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70 Songs About Aging and Growing Older

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Time Keeps On Slippin', Slippin', Slippin' ... Into the Future

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.

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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

The swing set crew.

The swing set crew.

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.

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"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 country song talks about aging with time like wine?

Answer: That would be Willie Nelson's song, "Yesterday's Wine" (1971). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ7sYvYexAs

Lyrics:

Miracles appear

In the strangest of places

Fancy meeting you here

The last time I saw you

Was just out of Houston

Sit down let me buy you a beer

Your presence is welcome

With me and my friend here

This is a hangout of mine

We come here quite often

And listen to music

Partaking of yesterday's wine

Yesterday's wine

I'm yesterday's wine

Aging with time

Like yesterday's wine

Yesterday's wine

We're yesterday's wine

Aging with time

Like yesterday's wine

You give the appearance

Of one widely traveled

I'll bet you've seen

Things in your time

So sit down beside me

And tell me your story

If you think

You'll like yesterday's wine

Yesterday's wine

We're yesterday's wine

Aging with time

Like yesterday's wine

Yesterday's wine

We're yesterday's wine

Aging with time

Like yesterday's wine

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.

If this is not the song you're seeking, it would be helpful to know more about the song, including any of the following:

1) genre (country, pop, rock, etc.)

2) is the artist male or female? individual or group?

3) are there other lyrics you recall?

4) when the song was released? was it recent or can you give an estimate of the time frame?

5) I assume this is an American song?

You can leave a comment in the Comments Section of the Aging and Growing Older Playlist. Even if I'm not able to identify the song, perhaps a reader can help out.

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: Is there a country song with the words "aging gracefully" in it?

Answer: Yes, actually there are two of them.

1) The first is "Back When We Were Beautiful" by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (2013). The YouTube link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ3MweuxLzE, and here are select lyrics that include the words "aging gracefully":

don't feel very different, she said,

I know it's strange

I guess I've gotten used to these little aches and pains

But I still love to dance, you know we used to dance

The night away

Back when we were beautiful, beautiful, yes

I hate it when they say

I'm aging gracefully

I fight it every day

I guess they never see

I don't like this at all

What's happening to me ... .

2) Another country song that includes those words is Conway Twitty's 1983 song, "In My Eyes" from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV0HLYonrpw

She's only human

And she cries sometimes when she looks in the mirror

And counts a new line that seemed to appear overnight

She's only human

It's not that she's vain, she's just afraid

That there'll come a time when I'll turn away at the sight

But I swear that's not right.

And in my eyes

She just grows lovelier to me

And in my eyes

She's only aging gracefully

And a thousand strands of gray won't disguise

The woman she'll always be in my eyes. ...

Hope this helps!

Question: What song about growing older mentions going through photos?

Answer: Here are several songs that meet that general description:

1) "Golden Days" by Panic! At the Disco (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooEv1cH97HA

2) "I Was There" by Green Day (1990) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2kPYYQ93Gc

3) "I Was Young Once Too" by Alabama (1996) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-WdOc5G4lc

4) "Very Last Country Song" by Sugarland (2008) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEIFr-nzJtM

5) "What a Day Yesterday Was" by Alan Jackson (2000) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmRZ4fxTrI0

Question: Why do old people smell funny?

Answer: "Eau de old person" is indeed a real thing, according to scientific research studies, and although it is unique, it is not necessarily offensive. It is thought that the social stigma of aging is associated with its labeling as unpleasant. (Note that if the person in question does not adequately take care of his/her oral hygiene, suffers frequent "accidents," or simply doesn't bathe daily, then we're no longer talking about simple "old person smell.")

The unique smell of old people has been variously described as an "unpleasant grassy and greasy odor," the smell of an old book, or the scent of cucumbers and stale beer. In Japanese culture, which places a premium on hygiene, there is even a name for the musky old person smell: kareishū.

Scientists suggest that the often instantly recognizable old person smell is the manifestation of humans' ability to screen for appropriate mates by detecting age, illness, and genetic suitability. Old person smell thus may signify cell decline. People over the age of 40 have significantly higher levels of certain fragrant chemicals in their sweat and on their skin that give them the characteristic scent. Because it's something that we'll all acquire if we are lucky enough to live long enough, let's cut each other a break unless we really stink. Even then, we could be kind about eau de old person.

Question: What country song talks about what it takes to live for 100 years and if it's even worth it?

Answer: While the "if it's even worth it" part is a little questionable, the country song that comes to mind is Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink" (2007):

Don't blink

Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you

Wake up and you're 25, and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

Don't blink

You just might miss your babies growing like mine did

Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"

Of 50 years is there in bed

And you're praying God takes you instead

Trust me, friend, 100 years goes faster than you think

So don't blink. ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f0p5KqdU9U

Question: What is the country song that has the words, “help me make it to my rocking chair”?

Answer: The song you want is the 1975 song by B.J. Thomas, "Help Me Make It (To My Rocking Chair)." Here are some partial lyrics and the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOY0XYlX11E.

Hey would you help me make it to my rockin' chair

Love me all of my life

Don't wanna grow old without ya

Don't wanna be out in the cold without ya

No more

Help me make it to my rockin' chair

Been saving my good times for the good

Would you hold me and never ever let me go.

Question: The lyrics to the song I am thinking about are, "...makes an old man feel young again." What is the song title?

Answer: The closest thing I found is, "That's What Love Can Do" by Foghat (1972). Its lyrics include "Make an old man young, make a young man old / Baby that's how love can be." The YouTube link is: Here's the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3sH6VOeD2o.

Question: What song includes the lyrics, "We're not that young anymore"?

Answer: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded "Thunder Road" in 1975 and other artists have released the song as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdhkaPZtQF4.

Question: What song has the lyrics with an old man saying, “I maintain strongly it is more than an ordinary cold”?

Answer: In 1968, Simon & Garfunkel recorded the voices of old people in various locations in New York and Los Angeles for their "Bookends" album. It's called "Voices of Old People." The full quote of the man is as follows: "Still haven't seen the doctor I was seein'; there's been blood for the last, eh, 48 hours, and I can't get up the mucus for the last, eh, two, three months ... oh, yes, and I maintain, I maintain strongly, to this minute, I don't think it's an ordinary cold." Here it is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrzOwPdijxQ

Question: What is the song that has the lyrics, "house is empty now"?

Answer: There is a 1998 song by Elvis Costello (featuring Burt Bacharach) called "This House Is Empty Now." Here are the lyrics and the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xID7AxShew0

These rooms play tricks upon you

Remember when they were always filled with laughter

But now they're quite deserted

They seem to just echo voices raised in anger

Maybe you will see my face

Reflected there on the pane

In the window up above for long

In broken home

Yet this house is empty now

There's nothing I can do

To make you want to stay

So tell me how am I supposed to live without you

These walls were lined with pictures

Remember the glass we charged in celebration

But now I fill my life up

With all that I can to deaden this sensation

Do you recognize the face

Fixed in that fine silver frame

Were you really so unhappy there

You never said

So this house is empty now

There's nothing I can do to make you want to stay

So tell me how am I supposed to live without you

Oh, if I could just become forgetful

When night seems endless

Does the extinguished candle care

About the darkness

It's funny how the memory

Will bring you so close then make you disappear

Meanwhile all our friends must choose

Who they will favor, who they will lose

Hang the garland high, or close the door

Or throw away the key

This house is empty now

There's no one living here

You have to care about

This house is empty now

There's nothing I can do

To make you want to stay

So tell me how am I supposed to live without you

This house is empty now

This house is empty now

There's nothing I can do

This house is empty now

This house is empty now

© 2016 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 25, 2020:

Peggy - My mother-in-law used to refer to things as the last x she would buy, the last x experience she would have. It was creepy and then she found out she had cancer and died in 6 months. We never know how much time we have left, but somewhere inside I think there's a knowing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2020:

Time does seem to speed up the older we get. We may as celebrate each day as it comes because there is never a certainty as to how many days we have left n this life. I love many of the songs on this list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2019:

Bob - I love that song too! Thanks for the song suggestions. The Beatles song is at #24.

Robert Sacchi on October 22, 2019:

Another great list, I love "As Good as I Once Was". Have you considered: "Ride em Cowboy" by Paul Davis & "When I'm 64" by The Beatles?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 01, 2019:

Dion - Thank you for taking the time to submit this suggestion. I have added it. Have a great weekend.

Dion on August 31, 2019:

How about 'Only Time' by Enya? It was released in 2000 and have suggestive lyrics. I'll show you.

'Who can say if your love grows

As your heart chose

Only time

And who can say where the road goes

Where the day flows

Only time'

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 15, 2019:

siss400 - Thanks for these recommendations.

I added some to this playlist and some to the Spinditty birthday playlist, "Ultimate Happy Birthday Playlist: Popular Songs to Celebrate Your Special Day." Thanks for stopping by!

siss400 on June 15, 2019:

I personally think the ultimate three songs for a super funny bday are "older" by "The Mighty Giants", "I Need Never Get Old" by "Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats " and "I Don't Want To Grow Up" by the "Ramones".

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 26, 2019:

Arjen - Thank you for these suggestions. I have added some (and one was already on there). Have a great day!

Arjen on March 25, 2019:

Older - George Michael

Old Friends / Bookends Theme - Simon and Garfunkel

Leaves that are Green - Paul Simon, also Simon & Garfunkel

My Back Pages - Bob Dylan, The Byrds

Darkness - Leonard Cohen

Going Home - Leonard Cohen

Being Boring - Pet Shop Boys

When I'm 64 - Beatles

High Hopes - Pink Floyd

High Days - Bert Jansch

Lippy Kids - Elbow

Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

Some of these songs are more about nostalgia, but then again, isn't that feeling that you're not the person you used to be a large part of growing older?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 25, 2019:

Frances - Thanks for stopping by. That's good advice. Only look forward.

Frances Metcalfe on February 24, 2019:

I listened to Michael Caine's autobiography on the radio a few weeks ago (he read it himself, of course). His motto was, never look back, you can't change anything, keep looking forward. Good advice, I think. He's done OK. Lovely, thoughtful and entertaining article, as always.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 01, 2019:

Nithya - Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the playlist. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 30, 2019:

All great songs about the experience of growing old. We may grow old but it is the way we handle old age that makes a difference. I love Ed Sheeran’s song.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 20, 2019:

Jackienak - Although I couldn't find precisely those words, there is a song recorded by multiple artists entitled, "All by Myself." It has lyrics that are very close:

Sample lyrics:

All by myself I get lonely

Watchin' the clock on the shelf

I'd love to rest my weary head

On somebody's shoulder

I hate to grow older

All by myself.

Bobby Darrin is one artist who sang the song (1962).

Jackienak on January 20, 2019:

What song has the lyrics, I don’t want to grow older all by myself?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 05, 2018:

Suhail - Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy the old songs by Kool & the Gang, too. It brings back the memories! Have a great week! Hope all is well in your life.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on November 05, 2018:

Hi Flourish,

I am glad you added Kool & the Gang's 'Cherish' at Tim's advice. My apartment mates and I used to sing another song of that band together back in the 80s - 'She is fresh'.

However, it is 'Cherish' that I cherish the most and hum it often to this day.

Regards,

Suhail

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 02, 2018:

Tim - Thank you for your encouragement and the song suggestion. I added "Cherish" to the list at #57. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on November 01, 2018:

Hi, Flourish,

I read this article and smiled. These are really great songs. I love all of the Franky songs. Frank Sinatra is awesome.

One song I thought about related to getting older with your partner which didn't make your list was: "Cherish," the Cool and the Gang song. It's beautiful to me, and it has pretty good lyrics.

But that's not to take away from anything here, Flourish. Your list is amazing and I'll be revisiting these wonderful tunes. I knew about 45 of them. That's pretty cool.

To my creative, clever, and always motivating writing friend and colleague,

Superb work.

Much respect and admiration,

Tim

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 26, 2018:

ShadowsGathered - Thank you for the song suggestion. I'm sure I forgot more than one. I depend on participation to make sure we have a fairly comprehensive playlist. Have a good weekend!

ShadowsGathered on May 26, 2018:

Ah, but you forgot one - Yesterday When I Was Young by Roy Clark. That's a tearjerker, no doubt about it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 20, 2018:

Margie - I agree! Thanks for stopping by, and have a terrific week ahead.

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on March 19, 2018:

My hubby always says it better to be alive than 6 feet under! So I choose to grow old!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 02, 2017:

Rajan - Thank you for stopping by. The older we get, the luckier we should feel to have those breaths. Have a lovely week.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 02, 2017:

I love that chart you are getting old when... Personally, I feel each breath is a bonus and one ought to make the best of each one, however long or short time we have. Though it's easier said than done, isn't it?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 02, 2017:

steve - I don't always select the original version of the song. Thanks for your comment.

steve on May 02, 2017:

Why did you put the Bengals as the artist for Hazy Shade of Winter? That is a Paul Simon (&Garfunkel) song. Please correct.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 22, 2017:

bodylevive - Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for stopping by! If you have to be older, you might as well laugh about it.

BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on January 22, 2017:

I really enjoyed your hub. Great job in putting all this together! It was really funny too. I really liked you know you're getting old when. That was hilarious!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 22, 2017:

You kept me laughing as I read the chart....hate to admit it but they are spot on. Well, appreciate where you're at.

PeggyWds on January 09, 2017:

I had to laugh at that chart you made up after the saying "You know you are getting old when..." I can definitely identify with a number of them! Ha! Time certainly does fly!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 06, 2017:

Catherine - I guess what choice do we have but to go with it? I will check out your poem! Thank you for reading and commenting. All the best.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on January 05, 2017:

I like you like to celebrate getting older . (What choice do I have. You would like my poem on HP "Embracing My Inner Crone." Thanks for the play list. Of course, the songs I like best are those from my glory days.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 02, 2017:

Nell - That song is a gut buster for sure. Glad you enjoyed it.

Nell Rose from England on January 02, 2017:

LOL! love the quotes!and the song I don't look good naked, LOL! what a great list of songs and I sat here giggling away to myself, so thanks!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 01, 2017:

Genna - Thanks for stopping by. Those are some of my favorites, too. I hope you had a Happy New Year and that 2017 treats you well.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 31, 2016:

A wonderful list of music focusing on a theme that we live with, each day. John Mayer and Bruce Springsteen are my favorites. What an enjoyable way to spend this Saturday morning, with a New Year fast approaching, celebrating the passage of time. Happy New Year! :-)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 29, 2016:

Linda - I love that one as well. Thank you for your kind comment. I hope you have a happy and fruitful New Year. All my best, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 29, 2016:

Jo - I love your perspective to get the most out of life. None of us know how long we have, thus we each need to enjoy the lives we have and make a positive impact on the world while we are here. Happy 2017!

Jo Miller from Tennessee on December 29, 2016:

By most people's standards, I am elderly. But I seldom feel that way, and the past decade has been one of the best of my life. We do realize as we age that our days here on this earth are getting shorter. For me, that motivates me to use them wisely and cram as much living as possible into them. To do this, I try to avoid negative thinking and concentrate on the good.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 28, 2016:

Nadine - Thank you for reading. As Americans, we don't realize what music others around the world find popular, as we just have our own lens to look through. That's the good thing about connecting with people from around the world on-line; it broadens perspectives. I liked the John Mayer song too. Somber but emotionally appealing. Have a wonderful 2017!

Linda Rogers on December 28, 2016:

The song 'Grow old with me' by Tom Odell really gets me. Thanks for a great list of songs about aging. It was a really enjoyable hub. Happy New year my friend.

NadineMay on December 27, 2016:

Wow that is quite a list. Bruce Springsteen is the only vocal artist that I know here, but that might be due to me being from Holland and South Africa? I loved listening to Stop This Train" by John Mayer. Well done

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 25, 2016:

MsDora - Glad you enjoyed this. May you continue to grow ever wiser as you age. Merry Christmas to you!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 25, 2016:

Gypsy Rose - So glad you're living it up as you grow older. So much of it is attitude! Have a happy holiday season!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 25, 2016:

Another great collection of songs. My top favorite is Glory Days I'd say it is my theme song lol but I am still living my glory days!!!! only in a different way now. I've always thought so and still do if you can still recognize yourself in the mirror you're doing alright.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 25, 2016:

I join the celebration of growing old. You checklist is both witty and wise and the lyrics are nostalgic. This is one of my favorites in your song list series. Merry Christmas!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 24, 2016:

stevarino - I hope you are doing well. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Have a very Merry Christmas!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 24, 2016:

Heidi - Like all good things, vinyl is making a comeback! Oh, the nostalia of those 72s and 45s. I've added the two Frank Sinatra songs. Have a lovely holiday weekend and stay warm!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 24, 2016:

Martie - Thank you for the kind compliment. Have a beautiful holiday season with friends and family. I'd love to know a little more about the holidays' celebration traditions in South Africa and whether they are similar to what we experience.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 24, 2016:

Kyriaki - The best is ahead of you. May you always feel as vibrant as I'm sure you do now, in your 20s. Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful holiday season!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 24, 2016:

Suhail - That was a very good time in music and we didn't realize how good! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful holiday season.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on December 24, 2016:

Hi FloursihAnyway,

You sent me down to 1980s and 90s when I used to listen to older music. There are many songs from this list of yours that I need to revisit. Thanks for sharing.

Regards,

Kyriaki Chatzi on December 24, 2016:

Being in my early 20s, I can't say I relate to many of these songs. However, 22 by Lily Allen hit home with me. Looking forward to your next list of themed songs!! Merry Christmas!!! Fliboarding right now...

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 23, 2016:

What a lovely collection of songs about growing old. Never thought there are so many. Thanks, Flourish! I love these collections of yours! They are useful and handy!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on December 23, 2016:

When I think of aging songs, I always think of Frank Sinatra. His entire "September of My Years" album from the 60s is an aging song treasure trove, but my fave is "It Was a Very Good Year."

(Side note: I had that Sinatra album on vinyl. Talk about aging! Maybe I should buy it on iTunes for Christmas.)

Goofy as it sounds, I like Adam Sandler's "Grow Old With You." Loved The Wedding Singer.

Thanks for all the wonderful playlists and support this year! Merry Christmas!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 23, 2016:

Bill - It is such a poignant song. Merry Christmas to you, too!

Steve Dowell from East Central Indiana on December 23, 2016:

Well there's Alice Cooper's "Eighteen", but a better choice is "Old Man" by Neil Young - that's my final answer! How 'bout that, 2 choices in 1 response.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 23, 2016:

fpherj48 - I was all set for that Christmas carol, wondering which one it would be! Have a wonderful holiday season and stay warm surrounded by family and friends!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 23, 2016:

Larry - All my best to you and your family this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 23, 2016:

Vellur - Thank you for stopping by. I like those songs, too! Have a wonderful holiday season.

Suzie from Carson City on December 23, 2016:

FA.....Again, I have to say that you do an awesome job with your "songs about"...lists. Some really memorable ones here in this hub!

Now I would sing you a Christmas Carole.....but instead I'll just say, "Have a wonderful Holiday Season and may the love & beauty of Christmas last all year long!" Peace, Paula

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 23, 2016:

Linda - Thank you for your encouragement. Some of the funny songs here are my favorites. If you can't change something, you might as well laugh at it. Merry Christmas!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 23, 2016:

Bill - Thanks for the kind compliment. It really is about how you choose to use your time. Merry Christmas!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 23, 2016:

Your article is interesting, as always, but it's also funny. Aging is inevitable for all if us. It's good to have some fun with the topic! Merry Christmas, Flourish.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on December 23, 2016:

"Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone":-)

Great list. Hope you and yours have a wonderful holidays.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 23, 2016:

100 Years is one of my all-time favorite songs. Such a poignant look at aging. Thanks for this list. Very relevant for this old man. :)

Merry Christmas, my friend!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 23, 2016:

What a wonderful selection of songs about aging and growing older. I love the songs sung by John Legend and Kenny Rogers.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on December 23, 2016:

Hi Flourish. What an absolutely great hub this is. Some classic songs here; 100 Years, Glory Days, Turn-Turn-Turn, Forever Young. These are some of my all-time favorite tunes. And to the message, I am a firm believer that we are as young as we feel. I thought turning 50 would be traumatic, but you know what, it's just a number and I feel better and we travel more now than we ever have. Embrace the years, it's all about what we do with what time we have here.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 23, 2016:

Linda - I'm sure you're getting better with age, like fine wine. I loved that there was a Droop, West Virginia. I did restrain myself; I didn't add Soggy Bottom Lake. (I initially thought it was Saggy Bottom but Soggy Bottom adds a new layer of context.) You have a wonderful holiday weekend. I bet your house is just overflowing with baked goods and great stuff to eat.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 23, 2016:

Shyron - Thank you for the addition. I hope your Christmas is a relaxing and enjoyable one with family and friends abound. I appreciate you.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 22, 2016:

This is great, I couldn't think of any song you missed at first and then I thought of "Those Were the Days" and "She appeared to be 18 or 19 years old." the songs you have listed are fantastic.

Blessings my beautiful friend.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 22, 2016:

I love this beautiful hub, I thought I couldn't remember a song then I thought of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3KEhWTnWvE "Those were the Days" by Mary Hopkin 1968.

Once upon a time there was a tavern

Where we used to raise a glass or two

Remember how we laughed away the hours

And dreamed of all the great things we would do

Those were the days my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day

We'd live the life we choose

We'd fight and never lose

For we were young and sure to have our way.

La la la la...

Then the busy years went rushing by us

We lost our starry notions on the way

If by chance I'd see you in the tavern

We'd smile at one another and we'd say

Blessings and hugs my beautiful friend.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 22, 2016:

I love these songs, can't think of one that you missed, I so much enjoy these collection of songs.

Blessings and hugs.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 22, 2016:

Flourish, I audibly groaned when I saw the title of this post. You talk about being in the headlights of middle-age? In your 40's you are a whipper snapper to me (hey, I say that lovingly). If I'm middle aged, then I guess 140 is old.

Glad to see you included the Beatles song in your list. That is the first tune that popped into my head. The rest of these are mostly sweet, and then there's #19 which just makes me laugh (again).

But it doesn't stop there; it gets even better. Shame on you for adding Droop, WVa to the list! You're just cruel!

Love you. Thanks for a fun/funny post. I look forward to many more with you in the next year. Have a wonderful Christmas!