20 Best Songs About Growing Up

Nina Hampson

Songs about growing up can come both in the form of funny, upbeat songs or somber ballads. But they all have one thing in common: they remind us of the journey we’ve been on. Here are 20 of the best songs about growing up.

By the way, if you’re interested in songs about growing up, you may also be interested in songs about new beginnings, frank ocean songs, songs about basketball, songs about daughters, and songs about family.

Young – Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney - Young (Official Video)

This song Young by Kenny Chesney begins with the lyrics, “Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way, I can’t wait for this time to come and go.” Although he is not necessarily talking about growing up, Chesney uses a paradox that says that it’s difficult for someone who is already great to come into their greatness. He talks about how life is full of surprises, and how it’s almost impossible to prepare for disaster.

The Best Days – George Strait

The Best Day - George Strait (Lyrics)

This upbeat country song has the lyrics “It won’t be long ’til I have spent all my money, and I can drive a nicer car. And if this life don’t get better than it is right now, well then Lord I must not be doing something right.” In this song, George Strait talks about growing up in a way that says that he is experiencing the best days of his life, and that they are probably only going to get better.

My Little Girl – Tim McGraw

My little girl - Tim McGraw

This song is about a father’s love for his daughter. McGraw sings, “I thank God for sending me a little girl, to teach me how to love and laugh and cry.” This song is touching and reminds us that our children are always a reminder of our own childhood. Also, McGraw’s daughter is named Gracie, which is the same name as McGraw’s mother who passed away in March of 2013.

Rebecca Lynn – Bryan White

Bryan White - Rebecca Lynn

This country song is about a young man who is in love with a girl named Rebecca Lynn. He sings, “She’s my sunrise on a cloudy day, she’s the star that makes me wish upon my dreams.” This song is about the power of first love and how it can make everything seem possible. Since its release, the song has been remade by other country singers including Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.

Then They Do – Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins - Then They Do

This song by country singer Trace Adkins is about the moment when a young couple first gets married. The middle of the song has the lyrics “Then they do, then they fall in love.” This line shows that no matter how much you want to plan out your life, it will always be full of surprises and things you can’t control.

Dancin’ Away With My Heart – Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum - Dancin' Away With My Heart

This song is about a young couple who are in love and just starting out in life. The lyrics go, “We were dancin’ away with our hearts, and we didn’t care who saw.” This song is about the carefree feeling of being young and in love. Although the song is about a relationship that didn’t last, the lyrics are still nostalgic and beautiful.

The Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton - Coat Of Many Colors

This song is a ballad about a poor young girl who is faced with the reality that her father cannot afford to buy her a coat. She prays, “Lord please see me through this night and help my mama understand.” Although Parton wrote this as an adult, it reminds us of the innocence of youth and how we would do anything to help our parents.

Concrete Angel – Jackie Evancho

Jackie Evancho - Concrete Angel (2009) - Prelude To a Dream version

This song is a young girl’s plea for people not to ignore the abused children in their communities. The lyrics go, “How can a child understand when she walks with a broken man.” This song reminds us that we need to take care of the vulnerable individuals in our society so they have someone looking out for them.

He Gets That from Me – Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire - He Gets That From Me (Official Music Video)

This song is from the perspective of a mother who tells her son that something she has learned about life is that “He gets that from me.” It’s a touching review of how we always seem to pass on our traits and experiences to our children even if they don’t realize it. Nowhere is this more evident than in a mother’s love for her son.

Growing Pains – Ludacris

Ludacris - Growing Pains [HD]

This rap song is about the struggle to become a successful adult. The lyrics go, “The more I grow, the more I realize that everybody got they growing pains.” This song reminds us that we all have to deal with problems and decisions in our own way and it’s important not to compare yourself to others.

Grown Up – Danny Brown

Danny Brown - Grown Up (Explicit)

This rap song is about the difficult transition to adulthood. The lyrics go, “I’ma grown man now, I ain’t got time for you hoes.” This song reminds us that as we grow up and start careers and families, we will inevitably have less time to spend with our friends. This song is a declaration of independence from childish things.

Ivy – Frank Ocean

This song is about a young man’s struggles with his sexuality and how he feels like an outsider in the world. The lyrics go, “I never thought it’d be like this at 22.” This song is about feeling like you don’t fit in anywhere and not knowing where to turn for guidance. Some have interpreted the song to be about a relationship between two men.

Hold You Down – Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino - Hold You Down

This rap song is about the obstacles that young people face in their quest for success. The lyrics go, “Ain’t no way they can hold you down, long as you hold yourself.” This song is about the importance of staying positive and keeping your head up even when things are tough.

Same Drugs – Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper - Same Drugs (Official Video)

This song is about the challenges of growing up in a tough neighborhood. The lyrics go, “I got memory of me and my brother playin’ basketball, all day.” This song is about how the author’s childhood was cut short by violence and drugs in his neighborhood. It’s a reminder that not everyone has the same opportunities in life.

When They Reminisce Over You – Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth

Pete Rock & CL Smooth - They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) (Official Video)

This song is about the death of a young friend and how it makes the author reflect on his own life. The lyrics go, “And I can’t get by without you, I’m not alive.” This song is about the importance of friendship and how it touches our lives in ways we never expect. Here, the author is reminiscing about his friend and thinking about how he will always be with him.

7 Years – Lukas Graham

Lukas Graham - 7 Years [Official Music Video]

This song is about how time flies when you are growing up. The lyrics go, “Don’t believe in heaven, look at us.” This song reminds us that our childhood doesn’t stay with us forever and we have to live for the present rather than relying on memories of what used to be. Furthermore, the song is about how life keeps moving forward no matter what we do.

The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (Official Video)

This song is about the challenges of growing up in the suburbs. The lyrics go, “Sometimes I can’t believe it, when I look around.” This song is about how the author feels like an outsider in his own community. He doesn’t feel like he fits in with the people who live there and he longs for something more.

Breed – Nirvana

Nirvana - Breed (Live At The Paramount/1991)

This song is about the anger and frustration that comes with growing up. The lyrics go, “I’m tired of being told to wait my turn.” This song is about how the author feels like he’s been held back his entire life and he’s had enough. He’s angry and ready to take on the world. In a way, the song is a rallying cry for anyone who feels like they’ve been dealt a bad hand.

Bros – Wolf Alice

This song is about the author’s struggles with growing up. The lyrics go, “And I don’t want to be a woman, but I don’t want to be a man.” This song is about how the author doesn’t feel like she fits into either gender role and she doesn’t feel comfortable with either one. She is searching for an identity and trying to figure out where she belongs.

In My Room – The Beach Boys

Beach Boys-In My Room

This song is about the isolation that comes with growing up. The lyrics go, “I’m glad to be alone.” This song is about how the author prefers to spend his time alone in his room, away from the distractions of the outside world. He finds peace and solace in his own company. All he needs is his room and his music.