-->Those days are gone forever, I should just let them go,\\
But I can see you, your brown skin shining in the sun,\\
You got the top pulled down and radio on, baby.\\
I can tell you, my love for you will still be strong\\
After the boys of summer have gone.
-->--'''Don Henley, "The Boys of Summer"'''

Once, long ago, Alice shared special moments with someone she loves. She's moved on, but that won't stop her from singing a bittersweet song about her fond memories of that time. Often it takes the form of a ballad recounting specific details e.g. "[[Music/DashboardConfessional the sound of the stereo, the dim of the soft lights, the scent of your hair that you twirled in your fingers]]..."

Being built on bittersweet emotions, a LoveNostalgiaSong has a kind of emotional universality: it can be depressing to one listener and happy or hopeful to another. This can help it to resonate with a wide audience.

A [[{{MusicTropes}} Music Trope]]. Compare LoveWillLeadYouBack, when the narrator has not moved on and still believes their lover will return.
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!!Examples:
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[[folder:Ballads]]
* OlderThanRadio: Thomas Haynes Bayly - "Long, Long Ago". Written in 1833.
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[[folder:Country]]
* Brad Paisley - "Who Needs Pictures"
* Deana Carter - "Strawberry Wine". The titular strawberry wine is among the memories she shared with her teenage love:
-->Strawberry wine, seventeen / The hot July moon saw everything / My first taste of love, oh, bittersweet...
* Sarah Buxton "Innocence"
* Music/GarthBrooks - "Every Time That It Rains":
-->If we ever had a flame now it's over / And only the memory remains / Of a roadside cafe, on a September day / I relive every time that it rains
** As well as "That Summer":
-->I often think about that summer / The sweat, the moonlight, and the lace / And I have rarely held another / When I haven't seen her face
** And "The Dance":
-->Looking back on the memory of / The dance we shared 'neath the stars above / For a moment all the world was right / How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye?
* Music/TaylorSwift - "Tim [=McGraw=]", "All Too Well", "Last Kiss", "Back to December"
* Music/TrishaYearwood - "Georgia Rain"
* Keith Anderson, "Every Time I Hear Your Name" and "I Still Miss You". The latter is basically a more open-ended rewrite of the former that could also just be about a good friend.
* At the end of "Me and Bobby [=McGee=]", popularized by Janis Joplin, it reveals that Bobby is gone and the rest of the song was all memories:
-->One day up near Salinas, I let him slip away,
-->He's looking for that home and I hope he finds it...
* Music/EricChurch - "Springsteen"
* Music/LadyAntebellum "Dancing Away with My Heart"
* Music/JakeOwen "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" and "The One That Got Away"
* Joshua Stevens "Rock & Roll and Pensacola"
* Music/TimMcGraw - "Something Like That"
* Music/PamTillis -- "Maybe It Was Memphis"
* Music/KeithUrban and Music/MirandaLambert "We Were Us"
** Another Urban example in "'Til Summer Comes Around"
* Dan + Shay "19 You + Me"
* Kevin Denny - "That's Just Jessie"
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[[folder:Dance]]
* Dannii Minogue - "You Won't Forget About Me"
* Deadmau5 ft. Kaskade - "I Remember"
* Everything But The Girl - "Missing"
* Alexia - "Me and You"
* Rockell - "When I'm Gone"(leaning toward LoveWillLeadYouBack)
* Stevie B - "Spring Love" and "If You Leave Me Now"
* Bananarama - "Love Don't Live Here"
* Decoded Feedback's "Another Loss" is somewhere between this and GriefSong.
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[[folder:Folk]]
* BobDylan - "If You See Her, Say Hello"
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[[folder:Indie/Alternative]]
* DeathCabForCutie - "We Looked Like Giants"
* Ingrid Michaelson - "The Hat"
* Minus The Bear - "Let's Play Guitar In A Five Guitar Band":
-->A few summers ago we spent weeks in her room
-->Just having sex and listening to jazz
-->And that was the life
* The Shins - "Pink Bullets"
* Tullycraft - "Our Days In Kansas"
* Bloc Party - "I Still Remember"
* MotionCitySoundtrack - Fell In Love Without You
* {{Ludo}} - "I'll Never Be Lonely Again"
* Iron and Wine (with Music/{{Calexico}}) - "Sixteen Maybe Less"
** Also "The Trapeze Swinger"
** And "Passing Afternoon"
* BonIver employs a lot of [[WordSaladLyrics word association and stream-of-consciousness]] in their lyrics, but "Calgary" seems to be this.
** Much of the album ''For Emma, Forever Ago'' toys with this, reflecting on the different aspects of the narrator's relationship with 'Emma' (actually a composite of several of Justin Vernon's previous girlfriends) and eventually concluding that he's better off without her ("Skinny love has no nourishment; it can't grow"). This doesn't stop him for having a drunken breakdown over it in "Re: Stacks."
* Music/{{Grouplove}} - "Schoolboy"
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[[folder:Pop]]
* Don Henley - "The Boys of Summer" (see page quote)
* MariahCarey - "Don't Forget About Us"
* BarbraStreisand - "The Way We Were"
* The standard "These Foolish Things" is a canonical example - its writer called it a 'catalogue song'. Sample lyrics:
-->The smile of garbo
-->And the scent of roses,
-->The waiters whistling
-->As the last bar closes,
-->The song that Crosby sings,
-->These foolish things
-->Remind me of you.
** Along the same line, "Always Something There to Remind Me", best known today for the 80s synthpop version by Naked Eyes.
* Bruce Hornsby & the Range - "Mandolin Rain"
* VanMorrison - "Brown Eyed Girl"
* EltonJohn - "Mansfield"
* {{Adele}} - "Someone Like You", written because after tearing her ex-boyfriend to pieces (musically) in "Rolling in the Deep", Adele still considered him to be an important figure and broke down when thinking that he might just be happy without her.
* KatyPerry - "The One That Got Away"
* Ke$ha - "The Harold Song"
* Music/SpiceGirls - "Viva Forever", a song about ChildhoodFriendRomance.
* ABBA - Our Last Summer
* Music/AtomicKitten - "It's OK" and "Always Be My Baby", both about relationships that ended badly but the singer has now moved on and can still look back on the good memories.
* Music/OneDirection - "Rock Me", which is pretty much this combined with IntercourseWithYou.
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[[folder:Rock]]
* Music/BryanAdams - the second verse of "Summer of '69":
-->Standin' on your mama's porch,
-->You told me that you'd wait forever,
-->Oh and when you held my hand,
-->I knew that it was now or never,
-->Those were the best days of my life.
* Music/DashboardConfessional - "Hands Down"
* Better Than Ezra - "Good" ("Uh-huh, it was good living with you...")
* Marillion - "Kayleigh"
* TheKinks - "Days"
* TheAcademyIs - "Everything We Had" ("Take the pain out of love and the love won't exist...")
** "After the Last Midtown Show"
* BarenakedLadies - "In The Car"
* GreenDay - "Whatshername"
* GinBlossoms' "Hey Jealousy" mixes love nostalgia with self-loathing and a hint of hope of starting something new:
-->It might not be that bad / You were the best I ever had / If I hadn't blown the whole thing years ago / I might not be alone
* Music/{{Blink 182}}'s "Feeling This", recalling memories of sex with an ex-lover.
-->This place was never the same again / After you came and went
* MeatLoaf has "What About Love" and "It's All Coming Back to Me Now."
* Music/MaydayParade - "Three Cheers for Five Years"
* Music/AllTimeLow - "Circles". ("Come back to the place we knew before/retrace our steps to the basement door/I'll ask you if the rain still makes you smile.")
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[[folder:Soft Rock]]
* CelineDion - "I Remember L.A.":
-->I remember L.A.,
-->Seems a lifetime ago,
-->We were stars on Sunset Boulevard,
-->What a movie we made.
** Also "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" straddles the line between this and LoveWillLeadYouBack
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[[folder:Uncategorized]]
* Bob Hope - "Thanks for the Memory"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O0oNxl26S4 Each Night He Comes Home To Me]] from ''MedalOfHonor: Underground'''s OST, whose lyrics conclude with the death of the singer's husband in [[WorldWarII the war]].
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