Numbers are often used in music and songs to give meaning to or describe a time in the artist’s life. For many, twenty-four seems to be a popular number to include in songs.
You will be surprised to know that there are so many songs about being twenty-four that coming up with a list of only ten of the best songs about twenty-four was no easy feat.
Let’s look at how different artists interpret being twenty-four in our list of the ten best songs about being 24!
1. Old Man by Neil Young
Neil Young opens up the song by telling the audience what it is about and explains that “Old Man” is about a caretaker that lived on the ranch he bought. Featuring only his brilliant vocals and a guitar, Young’s song became an instant hit when it was released in 1972 on the album Harvest.
Neil Young was only twenty-four when he wrote the song but seems to be years older with his incredible talent and clean sound.
2. Twenty-Four by Switchfoot
“Twenty-Four” by the band Switchfoot is a song that we can all relate to as it deals with all the ups and downs we have to deal with in life. Jon Foreman, the band’s lead singer, was twenty-four when he wrote the song and details his life up until that point.
Taken from the album The Beautiful Letdown, the song was released in 2003 and left you with an overwhelming feeling of calm as you hear everyone battling with growing up.
Jon Foreman is a very underrated singer, melody writer, and songwriter. Don’t you agree?
3. It Was a Good Day by Ice Cube
30 years later and this song is still perfection. Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” was released in 1992, the song is featured on the album The Predator and is a true hip-hop classic.
Showing his gratitude for simply being alive, he wonders if he will live to see another twenty-four years as he faces the challenges of a rough life. Ice Cube has a voice like no other, and it is not hard to see why he found fame with the iconic hits he released.
4. It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career by Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian are an amazing duo. One of their best songs, “It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career,” was released in 1998 and is taken from their album The Boy with the Arab Strap.
A sad song, it tells the story of the dangers of falling into conformist traps and not doing your own thing in life.
Its folk song touches on how conforming to the norm and what others dictate you should do can lead to your demise and, ultimately, the end of a brilliant career. This relates too to how we should live our lives; by not conforming and carving out our place in the world.
5. Speedboat by Denzel Curry
“Speedboat” is the 2019 hit by rapper Denzel Curry. In the song taken off the ZUU album, the singer describes how hard it is to make it to twenty-four while living a dangerous lifestyle.
Referencing the murder of XXXTentacion when he was only twenty-one, Curry needs to adapt his way of life if he wants to make it that far.
Denzel Curry is known for changing his style with each album, and the album ZUU features great new sounds by this talented rapper.
6. What’s My Age Again by Blink-182
“What’s My Age Again” is one of Blink-182’s most famous hits and was released in 1999. Singing about that tricky period between being a teenager and becoming an adult, the song includes the lyrics, “Nobody likes you when you’re 23.”
Lead singer Mark Hoppus inspired the song. Women often told him that he was too immature. But thankfully, his I don’t give a damn attitude shines through as he sings about not caring what others think.
The video for the song famously depicts the trio running naked through a busy city and will make you feel young at heart and confident in who you are.
7. 24 by Game Theory
Finding your way in life and eventually leaving the comfort and safety of your parent’s home can be tough. The song “24” by Game Theory touches on this subject and explores the reality of not knowing where you fit in anymore as you carve out a life for yourself.
“24” was released in 1985 and had that classic 80s sound that so many songs had at that time. It has a catchy tune, and you might find yourself singing along to this song from the ten best songs about being 24.
8. You’re Mine Still by Yung Bleu Ft. Drake
This is a new-age love song with a difference. Yung Bleu released this hit song in 2020, instantly becoming popular. “You’re Mine Still” features Drake and explains a man’s obsession with a girl he is still pining for, even though the relationship has ended.
Featured on the rapper’s album Love Scars: The 5 Stages of Emotions, it is a fan favorite that is still enjoyed today.
9. No Hope by The Vaccines
The perfect song about teen angst and growing up, “No Hope,” is a song about twenty-four being considered the age that your life should all start coming together.
Whether you believe this is true or not is for you to decide, but The Vaccines do a great job of describing those tricky years between being a teenager and adulthood.
The song was released in 2012 and is taken from the band’s album Come of Age. It has a great pop/punk feel and will have you singing along with its catchy lyrics.
10. 24 by Red House Painters
The Red House Painters have been described as having some of the best lyrical works of our time, and it is not hard to see why when you listen to “24.” This eerie yet melancholic song describes how hard it is to grow older and have to give up the silliness of youth.
Featured on the album Down Colourful Hill, the song “24” was released in 1992 and is still so relatable today. It seems that to them, twenty-four is the age when you will experience the end of the innocence of youth.
Alexandra loves playing the piano and guitar. She has always been a music lover, but it wasn’t until she was in high school that she realized how much she loved to play. It allowed her to express herself without having to be verbally expressive, which is something she found very empowering.