Why you’ll always remember the songs you first heard as a teenager

Why you’ll always remember the songs you first heard as a teenager

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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.

Ross Lydall 



 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


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.


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


6th November

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.


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