50 songs about growing up

Having growing pains? These songs can relate

31. ‘Montezuma’ – Fleet Foxes

Key lyrics:Now I am older than my mother and father when they had their daughter – now what does that say about me?
What it encapsulates: Comparing your life progression to your parents’. Or to other people’s – like David Bowie’s, for example.

32. ‘Both Sides Now’ – Joni Mitchell

Key lyrics:I’ve looked at life from both sides now / From win and lose and still somehow it’s life’s illusions I recall / I really don’t know life at all
What it encapsulates: Wisdom/epiphanies/truth/the greatness of Joni Mitchell.


33. ‘The Man With The Child In His Eyes’ – Kate Bush

Key lyrics:He’s here again / the man with the child in his eyes
What it encapsulates: A youthful spirit never goes away – it’s just not always immediately obvious.

34. ‘December 4th’ – Jay Z

Key lyrics:I pray I’m forgiven / For every bad decision I made, every sister I played / ‘Cause I’m still paranoid to this day
What it encapsulates: This song is essentially Jay’s autobiography: it’s about his whole life.


35. ‘Breed’ – Nirvana

Key lyrics:Get away, get away, get away / Get away, away, away from your home
What it encapsulates: Getting old enough to reject everything you see.



36. ‘No Matter Where We Go’ – Whitney

Key lyrics:I wanna take you out / I wanna drive around / With you with the windows down / And we can run all night
What it encapsulates: Being young and wild and free, man. The perfect age.

37. ‘Coming of Age’ – Foster The People

Key lyrics:Even when I’m wrong I tend to think I’m right / Well I’m bored of the game / And too tired to rage
What it encapsulates: Looking at yourself after a while and not really liking who you’ve become.

38. ‘Depreston’ – Courtney Barnett

Key lyrics:You said we should look out further / I guess it wouldn’t hurt us
What it encapsulates: Getting older and moving to the ‘burbs. And spying at open houses. And how awful estate agents are. And mortality. That too.

39. ‘Bros’ – Wolf Alice

Key lyrics:Remember when we cut our hair? / We both looked like boys but we didn’t care / Stick it out together, like we always do
What it encapsulates: Friendship that lasts.

40. ‘Sticks and Stones’ – Jamie T

Key lyrics:When there’s no one left to fight / Boys like us don’t shine so bright
What it encapsulates: The people adulthood doesn’t suit.