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A playlist: Songs that capture the bittersweet feelings of growing up

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MEGHNATH DEY | STAFF

These songs are here to remind you that everyone goes through it and you’re not the only one experiencing a multitude of emotions.

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Attending college is a major life transition for anyone. It’s a true sign of growing up, becoming independent and learning to live on your own. Growing up comes with lots of emotions and feelings, both good and bad. Get your tissue box ready because the Clog presents: songs that capture the bittersweet feelings of growing up. 

“Ribs” by Lorde

Lorde is speaking for all of us when she sings “it feels so scary getting old” in this song. From the verses to the chorus, Lorde doesn’t miss a beat. The song describes the scary feelings of becoming older, having to change and the loneliness that accompanies growing up. It’s a true tear-jerker.

“Where’d All the Time Go?” by Dr. Dog

As they say, time flies when you’re having fun — and as the title suggests, this song is about how quickly time passes. It’s upbeat and danceable while offering nostalgia at the same time. You’ll probably reminisce about your past whenever you listen to this song. 

“Do Not Wait” by Wallows

Growing up can sometimes feel like the end of the world when one thing goes wrong. Wallows is here to tell you that it’s going to be alright, no matter how bad things seem at the moment. It’s a song that’s on the slower side, but provides the perfect amount of time to absorb the meaning behind the lyrics. 

“Vienna” by Billy Joel

This one’s an oldie but a goodie. Growing up can feel fast-paced and overwhelming at times, but this song is the perfect reminder that you’re doing fine wherever you’re at in life. Its slow tempo aligns with the lyrics telling listeners to slow down in life and take it easy. 

“Getting Older” by Billie Eilish

Don’t be surprised if you start crying during this song. It encapsulates everything you may encounter as you grow up: responsibilities, making mistakes, finding happiness and learning to heal. The repetitive plucking beat will definitely get you hooked on the song. 

If you ever feel lost as a growing young adult, these songs are here to remind you that everyone goes through it and you’re not the only one experiencing a multitude of emotions. Growing up is a process, but one that is sure to make you laugh and cry.

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