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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Merijo Dietrich added Johnny Cash

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Pink Floyd

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45 20
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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54 35
Forever Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
punksnotdead added Alphaville

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31 14
Landslide is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
Pete St Martin added Fleetwood Mac

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32 16
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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11 7
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John Denver

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Larry Stephanie added Lukas Graham

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14 11
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James Taylor, Joni Mitchell

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Neil Young

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Tom Islava added Elton John

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31 34
100 Years is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
Larry Stephanie added Five for Fighting

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Tom Islava added Elton John

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Kevin Hayes added The Alan Parsons Project

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Jimmy Buffett

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5 7
I'd Rather Be Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
wolfwalk added Harry Nilsson

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Carly Simon

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James Taylor

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RobertBrittenham added Joni Mitchell

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Merijo Dietrich added Alice Cooper

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Erin Neff added Elvis Costello

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0 1
Creed - Time is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs About Getting Old
SotirisBebe added

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Pete Seeger

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The Black Crowes

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6 11
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lrmawg added Guy Clark

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Merle Haggard

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2 6
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Lou Reed

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wolfwalk added Joni Mitchell

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Randy Newman

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America

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Pet Lions

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punksnotdead added Nina Hagen, Nina Hagen Band

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John Mayer

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11 24
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Green Day

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5 16
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Rod Argent, Phil Collins, Gary Moore

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Paul Gilbert