Top 7 Best New Hit Songs About Youth and Growing Up
Growing up is one of the hardest things in the world. The transitions from childhood to adolescence, then to adulthood, introduce us not only to self-discoveries, but also to the hardships that come along with the new responsibilities of being a grown-up. That is why it is very important to be equipped with the right tools as we face life head on. I've listed seven of the best new hit songs about youth and growing up. These songs can help us understand the frustrations that come from aging and the need to recognize the importance of preserving the beauty of youth in all of us.
Top New Songs About Youth and Growing Up
- "Growing Pains" by Alessia Cara
- "Youth" by Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid
- "I Don't Know My Name" by Grace Vanderwaal
- "Castle on the Hill" by Ed Sheeran
- "Rockabye" by Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
- "Young" by The Chainsmokers
- "7 years" by Lukas Graham
Read about how great these songs are, how they sound, and what they actually mean.
A short leash and a short fuse don't match
They tell me it ain't that bad
Now don't you overreact
So I just hold my breath, don't know why
I can't see the sun when young should be fun— Alessia Cara (Growing Pains)
1. "Growing Pains" by Alessia Cara
Artist: Alessia Cara
Album: The Pains of Growing
Songwriter: Alessia Caracciolo
In one of her latest interviews, 21 year old singer-songwriter Alessia Cara said that she wrote "Growing Pains" during a time when she felt "sort of lost" in everything she was doing. She was unsure about her job and her responsibilities. It is about how, even as as she lives her dreams at a very young age, she is still confused about the changes in her life.
We may not be a very talented international stars like she is, but we can always identify with the issues she is dealing with. Like everyone else, she is confused about growing up, finding herself, and finding peace within herself. Like Alessia, we may ask why we can't be happy and enjoy our youth, or why it is so hard to be ourselves sometimes. Many of us go through this difficult, yet crucial, confusion in our lives. This is when we learn some of life's most important lessons. This is when we realize that life cannot be easy all the time, and growing up can be a mess. Still, we can always find the silver-lining and let ourselves grow, get lost, and enjoy our youth. There is nothing wrong with that. We all should remember that the ups and downs are the reality of life and we are here for the ride.
Pain, but I won't let it turn into hate
No, I won't let it change me
Never losing sight of the one I keep inside
Now, I know it
Yeah, I know it— Shawn Mendes (Youth)
2. "Youth" by Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid
Artists: Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid
Album: Shawn Mendes
Songwriters: Shawn Mendes; Khalid Robinson; Teddy Geiger; Geoff Warburton; Scott Harris
One of the most tragic news stories of 2017 was the Manchester Arena Bombing, where a suicide bomber attacked concert goers after an Ariana Grande show in Manchester. This heart-breaking incident took 23 lives and wounded hundreds of people—most of whom were children. Aside from Ariana Grande, artists around the world were deeply affected by this tragedy. They couldn't believe that this could happen to people who were just there to enjoy the music. One of these artists is Shawn Mendes, who happened to be in Europe at that time. Together with his friend Khalid, Shawn wrote this song to remind all of us that even in the midst of chaos and difficulties, we should not let the world take away our "youth." Shawn describes "youth" as the feeling of joy, happiness, or purity that horrible experiences pull away from us bit by bit. Even though we are living in a world where we are forced to grow up quickly, this song reminds us that we need to keep fighting to keep our innocence and our sense of youth intact. We must stay strong and not lose ourselves as we face the sad realities of life.
I now know my name
I don't play by the rules of the game
So you say, I'm not trying
But I'm trying, to find my way— Grace Vanderwaal (I Don't Know My Name)
3. "I Don't Know My Name" by Grace VanderWaal
Artist: Grace VanderWaal
Album: Just the Beginning
Songwriter: Grace Vanderwaal
We first heard this beautiful song during Grace's first audition on America's Got Talent 2016. It was an original composition that caught the hearts of millions of viewers. Grace's beautiful raspy voice blended well with her ukulele as she played this song on stage. The audience gravitated to the song because of its meaning. When asked about the song in one of her interviews, she said, “It’s about how I’ve gone through so many different phases, and styles, and friendships, and it’s about how, now, I think that this is who I want to be and this is what I want my life path to be.” It is amazing how she wrote a story about how she tried to find her own identity and how she's maneuvering in this world, where people would always have something to say about you. This song makes us realize that our lives consist of different steps and levels. As we complete these steps, we learn who we really are as human beings and how we can keep on working to find our own way or path in this life.
Found my heart and broke it here
Made friends and lost them through the years
And I've not seen the roaring fields in so long, I know I've grown
But I can't wait to go home— Ed Sheeran (Castle On The Hill)
4. "Castle On The Hill" by Ed Sheeran
Artist: Ed Sheeran
Songwriters: Ed Sheeran, Benjamin Levin
Ed Sheeran is well known for writing songs that tell amazing stories that we can always relate to. "Castle On The Hill" is one of the hits on his latest album. Ed Sheeran said in an interview that it is a love song to Suffolk, which is the place where he grew up. He reminisces about his experiences living in his hometown in his younger years as a kid and as a teen. The lyrics are about his friends and how he misses home. It gives as a little hint at how Ed was raised, and it inspires us as we go through our own journeys. It will also make us appreciate how far we've come. It also teaches us to look back to our roots. This is where we can learn the best lessons in life.
Now she gotta a six year old
Trying to keep him warm
Trying to keep all the cold
When he looks her in the eyes
He don't know he's safe when she says
No one's ever gonna hurt you, love
I'm gonna give you all of my love
Nobody matters like you— Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (Rockabye)
5. "Rockabye" by Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
Artist: Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul, Anne-Marie
Genre: Dance music
Songwriters: Anmar Malik; Ina Wroldsen; Jack Patterson; Sean Paul; Steve Mac
This song has an amazing beat, and the lyrics carry such a great message. It is about a single mother, who struggles in life, but still fights for her baby. It is a heavy story and a great tribute to mothers all over the world. This song will make us realize how great our parents are, and how they will do everything within their power to give us a good life. All of us struggle from different things, but we need to remember that whatever it is we are going through can be overcome by receiving help from other people.
I'm calling you up,
you tell me it's over
Say what you want,
but it's hard when you're young— The Chainsmokers (Young)
6. "Young" by The Chainsmokers
Artist: The Chainsmokers
Album: Memories...Do Not Open
Songwriters: Andrew Taggart; Taylor Bird; Peter Hanna; Sean Jacobs; Jordan Young
Unlike the other songs on this list, which talk about the issues of growing older and reminiscing about younger years, this song is about young love. This song is about a past relationship. The singer remembers all of the little things about how they spent their time together and how they fell apart. This shows us how it can be hard when you are young and in-love. But, at the end of the day, whatever mess we've made when we were young, we can change. This pain will always be a part of growing up. It is how we learn what love really is.
Soon I'll be 60 years old, my daddy got 61
Remember life and then
your life becomes a better one
I made a man so happy
when I wrote a letter once
I hope my children come
and visit, once or twice a month— Lukas Graham (7 Years)
7. "7 Years" by Lukas Graham
Artist: Lukas Graham
Album: Lukas Graham (2015 album)
Songwriters: Christopher Brown; David Labrel; Lukas Forchhammer; Morten Pilegaard; Morten Ristorp Jensen; Stefan Forrest
This song became such a huge hit for the wonderful story it's sharing to everyone. It follows the life of the band's frontman, Lukas. This song is about his memories when he was a kid and the advice he got from his parents. The song follows the milestones he would have in his life as he got older. From travelling the world, to having children, to growing old and wondering what it would be like, this song would bring us back to our past and would also make us wonder about our future ahead.
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