Songs are stories. We listen to them when we need to re-experience a time, a place, or someone in our life. They are powerful enough to trigger emotions and memories. If we are missing someone, we play a song that reminds us of them so that we can be nearer to them.
Jump ahead to these sections:
- Best Songs About Time Passing Too Fast
- Best Songs About the Times Changing
- Best Songs About Time and Love
- Rap, Hip-Hop and R&B Songs About Time
- Contemporary Pop Songs About Time
If we miss a place or a home, there’s always a song that can take us there again. There’s also a poetry to them, even when a song doesn’t rhyme. Songs about time are like poems about aging. Whether we experience that in the same way or a different one, we each appreciate it.
Best Songs About Time Passing Too Fast
Time is an unattached appendage. It exists outside of us, yet we can’t escape it.
1. "Yesterday" by The Beatles
John Lennon and Paul McCartney's song is about the sudden appearance of time. When you aren't looking, suddenly you are older. When you play the game of love, suddenly she's gone.
2. "Fast" by Luke Bryan
We can't get to where we are going fast enough until we realize how much we want the moment to last. Then everything speeds by faster and faster.
3. "Grew Up Slower" by Dylan Schneider
Wild but free is the theme of youth. Longing for that feeling when you’re older is the same disease every adult contracts.
4. "Time" by Pink Floyd
This iconic Pink Floyd song is about how we're all guilty of wasting time. Then, when it's too late, we're all guilty of wishing we had more of it.
5. "A Hazy Shade of Winter" by Simon and Garfunkel
Sometimes time rotates faster than the leaves can change. Everything planned changes and everything anticipated transforms.
6. "Anticipation" by Carly Simon
Carly Simon pinpoints how equally fast and slow life can go when you are waiting for someone. Time is both arrested and free-falling.
7. "While We’re Young" by April Kry
"While We’re Young" is a song about how young people panic about time as if everything is urgent. If now's not the time, then tomorrow is too late.
8. "Unbelievable" by Owl City
Adam Young composed his first album in the basement of his parent's home in Owatonna, MN, while suffering from insomnia. He is the sole writer and composer for most of his work.
Best Songs About the Times Changing
Changing times are inevitable. Since you can't fight the change, you can only join the ride.
9. "Sign of the Times " by Harry Styles
Harry Styles got his big break in 2010 with the band One Direction. In 2017, he debuted his solo career.
10. "Forever Young" by Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart wrote this song in response to the time he had lost touch with his children. Soon after, he changed his ways and began including them more in his life.
11. "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer
Every upcoming generation anticipates the time when they can be more in control of the world. For John Mayer, his hopes are aligned with peace and a lack of war, not unlike the 70s.
12. "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash
Johnny Nash's reggae roots are apparent in the lyrics. Smooth sailing waters after the rain are the positive changes we all look forward to.
13. "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles
In 1969, the album Abbey Road debuted featuring this track. Many people flock to the same crosswalk to mimic the cover photograph.
14. "Ever Changing Times" by Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin was one of the most beloved artists of our time. Her career began in gospel, but she'll always be known as The Queen of Soul.
15. "The Changing Times" by Earth Wind & Fire
"The Changing Times" is about accepting change as it comes. If you can go with the flow, you'll be surprised by what you see.
16. "Changing Times" by Iwan Rheon
This song is in response to the advent of social media. The media isn't outside of us anymore. Instead, it lives inside us.
Best Songs About Time and Love
From Motown to United Kingdom rock, the songs below reflect time as a presence of the heart and soul.
17. "Clocks" by Coldplay
"Clocks" was part of Coldplay's Grammy-winning album in 2003. Their next six albums produced hits that won awards in Europe as well as the United States.
18. "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper's song is about relationships that don't keep the same pace. Sometimes you are lost behind and other times you are too far ahead.
19. "Wonderwall" by Oasis
The public, not the artist, decided this song was about love. If you're like me, you prefer the idea that the one you love is also the one that saves you, not an ethereal or unknown person.
20. "Unchained Melody " by Righteous Brothers
This love song is about yearning and desire across time. This simple song speaks to so many—a measure of its timelessness.
21. "(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life" by Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
This song was written for the movie "Dirty Dancing." Actors Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze dance the final dance of the season at Kellerman's Resort after he tells her dad, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
22. "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge
According to Percy Sledge, there's nothing a man wouldn't do for love. He wrote this song wishing he could chase after his girlfriend even though he was too broke.
23. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O’Connor
The song is filled with quiet desperation, fear, longing, and even bartering. It's a most beautiful, depressing love song in response to losing someone.
24. "My Girl" by The Temptations
The Temptations are Motown legends. "My Girl" was their first number one hit in 1964.
25. "Waiting for a Girl Like You" by Foreigner
The 1980s were an era of power ballads and synthesizer music. This one is about a man who's been patiently searching for a woman to make him feel alive.
26. "Baby I Love Your Way" by Peter Frampton
Written in 1975, "Baby I Love Your Way" is a powerful love song about the endlessness of Frampton’s love. Day, night, clouds, or sunshine, he's madly in love with this woman.
27. "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson
Devotion to the person who loves you for being you is powerful. Perhaps more powerful than that is realizing the level of devotion you’ll return.
Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B Songs About Time
There's an intensity to time. Time grants us with powerful levels of understanding. It can also be a powerful reward to ourselves for a job well done.
28. "Always on Time" by Ja Rule
Born on leap day in 1976, Ja Rule has earned nine awards for his eight studio albums. He's also a devoted husband and father to three kids.
29. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" outperforms any other version of this song. Her powerful melismatic voice has yet to be matched.
30. "One Man Can Change the World" by Big Sean
In one lifetime, one person is all it takes to make a change. Living and breathing that mantra is the only way to make the transformation happen.
31. "Spiritual Revolutionary" by Nabil and Karin
Nabil and Karin's "Spiritual Revolutionary" reflects on the Mahatma Gandhi quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world.”
32. "Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
Like the waves, something is calming about knowing who you are—and what you want to be. There's also a power in owning your ambitions.
33. "Dreams and Nightmares" by Meek Mill
Time is akin to change. Taking the first breath out of water—out of a sea that was filled with nothing but trouble and strife—can be empowering.
34. "Graduation" by Kanye West
You own your future if you own your time. Not only do you not have to explain yourself, you don't have to apologize for the road you've traveled either.
Contemporary Pop Songs About Time
During peak emotions, time can get out of control and become feral. But it can be tamed as well.
35. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" by Culture Club
Many songs from the 80s are making comebacks today. In this song by Culture Club, time is too precious to waste on things without a purpose.
36. "What You Waiting For" by Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani has won more awards as a solo artist than as a band member with No Doubt. Still, her vibrato vocalist style is recognizable on any platform.
37. "Breathe (2 A.M.)" by Anna Nalick
"Breathe" is about someone who calls a friend to get some help. Her friend's advice is to calm down and breathe through it.
38. "One More Time" by Daft Punk
Voters in 2013 named this song the Greatest Dance Track of All Time. They decided fatigue was no match for dancing their guts out.
39. "Remind Me" by Röyksopp
Röyksopp's sound has been defined as ambient, downtempo, and even chill-out music. Their 22 music and video awards suggest exceptional staying power.
40. "Time is Running Out" by Muse
Muse's song is about running away from someone only to be trapped by them. There's only so much time left until the love turns rotten.
41. "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas and the Papas
Nostalgia is the quickest way to time travel. In "California Dreamin'," a New York winter was all Michelle Phillips needed to miss a warm, sunny California.