Here is an over 80s song list. It includes lyrics to over 80 popular songs from yesteryear to enjoy in a sing-along. Sing the first line, and then ask residents to sing the next line!
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Here is an over 80s song list. It includes lyrics to over 80 popular songs from yesteryear to enjoy in a sing-along.

Sing the first line, and then ask residents to sing the next line!

Attached are the lyrics to the songs, song titles and the answers in red.

Just so people know, it took about 9 hours of work to do hopefully, people appreciate the effort that I and of course you make with organising activities.

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Amy 21st May 2024
I made a playlist on Spotify to go along with this game and it was such a hit! I loved seeing my residents come alive while they remembered the lyrics and songs! We all sang along to almost all the songs! Thanks so much!
mandy szita 20th May 2024
Thank you so much, everything you do is appreciated and our lovely residents have enjoyed your printable quizzes and games. YOU ARE ALL AMAZING

Thank You
Rose White 21st Sep 2023
Thank you so much for this great resource. I run a very small lunch club with a fab team of volunteers and this will be great for our next 'name that tune' activity
Helen 25th Jun 2023 Retired
I really appreciate the time and dedication it must have taken for you to do this! My mum has been in a care home a week and there just isn't enough going on, so with this fantastic resource I'll be able to instigate some impromptu singalongs !
Thank you so much
Annemarie 21st May 2023
Thank you for this excellent resource for music. I have been doing a piano time with residents with dementia for a number of years, with lots of songs, but still found quite a few here that I can add - and the quiz is a great idea! I know how extensive your research was in to providing this for everyone, as I had created my own lyric books in my volunteer position - thank you so much for your generosity in sharing this with everyone! One thing I am wondering about, however, is the lyrics for "Have I Told You Lately that I Love You". This is something that there are two completely different songs (melodies and lyrics) but share the same title. The one that you have included I recognize as having been sung by Rod Stewart (and perhaps others), but I know that there is another one that I think might be more in the era that you were going for. It is more of a country song written in 1944 and recorded in 1945 by Gene Autry (and later many others). Just not sure which one you were intending. Both are great songs.
Elizabeth Doxtator 21st May 2023
Thank you for your kindness and support. I love this site so I can be a part of my elderly family life.
I found laughter and sharing memories.
Betty 24th Mar 2023 RN
THank you! for all your hard work. We are using the song list.
Lori A Deselms 21st Mar 2023
Thank you for creating this for us all! I know the time you put into this will benefit so many!
Eleanor Mitchell 15th Mar 2023
I run a very small group singing for Joy voluntary. Mostly retirees. This list is excellent. I know how much time researching appropriate material, typing, copying paper and ink cartridges cost and very much appreciate your efforts. Thank you.
Glenys 30th Jan 2023
Great songs, residents loved this guess the song activity thanks so much for sharing your hard work ;)
Joe McGuire 30th May 2022
Please accept my thanks for this list of song lyrics. Your time and effort is very much appreciated by us all and we intend to have a great time singing together at St Joseph’s.
Morag Bowden 11th May 2022
Thank you so much for all the time and effort which you have put into producing such an excellent range of ideas and activities and which are free or reasonable in price - so decent and worthwhile an organisation!
Talita 16th May 2022
Thank you so very much for your feedback Morag!
Pam Bennett 2nd Dec 2021
Your site is fantastic and thank you for all your hard work on these great songs and lyrics. I work with visually impaired people and it is good to find activities they can participate in!
Talita 3rd Dec 2021
Thank you so very much for your feedback Pam!
Lisa 1st Dec 2021
Thank you for this extremely GENEROUS sharing of the fruits of your time and energy!!! I've attempted making this kind of list and completely understand the effort involved. This is a fantastic act of service to our community - thank you so much!
Michelle 3rd Nov 2021 Co ordinator
Brilliant Thank you
Lynn 24th Sep 2021
This is fantastic! Thank you so much. Such a great help :)
Mallory Porter-Johnson 22nd Sep 2021
Would you consider creating a Motown finish that line? I work with a senior population that wouldn't know the lyrics to many of the songs on the list here as this isn't very inclusive.
Talita 6th Nov 2021
That's a great idea Mallory - we'll see what we can do!
Valerie 5th Sep 2021
Thank you for the great activities
kitty 25th Aug 2021
Thank you so much, this is very much appreciated
erlenie perez 3rd Aug 2021
thank you so much, it's a big help.
Alison 15th Jul 2021 Diversional Therapist
Much appreciated Thank you :)
Clare oree 8th Nov 2020
Hope it will be useful for my client thankyou so lovely
Lindsey 29th Oct 2020
This is amazing thank you so much from all at Frias mead kings Langley Hertfordshire
Barb 21st Oct 2020
Thank you for your hard work! This song lyric list is amazing!
Dianne 16th Oct 2020
Thank you very much this is really helpful and appreciated.
Mairead 3rd Oct 2020 Director
Thank you so much for this resource, very much appreciated!
Evangeline 26th Sep 2020 Registered Manager
How amazing is this :)
Thank you so much for this , it is absolutely brilliant!
Golden Carers is definitely 'THE BEST' site to go to for ideas for our loved ones and our residents.
During these unprecedented times it is so difficult to always keep our residents occupied but MUSIC brings them alive and this is just perfect.

Keep Well Keep Safe Everyone :)
Anita Kinnear 21st Sep 2020
Thank you so much for all you do. This is amazing and our residents are enjoying it so much.
Mercedes 31st Aug 2020 Activities Coordinator
What an amazing idea! I can't to see the smiles on my participants faces when we do this activity. Thank you so much!!!
Debbie Lobwein 11th Aug 2020
Thank you. I will be using ...Songs for Seniors Quiz for my Fun page section of volunteer Letters I write to residents at a nursing home that I cannot visit in person .
Linda 10th Jun 2020
Just spent an hour with my 92 year old dad singing these songs. Thank you .
Talita 15th Jun 2020
so lovely to hear, thanks for your feedback Linda!
Stephanie 1st May 2020
the work you did is amazing and thank you so much, this gave valuable inspiration for a fun sing-along playlist!
Susan 1st May 2020 Activity Director
I agree Joanne did a great job
Glad you are enjoying the song list
Arcare 23rd Apr 2020 Lifestyle
Totally enjoyable activity got everyone singing
Thank you for all your effort
Mary-Lee 22nd Feb 2020 OTA
Thank you for this list - it certainly takes hours of work to compile these resources. Am looking forward to using them, as I know residents will appreciate them.
Patricia 23rd Jan 2020 Activities Coordinator
Thank you very much for this song list - an amazing resource. Our seniors on Tamborine Mountain love and appreciate it !
Solange 24th Jan 2020 Diversional Therapist
Thank you, Patricia, glad your residents find enjoyment with the songs. Your feedback is very much appreciated.
Julianne 1st Dec 2019 diversional therapist
I’m so pleased so many other people are getting enjoyment from the song list. I have been a member of golden carers for many years & than I stoped for a while. Than I have a new position & I had no hesitation to rejoin in August this year. It’s a must for anyone to use so many ideas. Thank you very much for a wonderful site.
Julianne 1st Dec 2019 diversional therapist
Yes thanks heaps, these song list certainly take a long time to put together. Could you send me some names of good words&lyrics songs cds. As residents always fine music very simulating, they have beautiful scenes in the background.
Alice 8th Nov 2019
As a Seniors Day Club Coordinator, I am always on the lookout for new activities to share with my direct care team. Golden Carers really has something for everyone! Thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to put these activities and resources together for us-you're all stars!!
Talita 10th Nov 2019
Thank you so very much for your feedback Alice. It means so much to us x
Joy 7th Nov 2019 Coordinator Recreation
Fantastic, what a huge effort, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you Joanne.
Christine 2nd Nov 2019 Assistant recreation
Absolutely amazingingly wonderful, thank you so very much for your thoughtfulness!!! I did download the first part of this (the quiz) years ago but never knew you had written all the words out as well and this is exactly what I need, once again, thank you! You are an angel xx
Solange 4th Nov 2019 Diversional Therapist
Thank you, Christine, we really appreciate your feedback.
Lisa 15th Oct 2019
You are amazing! Thank you so much for your effort in putting this, gift!, together. My mother-in-law recently entered an Aged Care facility and I have been wanting to help in some small way. I'm going to pass your work and loving heart along to them and hope that the centre embraces the positivity that I felt with open arms too. Bravo!! Brilliant work!!!
Celeste 2nd Oct 2019
Totally impressed!! Wow!! Thank you for the time and effort you all put into this amazing list. Just starting a senior group and look forward to using this activity with them.
Talita 7th Oct 2019
Thanks for your feedback Celeste! Yes, Joanne has done a fabulous job with this activity!
Elizabeth Corbett 26th Aug 2019
Thank you so much for the songs. I have already spent hours compiling songs for my father, 90, so I very much appreciate what you have done, cheers
Marla 16th Aug 2019 Recreation Specialist Senior Retirement Home
Ok, I was looking for a "Name that Tune" for seniors on the internet and this is what popped up. I was so impressed with the detail on this paper is one of the reasons I signed up. I am very glad I did.
Talita 19th Aug 2019
Thank you so much for your feedback Marla!
DEBBIE 15th May 2019 Activities Assistant
This is brilliant :-) I can't wait to try this activity with my group on Friday. Thank you so much Joanne for all your hard work putting it together
Maria Boyer 15th Apr 2019
This is truly FANTASTIC!! You certainly did a serious amount of work and I for one totally appreciate your efforts. I only work part time but I try to incorporate music as much as possible as we all do what comes best to us. This is a wonderful activity on all level and for all stages of dementia where I work. Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!
Joanne 10th Apr 2019 Leisure and Lifestyle Co ordinator
I have just copied and pasted the songs from google so have no idea if they are copyright issues, I have only printed them for my facility, my apologies if any issues occur.
Isabel Lagas 9th Apr 2019
Thank you for all your hard work. This is an excellent resource. I trust there will be no copyright issues with reprinting.
Karen Holt-Justice 9th Apr 2019
Thank you, I'm going to use some of these on Wednesday.
Jeanine 16th Feb 2019 Activity Assistant
Thanks so much for your hard work! I will be using this tomorrow for "Name that tune"
Marguerita Sampson 15th Jan 2019
Thank you for such a wonderful resource. It is a wonderful support and time saver! Great to have you helping me provide stimulating activities and variety for older people who all deserve enjoyment.. especially at this stage of their lives.
Lily 8th Jan 2019
Thank you so much for all your hard work. This is such an amazing resource and I am so grateful to be able to access it!
Nigel Coupar 15th Nov 2018
My mum suffers from Dementia and I am looking forward to playing this with her on my next visit. Thank you
Sharlene Mason 27th Oct 2018
Wow, that is a lot of work. I am new to Entertaining Seniors and this was a tremendous help for me. I "really" do appreciate it.
Thank you so very much
Lizette 19th Aug 2018 Activity Aide
Thank you for all your hard work and effort. God will bless you for the special things you do for others.
Shazia 13th Aug 2018 Director
Thank you for all the effort you have put in. these songs are great.
A-J 3rd Aug 2018 Lifestyle & Programs Manager
WOW!!! Love this, can't wait to use it with my residents! Thank you for all the hard work!
Ana 11th Jul 2018 Activities Supervisor
Absolutely Fantastic, thanks for all the effort you put into this. My residents had a blast with this quiz
Avril 3rd Jul 2018 Activity Coordinatior
Songs for seniors
I have just downloaded the quiz and all the lyrics. Thank you so much for the amount of time and effort this has taken.
I cant wait to get my residents singing along and answering the quiz questions.
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Kym 21st Jun 2018 Activities Officer
Very helpful .. thank you so much for all your hard work
Doris 12th Jun 2018 Activity Coordinator
Amazing!! Thank you!!!
Sharon 2nd Mar 2018 Activity Coordinator
Thank you very much for this! I know that taking the time to do something like is isn't easy. You have made it easy for us. Thanks again!!
Joanne 16th Jan 2018 Activities Coordinator
wow absolutely a wonderful time saving resource.well done you.much appreciated as i know how time consuming this piece of work must have been for you to undertake.Thank you on behalf of my residents
Christina 6th Oct 2017 Recreation Progammer
Thank you. I know it is a lot of work!
Toia 17th Jun 2017 Day Programme Co-ordinator
Thanks for this much appreciated
Debra 17th Jun 2017 Aged Care Carer
thank you so much for the time you have put into such a wonderful quiz, the oldies ( I say with much affection) enjoyed the song quiz for seniors so much
Estia Health 4th Jun 2017 Aged Care Worker
What an amazing effort. So appreciative of this as it is something that I have thought of doing but never had time.
Zeta 31st May 2017 Activity Officer
Thank you so much for the huge effort put into this. Immensely appreciated !!!
jane 30th May 2017 activity provider
Wow, I take my hat off to you. It must have taken ages to put it all together.
I really am going to have some fun with the quiz and lyrics.
Many many thanks.

Morena 23rd May 2017 Diversional Therapist
Hi, Solange, That is really great, and fantastic work. is a big job to create Senior song lyrics, Well done!!!

Talita 27th May 2017
Hi Morena, the hard work for this activity was actually done by Joanne, she kindly submitted this activity on the site and it has been wildly popular! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback!
Callye 29th Apr 2017 Social Activities Coordinator
Amazing!! Thank you!!!
Nadine 18th Apr 2017 Volunteer Mentor & Activities Admin
I'm new to activities for seniors and I really appreciate the time and effort you have put into this and other activities. Thank you.
Sue 10th Sep 2016 Lifestyle Coordinator
Such a great lot of work, thank you so much.
Ttracey 6th Jul 2016 Lifestyle therapist
Thanks for your effort. It will be appreciated by myself and other's as we are opening a new facility and have not a lot of recourses.
Catherine 29th Jun 2016 Diversional Therapist
Fantastic, thank you so much. Our residents enjoyed this tremendously. Cheers
Donna 14th Apr 2016 AIN/RAO
What a great gift you've given us Jo. I'm using this as a lead up to ANZAC Day so we've got lots of happy memories too. Thank you for your all your hard work that will be much appreciated by many wonderful residents.
Rosemary 30th Mar 2016 Dementia Practitioner
Thank you Joanne. I know what it's like to put so much time into something like this and it's very much appreciated.
jane 22nd Mar 2016 activity provider

What a wonderful job you've done. I'm exhausted just reading it all.
Even the lyrics are available to us.
Thank you.

Joanne 22nd Mar 2016 Leisure and Lifestyle Co ordinator
Thank you all for enjoying this resource, can be used over and over again and hopefully has inspired you to try some of your own.
Talita 22nd Mar 2016
Wow Joanne, this quiz has been so so popular! Thank you for sharing it!
Julie 21st Mar 2016 General manager
You are amazing -thank you so much for a fantastic resource.
Shelley 14th Mar 2016 Music therapist
thank you !!
Wendy 10th Feb 2016 Volunteer Coordinator
Wow! I am organising a 'Ladies Lunch' and I am going to try this for a bit of a 'pick me up" thank you
Susan 10th Feb 2016 Recreation Therapist
It is such a treasure having great song lyric resources. Thank you so much. This is an excellent resource.
A simple one that has been good is from Melodic memories - they have sing a long lyrics to print in Gospel, Oldies and Christmas.
Lorraine 13th Jan 2016 Diversional Therapist
Thank you so much for submitting this resource. It will be well utilised.
Solange 12th Jan 2016 Diversional Therapist
Thank you Susan for your kind words. Best wishes.
Susan 10th Jan 2016 Activity organiser
I really appreciate all your work! Thank you so much for this very useful resource
Melissa 7th Jan 2016 Diversional Therapist
Wow. Just wow. This resource created one of the most memorable activities I've ever done. We could only get through about half today but I'm going to create a Spotify playlist so I can play the songs with the lyrics next time. Looking forward to it!

*Guys, if you ever get stuck for music for an activity i.e., last post, anthems, hymns, any song from the wartime, relaxing music etc. use the Spotify App! It has pretty much every song you can think of, costs $13 a month and needs internet to access songs but so worth it!
Rebecca 27th Apr 2022 Activities Assistant In LTC
I so love this Web site and all the great resources here. I really like to bring music into out activities as much as possible and was wondering how to get all these great songs cued up to play at demand. Is it pretty easy to set up a playlist on Spotify?
Maurice 27th Apr 2022
Hi Rebecca,

Spotify playlists are very easy to make, right click any song and add it to your playlist.

When you're happy with your playlist, right click it and then "Share" > "Copy Link", and you can send this to anyone.

A nice simple way of sharing curated music!
Gurcharan 4th Jan 2016
My residents will love singing to these songs surely going to bring some memories back and a great quiz too
Vicky 14th Dec 2015
WOW, thank you very much. A great resource thank you again for sharing. V
linda 29th Nov 2015 leisure & lifestyle officer
thank you so much for your effort much appreciated.
Beryl-Ann 28th Nov 2015 Diverional Therapy Coordinator
Thanks Joanne for your reply. Wow your project also sounds innovative. Cheers from
Joanne 23rd Nov 2015 Leisure and Lifestyle Co ordinator
What a good idea Beryl-Ann about Elvis and country songs, I am in the process of building up,songs from around the world on readiness for the Olympics next year. Thanks so much for your comments.
Beryl-Ann 22nd Nov 2015 Diverional Therapy Coordinator
This is absolutely fantastic! Thank you for the time and effort that you have put into this project/activity. I have commenced collating the words from Elvis songs as well as country songs as this is very popular for our wonderful residents. Thank you once again for the effort you put into everything that you do to enable us to choose activities to suit the interests and needs of our residents and the best things is ready to be delivered. Well done. From Beryl-Ann
Joanne 23rd Nov 2015 Leisure and Lifestyle Co ordinator
What a good idea Beryl about Elvis and country songs, I am in the process of building up,songs from around the world on readiness for the Olympics next year. Thanks so much for your comments.
Mike 16th Nov 2015 Manager
Thank you so much ,look forward to this activity
Heather 13th Nov 2015
This is great and just what i have been looking for to add to our program. thanks for sharing.
Wendy 13th Nov 2015 Recreation therapist
This is just a wonderful resource! Thank you so much for all that effort - it is very much appreciated!!
Jayne 10th Nov 2015 co-ordinator seniors centre
we sing many of these songs so I will try it tomorrow and let you know how I go .. Many thanks
Talita 10th Nov 2015
Wow! Thank you Joanne, what a wonderful quiz. I'm sure it will be appreciated by many.
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