11/25/2013 09:58 am ET Updated Nov 25, 2013

15 Nostalgic Songs From The Soundtrack of The Boomer Generation


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.

"And if you should survive to 105, look at all you'll derive out of being alive.
Then here is the best part, you have a head start, if you are among the very young at heart"

3) "There's a Kind of Hush" by Herman's Hermits, said Jan Hobbs.

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.

"While there is time let's go out and feel everything
If you hold me I will let you into my dreams"

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

"You stole my heart but I love you anyway
I'd never seen your face
I'll get on back home, one of these days"

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.

"Have a good time but remember, there is danger in the summer moon above
Will I see you in September, or lose you to a summer love"

8) "Billy Don't be a Hero" by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods said Susan Berwick.

9) "That Sunday, That Summer" by Nat King Cole, said Fredrika McKain.

"If I had to choose just one day to last my whole life through
It would surely be that Sunday, the day that I met you"

10) "Everlasting Love" said Maggie Montgomery.

"Where life's river flows, no one really knows"

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

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

"Oh, and there we were all in one place, a generation lost in space
With no time left to start again"

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

"Started humming a song from 1962
Ain't it funny how the night moves
When you just don't seem to have as much to lose"

14) "Layla" written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon, said Jim Britt.

15) "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan, said Astra Vauxhall Byhre.

"Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"



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