Once again, 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.
Here’s a list of the most commonly suggested songs.
The list below includes
- Song title
- Artist/composer name
- Link to the Youtube video
The songs below are listed in no particular order (although the first few are the ones I see mentioned most frequently).
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. Some songs are more suitable for older students (13+).
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A Million Dreams – Full Cast (from “The Greatest Showman”)
How Far I’ll Go – Auli’i Cravalho (from “Moana”)
Home – Phillip Phillips
For Good – Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (from “Wicked”)
Lean On Me – Glee version
This Is Me – Keala Settle (from “The Greatest Showman”)
Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Green Day
Time Of Our Lives – Tyrone Wells
Lanterns – Birds of Tokyo
You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins (from “Tarzan”)
Brand New – Ben Rector
Friends Forever – Vitamin C
Seasons of Love – from Rent
Remember Me – Miguel ft. Natalia Lafourcade (from “Coco”)
Try Everything – Shakira (from “Zootopia”)
Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake (from “Trolls”)
Rise Up – Andra Day
See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth (from “Furious 7”)
The Days – Avicii
Better When I’m Dancing – Meghan Trainor
Opportunity – Quvenzhané Wallis (from “Annie”)
Take on the World – Sabrina Carpenter, Rowan Blanchard (from “Girl Meets World”)
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
Hall of Fame – The Script ft. will.i.am
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
Growing Up Beside You – Paolo Nutini
Fireflies – Owl City
I Was Here – Lady Antebellum
You Can’t Stop the Beat (from “Hairspray”)
Little Wonders – Rob Thomas (from “Meet The Robinsons”)
I Told You So – Carrie Underwood
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
Forever Young – Youth Group
Unwritten – Natasha Beddingfield
Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
I Believe – Yolanda Adams (from “Honey”)
On My Way – Phil Collins (from “Brother Bear”)
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
The Climb – Miley Cyrus
Which songs have you used with your students?
Which songs have been popular at your school? Add a comment below!
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