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The Best Songs About The Past 

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Updated March 7, 2020 706 votes 280 voters 24.5k views 58 items

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 The Beatles
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Tom Islava added American Pie Don McLean
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Tom Islava added Elton John
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When I Was Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About The Past
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Eric Burdon & The Animals
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Jethro Tull
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Dropkick Murphys
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Eric Clapton
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James Taylor
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Tears for Fears
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Bad Religion
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Marianne Faithfull
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Jim Morrison
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John Frusciante
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Debbie Gibson
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They Might Be Giants
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Henry Mancini
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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band