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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32 15
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Tom Islava added The Beatles

2
20 7
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Tom Islava added Don McLean

3
17 6
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Tom Islava added Elton John

4
16 10
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Jethro Tull

5
10 5
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Dropkick Murphys

6
12 8
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7
10 7
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Eric Clapton

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 9
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12
5 3
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James Taylor

13
4 2
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Henry Mancini

14
4 2
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Jim Morrison

15
4 2
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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

16
4 3
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17
4 3
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Motörhead

18
3 2
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Marianne Faithfull

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
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23
0 0
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fschaffzin added Joni Mitchell

24
4 5
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25
4 5
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26
3 4
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27
3 4
Out With the Old is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About The Past
punksnotdead added Argy Bargy

28
3 4
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29
3 4
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30
3 4
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31
2 3
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Debbie Gibson

32
3 5
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They Might Be Giants

33
2 4
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34
1 3
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35
1 3
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Quiet Riot

36
1 3
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John Frusciante

37
4 7
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Kurupt, Dave Hollister

38
4 7
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Korn

39
3 6
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Underoath

40
3 6
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Kelly Rowland

41
3 6
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Wax Tailor

42
2 5
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43
2 5
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Hatebreed

44
2 5
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The Fall

45
2 5
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46
1 4
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A Day To Remember

47
1 4
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Above & Beyond

48
1 4
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49
1 4
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Robin Trower

50
1 4
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