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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Neil Young
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Tom Islava added Harry Chapin
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wolfwalk added Grateful Dead
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Pink Floyd
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Remember When is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
MusicOfTheForest added Remember When Alan Jackson
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Merijo Dietrich added Johnny Cash
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Forever Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
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Alphaville
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Fireworks Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
MusicOfTheForest added Fireworks Hill Catman Cohen
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wolfwalk added Simon and Garfunkel
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My Generation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
The Who
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The Beatles
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Landslide is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
Pete St Martin added Fleetwood Mac
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Dream On is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
SailorHank Payne added Aerosmith
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punksnotdead added The Rolling Stones
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Tom Islava added Elton John
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Steely Dan
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James Taylor, Joni Mitchell
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John Denver
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Larry Stephanie added Lukas Graham
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Neil Young
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Tom Islava added Elton John
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Carly Simon