Music Seniors Love: Top Songs from Every Generation

music seniors love

Music reduces stress, anxiety, and pain in seniors

Music is an amazing drug-free way to improve quality of life for older adults. Many studies show the benefits of music. It reduces stress, anxiety, and pain. It also improves immune function, helps memory, and encourages exercise.

To help you find music seniors love, we’ve rounded up dozens of top hits from every generation.


Music reaches those with Alzheimer’s or dementia

Another benefit is that music helps people reminisce and go back and relate to emotions and experiences. That’s why it’s often recommended for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It reduces anxiety and agitation and boosts happiness and engagement.

The documentary Alive Inside is a great example of how music can reach people with even very advanced dementia.


Top songs for every generation

In order to get the benefits, it’s important to play music that your senior enjoys and connects with. We’ve got something for every generation, starting with the 1930s for those who are 90 years old and going all the way to the songs 60 year olds will remember from their youth.

Here are some of the top artists and highly rated “best of” albums from each decade. Click the links to see the albums we suggest.

Top hits for 90+ year olds

Top hits for 80+ year olds

Top hits for 70+ year olds

Top hits for 60+ year olds

Top hits: Jazz


Recommended for you:
Music for Seniors: Improve Health, Mood, and Sleep
Alive Inside: Movie Shows How Music Helps Dementia
Stimulate Senior Minds with Books on Tape


By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: Homecare California


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