Recommended Music Playlists for Seniors

It is possible to talk for days about music and how it makes our lives better and still have more to say. Music is a universally adored art that branches out into many different styles, making it almost impossible to fail in pleasing everyone.

It is hard to find someone who dislikes music or finds no joy in listening to songs. People have very different tastes, but they have one thing in common: they enjoy listening to music.

Different musical taste depends on a lot of things: your personality, experiences, environment, culture, and generation. While every individual’s musical taste differs from the others, there is a  distinct difference in what songs each generation likes.

Today, we will recommend songs for our beloved generation, seniors who like listening to songs. But not before having an overview of the role of music in seniors’ health.

Smiling mature woman listening to songs with headphones

The Benefits of Music for Seniors

Music has a unique transforming power that plays with the emotions of listeners. It is probably the most powerful tool to affect the mind and soul of a person.
Listening to music can help seniors improve their memory skills by remembering the lyrics and beats. Additionally, music therapy is a widely accepted method for improving physical and mental health. This form of therapy can be beneficial, especially for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Previously, patients may have lost their ability to interact with others. Still, they could sing along to songs and feel better.

Furthermore, music is an excellent subject for conversations. It allows seniors to communicate with their loved ones and reduce the chances of feeling lonely and isolated.

And of course, listening to happy songs is a perfect way to improve your mood, so on the days you feel down or gloomy, music will be a source of comfort to lift your spirits.

Now, let’s move on to some songs that will bring joy and happiness to seniors. Suppose you know how to use YouTube music or other audio streaming platforms. In that case, you can create a playlist of your favourite songs and listen to them anytime.

Top Songs for Seniors

Following up, we will recommend a few playlists for different age groups. Remember that playlists entirely depend on personal taste. Only you can create the most lovable playlist for yourself. So explore songs, find out your taste, and enjoy the magic of music.

Happy and smiling senior man leaning back in his chair listening to his favorite playlist

Playlist for Seniors over 80 Years Old

  • Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley

  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Shirelles

  • Hound Dog – Elvis Presley

  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price

  • Sixty Minute Man – Dominoes

  • Unforgettable – Nat “King” Cole

  • Cry – Johnnie Ray

  • Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin / Louis Armstrong

  • The Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page

  •  I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra


Two senior women listening to music playlists and smiling at each other

Playlist for Seniors over 70 Years Old

  • My Way – Frank Sinatra

  • Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan

  •  I Left My Heart In San Francisco – Tony Bennett

  • She Loves You – Beatles

  • What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

  •  (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones

  • Good Vibrations – Beach Boys

  • Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra

  • Moon River – Andy Williams / Henry Mancini

  • Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) – Engelbert Humperdinck

Playlist for Seniors over 60 Years Old

  • Let It Be – The Beatles

  •  Your Song – Elton John

  • Imagine – John Lennon

  • Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones

  •  Superstition – Stevie Wonder

  • Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd

  •  The Way We Were – Barbra Streisand

  • (They Long To Be) Close To You – Carpenters

  • Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

  • Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree – Tony Orlando and Dawn


Apart from these songs, there are playlists on almost every music service for all generations. For instance, you can check out YouTube channels for seniors that upload nostalgic or popular songs for older generations.

Happy male senior listening to songs on his cellphone

Final Words

There are a lot of ways to provide entertainment for seniors. Yet music has always been one of the most popular and comfortable choices. It is probably because of the considerable effect on our soul and mind. We understand music spiritually -regardless of the language barriers-; we connect with it and feel it in our mind and body. Music encourages us, changes our mood and feelings, and tells us stories only found in sounds.

As long as we have songs to make us feel better, life will most likely go well because that’s what music does. It eases out our pain, reminds us of forgotten memories, and helps us make old age happy.

What are your favourite songs and playlists? What type of music do you like the most? Let us know in the comments.

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2 years ago

Music is like a cure for everyone, especially for the elderly with Alzheimer’s disease. Music has a lot of positive effects on our mood and behaviour, and it’s great to listen to a piece of good music daily. I think there are a lot of hits from the 40s and of the best performers is Tony Matin and frank Sinatra; their songs are fantastic for the elderly.

Reply to  flora
2 years ago

I agree with you. Frank Sinatra is a legend, and I’m in love with his songs; his songs are fantastic. One of his classic songs, strangers in the night, was so popular among people. Also, we shouldn’t forget his most famous song that everyone was willing to hear at the concert, is New York, New York.

2 years ago

My mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and doctors told her that listening to music is great for her. I researched and found some fabulous music for her; some of them are Singing in the Rain from Gene Kelly, You Are My Sunshine from Jimmie Davis, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow from Judy Garland; I suggest you hear these songs.

Reply to  Ella
2 years ago

I’ve heard about music therapy, too; music acts as an energizer for seniors who are disappointed or feel lonely or suffering from dementia, etc. Also, it’s interesting to know that there are some group sessions for the elderly, and a music therapist helps increase their connection and engagement with some special music playlists. Maybe you can take your mother to those classes.

2 years ago

A couple of songs in my playlist reduce my stress and depression. I believe that music is a drug-free method to help us increase our mood and get rid of negative thoughts. My favourite songs are Love Me Do, Blue Skies, Blue Suede Shoes, Close To You and This Little Light of Mine, etc. I recommend you try to listen to these songs when you have free time.