As graduation looms closer, it’s time to start thinking about the future. But not too far into the future. Just far enough to start thinking about what graduation songs you want for the big day! With so many tear-jerkers and party-starters out there, we’ve taken the best of both categories and conveniently compiled them into a handy list of the 15 best graduation songs for 2019.
1. “Glorious” (feat. Skylar Grey) – Macklemore
This ‘glorious’ tune is at the top of the list because of it’s lively, inspiring tune that will get you excited about the future post-graduation. The humble piano at the beginning and end of the song, along with Macklemore’s enthusiasm and Skylar Grey’s uplifting vocals pair well to create a song that is a perfect graduation song!
2. “Seasons of Love” – RENT Cast
The minute the first chords start to play of this nostalgic tune, everyone always makes a collective ‘aww’, and rightly so. This song from the musical RENT, asks how best to measure your life, and suggests you “measure in love”. Which is why this is one of the best songs to help you look back on your learning years and the people in them as a memorable season.
3. “Never Grow Up” – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift’s sweet song “Never Grow Up” is one that we can all relate to, I’m sure. She sings about wishing she could stay little, and since growing up means wishing we were older, it’s a good reminder to realise how good it is to be young, how simple life is. This song will make your graduation all the more bittersweet and your parents will probably end up in tears. Get the tissues ready.
4. “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Moving onto something a little more boisterous, “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” should definitely be on your ‘graduations songs’ playlist. If you can describe the last few years as the time of your life, then this is the perfect song to play as you leave behind your years of learning! Take this 80’s tune and dance your way down the aisle to the sounds of that sweet sax solo! You know the one…
5. “Celebrate” – Kool and the Gang
Okay, now how could you not have this as one of your graduation songs?? Graduation is a time to celebrate, and what better way to do this than to play a song that is all about having a good time and celebrating good times… c’mon! There’s no way you could resist this funky tune.
6. “Send Me On My Way” – Rusted Root
“Send Me On My Way” is a fun, happy song you’ll want to play as one of your graduation songs. It talks about getting started on a journey, which is the perfect way to think about your graduation; the beginning of a new adventure. This song also has such a happy beat that’ll have your shoulders shimmying and your head bobbing along.
7. “All Star” – Smash Mouth
Besides the fact that this song is one of the many great things about the movie ‘Shrek’, this totally cool song lets you know that you’re an absolute all star, and to break the mould by being a star; an excellent mindset to have at graduation! Also, such a great song to rock out to, just as a side note.
8. “History” – One Direction
Even if you’re not a fan of One Direction, “History” is one of the perfect graduation songs to play on your big day. This nostalgic number is one to help remember the people you’ve met and have grown up with as you end this season of your life (serious, I know… soz).
9. “Suddenly I See” – KT Turnstall
This up-beat tune is a great graduation song, not only because of it’s rom-com-esque vibes, but because when you listen to it as you graduate, you’ll just feel so damn good about yourself. You’re the girl whose face is a map of the world, the sunshine in your friends and family’s lives. Is that a brag? Sure. Is it true? Most probably. Own it kween.
10. “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
Okay, let’s talk about Queen. This is a song that’s going to pump you up, get you ready for your life ahead of graduation day; nobody can stop you! Let Freddie Mercury’s electric voice let everyone that you that you are a graduate not to be stopped on the steam train of life! You’re also here for a good time, so enjoy yourself on your special day!
11. “Try Everything” – Shakira
If you don’t have anything by Shakira as one of your graduation songs list, then who hurt you? But if you’re going to have anything by Shakira, play this song. Yes, “Hips Don’t Lie” is also a banger, but this is a absolute tune that will encourage all the doubt you have about graduation and your future straight into the trash! Don’t you want to graduate with good vibes?
12. “Follow Your Arrow” – Kacey Musgrave
This is a song that encourages you to be nothing but your absolute self and screw the haters and nay-sayers! Which is want on your big day, right? Not only does this country number have an adorable bop to listen to on repeat after the party, but it also gives an awesome message about keeping to your compass and staying true to yourself. Because life’s too short to worry about what other people think.
13. “Breakaway” – Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson’s arm-waver, “Breakaway”, is the perfect graduation song choice that you will never regret. This inspirational tune gets you to breakaway and follow the sun (aka your heart), but still remember all those you love because they helped to shape you who you are. Take a chance on yourself! Don’t be stuck in a place you don’t want to be (mic drop).
14. “Here’s To Never Growing Up” – Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne is one of those artists who we’ll just keep coming back to, as long as she keeps coming out with bangers like “Here’s To Never Growing Up”. This is a great song to have at your graduation because even though you’re getting older and facing new milestones, you shouldn’t lose your sense of being young. Avril reminds us to keep having fun and keep doing the things that make you happy.
15. “Anything Could Happen” – Ellie Goulding
As far as inspirational graduation songs go, this one by Ellie Goulding is definitely up there as one you should have as you celebrate. Ellie reminds us that in life, anything could happen but we just gotta roll with the punches and not see it as a panic-inducing thing. Life is full of ups and downs, but the reward is in the learning curve and the excitement in what’s to come!