Ideas for 30th Birthday Party Theme Music


In The Who's "My Generation," Pete Townsend sang: "I hope I die before I get old." Turning 30 might seem like a death knell for youth, but it doesn't have to be. Play some songs at a 30th birthday party that celebrate becoming "old," be they rock or hip-hop.

"My Next Thirty Years"

  • Toast the next thirty years of your guest of honor's life with a song. Play Tim McGraw's "My Next Thirty Years" at a 30th birthday party. McGraw's song reflects back on the country star's prior 30 years, celebrating the good times and making resolutions to improve his life. With lyrics like "Drink a little lemonade and not so many beers / Maybe I'll remember my next thirty years," the song will hit home at a 30th birthday party. Not only is it a party song, but it serves as a reminder that turning 30 is only a new beginning.


  • By the age of 30, it is expected that one have a serious career and not be concerned with childhood things. Ease your guest of honor's fears and let everyone revel in some youthful fun by playing Jefferson Airplane's "Lather." Released in 1968 on the band's album, "Crown of Creation," Lather tells the story of a thirty-year-old who still "finds it a nice thing to do / To lie about nude in the sand / Drawing pictures of mountains that look like bumps" while his friends work serious jobs. Grace Slick wrote this for drummer Spencer Dryden's 30th birthday, and you can play this at your friend's or loved one's 30th birthday party to echo the same sentiment.

"30 Something"

  • According to Jay-Z, "30's the new 20," so party like a bunch of 20-year-olds at the 30th birthday party and play "30 Something." Released on the rapper's 2006 album, "Kingdom Come," the song finds Sean Carter a.k.a. Jay-Z a mature 30-year-old who's "so hot still." Embrace the maturity and wisdom that comes with turning 30 and being "young enough to know the right car to buy / yet grown enough not to put rims on it." Your guest of honor can delight in the idea that he's still in his prime by listening to this hip-hop song at his birthday party.

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