50 Songs About Aging and Growing Older
Time Keeps On Slippin', Slippin, Slippin' ... Into the Future
Aging Is Better Than the Alternative
A guy once walked straight into a telephone pole looking at me. But I can promise you that doesn't happen anymore. I'm staring down middle age like a deer caught in an 18-wheeler's high beams. And that's okay.
Being young—fresh-faced, limber, full of energy and hope—was marvelous. However, my 40s are even better. There's a sense of confidence and purpose that didn't exist before.
It turns out that the wisdom of experience is a decent trade-off for everything that isn't quite what it used to be. (Well, at least so far it is.) Besides, aging is sure better than its alternative, right (death)?
Rather than cursing what you cannot control, why not celebrate the honor of growing old with a playlist of pop, rock and country songs about aging? We have a long list to help get you started.
1. "Grow Old With Me" by Tom Odell
This 2013 song reflects the earnest hope of a young lover who seeks to spend the rest of his days with the one he loves most in this world. He forecasts outward changes of their greying hair as well as their aging hands and bodies. However, he seeks to share all that life has to offer with her.
2. "100 Years" by Five for Fighting
In this 2003 rock song, a man describes his life extending from ages 15 to 100 as well as his relationship with the woman he loves. At 15, he feels he has all the time in the world to dream, but as time passes by he becomes more aware of his mortality. He realizes that 100 years isn't all that much time after all.
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How old is "old?"
3. "1985" by Bowling for Soup
This catchy 2004 rock song is a nod to the middle-agers among us who prefer the familiar 1980 pop culture of our youth to that of today. The song describes Debbie, a woman who once had like, righteous dreams of being a Hollywood actress and dancing seductively on Whitesnake's car—in a half shirt and big hair, no doubt. (And if you don't remember who Whitesnake was, you slept through the 1980's.)
But poor Debbie is like doomed to an average life in suburbia, married at age 24 to a CPA, her dreams up in flames. Now, she's wearing mom jeans and raising two bratty teenagers who tell her how big time uncool she is. (Like even! If they only knew her back in the day!)
4. "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen
When you were in high school, you probably had no idea that those were the good years, the glory days that you'd look back one day and reminisce about. In this 1985 rock classic, a man who was a baseball player and a woman who could really turn the young guys' heads talk about their lives in the good old days.
Tell the young whippersnappers you know to live it up right so that when their days pass them by, at least they'll have their stories. And they can share them over and over and over just like us older folks do now.
5. "Stop This Train" by John Mayer
This touching 2006 rock song describes an adult's realization that someday his parents will be gone and he'll be on his own. He seeks the comfort and security that he knew at an earlier age, but time won't slow down for anything or anyone:
Don't know how else to say it
I don't want to see my parents go
One generation's length away
From fighting life out on my own.
Stop this train
I want to get off and go home again
I can't take the speed it's moving in.
6. "Forever Young" by Rod Stewart
They say that you're only as young as you feel, and in this classic 1988 rock song, the narrator provides good wishes to a parting friend that they'll always feel youthful. How old do you feel? Does your inside age match what you see in the mirror?
7. "Grow Old With Me" by Mary Chapin Carpenter
In this 1995 country pop remake of a John Lennon song, the narrator shares a simple request to her lover to make their life's journey together:
Grow old along with me
Whatever fate decrees
We will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love.
8. "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" by George Jones
This Grammy-nominated country song from 1992 was the Possum at his spunkiest. He declared that his body was old but ain't impaired ... so you can keep that rockin' chair. You can also keep your Geritol, Medicare, and forget about retirement.
Of course, you can only hide from old age and the Grim Reaper for so long. Death eventually caught up with ole' George in 2013; the legendary country star died at the age of 81.
9. "Cherry Bomb" by John Cougar Mellencamp
In this 1987 rock song, a 35-year-old man takes a nostalgic look back at his youth: friends, girlfriends and a teen club called "Cherry Bomb." Back then, life was less complicated. But teenagers need years of life experience to appreciate just how good they had it.
10. "22" by Lily Allen
Not everyone has a partner to grow old with or wants one.
The woman in this 2009 pop song has the unfortunate impression that at 30 and still unmarried, her life is all but over. (Oh, puh-leez!) Whereas at 22 she was full of confidence and hope, now she subsists desperately on one-night stands and broken dreams of Prince Charming.
Get over yourself, 'Lil Missy! At 30, you still have your whole life ahead of you, whether you have a husband or not!
Young At Heart
You Know You're Getting Old When ...
your arms are getting too short to read the paper
the birthday candles cost more than the cake
you get to second base with a TSA screener
"getting any?" means sleep
you’ve been there and done that, but don’t remember what “it” was
everything either hurts or doesn't work
you can cough, sneeze, fart and pee at the same time
you eat supper at 5 p.m. and are in bed by 8 p.m.
your children start looking middle-aged
it takes longer to rest than it did to get tired
the only thing that gets hard is your arteries
you enjoy hearing about other people's surgeries
getting lucky means you found your car in the parking lot
you hear snap, crackle and pop at the breakfast table, but you're not eating cereal
you and your teeth don't sleep together
you hear your favorite song in an elevator
it takes two tries to get up from the couch
friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you aren't wearing any ... you're barefoot.
11. "7 Years" by Lukas Graham
The narrator in this touching 2015 pop song describes lessons he's picked up along the way in his 60 years of living so far. Although he finds fame and travels the world, his life centers on relationships: making and keeping lifelong friends, finding a quality partner in life, and having children and grandchildren to keep the loneliness at bay as he ages.
12. "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)" by The Byrds
Ah, the circle of life! The seasonality of life is expressed in this classic 1965 rock song, as expressed in Ecclesiastes 3. In fact, except for "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and the final two lines the entire song's lyrics are borrowed word for word from the Bible. No other Top 40's song can claim that, can it?
13. "Wasn't Expecting That" by Jamie Lawson
Goodbyes are the hardest part of aging; you can find yourself suddenly alone. An elderly man recalls his relationship with his wife as a series of unexpected moments in this 2011 pop song. They unexpectedly fell in love then spent their lives together raising three children. Suddenly, her cancer came back, and she passed out of his life as quickly as she came into it.
14. "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" by Garth Brooks
A trucker who's been out on the road for several weeks is feeling the strain of his age in this 1989 country song. Many middle-agers can identify; they straddle two worlds, the carefree years of youth and the aches of old age.
15. "19 Somethin'" by Mark Wills
In this chart topping country song, an aging Gen Xer with a mortgage, SUV and all the trappings of maturity recalls his youth with fondness. If you grew up in the 1970s and 80s, then there's no doubt that the cultural elements mentioned in this 2002 song will remind you of your youth:
- Star Wars and Pac Man
- Stretch Armstrong and Evel Knievel
- Elvis' death
- Rubik's Cube
- the introduction of the microwave and MTV and
- big hair and parachute pants.
16. "Time Marches On" by Tracy Lawrence
The narrator in this 1996 country song smartly observes that "the only thing that stays the same is everything changes, everything changes."
He traces the changes in his father, mother, sister and brother throughout the years from when the children are babies, up through their teens, and into their older years. By the end of the song, the sister is a single grandmother, the brother is on a diet for his cholesterol, the father has died, and the mother has dementia. And time marches on.
17. "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
The man in this 2014 song promises to look after his sweetheart for all of their days together and seeks the same assurance from her. He says he'll feel the same way about her when she is 70 as he does at 23.
When your legs don't work like they used to before
And I can't sweep you off of your feet
Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love?
Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?
Are You As Good As You Once Were?
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18. "As Good As I Once Was" by Toby Keith
In this fun country hit from 2005, an over-the-hill cowboy walks into a bar. When he is propositioned and again when a bar fight breaks out, he acknowledges that back in his prime he was up for both challenges.
However, our narrator is now past his prime. That may or may not stop him from talking smack, fighting back or taking someone up on a dare. Not everyone gets wiser with age. Some people just get older, ya know.
19. "I Just Don't Look Good Naked Anymore" by Snake Oil Willie Band
Well ain't this the unvarnished truth? This humorous 2014 country song describes a man's disappointment with his aging body, including his balding head, pot belly, and sagging chest and rear end.
He looks so different from the younger version of himself that he doesn't even recognize himself in the mirror. Sound familiar?
20. "Grow Old With You" by Adam Sandler
This light-hearted song comes from the 1998 comedy film, The Wedding Singer. The narrator seeks to impress his lover by describing all the ways he will take care of her as they grow old together. From keeping her warm to doing the dishes to letting her hold the remote control, he understands that it's the little things in life that add up over the years.
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Even More Songs About Aging and Growing Older
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23. When We Were Young
24. When I’m Sixty-Four
25. Don't Blink
26. You Wear It Well
27. Fly Like an Eagle
Steve Miller Band
28. A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young
29. 74 Is the New 24
30. Where've You Been
31. In the Backseat
33. I'll Follow You Into the Dark
Death Cab for Cutie
34. Hey Cinderella
35. Back When We Were Beautiful
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
36. Against the Wind
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
37. A Pirate Looks at Forty
39. Borrowed Time
40. Through the Years
41. Still Crazy After All These Years
42. Cat's In the Cradle
43. Love, Me
44. Livin' On Love
45. Hazy Shade of Winter
46. Remember When
48. Those Were the Days
49. September of My Years
50. It Was A Very Good Year
Locations with Names Associated with Aging and Growing Older
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