Feeling nostalgic? These throwback songs will bring you back to a simpler time

June 10, 2020

It is a Sunday afternoon in 2013 and my dad is driving our 15-year-old minivan home after a long day of basketball games. As he drives, I sit in the backseat of the car with my St. Hilary jersey on and start to doze off as we move past herds of cows and the arid environment surrounding them. The placid scenery stands still as we whiz by and the sun begins to set. As I slowly start to close my eyes, the faint music in the background suddenly grasps my attention. The song “Happy” by Pharrell Willaims starts to play and I immediately sit up and tell my dad to crank the stereo. In an instant, the dull and lengthy car ride home turns into a loud and slightly deafening experience as my siblings and I attempt to outperform the radio. Nostalgic songs such as this bring me back to childhood moments that I wish I could go back to. 

As seniors, we are about to embark on many different journeys. While that is intimidating and difficult to comprehend at times, it is exciting. Not only do we look forward to what is next, but we also start to reminisce about the moments that remind us of the past. Because everyone is starting to feel particularly nostalgic around this time of year, below is a list of the most iconic songs from our childhood. These songs will guarantee to brighten your day and bring you back to a simpler time. 


“Happy” by Pharrell Willaims (2013) 


“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO (2011)


“Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner (2009) 


“Walking On A Dream” by Empire of the Sun (2008) 


“You Belong With Me”  by Taylor Swift (2008) 

In the iconic music video that goes along with “You Belong With Me,” Swift dances alone in her room. (Courtesy of Buzzfeed)


“Better Together” by Jack Johnson (2005) 

Being one of Johnson’s most popular albums, “In Between Dreams” was released in 2005 and still to this day songs such as “Banana Pancakes” and “Better Together” are frequently listened to. (Courtesy of Chronicle Times )


“Waiting On the World to Change” by John Mayer (2006) 


“Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (2009) 


“Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi (2009)


“Empire State of Mind” by Jay Z. feat Alicia Keys (2009)

Courtesy of Pitchfork



For more songs follow this Spotify playlist (“Iconic Songs (Redwood high school playlist))



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