Playlist Thursday – childhood memories

This edition of Playlist Thursday is all about childhood memories. It is Pavement Runner‘s daughters first birthday (Happy Birthday little lady!) so we’re paying homage to being a child this week. We all know the drill by now: every Thursday create a list composed of 3 songs that can, or should be, added to your workout playlist following this simple format:

Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old. (I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.)
Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

Before each song include: Artist, Title, Side Note: (Anything you want to say about the song) Quotable: (line from the song)

It was though for me to decide on three songs but here we go…

Something Old

Artist: Guns N’ Roses

Title: Paradise City

Side Note: Yes, Guns N’ Roses remind me of childhood and for a very specific reason: Appetite for Destruction is the first tape I ever bought. I was in grade three. My friend and I used to walk around the playground singing the chorus to Paradise City (we didn’t know any of the other lyrics which was probably a good thing). Did I mention I was in grade three? Additionally, when I found out this week’s theme and mentioned it to my husband the same album was the first thing to pop into his head. He would have been in grade four.

Quotable: “Take me down to the Paradise City, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. Oh, won’t you please take me home.”

Something New

Artist: Sesame Street:

Title: What I am

Side Note: This song is more than a year old but Sesame Street never gets old.  I am always reminded of childhood when Sesame Street is on and love sharing it with my own son, and eventually my daughter. I don’t remember the songs being nearly as cool when I was a kid but I loved it all the same. Especially the Lady Bug Picnic song.

Quotable: “There’s only one me, I am it. Have a dream, I’ll follow it. It’s up to me to try.”

Something to Consider

Artist: Traveling Wilburys

Title: End of the Line

Side Note: The Traveling Wilburys consisted of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. Their first album always reminds me of driving in the family station wagon on the weekends.

Quotable: “Well it’s all right. Riding around in the breeze. Well it’s all right. If you live the life you please. Well it’s all right. Doing the best you can. Well it’s all right. As long as you lend a hand.”

What songs remind you of childhood? Did you listen to a certain band or artist back then that makes you shake your head now?


  1. heres one you may NEVER HAVE HEARD OF—ready?! :)
    laura brannigan.

  2. misszippy1 says:

    Love these and now have Guns n Roses stuck in my head! I’m an 80s girl, so anything from that decade takes me back!

  3. Traveling Wilburys – LOVE LOVE LOVE

  4. OMG all of these bring back such great memories!! Loved GNR.

  5. Going to add Paradise City to my current workout playlist. Thanks

  6. Big Bird is not only current but awesome. Great list.

  7. Guns & Roses – AMAZING! There was so much amazing music in the 80s, I’m appreciating it more and more.

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