20 Songs About Being 17

Do you remember being 17? It’s a time when we start to figure out who we are and what we want in life. From the joys of finally being an adult to the pain of growing up too fast, these songs will take you back to that memorable year.

1. “Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen (Official Music Video)Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen (Official Music Video)

Starting off our list is this classic pop song by Stevie Nicks. “Edge of Seventeen” which was released in 1981.

It’s a coming-of-age anthem for anyone who has ever felt like they’re on the outside looking in. It’s one of the tracks on his album Bella Donna (2016 Remastered) which can be streamed on all music platforms out there.

2. “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter

Deana Carter - Strawberry Wine (Official Music Video)Deana Carter – Strawberry Wine (Official Music Video)

“Strawberry Wine” is a country song that was released in 1996 by Deana Carter. It’s about young love and how it can be so intoxicating.

It’s a feeling that we all can relate to, no matter what age we are. This hit song won various awards like Song of the Year. It amassed over 64 million views on Youtube.

3. “Seventeen” by Alessia Cara

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Alessia Cara’s “Seventeen” is a pop song that was released in 2015. It’s about the struggles of growing up too fast and how it can be overwhelming.

We can all relate to feeling like we’re not ready for the adult world. This is one of Cara’s most successful songs with a whopping 35 million Youtube streams since its release.

4. “Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten

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The next song is “Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten. This song was released in 2019 and it’s a slower, more melancholic track than the previous one.

It’s about being trapped in a cycle of bad relationships. We’ve all been there at some point in our lives, feeling like we’re stuck in a rut. You can listen to this track on all music platforms out there.

5. “He’s Seventeen” by The Supremes

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“He’s Seventeen” is a song by The Supremes that was released in 1962. It’s about a girl who is dating an older man and how her friends disapprove. This controversial song can be found on their album Meet the Supremes.

6. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA

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You might not think of ABBA when you think of songs about being 17, but “Dancing Queen” is a coming-of-age anthem.

It’s about finally being old enough to go out and have some fun. This song was released in 1976 and it quickly became one of their most popular tracks. You can find it on their album Arrival.

7. “17” by Avril Lavigne

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“17” is a pop-punk song by Avril Lavigne that was released in 2013. It’s about the carefree things you do when you’re 17.

This is one of her tracks on the album Avril Lavigne (Expanded Edition). It now has over 150k views on Youtube and can also be streamed on other music platforms.

8. “Carmen” by Lana Del Rey

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Lana Del Rey’s “Carmen” is a haunting track that was released in 2012. It’s about a beautiful girl aged 17 who is trying to find herself.

She’s lost and doesn’t know where she belongs in the world. This song can be found on Del Rey’s album Born to Die: The Paradise Edition.

9. “Seventeen Forever” by Metro Station

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The next song on our list is “Seventeen Forever” by Metro Station. This song was released in 2007 and it’s about never wanting to grow up.

It’s a feel-good track that will take you back to your teenage years. You can find it on their self-titled album Metro Station.

10. “It Was A Very Good Year” by Frank Sinatra

It Was A Very Good Year (2008 Remastered)It Was A Very Good Year (2008 Remastered)

“It Was A Very Good Year” is a classic song by Frank Sinatra that was released in 1965. It’s about looking back on your life and all the things that have happened.

This song always makes me feel nostalgic. It has been covered by many artists over the years like Robbie Williams and Seal.

11. “Seventeen” by Marina and the Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds - Seventeen (Official Music Video)Marina and the Diamonds – Seventeen (Official Music Video)

Marina and the Diamonds’ “Seventeen” is a synth-pop song that was released in 2010. It’s about the feeling of being lost and not knowing who you are.

This is a relatable track for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t fit in. You can find it on her album The Family Jewels.

12. “This Year” by The Mountain Goats

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Next on the list is “This Year” by The Mountain Goats. This song was released in 2005 and it’s about making a New Year’s resolution to change your life as you turn 17.

It’s a positive track that will leave you feeling motivated. You can find it on their album The Sunset Tree and it can also be streamed on all music platforms out there.

13. “17” by Youth Lagoon

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“17” by Youth Lagoon is the last song on our list. It’s about reminiscing how carefree your life was back when you were seventeen.

This track was released in 2011 for the album The Year of Hibernation. It became one of their most popular tracks with over 2 million Youtube views.

14. “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl” by Broken Social Scene

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“Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl” is a song by Broken Social Scene that was released in 2002. It’s about teenage angst and the struggles of growing up.

This song can be found on their album You Forgot It in People. It can be streamed on all music platforms out there.

15. “Seventeen Ain’t So Sweet” by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’s “Seventeen Ain’t So Sweet” is a song about the struggles of being a teenager. It was released in 2006 and it can be found on their album Don’t You Fake It. This track has over 300k views on Youtube and also be streamed on other platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

16. “Let’s Go” by The Cars

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“Let’s Go” by The Cars is a song about taking risks and living life to the fullest. It was released in 1979 and it can be found on their album Candy-O. This track has over 1.6 million views on Youtube, making it one of their most popular songs.

17. “Seventeen” by Stone Cold Fox

STONE COLD FOX - SEVENTEEN (Official Music Video)STONE COLD FOX – SEVENTEEN (Official Music Video)

The next song is by Stone Cold Fox called “Seventeen”. This song is about a young love that is strong and pure.

It was released in 2014 for the album Memory Palace. It now has over 130k views on Youtube and is also available for streaming on Spotify.

18. “Born in Chicago” by Paul Butterfield Blues Band

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“Born in Chicago” by Paul Butterfield Blues Band is a song about growing up in the city and the life experiences he had when he was 17.

The song was released in 1965 and is still popular today. It has been covered by many artists over the years. It is one of the hit songs on their album Blues Brothers 2000.

19. “At Seventeen” by Janis Ian

Janis Ian - At Seventeen (Live, 1976)Janis Ian – At Seventeen (Live, 1976)

Janis Ian’s song “At Seventeen” is a ballad about an awkward and unpopular teenager who finds her self-esteem through the love of music. The song was released in 1975 and won a Grammy Award. You can find it on her album Between the Lines.

20. “That Girl Has Love” by Rooney

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Finishing up our list is “That Girl Has Love” by Rooney. This song is about a young man who is in love with a girl who is older than him.

The song was released in 2003 and you can find it on their self-titled debut album. If you want to listen to this track, you can find it on all major music streaming platforms.

Final Thoughts

These are just some of the songs about being 17. They are all different in their own way but they all capture the struggles and joys of being a teenager. If you’re looking for new tracks to add to your playlist, be sure to check out these songs. Thanks for reading!