21 Songs About Never Growing Up (2023)

Even though we all know that life has its challenges, we’ve all reached a point where we wish we could stop time and stay young forever. It’s also rather ironic that, while children are eager to grow up, adults often long for their youth. However, one thing that is obvious is how quickly time can pass.

Since aging is something that takes up our minds, composers have also written a lot of songs about never growing up, and here are the best ones you must listen to:

21. Here’s to Never Growing Up — Avril Lavigne

Let go of your worries and have fun with Avril Lavigne’s “Here’s to Never Growing Up.” It was first released in 2013 on her self-titled album, and since then, it has become a teen classic. It features Avril’s distinctive musical style, which many of us grew up with, and an infectious chorus. Due to its widespread acclaim, this pop-punk song was awarded MuchMusic’s Most Buzzworthy Canadian Artist Video Award.

20. Never Grow Up — Taylor Swift

Parents usually wish their kids didn’t grow up and would just stay with them forever. That desire is perfectly captured by the country song “Never Grow Up” written and recorded by Taylor Swift. It is a heartfelt song that revolves around time, life, and family. No matter your age, this song from Speak Now will have a lasting impact on you.

19. Never Wanna Grow Up — Katrina Stone

Feel free to tap your toes while playing the title track, “Never Wanna Grow Up,” by Katrina Stone. It is an indie tune that starts with an infectious, colorful beat and melody. The lyrics are all about just wanting to be young, innocent, and free—surely something we can relate to!

18. Never Grow Up — Sizzy Rocket

Sizzy Rocket continues the party vibe with her alternative disco-pop song titled “Never Grow Up.” This track was included on the American singer-songwriter’s album titled Grrrl, which was released in 2019. When she set out to create this song, one of her goals was to convey the feeling of being young and wealthy, which she accomplished admirably.

17. Good Riddance — Green Day

A classic song  titled “Good Riddance” from Green Day’s album Nimrod will give you nostalgia. It is a bittersweet alternative song that has the power to move you to tears while smiling. Billie Joe Armstrong both wrote and sang this song, saying:

It’s something unpredictable
But in the end, it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life

Through this song, he hopes the listeners will make the most of their lives while they can.

16. Never Growing Up — Aloe Blacc and Mathieu Koss

Isn’t it wonderful to be able to turn back time to when we were kids playing at the playground? Listening to “Never Growing Up” by Mathieu Koss and Aloe Blacc can give you that feeling. His album NRJ Back To School 2019 features this electronic dance-pop that will have everyone jumping around the room.

15. Forever Young — Alphaville

Everyone should be familiar with the next timeless tune. It is “Forever Young,” which is the title track of Alphaville’s studio album released in 1984. In addition to being a pleasant listen, “Forever Young” provides a nostalgic atmosphere reminiscent of the 1980s. Many artists from all over the world have covered this mellow rock, which remains as a global hit.

14. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up — Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha Nasri co-wrote her 2018 song “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” with Atweh and Nolan Lombraza. It has an R&B and pop style, and the song’s chorus goes, “If love is a lie; it’s the most beautiful lie that you ever been told.” “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” is the kind of song that makes you both entertained and relaxed.

13. Act My Age — One Direction

Raise your hands if you are a Directioner! We have “Act My Age” by the popular boyband One Direction. Their album named Four, which came out in 2014, features this joyous pop song that is great to jam to. In this track, they sing about how they don’t want to act their age and just freely enjoy the moment with their loved ones in a fun way.

12. Seventeen — Alessia Cara

When were the best moments of your life? For Alessia Cara, it seems to have been when she was seventeen. In her pop song “Seventeen,” she sings, Now I wish I could freeze the time at seventeen. It’s got heartfelt lyrics, an upbeat tune, and a backing track. This track is featured on Alessia Cara’s Know-It-All album.

11. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up — Tom Waits

We have another classic entry on this list. It was released in 1992 on Tom Waits’ Bone Machine album and is titled “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up.” Many of the listeners have commented that Tom Waits sounds like a drunk man singing — and they love it! It is undeniably true that this rock song can resonate with anyone, especially adults.

10. Do You Really Want to Live Forever? — Pete Beat

Pete Beat, a musical artist who also served as The Beatles’ drummer before they rose to fame, recorded a track titled “Do You Really Want to Live Forever?” Pete’s alluringly low voice sits atop an upbeat backing track in this electro-pop song from the album Forever. The song is fantastic to listen to because of the depth of thought conveyed in the lyrics.

9. Grow Up — Simple Plan

Turn your volume up while playing Simple Plan’s “Grow Up.” It was released in 2002 on the No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls album. Some of the lines from its lyrics that will stay in your head are as follows:

I don’t wanna be told to grow up
And I don’t wanna change
I just wanna have fun

This indie pop-rock song’s combination of compelling melody and lyrics is sure to get you pumping.  

8. Forever Young — BLACKPINK

Do we have K-Pop fans out there? If so, we have a present for you! It is the song “Forever Young” by one of the most globally known K-pop groups: BLACKPINK. This entrancing pop track is included in their hit album, Blackpink in Your Area. It has a catchy tune that will make you dance like no one’s around!

7. Young and Beautiful  — Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey will hypnotize you with her stunning vocals as she sings “Young and Beautiful.” This track was among the soundtracks of the film The Great Gatsby and is from the album The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film. The lovely tune will have you imagining lounging in a red silk nightgown on your bed.

6. Young Forever — Jay-Z and Mr. Hudson

Make some noise, hip-hop lovers! Jay-Z and Mr. Hudson will now turn up the heat with their rap track “Young Forever.” It was released in 2009 for The Blueprint 3 and it also features the one and only Beyoncé. Its chorus is from Alphaville’s “Forever Young.” No matter how much you age, this song will always have a special place in people’s hearts.

5. Seventeen Forever — Metro Station

The band Metro Station included a new track on their 2007 self-titled album. It’s an alternative pop song titled “Seventeen Forever.” The majority of kids and teens have this song on their playlists and listen to it when they’re hanging out with their pals. Listeners will feel nostalgic after hearing “Seventeen Forever” and may even find themselves reflecting on their own teenage years.

4. The Moments I’m Missing — Nina Nesbitt

Also reflecting on her own teenage years is Nina Nesbitt. She expresses this yearning in her pop track “The Moments I’m Missing” from The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change. The meaningful lyrics perfectly detail the days when we were students, and every listener will surely feel a pinch in their chests as to how accurate the words are. In addition, Nina’s vocals are equally impressive.

3. I Wanna Be Forever Young — Alícia Alves

If you are facing struggles, you may find comfort in the song “I Wanna Be Forever Young” by Alícia Alves. This track is also inspired by Alphaville’s masterpiece. Alícia Alves’s voice is soothing to listen to, and it will instantly entice your heart the moment you hear it. She recorded this pop tune in 2015 for her album, I Want to Believe.

2. What’s My Age Again? — Blink-182

Blink-182’s “What’s My Age Again?” from the album Enema of the State was released 24 years ago, in 1999. You’ll be hooked by the music as well as the lyrics that go, “My friends say I should act my age. What’s my age again?” It describes a period when he was seeing a person who made him feel young. After listening to it, you’ll find yourself repeating the song’s catchy melody in your head.

1. Glory Days — Bruce Springsteen

Let us conclude this list with a masterpiece recorded by the legendary rock artist Bruce Springsteen. It is titled “Glory Days,” and it belongs to his album, Born in the U.S.A. The song’s excellent music earned it a nomination for Best Male Video and Best Overall Performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. It describes the glory days of his youth that popped up when he ran into an old friend. “Glory Days” is an entertaining song you will definitely love!

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