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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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Tom Islava added Yesterday The Beatles

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15 5
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Tom Islava added American Pie Don McLean

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14 9
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Living in the Past Jethro Tull

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10 6
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All Our Past Times Eric Clapton

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9 5
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Heroes From Our Past Dropkick Murphys

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8 4
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Past Is Dead Bad Religion

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11 8
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9 6
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Tom Islava added Crocodile Rock Elton John

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4 1
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10 8
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5 3
When I Was Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About The Past
punksnotdead added When I Was Young Eric Burdon & The Animals

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4 2
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Phone Call to the Past Henry Mancini

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5 4
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4 3
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Living in the Past Motörhead

The Best Songs With Past in the Title

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4 3
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Places in My Past James Taylor

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4 3
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3 2
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File It Under Fun From the Past Marianne Faithfull

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3 2
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Resolve the Past Jim Morrison

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3 2
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The Past Sure Is Tense Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

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8 8
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I Regret My Past John Frusciante

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4 4
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Always in the Past Tears for Fears

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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4 4
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3 3
Out With the Old is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About The Past
punksnotdead added Out With the Old Argy Bargy

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4 5
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3 4
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3 4
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2 3
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2 3
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Shades of the Past Debbie Gibson

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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2 3
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4 6
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The Past Korn

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3 5
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Destroy the Past They Might Be Giants

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3 5
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Once Upon a Past Wax Tailor

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3 5
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Past 12 Kelly Rowland

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3 5
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Cries of the Past Underoath

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1 3
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The Past Recedes John Frusciante

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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1 3
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Blast From the Past Quiet Riot

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1 3
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1 3
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3 6
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Leaving the Past Immortal Technique

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3 6
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Tha Past Kurupt, Dave Hollister

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2 5
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Afflicted Past Hatebreed

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2 5
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A Past Gone Mad The Fall

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2 5
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1 4
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1 4
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Here’s to the Past A Day To Remember

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1 4
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In the Past Above & Beyond

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1 4
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1 4
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2 6
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