Reaching the age of 19 is a momentous experience. The proof of this is that a lot of songs about being 19 are penned by various artists!
- 1. “Hey Nineteen” by Steely Dan
- 2. “Perfect Places” by Lorde
- 3. “I Was Only Nineteen” by Redgum
- 4. “Nineteen” by Hayley Williams
- 5. “Anything You Want” by Spoon
- 6. “Nineteen in Naples” by Jonathan Richman
- 7. “Nineteen” by Movements
- 8. “Coxton Yard” by Title Fight
- 9. “Not Nineteen Forever” by The Courteeners
- 10. “19 & Crazy” by Bomshel
- 11. “Nineteen” by Tegan and Sara
- 12. “Dear John” by Taylor Swift
- 13. “Kilby Girl” by The Backseat Lovers
- 14. “I Don’t Like Who I Was Then” by The Wonder Years
- 15. “Heights” by The Mountain Goats
- 16. “19 Years Old” by Muddy Waters
- 17. “Twinkle Lights” by The Sonder Bombs
- 18. “Once And Never Again” by The Long Blondes
- 19. “Balance of the 19” by Secret Chiefs 3
- 20. “Fast” by Juice WRLD
1. “Hey Nineteen” by Steely Dan
This jazz number involves a situation between a man and a woman trying to build a relationship but is hindered by a generation gap. The narrator talks about his youth during the late 1960s and gives a detailed description of what it was like.
He considers himself quite cool during his prime but sort of feels uneasy and old in the present timeline. Unfortunately, his partner could not also directly relate as she is just nineteen years old. Hopefully, they can manage to fill in the gaps in their relationship.
2. “Perfect Places” by Lorde
This indie-rock number is all about the singer Lorde’s sentiments during 2016 as a nineteen-year-old. The artist revealed that during this time she was living her life by partying with friends.
At the same time, it also expresses her desire not to be left alone, that is why she chose to be with the crowd instead. In an interview, she also confessed that this period had a lot of bad and sad news that she just needed to let out her emotions. Putting all these instances together evolved into this one-of-kind song number.
3. “I Was Only Nineteen” by Redgum
This folk song is a tribute to all of Australia’s Vietnam Veterans in relation to the time when those who only signed up for the army were only nineteen. It talked about the enlistment process, the training that was encountered, and what happened on the battlefield.
To be honest, the whole experience was unpleasant but what can one expect from war? This song will give the listener a sense of empathy for the difficulties encountered by the veterans which can lead to a better appreciation of their efforts.
4. “Nineteen” by Hayley Williams
This indie-rock number is a cover of the original song by Tegan and Sarah. It talks about a love experienced by the narrator when she was nineteen. However, despite the initial connection and strong feelings toward her partner, things didn’t go well as expected.
The two eventually decided to go their separate ways and the protagonist questions if their love was ever real? The question was left unanswered, but the involved party decided to move one nevertheless and let go of a love that was not meant to be.
5. “Anything You Want” by Spoon
This rock song is dedicated to all the people who are asking for a second chance. The song depicts an individual lamenting over a few drinks about what went wrong in his previous relationship.
It is an inner monologue of questioning what does his partner want and how can things be set right. Despite the long years of separation, stating that his partner was nineteen then, the narrator is still willing to make amends.
6. “Nineteen in Naples” by Jonathan Richman
This rocking number talks about a nineteen-year-old that set to travel across the sea and choose the country of Italy. He eventually arrived in the city of Naples where he ended up experiencing many foreign things and sights.
During his travels, he harbored some insecurities and felt very different. The song even noted how locals often eye the narrator observantly and it kind of made him conscious. But nineteen is an age of adventure and self-discovery which is very much demonstrated in this song.
7. “Nineteen” by Movements
This punk rock number can be said as an anthem of self-assurance when a person reaches the age of their final teen years. The song talks about being a person with confidence in this age of accountability. Of course, being young there is a tendency that adults will doubt what they would want.
Parents will have this inclination to compare themselves to you when they were at the same age. Surely, there are a lot of conflicts and doubts about the future as there are many things to figure out. But as long as one is determined to face things head-on you can be your person.
8. “Coxton Yard” by Title Fight
This electro sound talks about the emotional difficulties young people often feel. The age of nineteen is considered to be a prime where one’s energy is brimming. However, uncertainties and feelings of loneliness can make a person feel very old and tired.
That is why a sense of purpose is important so in times of doubt one can find hope.
9. “Not Nineteen Forever” by The Courteeners
This indie-rock tune depicts a situation where an older woman and a young man are interacting with each other. The male is described as nineteen and is being encouraged by the elder lady to sort things out for himself.
The romantic connotation of this song is up for debate, however, it is highlighted here the woman is using her age as authority to influence the male in question.
10. “19 & Crazy” by Bomshel
This lively and upbeat country song has received a lot of love for its energy and the sweet nostalgia it brings. The melody is about an old woman reminiscing about her life when she was still nineteen. She had been quite a handful during her adolescent years but never regretted any of her life decisions.
11. “Nineteen” by Tegan and Sara
This is the original song covered by Paramore’s Hailey Williams. The tune talks about an intense type of love that suddenly fizzled out. The melody is praised for being one of the great songs on the album “The Con” which was released in 2007. Fans also rave about the drum works in this piece and the passion the lyrics represent.
12. “Dear John” by Taylor Swift
This country song depicts a very sad break up which has a lot of sentiments. The tune itself was rumored to have been inspired by one of the songstress’s former boyfriends. The relationship in the song is portrayed to have had a significant age difference where the narrator calls out to the other, that before entering it he should have known better.
13. “Kilby Girl” by The Backseat Lovers
This indie-rock song talks about a fateful meeting with a lady pretending to be older than who she is. The narrator accepts her company and has a genuine curiosity about the person in question. The relationship they have established is somewhat unhealthy, but for the sake of the company, the two parties turn a blind eye.
14. “I Don’t Like Who I Was Then” by The Wonder Years
This pop-punk song is also labeled emo due to the angst that is depicted in the lyrics. The tune talks about a troubled youth who has a very pessimistic view of life. However, in the end, he realized that he does not want to give up. The narrator musters the resolve to give it all he has got to be a dependable person.
15. “Heights” by The Mountain Goats
This low fidelity song was produced in 1996 and was included in the group’s third studio album titled “Nothing for Juice”. The tune’s story is set on a beach where two young lovers spend their time. In the narrative, it seems there is an unwelcome but inevitable parting to come between the protagonist.
The conclusion is melancholy and it is implied that the two had to separate despite their feelings for each other.
16. “19 Years Old” by Muddy Waters
This blues number expresses the frustration of a man on how to please his lover. Eventually, the woman in question is still young and described as nineteen years old. It seems that the lady’s maturity has not yet peaked which is the reason why her lover is having a difficult time understanding her.
17. “Twinkle Lights” by The Sonder Bombs
This alternative indie-rock song covers a very heavy theme of helplessness. The narrator in the song seems to be having a difficult time for years.
It was somewhat hoped things would be better after turning nineteen but unfortunately realizes that the situation has not yet improved. It is a description of an individual wanting to break free of the constraints bounding them due to forced limitations.
18. “Once And Never Again” by The Long Blondes
This indie-rock-inspired piece has placed awareness to women everywhere about self-worth. The song implies a conversation between two people where the problematic person is a younger woman. The lyrics imply that the youth is in a bad relationship and is encouraged to get out of it.
19. “Balance of the 19” by Secret Chiefs 3
This melody is the only instrumental piece on the list. The setup of this tune is quite dark and has hints of eastern culture inspiration. The guitar work on this song is the real element of surprise that gives this rhythm its main flavor.
20. “Fast” by Juice WRLD
This hip hop and rap number talks about the struggles of nineteen-year-old faces when living a high profile life. The narrator is aware of the risks in the environment that he is in, but he cannot do anything much about it. It only goes to show that even if the age of 19 is a prologue to being an adult and guidance is still badly needed.
Did you enjoy the selection of the songs about being 19? How much of it were you able to relate to your past and current self? Indeed this phase of life is a very big transition from youth to adulthood.
Mistakes are meant to happen and learnings are bound to be discovered. It is the beauty of life that comes with this age, and these songs celebrate and represent all of this!