7 Songs That Will Make You Think about Life ...


7 Songs That Will Make You Think about Life ...
7 Songs That Will Make You Think about Life ...

There are relatively few songs that will make you think about life; most songs that we listen to err more on the side of love, romance, or heartbreak. However, there are a few songs that will make you think about life that are also amazing to listen to! Here is a compilation of a few of the songs that I love to listen to and that often make me think.

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Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin

Of all the songs that will make you think about life, I am pretty sure the Harry Chapin song, Cats in the Cradle, tops the list. This song is about a young boy whose father never has time to play with him as a child. As the father grows old, he realizes he missed out on his son’s life and wants to see him; but, now the boy is busy with his own family and doesn’t have time to see his father. This song is heartbreaking but makes you remember to make time for the important people in your life no matter how crazy your life may get!


Ironic –Alanis Morissette

This song gives me goose bumps when I listen to it. It’s about different kinds of ironic things that tend to happen in life. Many of the analogies in this song are unfortunate, and some are downright sad; but they all definitely make you think about different aspects of life. A few of the “ironic” lyrics are: “It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late,” “it’s a free ride when you’ve already paid,” “a traffic jam when you’re already late,” “a no-smoking sign on your cigarette break,” “it’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife,” and “it’s meeting the man of my dreams, and then meeting his beautiful wife.” I’m sure many of us have experienced these things, so this song is extremely relatable.

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Oh, those songs are like magic! They have the power to stop us in our tracks, you know? They make us pause and think about the big questions – our dreams, our choices, and all the twists and turns of our lives. It's like they hold up a mirror and let us see our own stories in the lyrics.

Definitely! Think about ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. It's like an invitation to picture a world of peace without boundaries. That song just taps into your soul and gets you wondering – 'What if?'. And bam! You're thinking about life and how we all fit into the big picture.

Well, music is this universal language, right? When words alone can't express how we feel, a song steps in and speaks volumes. It's both personal and shared. Those tunes and lyrics can comfort us, inspire us, or even challenge our views. They're like a friend that says, 'Hey, I get you. Let's figure this life thing out together.'

Listening to these tunes is kinda therapeutic. It's a way to process emotions and dilemmas without getting too overwhelmed. They can help us find clarity or even just accept that life's a beautiful mess sometimes. It's healing, uplifting, and yeah, sometimes a bit of a wake-up call to make changes.

Honestly, any mood works. Sometimes these songs hit hardest when we're feeling low and need a pick-me-up. Other times, we might be super content and just open to deeper thinking. It's not about the mood you're in; it's about letting the song take you on its journey and being open to wherever that might lead.


Both Sides Now– Judy Collins

Both Sides Now, sung by Judy Collins, is such a wonderful song that describes how there are two sides to everything in life. For instance she says she used to look at clouds as “ice cream castles in the air” but now she sees how “they only block the sun. They rain and snow on everyone.” Then she goes on to broaden the analogy to life, and ultimately realizes: “I've looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow, it's life's illusions I recall, I really don't know life at all.” What a beautifully complex song!


The reflective nature of Both Sides Now resonates with listeners who have experienced the myriad dimensions of life. Judy Collins' rendition, with her clear, emotive voice, transcends mere lyrics, inviting us to ponder over our own lived contradictions. It’s a reminder that with maturity comes a nuanced understanding of existence, much like observing a tapestry from a distance and appreciating the intricate patterns that were once invisible up close. Judy’s performance is a gentle nudge, urging us to embrace the complexity of our journeys. After all, seeing "both sides now" is about the wisdom gained through life's ever-changing landscape.


Turn! Turn! Turn! – the Byrds

Turn! Turn! Turn! by the Byrds is one of my favorite songs that will make you think about life. This song is based on a Bible verse and describes how there is a time for both the good and the bad in life. For instance the songs says there is "a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to reap, a time to kill, a time to heal, a time to laugh, a time to weep ." I absolutely love these verses, because they are so true to life!


Popular Song –MIKA

Popular Song by Mika is based on the song, Popular, from the musical Wicked. The original song from the musical is meant to be comical, and basically states that to succeed in life you simply need to be popular. However, the Mika song twists the original tune to say that the kids who were popular in school by bullying other kids will not go far in life. One lyric states: "Always on the lookout for someone to hate, picking on me like a dinner plate. You hid during classes, and in between 'em. Dunked me in the toilets, now it's you that cleans them." This song sends the message that being the mean kind of popular won’t benefit you in life!

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If I Die Young—the Band Perry

If I Die Young by The Band Perry is one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard. One of the lyrics that really stood out to me in this song is, “A penny for my thoughts, oh, no, I'll sell 'em for a dollar, they're worth so much more after I'm a goner, and maybe then you'll hear the words I been singin', funny when you're dead how people start listenin’.” Sadly, it often takes death for people to realize that there is an issue in life that needs to be resolved. This song can teach us that we need to listen to others and take their pleas for help seriously before it’s too late. Sometimes, lending an ear can make all the difference in someone’s life.


The Rose – Bette Midler

The Rose is a beautiful song about how even though there are many scary things we can avoid in life by playing it safe, we ultimately will miss out on all of the rewards life has to offer if we do this. “It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance; it's the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance. It's the one who won't be taken who cannot seem to give, and the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.” How beautiful are these lyrics?!

I love all of these songs, especially because they have such deep meanings. What other songs do you like that make you think about life?

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I love cats in the cradle I'm a mom now and didn't want my life to be like that song, if I die young Is great song I love it ! Live like you were dying by Tim McGraw is also an awesome song!! Also " 17" is such a sad song

Fleetwood Mac-Landslide, Red Hot Chili Peppers- Under the Bridge.

Michael Bolton fan over and over again

I Believe I Can Fly by R Kelly is my favourite.

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Moments by Emerson Drive I always cry such a beautiful sad song that makes you think about all the moments that get taking for granted in life

Someday We'll All Be Free and For All We Know by Donny Hathaway...I cry every time I listen to either of the songs...very insightful and encouraging.

The song both sides now was written by Joni Mitchell and then she recorded the song herself a year later after its original release by Blume

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