50 songs about growing up

Having growing pains? These songs can relate

41. ‘Losing My Edge’ – LCD Soundsystem

Key lyrics:I’m losing my edge / The kids are coming up from behind
What it encapsulates: Getting old(er).

42. ‘Expectations’ – Belle & Sebastian

Key lyrics: “Tell Veronica the secret of the boy you never kissed/ she’s got everything to gain ’cause she’s a fat girl with a lisp”
What it encapsulates: How tough it is being at school


43. ‘Disco 2000’ – Pulp

Key lyrics:I never knew that you’d get married / I would be living down here on my own / On that damp and lonely Thursday years ago
What it encapsulates: The whole future being ahead of you – and the point when it isn’t any more.

44. ‘When I Was A Boy’ – ELO

Key lyrics:When I was a boy, I had a dream
What it encapsulates: Youthful drive – and less obviously, the loss of it.

45. ‘In My Room’ – The Beach Boys

Key lyrics:In my room / Do my dreaming and my scheming lie awake and pray / Do my crying and my sighing laugh at yesterday / Now it’s dark and I’m alone / But I won’t be afraid / In my room
What it encapsulates: Locking yourself in your room as a teen.


46. ‘Grew Up at Midnight’ – The Maccabees

Key lyrics:We grew up at midnight / We were only kids then / but that night we knew
What it encapsulates: The moment. You know the one.

47. ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ – Future Islands

Key lyrics:When people change / They gain a piece, but they lose one too
What it encapsulates: Irreversible change.

48. ‘Mistaken For Strangers’ – The National

Key lyrics:You get mistaken for strangers by your own friends / When you pass them at night
What it encapsulates: A proper ‘yikes’ moment: not being recognised by your old friends.

49. ‘Station Approach’ – Elbow

Key lyrics:Coming home I feel like I designed these buildings I walk by
What it encapsulates: The nostalgic clout of places from your youth.

50. ‘Teenage Talk’ – St Vincent

Key lyrics:How do you see me now, now that I’m a little bit older, older? Never mind the albatross smouldering on my shoulder
What it encapsulates: The insignificance of teenage problems versus adult ones.