songs The Best Songs About Getting Old  

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Getting old is a natural part of life, which is why there are so many songs about getting old. As one of life’s few guarantees, the fact that everyone is always getting older means people have been writing songs about getting old as long as people have been writing songs. Some songs are blasé about this fact, while others are resigned or even angry about our inevitable mortality. Whatever deeps feelings you have about getting old, there’s a whole lot of great music you can listen to on the subject. These songs may be getting older by the second, but they’ll always be timeless.

Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” was written by Stevie Nicks when she just a young woman, telling a story about aging that connects with people from all generations. “Time,” by Pink Floyd, is a centerpiece track from their album Dark Side of the Moon, a song cycle about the life cycle.

“When I’m 64” by The Beatles is Paul McCartney's classic lighthearted song about aging. McCartney has since bypassed the age in the title.

Which of these songs about aging do you love more and more the older you get? Vote for your favorites! If a song you love about again isn’t on the list, please make sure it isn’t forgotten by adding it.

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Old Man Neil Young

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Tom Islava added Cat's In the Cradle Harry Chapin

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wolfwalk added Touch of Grey Grateful Dead

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Forever Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
punksnotdead added Forever Young Alphaville

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Landslide is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
Pete St Martin added Landslide Fleetwood Mac

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When I'm 64 The Beatles

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Time Pink Floyd

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Merijo Dietrich added Hurt Johnny Cash

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100 Years is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
Larry Stephanie added 100 Years Five for Fighting

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My Generation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
My Generation The Who

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Dream On is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
SailorHank Payne added Dream On Aerosmith

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punksnotdead added Mother's Little Helper The Rolling Stones

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Larry Stephanie added 7 Years Lukas Graham

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wolfwalk added Old Friends Simon and Garfunkel

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Erin Neff added Veronica Elvis Costello

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Tom Islava added This Train Don't Stop There Anymore Elton John

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Hey Nineteen Steely Dan

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Dirty Old Man Neil Young

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My Old Man James Taylor, Joni Mitchell

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The Grouch Green Day

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Tom Islava added Oceans Away Elton John

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My Old Man John Denver

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Kevin Hayes added Old and Wise The Alan Parsons Project

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Losing My Edge LCD Soundsystem

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Older Crowd MC Chris

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punksnotdead added Wir leben immer ... noch (Lucky Number) Nina Hagen, Nina Hagen Band

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I'd Rather Be Dead is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
wolfwalk added I'd Rather Be Dead Harry Nilsson

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Stop This Train John Mayer

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Thinking Out Loud is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
JeffWhitehead added Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran

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RobertBrittenham added The Circle Game Joni Mitchell

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Young Man, Old Man The Black Crowes

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Older Sister Carly Simon

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Old Man & Me Hootie & the Blowfish

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Merijo Dietrich added Generation landslide Alice Cooper

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Old Man Willow Elephant's Memory

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My Old Man Lou Reed

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When I Grow Old Pet Lions

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Mean Old Man James Taylor

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lrmawg added Desparados Waiting for a Train Guy Clark

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Never Wed an Old Man Pete Seeger

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Older Than Me Marillion

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Older Gods Wu-Tang Clan

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Old Man of the Ocean Rod Argent, Phil Collins, Gary Moore

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Mean Old Man The Velvet Underground