Growing Pains (Alessia Cara song)

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"Growing Pains"
Growing Pains - Alessia Cara.jpg
Single by Alessia Cara
from the album The Pains of Growing
Released June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
Recorded Spring 2017
Genre Pop
Length 3:13
Songwriter(s) Alessia Caracciolo
Producer(s) Pop & Oak
Alessia Cara singles chronology
"Growing Pains"
"A Little More"
Music video
"Growing Pains" on YouTube

"Growing Pains" is a song written and recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara for her forthcoming second studio album, The Pains of Growing, which she wrote all by herself. Written solely by Cara and produced by Pop & Oak, the track explores the challenges of entering adulthood.[1] It was released to digital retailers June 15, 2018 through Def Jam Recordings and serviced to American hot adult contemporary radio June 25, 2018. Its official music video received a nomination for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.


"Growing Pains" is a pop song with influences of R&B.[2][3][4] Lyrically, the song discusses a loss of innocence and the "inevitable struggle of growing up."[2]

Music video

An accompanying music video directed by Alan Masferrer premiered June 20, 2018.[5] It is set in a dystopian environment meant to represent the oppression of others' influences.[6] Cara begins the video in an oversized shirt before being pushed around by suit- and mask-wearing adult figures and being forced into an oversized grey suit herself.[5] Lilly Milman of Billboard writes that the video finds Cara "navigat[ing] an obstacle course of adulthood."[6]

Live performances

Cara performing the song at an invite-only gig in Sydney, Australia in 2018.

Cara debuted the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on June 18, 2018.[3]


Chart (2018) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 87
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 36
Canada AC (Billboard)[9] 10
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 9
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[11] 5
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[12] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 65
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[14] 16
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[15] 24
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[16] 12
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[17] 15

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various June 15, 2018 Digital download Def Jam [18]
United States June 25, 2018 Hot adult contemporary


  1. ^ Spanos, Brittany (June 15, 2018). "Alessia Cara Talks 'Growing Pains,' Self-Care and New Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Gonzales, Erica (June 18, 2018). "Alessia Cara Turns Her "Growing Pains" Into Pop Perfection". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Alessia Cara Performs 'Growing Pains,' Talks Pranking Her Crew on 'Tonight Show': Watch". Billboard. June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  4. ^ Reed, Ryan (June 19, 2018). "See Alessia Cara Debut New Song 'Growing Pains' on 'Fallon'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b Spanos, Brittany (June 20, 2018). "Alessia Cara Fumbles Into Adulthood in New 'Growing Pains' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Milman, Lilly (June 20, 2018). "Alessia Cara Drops Dystopian 'Growing Pains' Music Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  7. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #478". auspOp. June 23, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Alessia Cara Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  9. ^ "Alessia Cara Chart History (Canada AC)". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Alessia Cara Chart History (Canada CHR/Top 40)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "Alessia Cara Chart History (Canada Hot AC)". Billboard. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Alessia Cara Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "Alessia Cara Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Alessia Cara Chart History (Dance Mix/Show Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  16. ^ "Alessia Cara Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Alessia Cara Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Murphy, Sarah (June 14, 2018). "Alessia Cara Releases New Single "Growing Pains"". Exclaim!. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Hot/Modern/AC Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on June 17, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
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