17 Wonderful Songs About Growing Up And Getting Older

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A old couple singing songs about growing up

Growing up is a universal thing that everyone goes through. Some might embrace it head-on, while others might not be too thrilled about the prospect. After all, you don’t know what the future holds, and it can all get a bit overwhelming when you realize how things around you are changing.

By making a playlist about songs growing up, you’ll be able to find solace in the fact that you’re not alone with how you feel about growing older. It can be a cathartic process in knowing that your fears or insecurities are things that other people experience as well.

When creating a playlist consisting of songs about growing up, it’s important to keep in mind that the song selections that we’re recommending are just that. If there are songs that are personally significant to you, then you should definitely include them as well. 

But with the vast variety of songs that exist, coming up with a mere 10 or 20 songs can seem like a daunting task. Which songs to include? Which ones would be apt? Well luckily for you, we’ve made a list of 17 Wonderful Songs About Growing Up And Getting Older.

1. My Way (Frank Sinatra)

Being your own person is the central theme of the song, and that could exactly be the send-off that your loved one deserved and needs. A popular song for older generations, this song’s relevance makes it a perfect song that is apt for an older loved one.

2. Troubadour (George Strait)

Growing old is something that everyone goes through. Although it’s a universal phenomenon, people treat it very differently. With many songs in country music focusing on pain, Troubadour is a refreshing song about how people can remain young at heart even if they age physically.

3. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

Another classic and uplifting song,  What A Wonderful World never fails to give you the hope that you would require following the death of a loved one. For all its flaws, humanity still has a way of redeeming itself. And that is the wonderful world that Armstrong is singing about. 

4. Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)

A timeless classic, Isn’t She Lovely is the father-daughter song to beat all father-daughter songs. Throughout the song, Wonder sings his heart out about his newly born daughter.

5. Forever Young (Rod Stewart)

Stewart has said that  Forever Young was one of his favorite songs due to the fact that it was a song dedicated to his children. It’s a song about learning from the mistakes we make when we’re young and helping our children when they’re in a similar situation, thus remaining forever young.

6. Best Day Of My Life (American Authors)

A song that reminisces about the good days, this jovial song celebrates life as the singer sings about the best day of his life.

7. 7 Years (Luke Graham)

Thinking about your future can be a scary prospect. With how unpredictable life can be, it’s easy to get lost in thoughts of how your life will be in a couple of years.

8. Don’t Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)

The iconic whistle, the straightforward, almost too simplistic lyrics, McFerrin’s jovial voice. This song was meant to lift moods, and it does a very good job of doing that. No matter how bad things may get, just weather through it because good times will come.

9. Father And Son (Cat Stevens)

Growing up, our dad’s are the ones we look up to the most. He’s the pillar of strength that inspires you to be a better person. Father And Son is a song that is written in the form of a dad advising his son about life.

10. Changes (David Bowie)

A timeless song that inspires artists to this day, Changes is about how people re-invent themselves a number of times throughout their lives.

11. Wake Up (Arcade Fire)

A song that inspires you through it’s marvelous use of instruments, this indie rock song is a guaranteed mood booster to help you get through your tough days.

12. Let It Be

As we grow older, we realize that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. And it’s not hard to get caught up with dwelling on your mistakes. One of the most popular songs by the Fab Four, Let It Be is a song about just letting things be when it is clear that there’s nothing that we can do.

13. You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)

For all the jazz lovers out there, this timeless Wonder song encapsulates what many parents considered their children to be. As such, this song could be the perfect reminder of the happy times you shared with your daughter.

14. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)

A staple at karaokes, this upbeat is song is perfect for belting out your sorrows with its strong lyrics about self-empowerment. No matter what you’ve gone through, you’ll survive and come out stronger than ever.

15. Lullabye (Billy Joel)

Lullabye was written by Joel as a lullaby for his 7-year-old daughter Alexa Ray in response to her question, “Where do we go when we die?” An innocent song with a meaningful message which can be dedicated to your daughter.

16. Young (Kenny Chesney)

For most people, their teenage is the most confusing yet best time of their lives. You’re ready to take on the world with no knowledge of how hard it is. Young is a song about looking back fondly on your memories as a teenager.

17. Beautiful Day (U2)

While the track has an upbeat nature to it, the song is about moving on in life no matter what the hardships. Beautiful Day is about being grateful for the wonderful days that are yet to come.