A Trip Down Memory Lane Thanks to Spotify

I recently signed up for a three-month free trial of Spotify, and so far I’ve been loving the opportunity to listen to essentially any artist, song, or album I can think of.

Today we took a trip into Philadelphia and for the drive in I decided to play some music from a group that I probably haven’t listened to in 35 years. I’m not even sure what made me think of this band, but I was glad they popped into my head.

What was the band, you ask?

If you guessed Three Dog Night, then you are correct! (if you recognized them from the picture above, then you’ve got mad music skills).

When I searched for them on Spotify, there was a wide variety of albums to pick from, and I finally settled on 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Three Dog Night.

As my wife and I listened to the album, I realized that I had forgotten how many hit songs they had – here’s the list of songs on the album:

  • Joy to the World
  • Shambala
  • One
  • Black and White
  • Mama Told Me Not to Come
  • An Old Fashioned Love Song
  • Never Been to Spain
  • Liar
  • Eli’s Coming
  • Easy to be Hard
  • Celebrate
  • The Show Must Go On

Really, how great a list of songs is that?

When I checked Wikipedia for some background info on the band, there was only one other song mentioned in the list of singles which I recognized but did not end up on this album – Family of Man. So this seems to be a legitimate Greatest Hits album (assuming you are of a certain age and like Three Dog Night).

It was also amazing how easily the words to most of the songs came back to me; words that I haven’t heard in almost 40 years. And this from someone who can’t remember the name of someone I just met five minutes ago.

In the few days that I’ve had Spotify I’ve listened to Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, and Tim Moore. A true trip down memory lane. (I did try to play Bob Seger’s greatest hits, but he has so far opted not to have his music available through Spotify).

I realize I’m late to the game of using something like Spotify to listen to music, but if by chance you haven’t tried it, I can highly recommend it.

And here’s some lyrics from a few Three Dog Night songs that might get you singing…

Just an old-fashioned love song
Comin’ down in three-part harmony

Jeremiah was a bull frog
Was a good friend of mine

How does your light shine
In the halls of Shambala

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel

A four-level highway across the land
We’re building a home for the family of man

Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music



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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

2 thoughts on “A Trip Down Memory Lane Thanks to Spotify”

  1. Jim, I recognized them from the photo. Does that make me old? 🙂

    Thanks for yet another great trip down memory lane. Those are all great songs! Glad you’re enjoying the revisits via Spotify.



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