Do you have any favorite songs about growing up? I know I do. In-fact, I have a few songs about growing up that helped me through the adolescent years.
For most of us, when we were kids, we just could’t wait to be much older and mature. They were lots of reasons for which us kids wanted to grow up so fast. Some of us wanted to start driving cars, wearing make-up, going to adult parties, or drinking. More so, one particular reason we wanted to grow up quickly was so we could get away from our constant nagging parents who wouldn’t just let us be. Well now, we are much older and we see that our parents just cared enough for us(at least most of them) to give us a hard time whilst we were being “Bratz.”
However, songs are one part of human existence that is simply ephemeral. Songs are always there for you when you need them. Whether you are happy, in love, sad, heart broken or however you feel emotionally, songs can be your best companion. One important time of life is that process of growing up into maturity and songs were there through it all.
For some, growing up was mighty fun, while for others it was more like a roller coaster ride. Nevertheless, which ever category you fall, there happen to be those songs about growing up which saw you through that period- of which when you hear them now, you can’t help but reminisce about those times. Here is list of the best growing up songs we were able to find. Hope you find yours here.
Songs About Growing Up
1. When I Grow Up (Pussycatdolls)
This is a song which was realeased by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls. from their second and final studio album Doll Domination (2008). Interscope Records released it on June 3, 2008, as the lead single from the album. Following the departure of the group’s longest-standing member Carmit Bachar, “When I Grow Up” was their first single . It was first recorded for Nicole Scherzinger’s planned solo project, Her Name Is Nicole, but after its cancellation and Scherzinger’s return to the group, she felt that the song was better suited for the group. It was written by Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, who also produced the song.
2. Changes (David Bowie)
This song was originally released on the album Hunky Dory in December 1971 and as a single in January 1972.”Changes” became one of Bowie’s best-known songs despite missing the Billboard top 40. The lyrics are often seen as a manifesto for his chameleonic personality and as a growing up song.Key lyrics is “Just gonna have to be a different man / Time may change me / But I can’t trace time.” What he tries to say is that he is a work in progress, whether or not you acknowledge it or not.
3. 1979 (Smashing Pumpkins)
Released in 1996, 1979 is the second single from their third studio album. This song was written by frontman Billy Corgan, and features loops and samples that were uncharacteristic of previous Smashing Pumpkins songs. It was written as a coming of age story by Corgan, because in the year 1979, Corgan was 12 and this is what he considered his transition into adolescence and that’s why it was so popular especially among teens.
The key lyrics: “June bug skipping like a stone / With the headlights pointed at the dawn / We were sure we’d never see an end to it all.” In this song, the nostalgia you never realize you’ll feel for your adolescence is what was emphasized.
4. West Coast (Fidlar)
Key lyrics: “All my friends they just stay the same / I’m growing up but nothing’s changing / I’m so sick of this stupid place / It’s so suburban and so boring.”
What it encapsulates: That restless suburban adolescent itch.
5. Dammit (Blink-182)
Dammit is a song released on September 23, 1997, by American rock band Blink-182, as the second single from the group’s second studio album, Dude Ranch (1997). Written by bassist Mark Hoppus, the song concerns maturity and growing older. It was written about a fictional breakup and the difficulty of seeing a former partner with another.
The song became the band’s first hit single, reaching number 11 on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, and receiving heavy airplay on several key US stations in 1998. The major highlight in the lyrics of the songs is “Everybody’s gone / And I’ve been here for too long / To face this on my own / Well, I guess this is growing up“
In this song, the song writer realizes that he is a bit of a fuck-up.
6. Time (Pink Floyd)
The title gives it away, as the main lyrics “One day you find ten years have got behind you / No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun,“ strikes a chord every time. The song talks about how you Realise that time moves faster when you’re older.
7. Growing Pains (Ludacris)
Ace rapper Ludacris wasn’t missing on the growing up song craze as he this incredible song which has it highlighted lyrics, “Wanna hang with the big boys and play with the big toys / And be with the people making all that goddamn noise.“ He raps about the period of wanting to get older, without realising what you’ll lose in the process.
8. Grown Up (Danny Brown)
This is one song that rocked when it was released. “Remember back then we thought we growed up / Rushing as a kid just to be grown up,“ such a fantastic piece of work. Also, the video was instrumental in conveying the message behind the song which finds Brown looking back to his hardscrabble upbringing on the path to becoming, in his words, “the greatest, grown up.” The video featured a pint-sized kid(acting as Brown) trashing a library, throwing toilet paper at a dude taking a piss, while retaining an adorable gruffness whether rolling around in a basket or riding a toy horse.
9. In My Life (The Beatles)
One of the most popular music groups of all time “the Beatles,” released this song in 1965 on the Rubber Soul album. “I know I’ll never lose affection / For people and things that went before / I know I’ll often stop and think about them“ This is the major lyrics in this song. Here, the singer admits that the people you get to know as you grow older may change your life forever. “In my life” is ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” as well as fifth on their list of the Beatles’ 100 Greatest Songs.
10. Ivy (Frank Ocean)
The highlighted Key lyrics in this song is “You ain’t a kid no more / We’ll never be those kids again.“
What this entails are those memories that humans have from childhood to adult hood that can’t be forgotten, and I’m sure we can all relate.
In conclusion, hope you enjoyed this piece on the best songs about growing up. Though there are lots of songs about growing up, the article above can be said to be the biased picks of the writer. Did you find yours in it? yes? No? Anyways, what is most important is the feeling you had during during years of wishing you were older and the songs that were your cherished companion. We challenge you to take a personal walk down memory lane by coming up with your own list of best growing up songs you really liked. Cheers!