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by Steven G (subscribe)
Too much tertiary education... Former performer/wrestler, teacher, scientist; Published author & Father... Want to be a writer if I grow up...
Published September 15th 2022
Remember the music about remembering
Following on from my recent list of songs with 'memory' in the title, here is the follow-up. Looking back and remembering the events of one's life, for good or bad, is something most people do at some point or another, and I have been doing a lot of it lately.

As I said in that last column, I have been perusing my record/music collection, looking back at the music from my teenaged years and remembering some of the stupid things we did back then. That did get me thinking about songs lists, and this is the second one stemming from that.


I did receive some questions about why this has been on my mind. It's simple: after five years of work, I have finished a sort of memoir book. I have written novels in the past (5 published by various traditional publishers around the world), but this is the first non-fiction book. It is in the beta-reader stage, and because it focuses on the past, that is why I have been thinking so much about this. So last time you heard about my song, this time my memoir. Okay? Okay.

Anyway, this column consists of songs with the word remember and its variants in the title. Nothing to do with Remembrance Day, just remembering people and things. Normal rules apply one artist, one version of each song and I need to like the song.

Here is a list of songs about remembering.


'I'll Remember (In The Still Of The Night)' by The Five Satins (1956)

I do know that in some cases, the "I'll Remember" is in parentheses, but on my LP it's not so I'll go with that. Still, this is a doo wop song that is sad and is one that seems to have stood the test of time. And this is a pleasant way to start this list.


'I Remember' by Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs (1961)

Looking back on the various things remembered about a relationship. It is a sad song but is lifted by the doo wop voices and music (including mandatory sax solo).


'Do You Remember' by The Beach Boys (1964)

A song looking back on the start of rock and roll, sung by one of the bands that was there not long after it all went down. This is a fun bit of Beach Boys music from early in their career.


'Remember (Walking In The Sand)' by The Shangri-Las (1964)

Such a beautiful song, and the title tells you exactly what the song is about, this track from the peak of the so-called girls' groups charting runs is one of the better known. The vocals do lift this above the average.


'Don't Forget To Remember' by Bee Gees (1969)

Early Bee Gees, pre-disco, when they were a vocal harmony trio of some renown. This is a sad song about a break-up and, yes, as with the previous song, their voices really do lift this beyond what could have been a standard maudlin track.


'I Remember When I Was Young' by Matt Taylor (1973)

A look back at the times of youth, Matt Taylor's blues-rock song has rightfully gone down as an Australian classic track. His rough voice gives the lyrics a sense of gravitas that makes them work so much more believably.


'Do You Remember?' by Long Tall Ernie And The Shakers (1977)

A medley song, one I forgot for that list, made up of the older tracks that the band liked. This is a fun song that looks back at an older time and, well, remembers it.


'Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio?' by The Ramones (1980)

Not as fast as many Ramones tracks, this song about looking back at the radio of their youth actually probably works better for that. They manage to get a punk aesthetic on the old rock radio sound, and this is just one of many of their tracks I enjoy.


'A Night To Remember' by Cyndi Lauper (1989)

It's a shame that Lauper's first album overshadowed so much of her later career because she has released some good albums and songs over the years. This is one of those, a mid-tempo track, the title track of her third album. It is a break-up song, remembering a past romance, and I quite like it.


'I Remember You' by Skid Row (1989)

Every poodle rock/hair metal band in the 1980s had their obligatory power ballad, and this was Skid Row's, a track that charted all over the world. Nowadays, if anybody remembers the band, this is probably the only song of theirs they do remember. That's not necessarily a bad thing.


'Remember The Time' by Michael Jackson (1992)

While not one of his greatest tracks, this Jackson song is still one that is not too bad. I'm not sure if I like it because of the amazing video clip and that has stuck in my mind, but listening to it again for this list, it does stand up.


'Remember When' by Avril Lavigne (2011)

A deep cut from Lavigne's Goodbye Lullaby album, this track is a bittersweet recollection of a time past. If memory serves, she had just divorced her first husband, so that could explain a lot. Still, one of my preferred tracks from that album.


'Remember Me' by Kim Wilde (2011)

This is a brush-off song, but one done so that the person being brushed off thinks they are the one leaving. Rather clever, really. And Kim Wilde sells it. This bit of dance pop is quite a good little track.


'Always Remember Us this Way' by Lady Gaga (2018)

From the film A Star Is Born, this is a heart-felt song that just really hits well. I have seen three of the four versions of the movie, and like them all. Lady Gaga surprised me with her acting, and the soundtrack was actually really good.


'Remember To Forget Me' by Blink-182 (2019)

This track comes from the band's last album (as I write this). It's about leaving home, striking out on one's own, with the slow verses and big chorus that I like possibly a little too much.


So, we have 15 songs about remembering. Yes, there are a few more I could have put on, but some I find just maudlin and am not a fan of a few others. Anyway, this is still a rather eclectic list. From my viewpoint, there were only three songs about remembering older music, which surprised me.

If you don't remember all these songs (see what I did there?), I hope you've at least some to enjoy. Thinking about the past and remembering the old times does not have to be a bad thing.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this one.

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Thanks as always for the list Steven.
A song that could be classified as maudlin but I still rate is Remember When by Alan Jackson. It popped up in my youtube feed for no apparent reason a few years ago and is one I go back to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTA2buWlNyM
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1878) 73 days ago
My 13yo voted for Remember by David Gueta and Becky Hill
by Mindo Koerber (score: 2|533) 63 days ago
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