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70 Songs About Aging and Growing Older

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Time stops for no one, so why curse what you cannot control? Instead, celebrate growing older with these pop, rock, and country songs.

Time stops for no one, so why curse what you cannot control? Instead, celebrate growing older with these pop, rock, and country songs.

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.

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.

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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!

The swing set crew is young at heart.

The swing set crew is 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.

Looks like love is in bloom. To everything there is a season.

Looks like love is in bloom. To everything there is a season.

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.
"Aging has a wonderful beauty, and we should have respect for that." - Eartha Kitt, American actress

"Aging has a wonderful beauty, and we should have respect for that." - Eartha Kitt, American actress

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.

A meeting of the boys' club

A meeting of the boys' club

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?

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.

"No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else."  —Katharine Graham, American newspaper publisher

"No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else." —Katharine Graham, American newspaper publisher

Even More Songs About Aging and Growing Older

Know a song about aging and growing older that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion by leaving us a comment in the Comment Section below!

SongArtistYear Released

21. "Gravity Is a Bitch"

Miranda Lambert

2014

22. "Landslide"

Fleetwood Mac

1975

23. "When We Were Young"

Adele

2016

24. "When I’m Sixty-Four"

The Beatles

1967

25. "Don't Blink"

Kenny Chesney

2007

26. "You Wear It Well"

Rod Stewart

1972

27. "Fly Like an Eagle"

Steve Miller Band

1976

28. "A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young"

Eric Church

2014

29. "74 Is the New 24"

Giorgio Moroder

2014

30. "Where've You Been"

Kathy Matthea

1989

31. "In the Backseat"

Arcade Fire

2004

32. "1979"

Smashing Pumpkins

1996

33. "I'll Follow You Into the Dark"

Death Cab for Cutie

2005

34. "Hey Cinderella"

Suzy Bogguss

1993

35. "Back When We Were Beautiful"

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

2013

36. "Against the Wind"

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

1980

37. "A Pirate Looks at Forty"

Jimmy Buffett

1974

38. "Veronica"

Elvis Costello

1989

39. "Borrowed Time"

John Lennon

1984

40. "Through the Years"

Kenny Rogers

1982

41. "Still Crazy After All These Years"

Paul Simon

1975

42. "Cat's In the Cradle"

Harry Chapin

1974

43. "Love, Me"

Collin Raye

1992

44. "Livin' On Love"

Alan Jackson

1994

45. "Hazy Shade of Winter"

The Bangles

1981

46. "Remember When"

Alan Jackson

2003

47. "Changes"

David Bowie

1971

48. "Those Were the Days"

Mary Hopkin

1968

49. "September of My Years"

Frank Sinatra

1965

50. "It Was A Very Good Year"

Frank Sinatra

1965

51. "Yesterday When I Was Young"

Roy Clark

1969

52. "I Love You Will Still Sound the Same"

Oh Honey

2014

53. "She Misses Him"

Tim Rushlow

2001

54. "My Way"

Frank Sinatra

1969

55. "Fluorescent Adolescent"

Arctic Monkeys

2007

56. "Young and Beautiful"

Lana Del Rey

2013

57. "Cherish"

Kool & The Gang

1984

58. "People Get Old"

Lori McKenna

2018

59. "The Older I Get"

Alan Jackson

2017

60. "House of Gold"

Twenty One Pilots

2012

61. "Fade In/Fade Out"

Nothing More

2017

62. "In My Eyes"

Conway Twitty

1983

63. "Back When We Were Beautiful"

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

2013

64. "Older"

George Michael

1997

65. "Shine on You Crazy Diamond"

Pink Floyd

1975

66. "I Don't Want to Grow Up"

The Ramones

1995

67. "I Need Never Get Old"

Nataniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats

2015

68. "Only Time"

Enya

2000

69. "Remember You Young"

Thomas Rhett

2019

70. "I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain't Used Up)"

Waylon Jennings

1984

The hands of time

The hands of time

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: What song has the lyrics, "I want to drive 45 down the highway of life like old folks do"?

Answer: The song you're looking for is called, "Old with You" by Cory Morrow (2015). Here's the YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXi0dOTRwvo

Sample lyrics:

I wanna get old with you

I wanna get wrinkled too

I wanna drive 45 on the highway

Like the old folks do

If I wander off or lose my way

I want the cops to bring me home to you

Oh, if I'm gonna get old

I wanna get old with you.

Glad to help!

Question: What song has the lyrics "she combs his hair, grandkids play by his feet"?

Answer: Here's my best guess: "She Misses Him" by Tim Rushlow (2001). It's a country song, and here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdhJI6zX380.

Question: What song contains the following lyrics: "people grow old and leave us"?

Answer: Are you sure those are the exact lyrics? I didn't find anything that matches that exactly. I did, however, find something similar, a beautiful 2018 song by Lori McKenna called, "People Get Old." Here are some of the lyrics as well as a YouTube link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4yVj0MdhmI

Sample lyrics:

Time is a thief, pain is a gift

The past is the past, it is what it is

Every line on your face tells a story somebody knows

That's just how it goes

You live long enough and the people you love get old.

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