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42 Perfect Background Songs for Memories Slideshows

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If you’re looking for some good songs for slideshows of memories, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re making a family slideshow showcasing your fondest memories, or setting up Valentine’s day surprise for your significant other, these songs will add that special touch to your project.

After all, nothing makes a slideshow more magical than a beautiful melody accompanied by some meaningful, heartfelt lyrics.

The Ultimate List of Good Songs for Slideshows of Memories

Good Songs for Slideshows of Memories to Share With Your Family

#1. Photograph ― Ed Sheeran

“We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
Times forever frozen still”

#2. Home ― Phillip Phillips

“Hold on to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave, wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home.”

#3. We Are Family ― Sister Sledge

“We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing.”

#4. The Boys Are Back in Town ― Thin Lizzy

“Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed boys that had been away
Haven’t changed, haven’t much to say
But man, I still think them cats are great.”

#5. Family is Family ― Kacey Musgraves

“They’re there for your first year, they give you your first beer
When you get your heart broke, they’re there for your worst year
Don’t get you at all, but your apple don’t fall too far from ’em
They own too much wicker and drink too much liquor
You’d wash your hands of them, but blood’s always thicker
You might look just like ’em; that don’t mean you’re like ’em
But you love ’em.”

#6. In My Life ― The Beatles

“There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain.”

#7. The House That Built Me ― Miranda Lambert

“I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here it’s like I’m someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself
If I could just come in I swear I’ll leave.”

Good Songs for Slideshows of Memories for Friends

#8. Count on Me ― Bruno Mars

“If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea
I’ll sail the world to find you
If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see
I’ll be the light to guide you
We find out what we’re made of
When we are called to help our friends in need.”

#9. Like This ― Jake Scott

“No one ever got me high like this
Set me on fire like this
Running on a wire like this
Losing my mind like this
I don’t know what it is
But I could never call it quits
I just wanna stay like this.”

#10. These are the Days ― Avicii

“Keep them coming ’cause we’re not done yet
These are the days we won’t regret
These are the days we won’t forget
These are the days we’ve been waiting for
Rattle the cage and slam that door.”

#11. You’re My Best Friend ― Queen

“You’re the first one
When things turn out bad
You know I’ll never be lonely
You’re my only one
And I love the things
I really love the things that you do
You’re my best friend.”

#12. Memories ― Maroon 5

“There’s a time that I remember
When I did not know no pain
When I believed in forever
And everything would stay the same
Now my heart feel like December
When somebody say your name
‘Cause I can’t reach out to call you
But I know I will one day.”

#13. Tonight’s Gonna be a Good Night ― Black Eyed Peas

“Tonight’s the night,
let’s live it up,
I got my money,
let’s spend it up,
go out and smash it,
like, oh my god,
jump off that sofa,
let’s get, get off.”

Good Songs for Slideshows of Memories for Graduation

#14. Moments ― Hollow Coves

“We ran so fast up the mountain as the sun fell low
We climbed so high to chase the light sent from the sunset glow
‘Cause time won’t wait for us
It fades away so fast
And soon these days will pass
So make these moments last.”

#15. Life’s What You Make It ― Graham Colton

“Take in all the sunshine bottle up the rain
Go where the winds blows, let it show the way
Open up the window, let in all the light
You can pull the stars down paint the perfect sky
So go and write your song
The world will sing along.”

#16. The Best Day of My Life ― American Authors

“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.”

#17. On Top of the World ― Imagine Dragons

“I take it in but don’t look down
‘Cause I’m on top of the world
I’m on top of the world
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile
Been holding it in for a while
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child.”

#18. We Are the Champions ― Queen

“We are the champions – my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting – till the end –
We are the champions –
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions of the world.”

#19. Hall of Fame ― The Script

“Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame.”

Good Songs for Slideshows of Memories With a Loved One

#20. Rainbow ― The Likes of Us

“You look in my eyes
And hold on tight
And the storm dies
And I find you by my side
Sittin’ at the end of a rainbow
Woah-woah
Sittin’ at the end of a rainbow
Woah-woah.”

#21. When I’m With You ― JJ Heller

“When I hold you in my arms, love
Something changes
It’s the strangest feeling
The things that used to matter
They don’t matter to me.”

#22. Things We Said Today ― The Beatles

“You say you’ll be mine, girl
Till the end of time
These days such a kind girl
Seems so hard to find
Someday when we’re dreaming
Deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember
Things we said today.”

#23. Happy Together ― The Turtles

“Imagine me and you, I do
I think about you day and night
It’s only right
To think about the girl you love
And hold her tight
So happy together.”

#24. Fireflies ― Owl City

“To ten million fireflies
I’m weird ’cause I hate goodbyes
I got misty eyes as they said farewell
But I’ll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
‘Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar.”

#25. An I Love Her ― The Beatles

“A love like ours
Could never die
As long as I
Have you near me.”

#26. Be My Baby ― The Ronettes

“The night we met I knew I needed you so
And if I had the chance I’d never let you go
So won’t you say you love me
I’ll make you so proud of me
We’ll make ’em turn their heads every place we go.”

Good Songs for Slideshows of Memories for Valentine’s Day

#27. Lullaby ― Dixie Chicks

“How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up.”

#28. Breathless ― The Corrs

“So go on, go on, come on, leave me breathless
Tempt me, tease me, until I can’t deny
This loving feeling (loving feeling)
Make me long for your kiss
Go on (go on), go on (go on).”

#29. Dangerously in Love ― Beyonce

“I am in love with you
You set me free
I can’t do this thing
Called life without you here with me
‘Cause I’m dangerously in love with you
I’ll never leave
Just keep lovin’ me
The way I love you loving me.”

#30. Everything I Do, I Do It For You ― Bryan Adams

“Look into your heart – you will find
There’s nothin’ there to hide
Take me as I am, take my life
I would give it all, I would sacrifice
Don’t tell me it’s not worth fightin’ for
I can’t help it, there’s nothin’ I want more
You know it’s true:
Everything I do, I do it for you.”

#31. Have You Ever Been In Love? ― Celine Dion

“Have you ever been in love?
You could touch the moonlight.
When your heart is shooting stars,
You’re holding heaven in your arms.
Have you ever been so in love?”

#32. I Just Fall In Love Again ― The Carpenters

“And, oh, I just fall in love again
Just one touch and then it happens every time
And there I go I just fall in love again,
and when I do
Can’t help myself, I fall in love with you.”

Good Songs for Slideshows of Memories Featuring Your Kids

#33. Kooks ― David Bowie

“We bought a lot of things to keep you warm and dry
And a funny old crib on which the paint won’t dry
I bought you a pair of shoes
A trumpet you can blow
And a book of rules
On what to say to people when they pick on you
‘Cause if you stay with us you’re gonna be pretty kooky too.”

#34. Family Affair ― Sly and the Family Stone

“One child grows up to be
Somebody that just loves to learn
And another child grows up to be
Somebody you’d just love to burn
Mom loves the both of them
You see, it’s in the blood
Both kids are good to mom
Blood’s thicker than the mud.”

#35. Sweet Child O’ Mine ― Guns ‘n’ Roses

“She’s got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky.”

#36. Beautiful Boy ― John Lennon

“Close your eyes,
Have no fear,
The monster’s gone,
He’s on the run
And your daddy’s here,
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful boy.”

#37. You Are Your Mother’s Child ― Conor Oberst

“Broken bones heal if you set them right
Get your fine-toothed comb from the barbicide
Our love is a protective poison
You are your mother’s child
And she’ll keep you for a while
One day you’ll be grown and then you’ll be on your own.”

Good Songs for Slideshows of Memories With Your Ex

#38. When We Were Young ― Adele

“Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time
That we might be exactly like we were
Before we realized
We were sad of getting old
It made us restless
It was just like a movie
It was just like a song.”

#39. Good Riddance ― Green Day

“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in.”

#40. Somebody That I Used to Know ― Gotye

“But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
No you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know.”

#41. Here Without You ― Three Doors Down

“But all the miles that separate
Disappear now when I’m dreaming of your face
I’m here without you, baby
But you’re still on my lonely mind
I think about you, baby
And I dream about you all the time.”

#42. Don’t You Remember ― Adele

“When will I see you again?
You left with no goodbye.
Not a single word was said,
No final kiss to seal any sins.
I had no idea of the state we were in.”

A Few Parting Words

Creating memories is what life is all about. Regardless of whether you’re thinking of fond ones, or pondering how to tell your ex you want them back, reflecting on the past is both healthy and necessary. So, if you’re feeling nostalgic for the old days, making a slideshow is the perfect way to reminisce.

And if you’re ever in need of some good songs for slideshows of memories, this list is all you need!

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