20 Songs About Being 23

There are many Songs About Being 23 that will inspire young adults in moving forward to a more challenging part of their life. The songs on this list will make you ponder about your purpose, motivation, and priorities in life to make you a better person.

There are many milestones, age-wise but somehow 23 is not talked about as much. This list, however, looks at the many things that happen when you hit this age. Keep on reading if you are interested.

1. “Real” by Plumb

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“Real” by Plumb is about a young woman who just turned 23 and is ready to take on the world. There is a lot of emphasis on being “real” or being somebody that is not made out of people’s expectations.

This girl found herself weighed down by the opinions of those around her and made many mistakes. However, this song sees her vow to take on the world in her own way.

2. “23” by God Lives Underwater

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“23″ by God Lives Underwater is all about searching for purpose. The singer just turned 23 and is trying to figure things out about moving forward. The singer admits that he has done a lot of dumb things in the past and wants to change for the better.

You can also hear him wishing to find a lover as he starts his journey to achieve other things in general.

3. “Heart Attack At 23” by Tori Amos

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“Heart Attack At 23” by Tori Amos is about a girl who is obsessed with a man who seems to break her heart every time. Tori draws parallels between this girl’s experience of heartache to be just about as frightening as a heart attack. The singer is 23 years old and she seems to love him so much that she is willing to gamble her youth for the guy.

4. “23” by Shakira

Shakira - 23 (Official Music Video)Shakira – 23 (Official Music Video)

“23” by Shakira is the story of a 23-year-old person who was an agnostic – she didn’t believe anything about God until she met him. The experience is life-altering for her and she finds a new purpose to go forward in life and tackle more difficult things.

This track is a touching story that shows how belief in God can change someone’s life so much.

5. “Twenty Three” by Yellowcard

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“Twenty Three” by Yellowcard is about a couple who are both 23 years old and seem to be in a very toxic relationship. The couple has been together for many years on and off but always gets back together. The guy (singer) is feeling well since his girlfriend left him again just like she always does, though there is this confidence that the girl will come back.

There is a lot of emphasis on the amount of time that he has invested in her and that he has to get her back no matter what to feel better again.

6. “Fairy Tales” by MC Jin feat. Teesa

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“Fairy Tales” by MC Jin feat. Teesa is about a guy who feels like he is living in a real fairy tale! The song weaves the story of how he and his future wife have grown together.

The lyrics are interesting as well as amusing – the girl was interested in him at first, however, by some miracle they ended up together anyway. The singer was 23 years old when he first met this girl.

7. “Catching Up” by Allstar Weekend

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“Catching Up” by Allstar Weekend is about a 23 years old who is looking forward to achieving great things in life. The singer is annoyed that he wasted so much time partying. The singer just wants to catch up with his ambitions and dream and therefore he urges himself to work for a better future.

8. “23” by Jimmy Eat World

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“23” by Jimmy Eat World is one of those fantasy songs where the singer is not 23 years old but rather would like to have the energy of a 23-year-old lover. It seems that our dear protagonist was jilted by his lover for similar reasons and so he reflects on the situation and how quickly time flies. 

23 is that beautiful age when you are filled with adventure and ambition. The singer is willing to be a whole new person for their lover.

9. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud (Official Music Video)Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (Official Music Video)

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran does not really include someone that is (actually) 23 years old, rather it is used metaphorically to indicate a person that is easy to fall in love with. The singer loves this particular girl so much that he would give her the best at any age they are in.

There is a lot of emphasis on being young and old, and this guy thinks that he can provide the best things no matter the age.

10. “Take My Number” by Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge - Take My Number (Official Video)Melissa Etheridge – Take My Number (Official Video)

“Take My Number” by Melissa Etheridge is about a person reuniting with an old classmate who used to be very passionate/ambitious, but now they are suffering because of their poor decisions. The old classmate is in terrible shape and divorced with two kids.

The singer sympathizes and agrees that the 23-year-old version of them makes poor decisions all the time but that should not stop people from living their best life. 

11. “Wasted” by Cartel

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“Wasted” by Cartel is a narrative song about a kid whose parents indulge in illegal activities. The kid wants a better life and chooses to leave his own parents. At 23 years old he wants to start a new life, although he feels that the future is bleak due to his past.

It is a good song that plays on the concept of the past and future, and how one can walk in the middle and transition into a better one.

12. “22 Going On 23” by Butthole Surfers

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“22 Going On 23” by Butthole Surfers is about a woman who has encountered sexual trauma. The woman in question has a new lover and the lyrics imply that she is anxious about it. The age of the women is 22 about to turn 23.

Her ex used to be a soldier who doesn’t have as much time when it comes to her and the song is an expression of hope that the new guy will treat her better and fix her sexual trauma.

13. “What’s My Age Again?” by Blink-182

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“What’s My Age Again?” by Blink-182 is a funny song about a guy who is still childish despite being 23 years old already. He pulls a lot of childish antics that annoys people who deal with him. Many people tell him to act his age, however, it seems that he doesn’t care about their opinions at all.

14. “Come Hell Or High Water” by Everything But The Girl

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“Come Hell Or High Water” by Everything But The Girl is about someone who thinks that they are too good for their partner even when they have the worst attributes. The singer laments how their partner seems to act high and mighty when they don’t have much to offer.

The partner in question is a heavy drinker at 23 years old.

15. “Furr” by Blitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper - Furr [OFFICIAL VIDEO]Blitzen Trapper – Furr [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

“Furr” by Blitzen Trapper seems to be a nonsensical song at first glance but if you pay attention to the lyrics, you notice that it is a narrative song about growing up. First is the transition between a kid to a man, then a man to a dad, the focal point of the song is when the singer is 23 years old (the same time that he met the girl).

16. “Pardon Me” by Incubus

Incubus - Pardon Me (from The Morning View Sessions)Incubus – Pardon Me (from The Morning View Sessions)

“Pardon Me” by Incubus is another song where the meaning is subtle, however, it is really about a person dealing with intense anxiety due to other people’s expectations. The singer is 23 years old and at that delicate age when people start transitioning into adulthood (which poses some difficult challenges).

The overall message of the song is inspiring. It is about someone rising to the challenge and becoming better.

17. “23” by Miley Cyrus, Mike Will Made-it, Wiz Khalifa

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“23” by Miley Cyrus, Mike Will Made-it, Wiz Khalifa don’t have references about being 23 years old, however, it talks about Michael Jordan and his jersey number (23).

The song outlines the tale of an unorthodox girl who does whatever she wants (partying, hanging with dudes, wearing mini skirts, etc.) despite society’s stigma attached to such behavior.

18. “Wishing I Was 23” by R5

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“Wishing I Was 23” by R5 is about a young kid who is so infatuated with a 23-year-old girl that he wishes to quickly grow up and be the same age and be with her. Most of the song is spent expressing how much the girl means to him, however, it is clear that this is only puppy love.

19. “Twenty Three” by MC Lars featuring Amie Miriello

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“Twenty Three” by MC Lars featuring Amie Miriello is a pretty grim song that has some triggering lyrics so read forward only if you will be ok with it. 

This track is the story of a young boy who ended his life because of intense anxiety and depression. The song is told from the perspective of his friend, someone that is lamenting the fact that their best friend will always be 23 years old for the rest of time.

20. “Gone Tomorrow” by The Staves

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“Gone Tomorrow” by The Staves is an inspirational song with a message that life is so short that you shouldn’t wait for opportunities and instead strive to get it yourself. The song is told from the perspective of a 23-year-old who still has the power (and time) to change their life for the better.

Conclusion

Being 23 years old is a precarious phase but also the most fantastic. Even if you are not someone that is around this age it can give lessons and ideas that will help you personally.

It is still nice to see life from the perspective of a young person and hear their views about the unknown challenges that they are about to tackle.