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Remembering Top Hits through the Decades

June is National DJ month, and you can celebrate from your assisted living apartment by spinning your old vinyl or dialing up some memorable classics on your digital device.

Listening to songs from your past can be a great way to enjoy memories and even recall things you've forgotten. According to Psychology Today, listening to music encourages broad neural networks in your brain that can help you experience associated memories more vividly. Those same neural networks are also responsible for handling emotions, creativity and certain motor actions, which is one reason you may find yourself enjoying exercise or hobbies more with music in the background.

To help you get started celebrating with music in June, we've compiled a list of some of the hits through the decades. Take on the role of DJ in your assisted living apartment — or get together with friends in your community — to enjoy some of your favorite songs and the memories that come with them.

Hits of the 1950s

  • Goodnight Irene by Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers
  • The Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page
  • Cold, Cold Heart by Tony Bennett
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jimmy Boyd
  • Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes by Perry Como
  • Secret Love by Doris Day
  • Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes
  • Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets
  • Love Is a Many Splendored Thing by The Four Aces
  • Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
  • Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers
  • The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
  • Why by Frankie Avalon

Hits of the 1960s

  • Teen Angel by Mark Dinning
  • Save the Last Dance for Me by The Drifters
  • Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles
  • Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles
  • Duke of Earl by Gene Chandler
  • The Loco-Motion by Little Eva
  • My Boyfriend's Back by The Angels
  • Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles
  • Leader of the Pack by The Shangri-Las
  • You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by The Righteous Brothers
  • Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds
  • The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
  • Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
  • Happy Together by The Turtles
  • Hello, I Love You by The Doors
  • I Can't Get Next to You by The Temptations

Hits of the 1970s

  • American Woman by The Guess Who
  • Joy to the World by Three Dog Night
  • American Pie by Don McLean
  • Papa Was a Rolling Stone by The Temptations
  • I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
  • Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy
  • Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • The Way We Were by Barbara Streisand
  • Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon
  • I Wish by Stevie Wonder
  • Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees
  • I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  • Still by Commodores
  • Heartache Tonight by Eagles

How to Make Your Own Memory Music Playlists

If something from our list jogged your memory or you simply want to hear an old favorite this June, you don't have to run out to search for cassettes or CDs with the right mix of music. If you have a computer, smartphone or tablet, you can download an app like Spotify or Pandora.

Both apps offer free and paid versions; the free versions let you listen to plenty of music. Pandora works a bit like a personalized radio station that only plays music that matches your preferences. Spotify lets you curate your own lists of songs and artists to listen to.

 However, you decide to enjoy music this summer, remember to enjoy friends and activities alongside your playlist so you can make new memories while enjoying the old.