Most popular graduation songs [2017 edition]

Most popular graduation songs [2017 edition]


It’s that time of year!

“Does anyone have a great graduation song suggestions??”

Towards the end of March (USA/Europe) and beginning of November (Australia/New Zealand) I start to see teachers ask for graduation song suggestions on Facebook and other social media channels.  Although new fresh ones appear each year, some songs are perennial favourites.

I decided to put together a list of the most commonly suggested songs.  This list will be updated each year to include new songs.

The list below includes

  • Song title
  • Artist/composer name
  • Link to the Youtube video

The Songs

The songs below are listed in order of release date and the link goes to the Youtube video of the song.

IMPORTANT: although most songs in the list are considered clean and student-friendly, please use your own judgement when listening to them (or watching the video) and selecting a song for your school.  Every school has different guidelines and expectations so YOU need to choose what works best for your students.

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Try Everything – Shakira (from “Zootopia”)

Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake (from “Trolls”)

How Far I’ll Go – Auli’i Cravalho (from “Moana”)



The Days – Avicii

Better When I’m Dancing – Meghan Trainor



Best Day Of My Life –  American Authors

Que Sera – Justice Crew

Fight Song – Rachel Platten



Compass – Lady Antebellum

Shine Your Way – Owl City & Yuna (from “The Croods”)

Roar – Katy Perry

Hey Brother – Avicii

Happy – Pharrell Williams

I Lived – One Republic

Counting Stars – One Republic



It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons

Home – Phillip Phillips

Hall of Fame – The Script ft.

Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen



Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer



Wherever I go – Miley Cyrus & Emily Osment

Count on me – Bruno Mars

Firework – Katy Perry

Today My Life Begins – Bruno Mars

Hold On To The Memories – Corey Tynan



Lean On Me – Glee version

Growing Up Beside You – Paolo Nutini

Fireflies – Owl City



I Was Here – Lady Antebellum



Little Wonders – Rob Thomas (from “Meet The Robinsons”)

I Told You So – Carrie Underwood



My Wish – Rascal Flatts

Forever Young – Youth Group



Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson



For Good – Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (from “Wicked”)



Friends Forever – Vitamin C



Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Green Day



Seasons of Love – from Rent



I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts (Theme from “Friends”)



End Of The Road – Boyz II Men



Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson



True Colors – Cyndi Lauper



We Are The Champions – Queen



Pure Imagination – from Willy Wonka



With A Little Help From My Friends – Beatles



Stand By Me – Ben E. King


Any other songs you would like to add?

What have you used with your students? Add a comment below!


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By | 2017-04-17T12:48:50+00:00 March 30th, 2017|General, Music Tech Tips|12 Comments

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  1. Amy March 31, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Here’s to Us by Kevin Rudolph
    Kaleidoscope by Great Big World
    It’s Our World by Jacquie Lee

  2. Heidi Woodruff March 31, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Lanterns by Australian band Birds of Tokyo is a great song for students to sing and play , have the rest of the graduating class file up and light a candle and walk out with it while the musicians are performing.

    • Katie April 3, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Ooh – yes I really like that song!

  3. Dan Fleury April 5, 2017 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    “Here’s to the Night” – Eve 6

    Had this one for a middle school graduation 🙂

    • Katie April 7, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

      Thanks Dan – I didn’t know this one. Listening now….

  4. Jennifer April 6, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    In My Life by the Beatles

    • Katie April 7, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

      One of my favourite Beatles songs of all time 🙂

  5. Karen Reudavey April 6, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Growing Up Beside You by Paulo Nuttini (I changed some of the lyrics)

    • Katie April 7, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Thanks Karen – another one I didn’t know!

  6. Leesa Kuhlmann April 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I Lived by One Republic is what we will be singing this year.

    • Katie April 7, 2017 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Love that song. It’s on my running playlist in Spotify

  7. Traci April 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    I Believe from Honey the movie
    Greenday Time of your life

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