The 45 Best Songs About Kids Growing Up

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Your kids growing up is something every parent both looks forward to, and sometimes also dreads. Music can help, and one of these songs about kids growing up might be just what you’re looking for.

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Growing up affects each of us differently, no matter the age of your child. The dreams, hopes and even fears for their futures are universal for many of us.

My husband is a music producer, and in our family we use music to help us work through our emotions. As a mom of three, I feel like I’m juggling so many emotions every day about my children growing up. Every day I wake up and they’re changing before my eyes.

Songs can sometimes capture what we’re feeling in a way nothing else can. I hope this collection of 45 songs about kids growing up help you as you navigate all of the transition and change, too.

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The Best Songs About Kids Growing Up

Included on this list of songs about growing up are some of my own personal favorites, as well as special songs many people have loved over the years. This list includes pop music, hip-hop, classic rock, alternative, country songs and more.

The songs on this list include odes to your baby girl or little boy, walks down memory lane, best friends, reflections on both good times and bad, upbeat songs, heartfelt lyrics and so many moments in between.

If you’re unfamiliar with any of these songs, I’ve also included a link to the music video for each of these, too.

  1. “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)” by Billy Joel
  2. “Used to be Young” by Miley Cyrus
  3. “My Hometown” By Bruce Springsteen
  4. “Lost in My Mind” by The Head and the Heart
  5. “Cat’s In The Cradle” By Harry Chapin
  6. “Kids” by MGMT
  7. “In My Life” by The Beatles
  8. “Never Grow Up” By Taylor Swift
  9. “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney
  10. “Changes” by David Bowie
  11. “Castle On The Hill” By Ed Sheeran
  12. “Young” by Kenny Chesney
  13. “The Best Day” by George Strait
  14. “Forever Young” By Bob Dylan
  15. “Gracie” by Ben Folds
  16. “Teenagers” By My Chemical Romance
  17. “Vienna” by Billy Joel
  18. “7 Years” By Lukas Graham
  19. “Boy” by Lee Brice
  20. “Hold You Down” By Childish Gambino
  21. “Seasons (Waiting on You)” by Future Islands
  22. “Fifteen” By Taylor Swift
  23. “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride
  24. “Here’s To Never Growing Up” By Avril Lavigne
  25. “He Gets That from Me” by Reba McEntire
  26. “Coat Of Many Colors” By Dolly Parton
  27. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  28. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
  29. “Blessed” by Elton John
  30. “The Circle Game” By Joni Mitchell
  31. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
  32. “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire
  33. “Sun Goes Down” By Lil Nas X
  34. “Time” by Pink Floyd
  35. “Letter To Me” By Brad Paisley
  36. “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin
  37. “Fade Away” By Oasis
  38. “Ghost” by Kid Cudi
  39. “Dammit” by Blink-182
  40. “Then They Do” by Trace Adkins
  41. “As Good As I Once Was” by Toby Keith
  42. “Growing Up” by Thomas Rhett
  43. “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” by Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus
  44. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  45. “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon
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Final Thoughts on This Collection of Songs About Kids Growing Up

Our kids grow up so fast, and whether you’re navigating the craziness of the baby and toddler stage, or facing the first steps in your older child moving out and starting their own life after high school and graduation ceremonies, this time can be bittersweet. Some of the most perfect songs for you might not even be on this list!

Were any of your favorite songs included? Let me know in the comments which ones I’m missing!

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