Graduation is a time for remembering the past and dreaming and planning for the future. Music provides a perfect accompaniment for these celebrations. These are 10 great songs to add to your soundtrack.
As you are selecting graduation music, don't miss the list of Top 40 Graduation Songs of All Time.
Hip hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are one of the top breakout pop acts of 2013. Their second consecutive #1 hit "Can't Hold Us" is a rousing celebration of breaking down limits to what can be accomplished in life. Although the song was released as the third single from the album The Heist, it became a major hit following the duo's pop chart breakthrough with the album's fifth single "Thrift Shop."
Irish band the Script struck a melancholy mood on their first several hit songs. However, "Hall Of Fame" is an upbeat, inspirational song. It speaks about following dreams and making a difference in the world. The result was the band's biggest international pop hit. "Hall Of Fame" hit #1 on the UK pop singles chart and hit the top 20 on both the rock songs and adult pop songs in the US.
"Feel This Moment" is a perfect song for expressing the joy of graduation and excitement about heading into the future. Pitbull hit the pop top 10 in the US earlier this year with the song. "Feel This Moment" would work well either in the graduation ceremony or a rousing dance song for parties after. It was Christina Aguilera's second consecutive visit to the top 10 as a featured artist.
Girl group Little Mix became the first group to win X Factor UK in 2011. The song "Wings" was their second single released at home in the UK and reached #1 on the pop singles chart. It broke into the mainstream pop radio chart here in the US in 2013. The song speaks of maternal advice about spreading one's wings in life to reach for personal success.
"Good Time" is a crowd pleasing choice for graduation parties. The song helped prove that both Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen were not one hit wonders. "Good Time" landed in the pop top 10 in both the US and the UK as well as many other countries around the world. The song has sold more than two million digital copies in the US.
One of the best loved hits from country trio the Dixie Chicks is an anthem for heading out on one's own in life. It was the title song from the group's major label debut album. The song "Wide Open Spaces" was a #1 country smash and just missed hitting the pop top 40 as well.