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15 Hygge-Inspired Songs Sure to Warm You Up


After yesterday’s Everyday Nostalgia blog post about hygge over here at the Nostalgia Diaries, we thought it would only be fitting if we followed up with a hygge-inspired Music Monday playlist.

After all, given our love of music, we think curling up and listening to good music has the ability to create some of the same warm, fuzzy feelings that hygge is known for.

We’ll admit it: There are so many songs that give us the feels that it was hard to pare down our choices to a manageable list. But ultimately, our final selections were driven by the nostalgic intimacy these songs evoke and how they sound like they could be played on a record player that’s sitting in the corner of your living room as you join together with family and friends–or even enjoy some quiet time to yourself–connecting and talking and slowing down (preferably with lots of candles and a roaring fireplace). Continue reading “15 Hygge-Inspired Songs Sure to Warm You Up”

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15 Unassuming Love Songs that Deserve a Second Look


As we near Valentine’s Day, we are reminded that love is all around. But remember, you can’t hurry love. Because love takes time.  And when a man loves a woman, one question always comes up: “How deep is your love?” Hopefully, the answer is not, “what’s love got to do with it?

Most people can’t help falling in love. That’s because love is a many splendored thing. So remember, if you want my love, you’ve got it. ‘Cause this crazy little thing called love? Well, this love will keep us together

On this Music Monday, it would be easy to cobble together a list of celebrated love songs to stir your nostalgic hearts for Valentine Tuesday…but we’re not going to do that. Continue reading “15 Unassuming Love Songs that Deserve a Second Look”

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Sunshine & Summertime: 17 Songs to Ease Your Winter Woes


In yesterday’s Everyday Nostalgia post, we offered up ways to create a home filled with warmth. One suggestion: surround yourself with those things that give you comfort. In our nostalgic little world here at The Nostalgia Diaries, listening to music is one of those soul-affirming experiences that provides happiness, comfort, calm, and warmth. And this is especially true when we find ourselves searching out music that creates visions of sun, surf, sand, and summer in the midst of these cold, angry February days.

So find a sunny spot in your home, pour yourself a hot cup of tea, or coffee, or cocoa (or if you want to pretend you are on the beach, break out a Corona), and settle in with these 17 tunes that will surely help ease your winter woes. Continue reading “Sunshine & Summertime: 17 Songs to Ease Your Winter Woes”

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What Music Makes You Nostalgic? (Now accepting reader submissions!)


It’s no secret that music is one of the most powerful things that makes us nostalgic, but a radical new approach to analyzing how we receive and store music through the use of brain imaging reveals provides a deeper understanding to why this is the case. Through analysing the auditory cortex and grouping clusters of brain cells, scientists have identified that neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music. Regardless of the type of music, a distinct set of neurons tucked inside the listener’s auditory cortex fires in response, while other sounds — such as water running, a fire engine’s sirens, or the sounds of traffic — leave the musical circuits unmoved.

How cool is that?!

As awesome as all that science is, something we find equally as groovy is just how much fun it is to share these circuit-firing songs with one another. Over the past few months, we’ve been sharing our love of music with you through our Music Monday posts, and while they’ve not only helped us explore and understand just how powerful the connections between music and nostalgia really are, they’ve also encouraged us to think about the songs that we’ve loved and cherished over the years (and helped to bring them back to life!).

These posts have also encouraged our readers to share with us their own nostalgic favorites, and since we’ve loved hearing their stories, it got us thinking: why not let our readers share their nostalgic music memories on a larger scale?

So with that, dear friends, we’re excited to announce that we will now be accepting guest submissions for Music Monday!

Knowing that we were going to be opening up Music Monday to our readers this week, we decided to see what the experience would be like for a potential contributor. And since so much of my own musical nostalgia was created by the music my parents played for me as a child, I decided to reach out to them so they could contribute some of their own nostalgia-inducing songs. Continue reading “What Music Makes You Nostalgic? (Now accepting reader submissions!)”

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In the Beginning: The Origins of Bluegrass, Heavy Metal, and 9 Other Music Genres

11 Famous Music Genres & Their Interesting Origins

Most casual music listeners have basic knowledge of the bands and artists who heavily influenced their favorite genres. Elvis and the Beatles influenced rock and roll. Willie Nelson and Hank Williams influenced country. Nirvana influenced grunge. Kiss influenced glam metal.

But what about the bands and artists at the cutting edge? The ones that you can trace to a genre’s origins?

This week, we’ve assembled a list of 11 genres and the artists who were there at the beginning. Some you may have heard of (and they may even induce a bit of nostalgia), some maybe not. But all have a most important place in the annals of music. Continue reading “In the Beginning: The Origins of Bluegrass, Heavy Metal, and 9 Other Music Genres”