For all you parents whose kids are getting old too fast, we present you with our 10 best country song about growing up. Do you have a favorite country song about getting older? From classics like Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” to award winning songs like Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me,” these country songs remind us that life is short, and that we need to make the most with our time. Many of country songs are about children growing up, so think of your kids while you listen to the songs on this list.
1. Kenny Chesney- Don’t Blink
They say that life is short, and Kenny Chesney knows this all too well. “Don’t Blink” from his 2007 album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates presents the listener with a kind of warning- don’t waste your life doing nothing, or you’ll regret it when you’re on your death bed. The song is told from the perspective of a man who just turned 102, who is telling the new reporter who is interviewing him what the secret to life is.
2. Trace Adkins- “You’re Gonna Miss This”
“You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins conveys a message that I truly believe in a lot, and that is that no matter where you are in life, no matter how boring or frustrating it seems, you will one day look back on that time and miss it. The song is told in three parts, walking you through the life of one woman at various stages in her life.
3. Tim McGraw- Don’t Take the Girl
From his sophmore album Not a Moment Too Soon in 1994, “Don’t Take the Girl” is a song that can make you cry no matter how tough you are. The subject of the song, Johnny, is shown are various stages in his life, each time with the lyrics “don’t take the girl” holding a different meaning. Why are so many country songs about growing up so damn depressing?!”
4. Sawyer Brown- The Walk
From his 1991 album Buick, “The Walk” is about a father’s devotion and love for his son. The song depicts the boy growing older, each time his father walking with him and giving him advice- “Cause I took this walk you’re walking now / Boy, I’ve been in your shoes.” The father basically comforts his son by telling him that he’s not the first one to scared, and that you just have to keep walking forward sometimes.
5. Rascal Flatts - “My Wish”
From their fourth studio album Me and My Gang, “My Wish” is a sweet song by Rascal Flatts that’s about a person wishing all the best to a loved one- “My wish for you / Is that this life becomes all that you want it to / Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small / You never need to carry more than you can hold.”
6. Miranda Lambert- “The House That Built Me”
There’s a reason why “The House That Built Me” won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, and that is that it’s a beautifully sung song. From Miranda Lambert’s third album Revolution, the song is about the female narrator who goes back to her childhood home where she grew up, where she describes it as the house that built her due to all of the memories.
7. Kenny Loggins- Turn Around
A beautiful country song about a daughter growing up, “Turn Around” is a classic that was covered by Kenny Loggins in 2000. In the song, the singer cannot believe how fast his little girl is growing up- “Turn around and you’re tiny, turn around and you’re grown / Turn around and you’re a young wife with babes of your own.” This is a perfect country song for fathers who cannot believe how old their daughters are getting.
8. Brad Paisley- Letter to Me
Brad Paisley’s “Letter to Me” is a country song about getting older told from the perspective of the singer’s future self. In the song, Brad Paisley describes the letter he would write to his former 17 year old self, encouraging him to listen to his father’s advice, drive safe, and always keep his chin up, even when things look bad.
9. Lee Ann Womack- I Hope You Dance
If you’re a big Lee Ann Womack fan, then you already know that “I Hope You Dance” is her biggest song. It’s another country song about children getting older, with the singer expressing all the good things she wants for her children- “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean / Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens.
10. Martina McBride- In My Daughters Eyes
From her 2003 album Martina, In My Daughters Eyes is a great country song about the innocence of children, and the optimistic lens through which they see the world. Towards the end of the song, Miranda sings about her daughter growing up- “In my daughter’s eyes I can see the future / A reflection of who I am and what will be / Though she’ll grow and someday leave / Maybe raise a family.”by