Our Top Ten #SongsToRemember
Drumroll please…we are delighted to announce the TOP TEN songs our clients love singing with CAREGivers. It’s all part of our Dementia Action Week #SongsToRemember campaign to highlight the power of music, particularly on people living with dementia.
If you’re feeling musical, why not take a trip down memory lane with these top tunes?
10: My Way – Frank Sinatra
With its soaring melody and defiant lyrics, this tune was very much the defining song for Mr Sinatra. Since its release in 1969 the song has struck a chord with millions of people across the world and has been covered by more than 100 different artists.
9: Singing in the Rain – Gene Kelly
Get your brolly and prepare to dance! Rain ain’t so bad when you’re singing in it! This song takes some of our clients back to a very happy place, so it deserves a spot in the Top 10!
Here’s a picture of Home Instead client Kate enjoying a dance with an umbrella whilst her musical memories class sings the song.
8: Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
This emotional and powerful song is also a firm favourite amongst our clients and a popular choice that lots of people, old and young, will know and love. Made popular by The Wizard of Oz, the song won Judy a special Oscar and turned her into a national treasure.
7: Que Sera Sera - Doris Day
This song has a lovely reminder that “…whatever will be, will be”. For those living with dementia, music can have a big impact on their brains and bring back happy memories, which we’re sure this song does.
6: The White Cliffs of Dover - Vera Lynn
For those living with dementia, music can have a powerful impact and evoke memories of their younger years. This is especially true for this song as lots of our clients lived through World War 2, and Vera Lynn would boost the morale of both soldiers and those left at home.
5: Oh What A Beautiful Morning - Gordon Macrae
This uplifting classic is a great reminder to enjoy the day and stay positive! Made famous as the opening song from the musical Oklahoma! which premiered on Broadway in 1943, this cheery number is a firm favourite to sing along to.
4: We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
The song is one of the most famous of the Second World War era, and resonated with soldiers going off to fight and their families and sweethearts. Made famous by the remarkable Vera Lynn who is 101 years old, the song is sure to bring back many memories of years gone by.
3: You Are My Sunshine – Jimmie Davis
This cheery number is sure to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. We love the lyrics “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, You make me happy when skies are grey” as it reminds us of our CAREGivers putting a big smile on our client’s faces.
2: It's a Long Way to Tipperary
This old music hall song takes those living with dementia back to memories of their younger years and for a lot of people can be a source of great joy. Our very own Home Instead owner Julie Williams has a claim to fame for this little number as her Great-Great-Uncle was Jack Judge, who wrote the song!
1: Bring Me Sunshine – Morecambe and Wise
The top spot goes to this joyful tune which is simply full of fun and will no doubt bring happiness to anyone singing along or listening. Each and every day we hope our CAREGivers are bringing sunshine and laughter to our clients to brighten their day!
Many of our dementia-trained CAREGivers sing with their clients and music has helped them to find their voice through remembering the words to an old song and reigniting happy memories for them.