Songs The Best Songs About The Past  

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The great part about music is that you can write a song about anything, but for this list we're ranking the best songs about the past. Do you have a favorite song that reminds you of your younger days? Whether it's rock, rap, country, or anything in between, we want you to vote up your favorites on this list of songs about the past. You can even add additional tracks to the poll if any good the past songs are missing, so feel free to contribute to the list. We've included YouTube videos to accompany the songs when available, so think of this page as playlist for music about the past.

Some of the songs below include Living in the Past by Jethro Tull, Advice From Christmas Past / Government Flu by Dead Kennedys, and Sleeping With the Past by Elton John. A song can qualify to be on this in two ways. First, the song has "past" in the title or lyrics, or some close variation of that word. Second, the song is conceptually about the past, even if it doesn't specifically mention that word.
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28 14
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Tom Islava added The Beatles

2
17 6
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Tom Islava added Don McLean

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15 6
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Tom Islava added Elton John

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10 5
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Dropkick Murphys

5
15 10
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Jethro Tull

6
10 6
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Eric Clapton

7
11 8
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8
8 5
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Bad Religion

9
7 4
When I Was Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About The Past
punksnotdead added Eric Burdon & The Animals

10
4 1
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11
11 9
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12
5 3
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James Taylor

13
4 2
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Jim Morrison

14
4 2
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Henry Mancini

15
4 3
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16
4 3
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Motörhead

17
3 2
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Marianne Faithfull

18
3 2
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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

19
8 8
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John Frusciante

20
5 5
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21
4 4
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Tears for Fears

22
3 3
Out With the Old is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About The Past
punksnotdead added Argy Bargy

23
4 5
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24
4 5
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25
3 4
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26
3 4
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27
3 4
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28
3 4
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29
2 3
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Debbie Gibson

30
2 3
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31
4 6
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Korn

32
3 5
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They Might Be Giants

33
2 4
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34
2 4
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35
1 3
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36
1 3
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John Frusciante

37
1 3
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Quiet Riot

38
4 7
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Kurupt, Dave Hollister

39
3 6
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Wax Tailor

40
3 6
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Kelly Rowland

41
3 6
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Underoath

42
2 5
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The Fall

43
2 5
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44
2 5
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Hatebreed

45
1 4
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46
1 4
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A Day To Remember

47
1 4
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Robin Trower

48
1 4
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49
1 4
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Above & Beyond

50
3 7
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Immortal Technique