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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Merijo Dietrich added Johnny Cash

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wolfwalk added Grateful Dead

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Pink Floyd

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My Generation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
The Who

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The Beatles

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30 11
Landslide is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
Pete St Martin added Fleetwood Mac

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48 28
Forever Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
punksnotdead added Alphaville

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27 12
Dream On is listed (or ranked) 12 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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wolfwalk added Simon and Garfunkel

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Steely Dan

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Larry Stephanie added Lukas Graham

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John Denver

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29 27
100 Years is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
Larry Stephanie added Five for Fighting

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Neil Young

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James Taylor, Joni Mitchell

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Tom Islava added Elton John

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Kevin Hayes added The Alan Parsons Project

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Tom Islava added Elton John

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Erin Neff added Elvis Costello

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James Taylor

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The Black Crowes

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RobertBrittenham added Joni Mitchell

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Carly Simon

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Pete Seeger

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Merijo Dietrich added Alice Cooper

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lrmawg added Guy Clark

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3 6
I'd Rather Be Dead is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
wolfwalk added Harry Nilsson

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Jimmy Buffett

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wolfwalk added Joni Mitchell

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Randy Newman

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Pet Lions

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Lou Reed

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Merle Haggard

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America

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Green Day

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John Mayer

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punksnotdead added Nina Hagen, Nina Hagen Band

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Paul Gilbert

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4 11
Thinking Out Loud is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
JeffWhitehead added Ed Sheeran