It’s time for graduation day. You’ve passed your exams, and you’re ready for the real world. Summer vacation for the kids, and out into the workplace for the college grads. Don your graduation gown and get a good mix-cd rolling for your march up to the podium. These are the top 20 songs for graduation day:
1 – School’s Out! Alice Cooper’s anthem for graduation is more about getting smart and “wising up,” but it’s still our top pick for Graduation Day. It’s time to grow up and think for yourself.
2 – Looks Like We Made It by Barry Manilow. We made it to graduation day! The only time a Manilow and Alice Cooper song will ever be seen side by side. Even Nostradamus couldn’t foresee this!
3 – Time for Me to Fly by REO Speedwagon, time to graduate, move on and …
4 – Spread Your Wings by Queen
Spread your little wings and fly away; fly away, far away
Pull yourself together, ‘cos you know you should do better; that’s because you’re a free man
5 – Changes by David Bowie. Nothing will be the same after today.
6 – Moving On by Bad Company
8 – Celebration by Kool & The Gang, for today: celebrate good times, c’mon!
7 – Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy. It just feels like a jailbreak on graduation day. A year later, you’ll wish you could be back in your cozy college “prison” life again.
9 – Dressed for Success by Roxette
10 – Congratulations by Cliff Richard
11 – One Step Beyond by Madness. Step up to the podium, get your diploma, and cross into the real world. Anything can happen, beyond …
12 – Movie in the Right Direction by Gossip One out of 10 will move in the right direction after college. Be that one!
13 – Graduate by Third Eye Blind
14 – We’ve Only Just Begun by the Carpenters. Graduation day is the start, not the end.
15 – I, Robot by Alan Parsons Project, you’re just a cog in the machine now, kids. Although the first line from “Games People Play” really fits: Where do we go from here…. ?
16 – Bored Teenagers by the Adverts is for the high-school graduates.
17 – Sober by Pink is for the college graduates. I feel this Party’s over … Now you have to get a job!
18 – Takin’ it to the Streets by the Doobie Brothers, hitting the pavement to seek gainful employment.
19 – Working for the Weekend by Loverboy, it’s your new motto, now that you’re a graduate and on your way into the workforce.
20 – People Get Ready (1965) by the Impressions. A new batch of graduates is about to descend on you like locusts. Welcome them, nurture them, hire them, fire them, and then retire them.
Good Luck out there! As Casey Kasem used to say, “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.” … it was a simpler time back then.
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