Highlighting 10 rock songs about getting older kind of goes against the grain of rock and roll. These musicians live fast, die young and leave a beautiful corpse. At least that's what we're told. Yet, there are quite a few songs that deal with aging. There's no such thing as a pension plan or retirement in rock and roll, but they can at least sing about getting old.
"Middle of the Road" The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde is so cool. She can sing about middle age and still sound young. But this is Hynde getting older and realizing her world isn't getting any better. And that's not a good thing.
- "Wouldn't It Be Nice" The Beach Boys Get this: Brian Wilson sang about wanting to get older so he could get married and settle down. What's wrong with this guy? Well, it turns out plenty is wrong with him. But he still gave us one great little song.
"Hey Nineteen" Steely Dan This is a cool song. When the singer can't believe his date has never heard of Aretha Franklin, he's floored. That's one of the drawbacks of dating someone young enough to be your daughter.
- "The Heart of the Matter" Don Henley Don Henley was always old before his time. But when he wrote this song, he really was getting older. When you get older, hopefully you get wiser. Don Henley, indeed, sounds wise in this song.
- "Mother's Little Helper" The Rolling Stones What a drag it is getting old. The Rolling Stones are singing about an aging woman, but it's a drag to age, whether your a man or woman.
"When I'm Sixty-Four" The Beatles This is the ultimate aging song. The Beatles gave us a song that wondered if love could last well into old age. It can, of course, but it usually takes a few marriages to get there.
- "Growin' Up" Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen struggled growing up, but he seems to have found peace. Let's hope his kids are having an easier time growing up than he did.
"Too Old to Rock & Roll, Too Young To Die" Jethro Tull In this song, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull sings of that ugly middle ground. This person is past their musical prime, but not quite ready to kick the bucket. Obviously, Ian Anderson wasn't singing about himself. He's not too old to rock and roll at all.
- "Touch of Grey" Grateful Dead By the time the Grateful Dead recorded this song, the band members had more than just a touch of gray. But that didn't matter because it still became their biggest hit. This touch of gray ended up having the golden touch.
- "Time Passages" Al Stewart The passage of time means aging. But it sounds so much nicer to say "time passages," than "aging," doesn't it? Al Stewart thought so. He may have been right.