15 Nostalgic Songs From The Soundtrack of The Boomer Generation

11/25/2013 09:58 am ET | Updated Nov 25, 2013
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From the song that was playing when you first danced with your high school sweetheart to the tunes you blasted on the radio of your first car, some melodies are simply unforgettable.

Beyond just pumping us up and helping us reminisce, studies have shown nostalgic music can actually improve your optimism. And if you've ever wondered why a specific song makes you feel happy or sad, researchers at the University of California-Davis believe that's because the brain uses music to store and trigger "autobiographical memories."

We asked our Facebook fans to tell us which songs remind them of their youth. Take a listen for yourself and tell us which songs take you down memory lane in comments.

1) "Please Please Me" by The Beatles, said Jane Hunt Addante.

2) "Young at Heart" by Frank Sinatra, said Allen Wiener.

4) "The Finer Things" by Steve Winwood, said Lisa Hindmarsh. "In 1986, I was 23 and madly in love for the first time. The future seemed limitless. Just hearing the intro fills me with all the wonderful emotion and yearning, like it was yesterday," Hindmarsh said.

5) "Maggie Mae" by Rod Stewart, said Carol Moegelin and Charlene Holbrook.

6) "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf, said Mayda Tapanes. "Still gets me pumped!," Tapanes said.

7) "See you in September" said Lisa Sharples and Lois Rubin Gross.

10) "Everlasting Love" said Maggie Montgomery.

11) "Forever Young" by Alphaville said Abdo Hassan.

12) "American Pie" by Don McLean, said Sharon Hodor Greenthal.

13) "Night Moves" by Bob Seger, said Michelle Ethridge.

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