Dog’ on the quiz, hahahaha.)

    Have a great start to the week!
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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    • Hey Girl, it is sooo nice to see you here! It’s been way too long. And I think that would be totally fine to do the Monday’s Music Moves Me hop once in awhile. I was doing good posting every Monday for a bit but I missed the week before last and if I don’t finish my Freebie post for this Monday I’ll miss it too. Life just gets in the way sometimes and blogging has to take a back seat.

      Love your “The Past Never Dies” file name! Perfect! And soooo true. I know I keep it alive with all the music I play (and all my funky furniture and accessories from the 50s/60s/70s around here!) 🙂

      Just get in touch with me when you figure out when you want to do your guest post over here at my place.

      Have a wonderful weekend,


  4. Way ta go, Girlfriend! You have quite a few there I can listen to while I’m cleaning house so up go the speakers once again and thanks for the fantastic background….. oooooo Beatles & Crocodile Rock… dang girl! Maybe I’ll get a little exercise in while I’m dancin’ around the house. ~hehehe~ You got some movers in this list… way ta go! YOU HAVE ROCKED THE HOUSE! Oh wow, “Cats in the Cradle”.. a favorite of mine… Whoa and ending up with the man himself… wow you really out did yourself this time… YOU ROCK GIRLFRIEND!!!! Thanks for joining us!

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    • Hey Marie,
      Thanks so much for coming by and digging my playlist! I love when people like the playlists I put together because I really do enjoy doing it. I’m going to try to get my post together for Monday’s Freebie as I’m going to work on finishing my Kaleidoscope of Color Songs series. Still have a few colors to go…

      Have a great weekend

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    • Hey Ellen,
      Thanks for coming by. So glad you liked my playlist. It was fun to put it all together. Hoping to get my freebie post done for Monday’s 4M hop: i’m in the middle of my Kaleidoscope of Color series and still have a few colors to go…
      “See” you soon…


  5. MIchele,

    I’m listening to your playlist while I comment and will continue to do so until I’ve gone through all 36 songs. You really know how to throw a great party with so many selections each week. The list of tunes for John’s suggested theme is plentiful that’s for sure. The orb-shaped living room table lamps look a lot like some my parents had when I was a kid which I totally forgot about until I saw yours. Do you have one of those funky wall cat clocks? Those are a bit creepy looking but I told DH that I’d like to have one just for sentimentality reasons. He just rolled his eyes in disbelief. lol Don’t worry, I plan to wear him down in favor of the idea. 😀 I prefer to time-travel with mewsic instead of staying in the groove of today’s tunes which can’t even begin to touch the stuff we grew up listening to, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing such a comprehensive playlist which is gonna keep me chair boogieing for a few hours this morning while I make my rounds. Have an awesome, fun week and thanks for joining us on the dance floor this week, dearie! 😉

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      • Yay! So glad you listened to the whole playlist! Love it! Thanks!!
        Very happy that you enjoyed it. That makes me smile!
        Hope you all have a fabulous holiday weekend…

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    • Hey Cathy,
      So glad you liked my playlist! It was fun putting this one together.
      Love that my lamps brought back memories of your own childhood. The decor of yesterday is so cool I thihk. But sad to say, I don’t have one of those cool cat clocks! I think you should definitely wear your husband down and get you one! 🙂
      I just looked on ebay and they have several. Average price $49-$150 from what I saw… Was going to post a photo here but not sure how to do that in a comment. 😦

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  6. Hi, Michele!

    Wow, you have a cool crib, dear friend. I’d love to live in a place decorated that way, but Mrs. S has other ideas and what she says goes. 🙂 I see that you like Dick Wolf productions. We watch one of more of the L & O television series every single day.

    I enjoyed your remember/forget play list. That first vid made me chuckle. I have never known a dog that doesn’t like to go for a ride in a vehicle and have the wind blowing in its face. “Summer of ’69” is the first song in this category that comes to my mind because 1969 was indeed one of the best years of my life, with ’66 being the greatest year of all. I always enjoy watching that Bryan Adams video because London beauty Lysette Anthony appears in it as “the girl.” Lysette is also featured in two other Bryan Adams music videos. I was pleasantly surprised by Aerosmith’s cover of the Shangri-las hit “Remember.” They did a killer job with it! “Those Were the Days (my friend. We thought they’d never end)”‘ has to be the mother of all songs in this particular category. Great choice! “Kodachrome” and “Brown-Eyed Girl” are two more great picks for this hop, as is Bobby Goldsboro’s sentimental tearjerker “Honey” and the Beatles biggie “In My Life.”

    I just thought of a song I haven’t seen listed here or elsewhere – “Creque Alley,” the autobiographical opus by the Mamas And The Papas:

    Thanks for the entertainment, dear friend Michele!

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    • I so love Creeque Alley!!! Thanks for posting it!
      Thrilled that you liked my playlist and even more thrilled that you dig my “crib”. Lol. I love all my “old shit” haha…
      You’re the only one who mentioned that first video! Glad you liked it. I bet that dog is a happy camper all the time going for all those bike rides…
      “Those Were the Days…” is a fabulous song and is often forgotten. Glad you found it to be the flagship tune in this playlist!

      Hope you have a great weekend this Memorial Day weekend…


  7. Girl!

    You have outdone yourself once again! My old age must be catching up to me because I had forgot about so many of these. Such a great list – and I love having the playlist to have on in the background as I go about my daily routines.

    Love your house! That was pretty cool of you to share as well.

    Catch up with you later

    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    • Hey Mary! Thanks for coming by and digging on my playlist! Glad you like my living room too. Wish I had more pics of the other paintings on the wall. My next door neighbors growing up were also my godparents and they gave me a huge abstract painting that was done by their song in 1968. It’s incredible. He loved art and spent his life as a high-school art teacher. He’s retired now. I’ll get a pic of it one of these days…

      Hope to get my post done for Monday. Not sure yet but going to give it the ol’ college try!
      “See” you soon…

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  8. Nostalgia! Shag carpets, avocado colored refrigerators, and macrame. Don’t get me going (I don’t have any of these in my house, by the way). But that was some playlist. In fact….everything you wanted to know about songs about remembering and forgetting is on that list! (about this time – do you remember Johnny Carson? Ed MacMahon, at this point, would exclaim something like “You are wrong, music breath!” Ho ho, thanks for the memories (to quote Bob Hope).


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