The last four years have been emotionally exhausting. Maybe you got and regretted getting food surprises from the Cuddy. You were definitely late to your class due to UAA parking. Maybe you saw that guy you were kinda friends with your sophomore year. Should you say hi? Should you even make eye contact? He was your partner on that assignment but didn’t you end up doing all the work? Anyway, now that you’re graduating, here are ten songs to play at your graduation party. Turn up Grandma!
Vitamin C – “Graduation (Friends Forever)”
This is not only the ultimate graduation song but also a great 90’s throwback. Played at nearly every graduation, this track will forever be associated with graduates everywhere.
Kanye West “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”
Kanye completed his third installment of his education-themed studio albums in 2007 with the classic record “Graduation.” The track “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” is the epitome of Kanye West’s attitude. From now on no one can doubt you because you’re finally graduating. Sometimes you have to live with that Kanye mantra.
LCD Soundsystem “All My Friends”
Earlier this year LCD Soundsystem reunited for a series of shows that saw the band bring back their 2007 hit “All My Friends.” It details the highs and lows of friendships because what’s graduating college if you’re not doing it with your friends.
Bob Dylan – “Forever Young”
Dylan wrote and recorded the song as an ode to his newborn son Jakob. Released on his 1974 album “Planet Waves” it features the song twice in a fast and slow version, both equally great. Even though you’ll be graduating at least you’ll always be young inside.
Queen – “We Are the Champions”
This Queen track has become a staple at sporting events as the go to victory anthem. Graduating is definitely a personal victory that should be celebrated. Congratulations graduates you are all champs.
Green Day – “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”
Goodbyes can be hard. “Good Riddance” is another great 90s throwback that touches upon the memories and reflections of our past. The song reminds you to always remember the experiences you had in life including the ones in college.
Alphaville – “Forever Young”
This 80s German power ballad was initially not successful in the United States but its legacy has spawned numerous covers including being sampled by Jay-Z in 2009. The song’s nostalgic synthesizers will always be associated with the 80s but the message can be carried on forever.
The Who – “My Generation”
This track became one of The Who’s most successful songs ever recorded. It encapsulated the entirety of youth culture and put a time stamp on an era. Years from now you’ll probably brag to your children about how back when you graduated, your generation was better then theirs.
Kool and the Gang – “Celebration”
Nothing makes you want to party more than this song and knowing that you’ll never have to procrastinate writing an essay ever again (at least if you don’t continue on in another program). “Celebration” is the perfect soundtrack to kickoff your graduating festivities especially if you’re hosting a groovy disco dance party.
Beach Boys “Graduation Day”
The band, The Four Freshmen, initially recorded “Graduation Day” in 1956 but years later it became a hit for the Beach Boys. It was covered live by the Beach Boys in 1968 and eventually thrown in as the B-side to the rerelease of The Beach Boys’ “Be True To Your School” in 1976.