The Best Country Rock Songs About Growing Up
AUSTIN, TX - MAY 04: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Tim McGraw performs onstage during the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One at the Frank Erwin Center on May 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Two things you always miss when you grow up – the moments and memories you had when you were younger. And there’s no better way to re-live them than by playing songs which will give you a wave of nostalgia. Whether you’re a parent wondering where time went for your kids or you’re THAT kid who blinked and suddenly they’re older, these 10 country songs will surely take you way back.
It’s not so much about the physical aspect of growing up, it’s also more about the mental, emotional, and psychological growth. No matter what you went through, chances are, you’d find the following tracks relatable. They will either make you smile, cry, or both.
10. Kenny Chesney – “Don’t Blink”
“Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife”
It’s about a younger guy talking to a 102-year old man and asking him about the “secret to life.” The latter responded, “Don’t blink.”
9. Billy Dean – “Let Them Be Little “
Let them be little, cause they’re only that way for a while
If you have a child, then this might make you tear up. It’s about kids and how they grow up so quickly, you’d barely notice it.
8. Bob Carlisle – “Butterfly Kisses”
All the precious time
Oh like the wind, when the years go by
From the perspective of a father, he chronicles how his daughter grew up from a little girl to a woman who’s about to get married. WARNING: There might be ninjas cutting onions.
7. Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”
You leave home, you move on and you do the best you can
I got lost in this old world and forgot who I am
The song is about returning to her childhood home as an adult and remembering all the memories like how the house was built and where she did her homework.
6. Brad Paisley – “Letter To Me”
But I know at seventeen it’s hard to see past Friday night
It’s about a man writing a letter to his younger self and telling him that “These are nowhere near the best years of your life.”
5. Mark Wills – “19 Somethin'”
But I wouldn’t trade those days for nothin’
Nineteen seventy somethin’
Mark Wills sings about growing up in the 1970s and 1980s and how fun it was back in the day. He also admits that now, he “got a mortgage and an S.U.V. and all this responsibility.”
4. Kenny Loggins – “Turn Around”
Little pigtails and petticoats
Where have you gone
It’s about a father who turns around and sees a grown woman instead of his little girl.
3. Tim McGraw – “Don’t Take The Girl”
Same old boy
Same sweet girl
Five years down the road
It’s about a boy and a girl who grew up, became lovers, gotten married, and the sad end to their relationship.
2. Merle Haggard – “Mama Tried”
Dear old Daddy, rest his soul,
Left my Mom a heavy load
It’s about a son who has caused pain to his mother. She tried to help him as he was growing up but still, he rebelled and now he has no one to blame but himself.
1. Trace Adkins – “You’re Gonna Miss This”
You’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast
The song narrates three different stages of the woman’s life – when she was a girl, a young lady, and then a mother. She is constantly being told that she will eventually miss those moments no matter how chaotic or seemingly irrelevant they are.