Three notes into Pomp and Circumstance and I was a sobbing mess. The iconic graduation song can reduce any parent to tears. But we went looking for more modern versions of this timeless tear-jerker and here are the graduation songs we found.
Favorite Graduation Songs
Anna Kendrick – Cups (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m Gone”)
Killer Line: “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.” Does it get more wrenching than that?
Fun.: We Are Young
Killer Line: The chorus “We are young. So let’s set the world on fire. We can burn brighter than the sun”
Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C HD
Killer Line: “As we go on, we remember. All the times we had together. And as our lives change, come whatever. We will still be friends forever.” This one had me crying just putting this together; I defy you to listen dry-eyed.
Tim McGraw – Humble And Kind
Killer Line:”I know you got mountains to climb but always stay humble and kind.”
Give Me Freedom Give Me Fire by K’naan- Anthem of FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa
Killer Line: “Staying forever young, singin’ songs underneath the sun.” A song to get everyone on their feet.
Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles
Killer Line: ” ‘She told me, “Son in life you’re gonna go far, and if you do it right you’ll love where you are. Just know, that wherever you go, you can always come home.’ “
Good Riddance by Green Day (AKA Time of Your Life)
Killer Line: “Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go.” A graduation classic as soon as it was released.
Alphaville – Forever Young
Killer line: “It’s so hard to get old without a cause. I don’t want to perish like a fading horse. Youth’s like diamonds in the sun, And diamonds are forever.”
Avicii – The Nights
Killer Line: “One day you will leave this world behind so live a life you will remember.”
Matt Simons – You Can Come Back Home
Killer Line: “Today we say goodbye so you can come back home again.”