Top 10 songs about being young

A lot of people want to be reminded that youth doesn’t last forever and that the time they have with it is special. So when artists write songs about the nostalgia of being young and living up to all the expectations of partying and living good, people tend to listen. I am personally only 16 and have not “truly lived,” but as I listen to some of these songs, I feel like some of the things that I miss out on and not partake in mean that I’m missing out on life.

10. “Yesterday” by Atmosphere

This song is not well known and I doubt that it is even truly considered to be a song about being young; however, listening to it, I tend to think about the one that got away, “I like to tangle up the strings of the puppetry, but you knew me back when I was a younger me, you seen Sean in all types of light, and I’ve been meanin’ to ask you if I’m doin’ alright.” The lyrics explain how they were young and that through every thing they stayed close, and that he hopes he hasn’t disappointed her.

9. “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry

This song is also a little vague. It’s more about being in love in high school. She uses promiscuous lyrics, but if you were to take a closer look you’d see that she uses lyrics portaying her life as being being spontaneous and romantic- “Let’s go all the way tonight, no regrets, just love. We can dance until we die, you and I, we’ll be young forever.” Her sweet heartfelt songs give us the memorys of when we were young. For the present youth, we can relate to her descriptions of love.

8. “I Love College” by Asher Roth

“I love college, Ay! I love women, Ay! I love drinking Ay! I love college.”  This elegant chorus brings teens all around to stand up and sing along with Asher Roth in his anthem of living in the moment. This may be a little more explicit, however, the song’s meaning does not fault any.

7. “Opposite of Adults” by Chiddy Bang

This song has a very energetic rhythm, with the chorus “I once was a kid all I had was a dream, mo money mo problems, when I get it imma pile it up, now I’m dope wan’a brag we can, so fresh how we flow, everybody get their style from us.” This song reminds us of the dreams we have used to have of growing up, to dream of being whatever we want- in his case, all he could dream of in his youth was to rap, and to do what he loves doing as well as making a lot of money. This is every teen’s dream, so they can relate to his song.

6. “Good Life” by One Republic

One Republic is known for making songs that people can relate too and share a deeper meaning. This song doesn’t specifically talk about being young, but when I listen to it, I feel like doing something worth remembering. The chorus is a reptition of “good life good life, good good life” and has a feeling of doing things in the moment, and not waiting for moments to pass.

5. “I Won’t Grow Up” by Upper East

Upper East is an up and coming rap duo with a nice flow and steady rhythm. Their cover of the Peter Pan classic “I Won’t Grow Up” adds even more nostalgia to the older group of listeners. They even shout out to one of my favorite artists, Chiddy Bang, who are number 7.

4. “It’s So Hard to Forget Yesterday” by Boyz II Men

This group has been on the charts from the early 80′s and has since never been on the bad side of things.  This individual song talks about a lost love and his heartache- “I’d thought we’d see forever but forever’s gone away, it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.”

3. “We’ll Be Alright” by Travis McCoy

Gym Class Heroes is a popular group known for their upbeat songs and clever lyrics. Their biggest hits are “Cookie jar”, a metaphor of cheating, and “Cupid’s Chokehold”, that is refering to falling in and out of love. This one, however, deals with growing up and surviving on your own. The chorus talks about doing things as a child that were considered privileges.

2. “Young, Wild, and Free” by Wiz Khalifa

This is probably the most well-known of these songs that deal with being young and living it to the fullest. His chorus,”So what we get drunk, so what we smoke weed, we’re just having fun, we don’t care who sees.” He references doing the things that are frowned upon and saying that he just wants to have fun and be careless.

1. “Forever Young” by Jay-Z

This came back into popularity to the hit motion picture, Napoleaon Dynomite. The original song was by Alphaville in the 80′s. Jay-Z did an amazing job covering this, turning it into a graduation anthem for all high school and colleges for many years. This song makes you think about being young, and how you spent it.

 

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