From Tim McGraw to Jason Isbell, the best country songs about memories are often a painful trip into the narrator’s past. Not that there can’t be happy country songs about memories, but usually the past that is being dredged up is surrounded by sadness. Take “The Grand Tour” by George Jones, for example, where the narrator is describing the old house he lived in before his wife left him. Other times, country songs are about a memory of the good old days, like in Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey.”
Do you have a favorite country song about the past that we didn’t include on our top ten list? Write it in the comments, we love to hear what kind of music ya’ll are listening to!
1. Tim McGraw- “For a Little While”
Remember that one summer fling you had back in the day? “For a Little While” by Tim McGraw is exactly that- a country song about memories of an ex-girlfriend. The narrator of the song is looking back on a particular summer he spent with a girl- “And I laugh everytime I start to think about us / We sent that summer out in style / And she’s gone but she let me with a smile / ‘Cause she was mine for a little while.” Perhaps the message of this song is that just because something only lasted a short while doesn’t mean you can’t look back on it fondly.