Why you’ll always remember the songs you first heard as a teenager
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Unforgettable: Why you’ll always remember the songs you first heard as a teenager
Music first heard as a teenager is most likely to be remembered in later years, researchers have found.
They said tunes that became favourites between the ages of 13 to 19 formed a “reminiscence bump” that left the greatest impression on a person’s memory.
Songs associated with adolescence were found to be more memorable than those people listened to in their thirties or other periods of their life.
This is believed to be because they formed a soundtrack to “potent emotional experiences” such as puberty, secondary school and falling in love for the first time.
The research, involving experts at University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will be used to tailor-make playlists for people with dementia.
Improving well-being is a central aim of much dementia care and it is known that “receptive music therapy” can improve happiness, decrease sadness and stress and improve the quality of sleep.
People with dementia might not be able to remember the names of their favourite songs but the playlists could help them to reminisce with family and friends.
More than 150 participants in the study were played a random selection of 10 songs drawn from the 100 most popular from each year between 1945 and 2015, and asked how many they recalled.
The greatest recognition was for songs heard when they were aged between 13 and 19, with participants able to name six to eight on average.
Among tracks selected for those who were teenagers in 1984 were Let’s Dance by David Bowie, Papa Don’t Preach and Into The Groove from Madonna, and Hello by Lionel Richie.
The research, in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, concluded that “music from this ‘reminiscence bump’ provides a rich source of retained music that should be tapped when creating playlists of meaningful music for people living with dementia”.
The charity Music for my Mind has now launched an app to help families create personalised playlists for people with dementia, based on music from their teenage years.
TOP SIXTY OF THE DAY
SOME OF TOP SIXTY SELLING SINGLES OF 1966
I have to agree somewhat with that article. For years I have thought of 1966 as probably one of the best years in music. I was 17 years old in that year. Part way between 13 and 19 years
old (1962 – 1968). Here’s my TOP 60 favourites from 1966.
1 Chris Farlowe Out Of Time
2 The Small Faces All Or Nothing
3 Napoleon XIV They’re Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haa
4 The Four Tops Reach Out I’ll Be There
5 The Mamas & The Papas Monday Monday
6 Ike & Tina Turner River Deep, Mountain High
7 The Hollies Stop Stop Stop
8 Percy Sledge When A Man Loves A Woman
9 Troggs Wild Thing
10 The Merseys Sorrow
11 Roy Orbison Too Soon To Know
12 Los Bravos Black Is Black
13 The Rolling Stones Paint It, Black
14 Crispian St Peters You Were On My Mind
15 The Beatles Paperback Writer
16 Cher Bang Bang
17 Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
18 The Walker Brothers The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
19 Tom Jones Green Green Grass Of Home
20 The Kinks Sunny Afternoon
21 Otis Redding My Girl
22 The Beatles Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out
23 The Spencer Davis Group Keep On Running
24 Jim Reeves Distant Drums
25 Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night
26 The Beatles Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby
27 The Spencer Davis Group Somebody Help Me
28 The Who I’m A Boy
29 Dusty Springfield You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
30 The Overlanders Michelle
31 The New Vaudeville Band Winchester Cathedral
32 Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich Hold Tight
33 Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich Bend It!
34 The Lovin’ Spoonful Daydream
35 Troggs I Can’t Control Myself
36 The Bachelors Sound Of Silence
37 The Spencer Davis Group Gimme Some Loving
38 The Rolling Stones Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown
39 Paul Jones High Time
40 The Supremes You Can’t Hurry Love
41 The Beach Boys Barbara Ann
42 David & Jonathan Lovers Of The World Unite
43 Crispian St Peters Pied Piper
44 The Kinks Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
45 The Walker Brothers My Ship Is Coming In
46 The Who Substitute
47 The Yardbirds Shapes Of Things
48 The Seekers The Carnival Is Over
49 Cilla Black Love’s Just A Broken Heart
50 The Seekers Morningtown Ride
51 Elvis Presley Love Letters
52 Gene Pitney Backstage
53 The Easybeats Friday On My Mind
54 The Hollies Bus Stop
55 The Lovin’ Spoonful Summer In The City
56 Simon & Garfunkel Homeward Bound
57 Bobby Darin If I Were A Carpenter
58 Manfred Mann Pretty Flamingo
59 The Animals Don’t Bring Me Down
60 The Rolling Stones Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadow
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. Mother Teresa
Happiness is…listening to the music of 1966.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I threw a ball for my dog… It’s a bit extravagant I know, but it was his birthday and he looks great in a dinner jacket.
Love is…a story and a half.
A time for
1856 The first work of fiction by the author Mary Anne Evans (later known as George Eliot) was submitted for publication. The title was ‘Scenes of Clerical Life’. Her 1872 book, Middlemarch, has been described as the greatest novel in the English language.
1942 The Church of England relaxed its rule that women must wear hats in church.
1968 2300 jobs were lost when British Eagle airlines stopped flying.
©2021 Phil M Robinson