Songs About Nostalgia That Reference Specific People Places Things or Events of the Past

Over the years we can all relate to good times and bad times in our lives. Some are rewarding  experiences that seem to make that moment in time stand still while others are unpleasant or emotional events that leave a lasting impression or hurt in our heads, hearts and souls. There are a few songs  out there that specifically mention these events or people or objects that bring back these times to those of us who have lived through them. These particular songs can attest to a particular time in our past that evoke memories of that particular era.

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So here I present to you a few songs with videos that reference, reflect, mention or list specific people, places, things, events and dates of the past. Some of the videos presented here also include song lyrics of vivid childhood images and  memories of what it was like growing up with favorite past times, celebrities, heroes, fads, games, toys, pop culture (music, movies and TV), etc. Some of the recollections also include unpleasant or sad events such as deaths of famous people, destruction, tragedies, war and so forth.

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So sit back and enjoy the following videos of songs that evoke memories and/or pay homage to specific and/or real people, places or things of our past. If you can think of others please feel free to let me know in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

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2017 UPDATE – Just did a major update & overhaul of this post – lots of new additions, a few corrections & a few changes. Please let me know in the comments below what I may have missed……….thanks

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SONGS ABOUT NOSTALGIA

THAT MENTION SPECIFIC

PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS OR EVENTS OF THE PAST

1. 1985 – Bowling For Soup

2. 19 Something – Mark Wills

3. A Different World – Bucky Covington

4. A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission) – Paul Simon

5. Abraham, Martin & John – Dion

6. AM Radio – Everclear

7. Back To The 80’s – Aqua

8. Big Bang Theory Theme Song (History of Everything) – Barenaked Ladies

9. Buddy Holly – Weezer

10. Class of ’57 – The Statler Brothers

11. Class Reunion (That Used to Be Us) – Lonestar

12. Cleaning Windows – Van Morrison

13. Club At The End Of The Street – Elton John

14. Creeque Alley – The Mamas & The Papas

15. Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio – The Ramones

16. Do You Remember These – The Statler Brothers

17. Done Too Soon – Neil Diamond

18. Extra Ordinary – Better Than Ezra

19. Garden Party – Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band

20. Heart Songs – Weezer

21. I Do The Rock – Tim Curry

22. I Feel Like Buddy Holly – Alvin Stardust

23. I Watched It (All On My Radio) – Lionel Cartwright

24. In The Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll – Van Morrison

25. John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 – Keith Urban

26. Kids of The Baby Boom – The Bellamy Brothers

27. Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett

28. Life in a Northern Town – The Dream Academy

29. Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion

30. Liquid Dreams – O-Town

31. Man On The Moon – REM

32. Nightshift – The Commodores

33. No News – Lonestar

34. Old Days – Chicago

35. Old Hippie – The Bellamy Brothers

36. Old Hippie (The Sequel) – The Bellamy Brothers

37. One Week – Barenaked Ladies

38. Post World War II Blues – Al Stewart

39. Put That Record On – Hinder

40. Raised On Radio – Journey

41. Rock & Roll Heaven – The Righteous Brothers

“Rock & Roll Heaven” – A music video tribute to the rock music heroes who have passed away. The soundtrack is “Rock and Roll Heaven” (Stevenson/O’day) is a new demo recording, sung by Ronnie Kimball, with reworked lyrics from the 1970’s Righteous Brothers hit. Artists featured in this video include John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, Don McLean, Otis Redding, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Marc Bolan, George Harrison, Bon Scott, Buddy Holly, Sonny & Cher, Johnny Cash, Denny Martin, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Jeff Buckley, The Beatles, Wendy O Williams, Robert Palmer, Kurt Cobain

42. Rocket – Def Leppard

43. Short Fat Fannie – Larry Williams

44. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

45. Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley

46. The Intro & The Outro – The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

47. The Miracle – Queen

48. The Movies – The Statler Brothers

49. The Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks

50. Three Stars – Tommy Dee

This song is a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The three entertainers died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, in what became known as the “Day the music died” thanks to the Don McLean song “American Pie.” Tommy Dee (Tommy Donaldson) was a disc jockey at KFXM in San Bernadino. After the plane crash, he got the idea for this song and took it to Crest Records, where he recorded it with Carol Kay And The Teen-Aires. Tommy performed the narration on the song. This was the only hit for Tommy Dee, who died in 2007 after a long career producing and promoting Country music. Eddie Cochran, who was good friends with Ritchie Valens, was the first to record this song, but his version was not released until 1966. Cochran died the year after he recorded this, when on April 17, 1960 he was killed in a car accident.

51. Titles – Barclay James Harvest

52. Tribute (Right On) – The Pasadenas

53. Twenty Years Ago – Kenny Rogers

54. Vogue – Madonna

55. We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel

56. When Smokey Sings – ABC

57. Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? – George Jones

58. You’re My Song – A Rocket To The Moon

59. You’re The Top – Cole Porter

And last, but definitely not least, here’s probably the ultimate nostalgic reminiscing song of our lifetime…….at least for those of us between 40 and 70 ………. 🙂

60. American Pie – Don McLean

This song has various interpretations, no doubt, over the years and has been the source of many arguments, opinions and disagreements but the writer, as well as singer, Don McLean has kept pretty silent about the whole “meaning” of his song….therefore leaving it to any and all who want to try to interpret it’s meaning and or significance. For those under 40 and to the rest of us that might want a few questions answered, you gotta check out this LINK HERE

Here’s the original song again with a video interpretation of it by another person…. with some ‘food for thought’…..

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and here’s yet another explanation with quite a few facts thrown in to bolster what the song means….

HONORABLE MENTION

As an update I should give an honorable mention to the following songs for their ‘nostalgia’ theme, even though specific names have not necessarily been mentioned within the lyrics, but none-the-less are reflections of how much simpler, carefree, or better life once was, many years ago…..

These are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to ‘nostalgic’ or ‘throw-back’ songs – as I’m sure this list can grow much larger with your input… what do YOU think?

Can you name others that reflect the past? 

  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  • All Those Years Ago – George Harrison
  • Autumn of My Life – Bobby Goldsboro
  • Back When My Hair Was Short – Gunhill Road
  • Beach Baby – First Class
  • Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  • Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  • Goin’ Back – Byrds
  • Dog-End of A Day Gone By – Love & Rockets
  • Coat Of Many Colors – Dolly Powers
  • Coal Miners Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  • December 63 (Oh What A Night) – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Gentle On My Mind – Glen Campbell
  • Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
  • Grandpa (Tell Me About the Good Old Days) – The Judds
  • In My Life – Beatles
  • Keeping the Faith – Billy Joel
  • Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  • Looking Back – Nat “King” Cole
  • Make Me Lose Control – Eric Carmen
  • Moments to Remember – The Four Lads
  • My Back Pages – The Byrds
  • My Eyes Adored You – Frankie Valli
  • My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • My Old School – Steely Dan
  • Nostalgia – David Sylvian
  • Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seger
  • Photograph – Nickelback
  • (Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard – Cat Stevens
  • Remember Then – The Earls
  • Remember When – Alan Jackson
  • Reminiscing – Little River Band
  • Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg
  • Saturday In The Park – Chicago
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Summer Sand – Tony Orlando & Dawn
  • Take Me Back To Chicago – Chicago
  • The Days of Sand & Shovels – Bobby Vinton
  • The Old Songs – Barry Manilow
  • The River – Bruce Springsteen
  • There Used To Be A Ballpark – Frank Sinatra
  • This Used to Be My Playground – Madonna
  • Those Oldies But Goodies – Little Caesar & The Romans
  • Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin
  • Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
  • Times of Your Life – Paul Anka
  • Try To Remember/The Way We Were – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Turn Around – Dick & DeeDee
  • When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) – Beach Boys
  • When I Was Young – Eric Burdon & the Animals
  • Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole
  • Yesterday – Beatles
  • Yesterday Once More – Carpenters
  • Yesterday’s Gone – Chad & Jeremy
  • You Can’t Put Your Arm Around A Memory – Johnny Thunder

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Songs About Clouds

With so many metaphorical options, the concept of “clouds” are a favorite theme for songwriters. Clouds can represent an array of feelings or interpretations. On one hand, white clouds can represent peacefulness and beauty or even elation as in “being on cloud 9” or “having your head up in the clouds”. Then again, on the other end of the spectrum, darker clouds can represent gloominess, danger, sadness or being in some sort of term-oil. Somewhere in the middle can be like being in a dream state, mental fogginess or a feeling of uncertainty.

I started off originally wanting to list only those songs with the word cloud or cloudy within the title but I realized there were a number of other songs that came to mind with clouds or a form of the word cloud that stands out prominently somewhere within the lyrics. So I present to you a plethora of cloudy tunes to choose from for a common theme for your next event, or maybe for a personal playlist, or maybe just simply that you’re in the mood to hear something when the feeling strikes you…..

Songs About Clouds

  1. A Walk In The Clouds – from the movie soundtrack
  2. Above The Clouds – Paul Weller
  3. Both Sides Now – Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell
  4. Cloud Nine – The Temptations, George Harrison
  5. Cloud Number Nine – Bryan Adams
  6. Cloud On My Tongue – Tori Amos
  7. Cloudbusting – Kate Bush
  8. Clouds – David Gates
  9. Clouds – Kitaro
  10. Clouds – The Jayhawks
  11. Clouds – The Go-Betweens
  12. Clouds Across the Sun – Firefall
  13. Clouds In My Heart – Duke Ellington
  14. Clouds Over California – Devildriver
  15. Clouds Race Across the Sky – Joe Satriani
  16. Cloudy – Average White Band
  17. Cloudy – Simon & Garfunkel
  18. Cloudy Skies – Ugly Kid Joe
  19. Dark Cloud – Holmes Brothers
  20. Far Above The Clouds – Mike Oldfield
  21. From The Clouds – Jack Johnson (brand new release)
  22. Get Off My Cloud – Rolling Stones
  23. Heavy Cloud No Rain – Sting
  24. In The Clouds – The Cult
  25. Kickin’ The Clouds Away – George Gershwin (from the 1925 Broadway Musical “Tell Me More”)
  26. Little Cloud – The Incredible String Band
  27. Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb
  28. Liza (All The Clouds’ll Roll Away) – George Gershwin – Chick Webb, Al Jolson, Ella Fitzgerald (1929)
  29. Mighty Clouds of Joy – BJ Thomas
  30. No More Cloudy Days – The Eagles
  31. Obscured By Clouds – Pink Floyd
  32. Piano Above The Clouds – Jim Brickman
  33. Till The Clouds Roll By – June Allyson  & Ray McDonald (from the 1946 Broadway Musical)
  34. Uncloudy Day – Staple Singers
  35. Wait ‘Til The Clouds Roll By – Uncle Dave Macon (1939)
  36. White Fluffy Clouds – Camper Van Beethoven
  37. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

100+ Songs About Cars & Driving

2005-Ford-Mustang-GT-ConvertibleAmericans have had a love affair with their cars, among other things, for nearly a century now. It seems to transcend generation after generation and is generally passed on down the line from father to son. For some it’s a hobby, for others it’s an obsession. Could be classic sports cars, muscle cars, street racers, dune buggies other a vast array of  original concept vehicles, limited only by there imagination. Whatever the type, there is ablue_camaro euphoric feeling that is hard to explain once you get behind the wheel of that special car. The one you’ve been dreaming about since you were a young kid. So once you’re in that treasure on wheels, you just gotta have some tunes to go along with that road test or road trip, even if it is just around the block a few times to show it off. Wherever you go, you want some songs to go 60_gtoalong for the ride. With such a vast array of music that could be considered driving music, songs that get you pumped up for the open road, or songs with street vibes for cruising, I wanted to narrow down the subject matter here in this post. The feature here is mainly songs about cars or songs specifically about driving. Great songs for road trips I’ll leave for another post in the future. Again, I was trying to focus on songs with mention of a certain type or make of car such as a Trans-Am, Mustang, etc. either in the title or referred to in the lyrics. There are probably a few exceptions to the rule included here, but none-the-less, you should find a nice selection here to choose from for your next mp3 playlist or compilation cd.

As always, this is a work in progress. Songs will be added from time to time based upon suggestions from viewers as well as others that I discovered that I had unintentionally omitted — ENJOY!

Songs About Cars & Driving

  1. ’41 Ford – Grand Prix
  2. ’54 Corvette – The Customs
  3. ’57 Chevrolet – Billie Jo Spears
  4. 92 Subaru – Fountains Of Wayne (2007)
  5. 409 – Beach Boys (1962)
  6. All I Wanted Was A Car – Brad Paisley
  7. American Pie – Don McLean (1971)
  8. The Automobile Song – Benny Bell
  9. Beep Beep (Little Nash Rambler) – The Playmates (1958)
  10. Behind The Wheel – Depeche Mode (1988)
  11. Bitchin’ Camero – Dead Milkmen (1985)
  12. Black Sunshine – White Zombie (1992)
  13. Cab Of My Truck – Dierks Bentley (2005)
  14. Cadillac Assembly Line – Albert King
  15. Cadillac Boogie – Jimmy Liggins (1947)
  16. Cadillac Ranch – Bruce Springsteen (1981)
  17. Cadillac Ranch – Chris LeDoux (1993)
  18. Cadillac Style – Sammy Kershaw (1991)
  19. Camaro – Kings Of Leon (2007)
  20. The Car – Jeff Carson
  21. Cars – Gary Numan (1980)
  22. Cars – Fear Factory (1999)
  23. Chevrolet – The Black Crowes
  24. Chevrolet – Foghat
  25. Chevrolet – ZZ Top
  26. Chevy Van – Sammy Johns (1975)
  27. Coupe DeVille – Neil Young (1988)
  28. Dead Man’s Curve – Jan & Dean (1964)
  29. The Distance – Cake (1996)
  30. Dodge Dart – Patty Larkin
  31. Drag City – Jan & Dean
  32. Drive – The Cars (1984)
  33. Drive – REM (1992)
  34. Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson (2002)
  35. Drive My Car – The Beatles (1966)
  36. El Camino – Ween (1990)
  37. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman (1988)
  38. Ford Econoline – Nanci Griffith
  39. Freeway Of Love – Aretha Franklin (1985)
  40. Fun Fun Fun – Beach Boys (1964)
  41. Get Your Kicks On Route 66 – Nat King Cole (1946)
  42. Get Your Kicks On Route 66 – Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters (1946)
  43. Get Your Kicks On Route 66 – Perry Como (1959)
  44. Go Lil’ Camaro Go – The Ramones
  45. Greased Lightnin’ – John Travolta (1978) [Grease soundtrack]
  46. G.T.O. – Ronny & The Daytonas (1964)
  47. Helen Wheels – Paul McCartney & Wings (1973)
  48. Hey Little Cobra – The Rip Chords (1963)
  49. Highway Star – Deep Purple (1972)
  50. Hot Rod City – Ronny & The Daytonas
  51. Hot Rod Lincoln – Johnny Bond (1960)
  52. Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (1972)
  53. I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar (1984)
  54. I Get Around – Beach Boys (1964)
  55. I’m In Love With My Car – Queen (1975)
  56. Jaguar – The Who (1967)
  57. Jeepster – T-Rex (1971)
  58. Keep It Between The Lines – Ricky Van Shelton (1991)
  59. Little Deuce Coupe – Beach Boys (1963)
  60. Little Honda – The Hondells (1964)
  61. Little Old Lady From Pasadena – Jan & Dean (1964)
  62. Little Red Corvette – Prince (1983)
  63. Long May You Run – Neil Young (1976)
  64. Low Rider – War (1975)
  65. Making Love In A Subaru – Damaskas
  66. Maybellene – Chuck Berry (1955)
  67. Mercury Blues – Ry Cooder & David Lindley
  68. Mercury Blues – Steve Miller
  69. Mercury Blues – Alan Jackson (1993)
  70. Mercury Boogie – KC Douglas (1949)
  71. Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin (1971)
  72. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett (1966)
  73. My Chevrolet – Phil Vassar
  74. My Hooptie – Sir Mix-A-Lot
  75. My Mighty GTO – Jan & Dean
  76. No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry (1964)
  77. Nothin’ But The Tailights – Clint Black (1997)
  78. Ol’ ’55 – Tom Waits
  79. Ol’ 55 – Eagles
  80. The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) – George Jones (1985)
  81. One Piece At A Time – Johnny Cash (1976)
  82. Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf (1978)
  83. Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen (1984)
  84. Pink Cadillac – Natalie Cole (1988)
  85. Pontiac Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson
  86. Racing In The Street – Bruce Springsteen (1978)
  87. Radar Love – Golden Earring (1974)
  88. Red Barchetta – Rush (1981)
  89. Riding With Private Malone – David Ball (2001)
  90. Rocket 88 – Ike Turner (1951)
  91. Rocket 88 – Bill Haley & The Saddlemen (1951)
  92. Rockin’ Down The Highway – Doobie Brothers (1972)
  93. Roll On Down The Highway – Bachman Turner Overdrive (1975)
  94. Route 66 – Depeche Mode (1988)
  95. Route 66 – John Mayer
  96. Rusty Chevrolet – Da Yoopers
  97. Sausalito Summer Night – Diesel
  98. Shut Down – Beach Boys
  99. Six Days On The Road – Dave Dudley (1963)
  100. Six Days On The Road – Sawyer Brown (1997)
  101. Speed – Montgomery Gentry
  102. SS 396 – Paul Revere & The Raiders
  103. Stick Shifts & Safety Belts – Cake
  104. Still Cruisin’ – Beach Boys
  105. Sweet Little ’66 – Steve Earle
  106. Three Window Coupe – Jan & Dean
  107. Trans Am (Highway Wonderland) – Sammy Hagar (1979)

Islands In The Sun – Songs With A Tropical Theme

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The Surf Is Up …..

The Sails Are Set …..

Anyone thinking of an exotic getaway this summer? … Maybe Hawaii, maybe the Caribbean or Jamaica, how about the Cayman Islands or maybe up Alaska way to the Aleutians and the Cook Inlet. Well, even if YOU can’t escape or getaway this summer, give your mind an exotic vacation with some “Tropical Tunes” of the islands. A range of genres from reggae to rock to country to pop standards of long ago are included to give you the feel of a tropical paradise vacation. Soft white sands, palm trees, sailboats, cool breezes, a gentle mist, mild waves, blue horizons, island sunsets, a tropical drink… all reminiscent of well deserved paradise adventure, at least in your mind. Even a couple of pirates and a coconut thrown in for good measure here also. I’m sure there are more out there but this should give you a good start for putting a playlist together for your ipod or even making a cd to take along with you wherever you’re going.

Put your feet up, kick back and enjoy! 🙂

Islands In The Sun ~ Songs With A Tropical Theme

  1. Almost Paradise – Roger Williams
  2. Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose) – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
  3. Aloha Oe – George Greeley
  4. An American Dream – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  5. Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins
  6. Back To The Island – Leon Russell
  7. Bali Ha’i – Jo Stafford
  8. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte
  9. Beyond The Blue Horizon – Lou Christie
  10. Beyond The Reef – Andy Williams
  11. Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin
  12. Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley
  13. Caribbean – Mitchell Torok
  14. Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean
  15. Christmas Island – Jimmy Buffett
  16. Coconut – Harry Nilsson
  17. Cool Change – Little River Band
  18. Cool Night – Paul Davis
  19. Ebb Tide – Frank Chacksfield
  20. Enchanted Island – The Four Lads
  21. Escape (The Pina Coloda Song) – Rupert Holmes
  22. Gidget Goes Hawaiian – Duane Eddy
  23. Harbor Lights – Sammy Kaye
  24. Hawaii – The Beach Boys
  25. Hawaii Five-O – The Ventures
  26. Hawaii Tattoo – The Waikkis
  27. Hawaii Sunset – Elvis Presley
  28. Hawaiian War Chant – Billy Vaughn
  29. Hawaiian Wedding Song – Andy Williams
  30. Hold On – Santana
  31. Hula Love – Buddy Knox
  32. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash or Jimmy Cliff
  33. In The Middle Of An Island – Tennessee Ernie Ford
  34. Island – Jesse Colin Young
  35. Island Girl – Elton John
  36. Island In The Sun – Harry Belafonte
  37. Island Of Lost Souls – Blondie
  38. Island Of Love – Elvis Presley
  39. Island Woman – Pablo Cruise
  40. Islands – John Denver
  41. Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
  42. Jamaica Farewell – Harry Belafonte
  43. Jammin’ – Bob Marley
  44. Kokomo – The Beach Boys
  45. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
  46. The Last Farewell – Roger Whitaker
  47. Late In The Evening – Paul Simon
  48. Leah – Roy Orbison
  49. Little Coco Palm – Jerry Wallace
  50. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  51. Margaritaville – Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
  52. Montego Bay – Bobby Bloom
  53. Moondance – Van Morrison
  54. On An Island – David Gilmour
  55. Paradise – Sade
  56. Paradise – Third World
  57. Pearly Shells – Burl Ives
  58. Pineapple Princess – Annette
  59. A Pirate Looks At Forty – Jimmy Buffett
  60. Quiet Village – Martin Denny
  61. Red Red Wine – UB40
  62. Red Sails In The Sunset – The Platters
  63. Rock-A-Hula Baby – Elvis Presley
  64. Sloop John B – The Beach Boys
  65. Smiling Islands – Robbie Patton
  66. Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
  67. Spill The Wine – Eric Burden & War
  68. Stranger In Paradise – Tony Bennett
  69. Sweet Leilani – Bing Crosby
  70. Tamoure – Bill Justis
  71. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  72. Thunder Island – Jay Ferguson
  73. The Tide Is High – Blondie
  74. Tiny Bubbles – Don Ho
  75. Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks
  76. Trade Winds – Billy Vaughn
  77. Volcano – Jimmy Buffett
  78. White Silver Sands – Don Rondo

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Here are a few additional song posts with related themes:

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