16 Good songs for slideshows of memories

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Good Songs For Slideshows Of Memories

What songs are meaningful to you? Are they the ones that cheer you up? Or inspire you to make a change, even a small one? Whatever the case, we can all agree that music has a way of making us reflect on different things about life. And if you’re looking for good songs for slideshows of memories (maybe for somebody’s birthday party or wedding anniversary) you’ll find there are plenty of tracks worth listening to.

In this article, we have handpicked 16 good songs for slideshows of memories. Surely, you can find a few from this list that you’ll want to reserve for any slideshow projects in the near or distant future.

1. “Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors

Here’s something upbeat and lively to start off our list! As the title suggests, it’s pretty much the national anthem for celebrating the most treasured days that one has gotten to live through. The song is all about living like you’re in a dream that you don’t want to wake up from. It’s very much akin to “seizing the day” as Robin Williams exclaimed in the film Dead Poets Society.

I howled at the moon with friends

And then the sun came crashing in

Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh

But all the possibilities

No limits just epiphanies

Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh

I'm never gonna look back

Woah, never gonna give it up

No, just don't wake me now

2. “Through The Rain” by Mariah Carey

While the message here is deeply tied to struggles, the song still makes a perfect candidate for that segment of a slideshow where one might’ve been going through not-so-great times. But the fact that those times are over — and don’t put a damper whatsoever on all the person has gotten to accomplish — means they indeed made it through the rain.

I can make it through the rain

I can stand up once again

On my own and I know

That I'm strong enough to mend

And every time I feel afraid

I hold tighter to my faith

And I live one more day

And I make it through the rain

3. “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas

We tend to hype up the grandest of occasions, don’t we? Events where we’re in the spotlight, posing for professional photos and dressed like a VIP. But as Rob Thomas’s track for Meet The Robinsons suggests, the littlest moments spent with those who matter — moments without an agenda, where spontaneity can change the course of many things later on — are perhaps even more powerful. If you have captured those moments in pictures, use this song.

Our lives are made,

In these small hours

These little wonders

These twists and turns of fate

Time falls away

But these small hours

These small hours still remain

4. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper

This one may not be a surprise on the list. But if you take a closer look at the lyrics of the first verse, you’ll find it really captures the essence of needing to hit the "pause" button sometimes. Why? So you don’t forget about all the good people surrounding you and the memories you continue creating alongside them. Life isn’t meant to be lived alone.

Suitcase of memories

Time after

Sometimes you picture me

I'm walking too far ahead

You're calling to me, I can't hear

What you've said

Then you say, "go slow"

And I fall behind

The second hand unwinds

5. “Make It Mine” by Jason Mraz

The beautiful thing about this song is that the singer talks pretty candidly in it, expressing how great it is to feel the energy of crowds he performs in front of during his tour. He intends to savor and make the most of those moments, as they are simply special. Shouldn’t we all follow suit and never take our best moments for granted?

I don't wanna break before

The tour is over

I'm gonna make it mine

Yes I, I'll own it

I'm gonna make it mine

Yes I'll make it all mine

And timing's everything

And this time there's plenty

I am balancing

Careful and steady

And reveling in energy that everyone's emitting

6. “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum

This is one sweetly sentimental song about reminiscing over the good old days when life was simpler, back when you got to spend each summer freely. We can all relate.

Oh, I miss those days

As the years go by

Oh, nothin' sweeter than summertime

And American honey

7. “Our Lives” by The Calling

Alternative rock in the early 2000s was definitely of superb quality. And this song by The Calling has probably had its fair share of influence over people who are hesitant to embrace the lives they get to live (before the "You Only Live Once" meme came into the picture).

Cause these are the days worth living

These are the years we're given

And these are the moments

These are the times

Let's make the best out of our lives

8. “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran

A softer, easy-listening choice for your slideshow, this duet between two of the most popular songwriters these days would go nicely for a couple’s wedding anniversary. If it makes people cry, we’d call that a job well done.

'Cause all I know is we said, "Hello"

And your eyes look like comin' home

All I know is a simple name

Everything has changed

All I know is you held the door

And you'll be mine and I'll be yours

All I know since yesterday

Is everything has changed

9. “Fields of Gold” by Sting

There’s something about memories of the summers from way back then, isn’t there? Sting’s song really describes in detail the summer days that he remembers.

Many years have passed since those summer days

Among the fields of barley

See the children run as the sun goes down

Among the fields of gold

You'll remember me when the west wind moves

10. “In My Life” by The Beatles

Old is good, as they say. And this classic hit song by The Beatles is no exception. It’s composed in a low-key, restrained fashion and yet the lyrics are extremely moving. Not many songs out there have that nice combination.

There are places I remember

All my life though some have changed

Some forever not for better

Some have gone and some remain

All these places have their moments

With lovers and friends I still can recall

Some are dead and some are living

In my life I’ve loved them all

11. “Do You Remember” by Jay Sean

Now for another song that’s perfect for wedding anniversary slideshows. It’s energetic and catchy, but the message couldn’t be more relatable: relish the good memories you’ve made with the person you love, and keep making new ones.

I've been thinking about you

And how we used to be then

Back when we didn't have to live we could start again

There's nothing left to say

Don't waste another day

Just you and me tonight

Everything will be okay

If it's alright with you then it's alright with me

Baby let's take this time let's make new memories

12. “It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men

The song title is pretty much the main message of this song. And while we all have those moments in the past we wish we could relive, that’s not what we’re meant to do. So don’t cry because it’s over — celebrate the fact that it happened.

All I know is where we've been

And what we've been through.

If we get to see tomorrow

I hope it's worth all the wait

It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

13. “Yesterday When I Was Young” by Dusty Springfield

The way many of us live our lives these days, it’s like we’re compelled to keep thinking “me, me, me” instead of seeing the bigger picture. What is life all about, really? Hopefully with a song like this, people viewing your slideshow can answer that for themselves.

I ran so fast that time and youth at last ran out,

I never stopped to think what life was all about

And every conversation I can now recall

concerned itself with me, and nothing else at all

14. “Simple Things” by Usher

Not only is this a great choice for R&B fans, the first line of the chorus couldn’t be more appropriate for a slideshow that takes people on a journey covering someone’s wonderful life. The simple things matter, and time that you choose not to spend on those simple things is time wasted.

It's the simple things in life we forget

You hear her talking, but don't hear what she said

Why do you make something so easy so complicated?

Searching for what's right in front of your face

15. “If We Hold On Together” by Diana Ross

The soundtrack to The Land Before Time, this song serves as a beautiful reminder about listening to your heart, recognizing your dreams, which deserve to be fulfilled, and truly living your life with a purpose. 

Live believing

Dreams are for weaving

Wonders are waiting to start

Live your story

Faith, hope and glory

Hold to the truth in your heart

16. “Daydream” by Bobby Darin

Last on our list is another classic, feel-good piece. There are special things we experience that, right in the moment, seem typical and ordinary. But later on as we revisit them in slideshows, we realise how daydream-worthy they are. That makes this song a fantastic choice.

What a day for a daydream

What a day for a daydreamin' boy

And I'm lost in a daydream

Dreamin' 'bout my bundle of joy

And even if time ain't really on my side

It's one of those days for takin' a walk outside

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