Best 15 Songs About Growing Up: Tunes to Remind You How Far You’ve Come

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Last updated on June 3rd, 2023 at 09:03 pm

Growing up is tough, you not only have to learn how to survive in this world without your parents, but you also have to discover who you truly are. The good news is you aren’t alone in this journey as everyone must go through the process of growing up.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there are many songs about growing up. Whether you are a famous singer or a nobody, you still have to make the journey. And whether you realize it or not, the process of growing up never truly ends.

Keep reading to discover 15 songs about growing up to help you deal with the hard truths of growing up.  

1. “Growin’ Up” by Bruce Springsteen

As you grow, you’ll go through a process to change your mentality entirely. This famous song by none other than Bruce Springsteen embodies that perfectly, showing us what it means to grow mentally older.

2. “What’s My Age Again?” by Blink-182

That moment when someone asks you your age and you draw a blank. It’s easy to forget how old you are as you are growing up, and someday it will sneak up on you—it’s all part of the experience, just as Blink-182 sang in this song.

3. “When We Were Young” by The Killers

Remember when this song was at the top of the charts? While music tastes have changed since then, there’s just something about the message this song gives about growing up, finding love, and realizing life isn’t what you thought it was.

4. “Changes” by David Bowie

As a kid, you dreaded hearing about the changes that were coming, but growing up means accepting changes. While this song by David Bowie can be seen as something less than it is, we know it’s about the heartache of the changes which come with growing up.

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5. “Older” by Sasha Alex Sloan

Sometimes we forget our parents were also once growing up just like we were. This song by Sasha Alex Sloan has amazing lyrics, and the chorus has the line “the older I get/the more that see my parents aren’t heroes/they’re just like me” which if that doesn’t explain growing up, we don’t know what does.

6. “Time” by Pink Floyd

As you age, time seems to go faster. Why is that? While we can’t explain it, we can show that you aren’t alone because Pink Floyd is singing about the same thing.

7. “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan

No list of songs about growing up would be complete without a song about staying forever young. Bob Dylan nails this one, hitting us right in the feels with his hard-hitting truths.

Related: Best Bob Dylan Songs from Time Out of Mind to Rough and Rowdy Ways

8. “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez

Part of growing up is learning to love yourself above all else. Selena Gomez’s hit song touches on this while also explaining the feeling of losing a love, which everyone knows is also a huge aspect of getting older.

9. “When She Loved Me” by Sarah McLachlan

Everyone knows this next song about growing up. Although it is about a toy being left behind, famous for its feature on the Toy Story 2 album, it has many lyrics which embody the pain involved with growing up and losing friends.

10. “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” by Billy Ray Cyrus

What’s worse than your own journey of growing up is watching your kids grow too quickly. This next song on our list of songs about growing up showcases just that as Billy Ray Cyrus sings about Miley Cyrus growing up and not wanting her to go.

11. “I’m Just a Kid” by Simple Plan

Remember the lyrics “I’m just a kid and life is a nightmare?” You were probably screaming them at the top of your lungs when you were 13. Looking back, you probably laugh, because your life was perfect when you were 13, and growing up has made you realize it.

Now you know this song is not about life being a nightmare as a kid, but that watching your friends grow up and leave you behind is the true nightmare.

12. “Here’s to Never Growing Up” by Avril Lavigne

Even if you blast this song in your car, you’re going to grow up someday. That’s the irony of this song, and what makes it a song about growing up because it shows the fear of growing up that is present in everyone.

13. “Never Die Young” by James Taylor

Growing up is a journey filled with happiness, pain, and heartache—but it’s all part of the human experience, which James Taylor discusses in frank terms in this coming-of-age tune.

14. “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift

Of course, no song list would be complete without at least one song by Taylor Swift. This tune talks about wishing a young child wouldn’t grow up, which is how all parents feel. We aren’t sure why Taylor knows this feeling so well, since she isn’t a parent, but perhaps the child in the song is a niece or nephew.

15. “Getting Older” by Billie Eilish

And to bring our list of songs about growing up to an end, we have this tune by Billie Eilish which approaches the process of growing up head-on, yes we are all getting older and it’s time to embrace it.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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