100+ Songs For Graduation

All across the country, another school year is winding down and another senior class will be revving up towards that memorable walk to the podium, with all the  ‘pomp and circumstance’ of this year’s graduation ceremonies. Every year the senior graduating class usually chooses a graduation theme….. along with suitable music (as far as lyrics go) that supports that theme.

This is a special day when thousands of students across the country will celebrate the achievements they’ve accomplished in school – whether it be 6th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade or college – For some it will mean moving on to a higher education while others will go out into the world to hopefully ‘make a difference’. Regardless, it’s a time to remember and be thankful to all of our family, friends, and teachers who’ve supported us over the years and made it all possible.

So whether you’re choosing songs for the actual formal event, the pre-ceremony, that wild party afterward or simply the gathering of family and friends to reminisce with, the following list should be able to give you some ideas to work with and enjoy covering multiple genres and timelines.

There will be some of you out there looking to create personal CD’s with special graduation songs on them while others will be searching for their most memorable school graduation song(s).

There are boundless song choices out there but I tried to narrow it down and focus on those songs with lyrics that generally speak about reflections, memories, dreams, future thoughts, close friendships, new doors opening, guidance, thankfulness for support,  and the word ‘graduation’ itself. You may be looking for songs to help you celebrate the moment, look forward to the future with hope, recognize the importance of your lifelong friends, reflect on special memories.  These special ‘graduation themed’ songs can help you out with just that.

So there you go — Hope this helps — Enjoy the tunes!  😛

100+ Songs Suitable For Graduation

  1. 100 Years – Five For Fighting
  2. A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
  3. A Place In The Sun – Stevie Wonder
  4. A Place In This World – Taylor Swift
  5. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
  6. Believe It Or Not (“Theme From Greatest American Hero”) –  Joey Scarbury
  7. Best Days – Graham Colton
  8. Bigger Than My Body – John Mayer
  9. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
  10. Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
  11. Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas
  12. Change the World – Eric Clapton
  13. Climb Every Mountain from the Sound of Music
  14. Closing Time – Semisonic
  15. Come Sail Away – Styx
  16. Congratulations – The Rolling Stones
  17. Do I Make You Proud? – Taylor Hicks
  18. Don’t Look Back – Boston
  19. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  20. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
  21. Dream On – Aerosmith
  22. Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) – Baz Luhrmann [The Speech Song]
  23. Fame – Irene Cara
  24. First Day of My Life – Melanie C
  25. Flashdance…What A Feeling – Irene Cara (from Flashdance)
  26. Forever Young – Bob Dylan
  27. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  28. Free – Elliott Yamin
  29. Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  30. Friends Forever – Vitamin C
  31. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
  32. Graduation Album – Kanye West
  33. Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C
  34. Graduation Day – Four Freshmen
  35. Graduation Day – Chris Isaak
  36. Graduation Day – Kanye West
  37. Graduation Song (Pomp & Circumstance) – Adrian Kimberly
  38. Graduation’s Here – The Fleetwoods
  39. Here’s To The Night – Eve 6
  40. I Believe – Fantasia
  41. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
  42. I Go Back – Kenny Chesney
  43. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  44. I Made It – Kevin Rudolf
  45. I Will Remember You – Amy Grant, Sarah McLachlan
  46. If I Can Dream – Celine Dion
  47. If Today Was Your Last Day – Nickelback
  48. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts (Theme From Friends)
  49. I’ll Remember – Madonna
  50. I’m Moving On – Rascal Flats
  51. I’m Not Gonna Cry – Corey Smith (The Graduation Song)
  52. In This Diary – The Ataris
  53. It’s My Life – Jon Bon Jovi
  54. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday – Boys II Men
  55. I’ve Had The Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  56. Live Like We’re Dying – Kris Allen
  57. Live To Win – Paul Stanley
  58. My Generation – The Who
  59. My Way – Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley
  60. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  61. No Boundaries – Kris Allen, Adam Lambert
  62. Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now – Jefferson Starship
  63. On My Way – Phil Collins
  64. One Step At A Time – Jordin Sparks
  65. Our Lives – The Calling
  66. Photograph – Nickelback
  67. Place In This World – Michael W. Smith
  68. Please Remember – LeAnn Rimes
  69. Power of One – Donna Summer
  70. Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads
  71. Schools Out – Alice Cooper
  72. Shining Star – Earth Wind & Fire
  73. Simply The Best – Tina Turner
  74. Soar – Christina Aguilera
  75. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  76. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  77. Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall
  78. Thank You For Being A Friend – Andrew Gold (There’s another well known version of this song as the theme from “The Golden Girls” TV Show)
  79. The Best of Times – Styx
  80. The Climb – Miley Cyrus
  81. The Dance – Garth Brooks
  82. The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha
  83. The Long & Winding Road – The Beatles
  84. The River – Garth Brooks
  85. The Time of My Life – David Cook
  86. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
  87. These Are Special Times – Christina Aguilera
  88. These Are The Days – 10,000 Maniacs, Sugarland
  89. This Is The Time – Billy Joel
  90. Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce
  91. Today – Smashing Pumpkins
  92. Together – Jack Hartman
  93. Top of the World – Van Halen
  94. True Colors – Cyndi Lauper, Phil Collins
  95. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
  96. We Are The Champions – Queen
  97. Welcome To Wherever You Are – Bon Jovi
  98. We’ve Only Just Begun – The Carpenters
  99. Whenever You Remember – Carrie Underwood
  100. Who I Am – Jessica Andrews
  101. Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks
  102. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  103. Winds of Change – The Scorpions
  104. With A Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles, Joe Cocker
  105. With Arms Wide Open – Creed
  106. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  107. You’ll Never Walk Alone – Jordin Sparks


“I’m Not Gonna Cry” Graduation Song Lyrics

recorded by Corey Smith

FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD from Corey’s website HERE

Sunday shoes, cap and gown

The whole town’s gathered around

Waited 18 years now it’s all comin’ down to this.

I scanned the crowd and it fills my soul

My best friends all here in rows

No turning back, Now it’s time to walk that line

This tassel is gonna turn

But when the moment passes by

We’ll just walk away

Then slowly grow apart

But I’m not gonna cry,

No, not one sad or happy tear

I’ve waited my whole life

Now I’m gonna fly right outta here

It’s a bittersweet goodbye,

But I’m not gonna cry

Friday night, football games,

First loves and first heartbreaks,

It didn’t matter who won or lost,

Only how we played,

Memories as good as gold,

Tearin’ up those mountain roads,

Racin’ out 53, to old Georgetown,

Sure we made a little trouble,

But learned from every mistake,

So there’s no regret,

We’ve done the best we could

So I’m not gonna cry,

No, not one sad or happy tear

I’ve waited my whole life

Now I’m gonna fly right outta here

These have been the best years of my life

So I’m not gonna cry

It’s been a lonely, winding journey

And we’ve lost a few along the way

Still we’ve hung in there through the tribulations

Now it’s time to celebrate

It’s our Graduation Day

So I’m not gonna cry

Not one sad or happy tear

I’ve waited my whole life

So I’m gonna fly right outta here

This has been the best day of my life,

So I’m not gonna cry

It’s a bittersweet goodbye,

I’m not gonna cry

Congratulations Graduates!

Time to Get Down and Celebrate!

Best Wishes On Future Endeavors!

11 Responses

  1. e2 oh ? GRADUATION SONG !

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  4. you get what you give is also a really great graduation song

  5. FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD from Corey’s website HERE Link is broken

  6. And also, “We Are Young” by fun/Janelle Monae also counts!

  7. Tattoos on this town by Jason Aldean

  8. Am I the only one who noticed that Vitamin C’s “Friends Forever” was listed twice?

  9. Also I’ll always remember you by Miley Cyrus

    Wherever I go by Miley Cyrus .

  10. Seasons of Love – from RENT is a great graduation song!!

  11. I Will Be – Christina Aguilera
    Then You Look at Me – Celine Dion
    Do You Know Where You’re Goin To – J. Lo

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