Which word should I use when I mention a song which reminds me of some memories.

Someone : Do you listen to these old songs?

Me : Yeah these songs convey a lot of memories for me.

Does it sound natural?

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    Yeah these songs hold a lot of memories for me.
    – Joe Dark
    Oct 6, 2015 at 11:51
  • Or even further - Yeah, these songs get me a wave of nostalgia
    – Maulik V
    Oct 6, 2015 at 11:52

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The verb convey is not really common in combination with memories. The verb you are probably looking for is evoke:

to make someone ​remember something or ​feel an ​emotion (source)

Songs do not really convey a memory. Have a look at the definition for convey:

to ​express a ​thought, ​feeling, or ​idea so that it is ​understood by other ​people (source)

Sentences can convey meaning, for example. Songs, however, make you think of things that happened in the past. They cause you to think of these memories, which is exactly what evoke means (to make someone remember...).

So, considering your sentence it would be more idiomatic to say:

Yeah these songs evoke a lot of memories.

You can leave out the for me (though you do not have to), as it will be understood that you are talking about your own memories.


As an alternative to evoke (which is a good choice), you can also use bring back.
(bring back has one advantage: it's a phrasal verb, so it'd sound more idiomatic in spoken English.)

Yeah, these songs bring back a lot of (good old) memories (for me).

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