Ever since I came across The Nostalgia Machine website a few weeks ago, I have been lost in the music of the 1960s and 70s. What a great idea for a website. The creators had decided to make a nostalgia website and originally weren’t sure what it should consist of. They decided not to add TV and movies because they are always rerun. However, a great deal of popular music is completely forgotten about after a short time.
Each year from 1960 to 2013 has its own page made up of 100 videos. They were chosen from the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles. The videos from the days before music video was launched are mostly videos of TV show appearances and sometimes just a picture of an album cover. They all seem to be embedded from YouTube. However, the brilliance of The Nostalgia Machine is putting these videos all together by year so that we can relive the memories of the songs we grew up with.
I thought that this website would be most popular with baby boomers like myself, who haven’t heard many of these songs in over 40 years. However the creators looked at the stats, and it seems that the year 2000 has been the most popular year. So I guess it is the older millennials that are reliving the songs of their teens, a decade ago.
There are two types of songs that you will find on the Nostalgia website, or in life. There are the classic songs, the big hits we never forget, and probably own. Then there are the pop hits that were singles we listened to on the radio for a summer. The second group is what I love about this website. When I am on the 1960’s pages, I don’t need to listen to The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and The Rolling Stones. However, I am having such a kick remembering songs by The Grass Roots, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Herman’s Hermits and Dusty Springfield.
Your teens and tweens will enjoy The Nostalgia website also. At their ages, songs from two years ago will be nostalgia for them. And maybe you’ll be able to get them to watch a few videos of songs you loved when you were a teen. That is after they stop laughing at the hair and clothes and look of the video.