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10 Songs To Listen To At Your Graduation

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1. “Graduation (Friends Forever)” by Vitamin C

This song is the most obvious graduation anthem. It should really be retitled to “Graduation (Friends Forever Until We Move On And Have Catch Up Lunches And Start To Ignore Each Other Text Messages}”, but I guess that’s not as catchy.

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    • Jonah Matthews

      less pages next time please

    • dorothytortoise

      so.. what is Jason Schwartzman's favy ice cream flavour?

    • SD

      less awful songs next time please

    • CC

      These are all so perfect and yes, Third Eye Blind's debut album is completely brilliant.

    • Joffré Leroux

      You might want to check the “Best before” date on that list of songs there.

    • Matt Dekneef

      Brought a tear to my 3EB eye. Also, for your consideration: Smashing Pumpkins “1979”.

    • ghostboy2112

      Ooh, you totally forgot 'Chasing Cars' by Imogen Heap. From The OC's EPIC Graduation! #tearz #marissaaaaa

    • Billy Joe

      The idea of Green Day's “Good Riddance” being used as a graduation song is so preposterous. My graduating class walked out to it and it was ridiculous. The song is not intended the way you described, but merely as a jab at their dissenting fans.

      Green day was going through a change, a musical development and were becoming a bit softer. Their lyrics and music were becoming more refined. That song is basically a big “F U” to the die hard  Green Day fans that were giving them flak about becoming soft.

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      • pulpblood

        wait what?

      • Lux

        Bullshit. Billie Joe wrote it about a girl who was moving away from him…I can't remember the name and I'm too lazy to google it but I think she was moving to Carolina or somewhere. They already had a lot of softer songs before Good Riddance, and in fact they hadn't become 'softer' just more polished because they had an actual record deal. Sux2bu.

    • Rivera Diana 04

      i heard number 8 in my sophmore yr english class….i cried…i still get teary eyed. i love that song =]

    • Poob Smoad Attorney at Law

      Not that I want to discourage free expression, but I think at my own college graduation I'd be prone to avoiding songs I'd already been forced to listen to at my high school graduation.

    • hunter ray

      Here's to the Night was my fucking graduation song -_-

      • DARKSTAR

        Mine too…

    • Amy

      The Tilly & The Wall song still gives me chills.

    • Stevie nix

      my graduation song (I graduated high school june 2010) was In My Life by The Beatles.
      All other graduation songs are invalid.

      • ~guest~

        2010, you don't count as a real human

    • Nigerian_prince

      Bullshit article.

    • Mish

      Wait… Ryan! What about sarah mclachlan's “I Will Remember You”?

    • Tiny

      LOVE this — but as an FYI, the Baz Luhrman “Wear Sunscreen” bit is actually originally from this:

    • Kristy

      Omg stop!!!!!

    • Sophia Anderson

      I was going to comment with the ridiculous song that my classmates chose as our graduation song, but I actually can't remember the title or the band, just that it was awful. Some guy's band played a ska cover of it during the ceremony. It was all pretty embarassing.

    • Melvin Alvarez

      Weird but after my graduation last Saturday, they suddenly played Party Rock Anthem! :D

    • Steven Timberman

      That Tilly song feels like a perfect soundtrack to a life I didn't know I had lived.

      If that makes any sense.

    • ben Raifsnider, jr.

      our class (of 2000) had a list of 4 songs to vote on. i nominated The Dance by Garth Brooks because i had a huge crush on GB, but it only got 1 vote (mine). also on the list was California Love by Tupac (still not sure why) there was another rap song i don't remember, but the winner was Count On Me from Waiting To Exhale. yeah, i went to that high school.

    • zoe

      graduating from high school tomorrow night EEK BIG WIDE WORLD

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