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List of Favorite Coming of Age Songs

Updated on November 1, 2012

Coming of Age Songs about Teenage Years, Growing Up, Becoming an Adult, College, and Graduation

"Coming of Age" means different things to everyone. I've gathered a variety of songs on this page. Some are pensive and inspirational, while others are rebellious.

Great ideas for putting together a mix CD for that special teen in your life, or for hosting a graduation party. Check out some of these lyrics and listen to these Coming of Age songs on iTunes or Amazon!

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Updated 5/20/2012

Dream On by Aerosmith - A Great Coming of Age Song!

Every time that I look in the mirror

All these lines on my face getting clearer

The past is gone

It went by, like dusk to dawn

Isn't that the way

Everybody's got their dues in life to pay ......

100 Years by Five for Fighting - lyrics from this song about growing up... being 15 isn't so bad :)

I'm 15 for a moment

Caught in between 10 and 20

And I'm just dreaming

Counting the ways to where you are

I'm 22 for a moment

She feels better than ever

And we're on fire

Making our way back from Mars

15 there's still time for you

Time to buy and time to lose

15, there's never a wish better than this

When you only got 100 years to live..........

Gravity by Alison Krauss - This Coming of Age song is about Leaving Home at 17

I left home when I was seventeen

I just grew tired of falling down

And I'm sure I was told

The allure of the road

Would be all I found

And all the answers that I started with

Turned out questions in the end

So years roll on by

And just like the sky

The road never ends

Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd - This song has simple and important advice...

Mama told me when I was young

Come sit beside me, my only son

And listen closely to what I say

And if you do this it'll help you some sunny day

Oh, take your time don't live too fast

Troubles will come and they will pass

Go find a woman you'll find love

And don't forget son there is someone up above...

Shades of Gray by Keen Robert Earl - Highschool dropouts get in trouble by stealing cows..... but there's a twist!

A fun story song about teenage mischief...

We made Oklahoma a little after 3

Randy, his brother Bob and my old GMC

We had some moonshine whisky

And some of Bob's homegrown

We were so messed up we didn't know

If we were drunk or stoned

Randy was a sad-sack, tall kinda frail

Bob was a raving maniac, crazy in the head

They been kicked out of high school several years ago

For pushin over port-a-cans at the 4-H rodeo

Since then they've done their little dance

Right outside the law

Popped twice in Oklahoma, once in Arkansas

And I don't know what possessed me

To want to tag along

Cause I was raised a Christian

And I knew right from wrong

Complete lyrics here.

Indigo Girls: Closer to Fine - "The less I seek my source for some definitive, The Closer I am to fine"

This one refers to college, and I consider it a coming of age song because it is about finding yourself.

When I Grow Up (To be a Man) by Beach Boys - this is a thoughtful song...

When I grow up to be a man

Will I dig the same things that turn me on as a kid?

Will I look back and say that I wish I hadn't done what I did?

Will I joke around and still dig those sounds

When I grow up to be a man?

Try it On My Own by Whitney Houston - this coming of age song about growing up and doing it by yourself

I'm wiser now

Im not the foolish girl you used to know

So long ago

I'm stronger now

I've learned from my mistakes which way to go

And I should know

I put myself aside to do it in your way

But now i need to do it all alone

And I am not afraid to try it on my own

I don't care if I'm right or wrong

I'll live my life the way I feel no matter what I'll keep it real

You know

Time for me to do it on my own

CDs about "Coming of Age"

What is your Favorite Coming of Age song? - Please let me know, I love discovering new music!

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    • joseph-sottile-16 profile image


      5 years ago

      Very nice lens. You might like mine too...

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      6 years ago

      Ah, so many great coming of age songs ... today, in memory of Whitney Houston, gone too young ...

      "And I am not afraid to try it on my own

      I don't care if I'm right or wrong

      I'll live my life the way I feel no matter what I'll keep it real

      You know

      Time for me to do it on my own"

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      7 years ago

      OK, not really thought of by most as a coming of age song, but being the Disney fan that I am, mine is When you Wish upon a Star.

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      7 years ago


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      7 years ago

      I like "Dream On"!

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      8 years ago

      It's an important time in a person's life, something to be celebrated!

    • Mihaela Vrban profile image

      Mihaela Vrban 

      8 years ago from Croatia

      Good collection of songs. :)


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