Biggest Graduation Songs Of The 2000s

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It’s that time of year.  Whether you’re graduating high school, college or even eighth grade, this transition part of your life is pretty freakin’ scary!  You aren’t sure what the future holds except for one thing: you’re finally getting out of that school.

Thankfully along with graduation comes another long standing tradition: the throwing of money at the graduate.  We mean… the graduation party!  As you prep your ‘Class of 2013′ decorations don’t forget to get a mix of some of the best party songs to make your night even better.  Don’t worry, we’re making it easy for you.  Here are the biggest graduation songs since 2000.

Vitamin C – “Graduation (Friends Forever)”

Released: June 2000

No one’s surprised this made the list seeing as the entire premise of the song is about graduation and moving on in life.  Vitamin C’s only real big hit got her to about 38 on the charts.

Eve 6 – “Here’s To The Night”

Released: May 22, 2001

Eve 6’s most recognized single, this song was made for playing at the highest volumes ever while driving down the road with the windows down.  I’m pretty sure it’s always played at every prom ever since its release.

Bon Jovi – “It’s My Life”

Released: May 23, 2000

Bon Jovi told Deutsche Welle that he was surprised how fans took on the song: “When I was writing ‘It’s My Life’, I thought I was writing very self-indulgently about my own life and where I was in it. I didn’t realize that the phrase ‘It’s My Life’ would be taken as being about everyone–by teenagers, by older guys, mechanics, whatever. ‘It’s my life, and I’m taking control’. Everyone kind of feels that way from time to time.”

Fall Out Boy – “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”

Released: March 27, 2007

This 2007 release became a huge commercial success for Fall Out Boy, even making it their most popular and highest charted single in Australia.

Jay-Z – “Young Forever”

Released: January 26, 2010

This song is the anthem for staying young, keeping those childish thoughts for as long as possible.  We like to call it Peter Pan Syndrome.  This song gave Jay-Z his 17th Top 10 hit.

Kelly Clarkson – “Breakaway”

Released: July 20, 2004

Kelly Clarkson was still living on the heels of her American Idol win when she released her second album Breakaway, whose title track made for the ultimate ‘growing up’ song.  The song has the general ‘grow up, move on, live life’ theme perfect for all grads.

T.I. – “Live Your Life”

Released: September 23, 2008

Honestly, this song speaks for itself.  Just live your life (insert “heeeey” here.)  It’s impossible not to feel completely uplifted and ready to take on the world after hearing this song booming through the room.


Green Day – “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”

Released: October 17, 1997

Okay, so this wasn’t released in the 2000s but how can you not include this Green Day classic with any ‘moving on’ type playlist?  We’ll leave you be while you reminisce on this song…


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