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30 Graduation Songs to Say Goodbye or See Ya Never

Alice Cooper, Imagine Dragons and even Sarah McLachlan help commemorate the mixed emotions that come with the last day of school

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With all the pomp and circumstance of this benchmark occasion we thought it was important to bring you some of Fuse's favorite tracks to memorialize school days past and the journey ahead. 

We all have mixed feelings about leaving those jocks, dweebies and dickheads behind, and we have the bases covered when it comes to a bittersweet goodbye. From pop-punk nostalgia to R&B classics, we've got the perfect anthem for your graduation cap toss. Just make sure to duck out of the way before that pointed edge cap comes reeling back!

These are the best songs with which say goodbye. Happy listening and, oh yeah, CONGRATS!

1 / 30

"It's Time" by Imagine Dragons

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The title.

Also, the idea that "I'm never changing who I am," because our yearbooks were filled with the teenage advice to "never change." (Are yearbooks still a thing?)

2 / 30

"All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem

Best Cap Tossing Moment: "Oh, this could be the last time / So here we go / Like a sales force into the night."

Because you may never stand with these people again, with the youthful hope tonight. (Unless you plan on going to the reunion, but we doubt that's happening.)

3 / 30

"Miles Apart" by Yellowcard

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The entire album really. But the lyrics "I may be leaving but you're always in my heart" hit home.

4 / 30

"To Sir With Love" by Lulu

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The final chorus, "If you wanted the moon / I would try to make a star / But I, would rather you let me give my heart / To Sir, with love"

Not your typical graduation song, this anthem is a tribute to teachers.

5 / 30

"We Are Young" by .fun

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The chorus and epic tempo change.

6 / 30

"With A Little Help From My Friends" by the Beatles

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The lyrics "Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends / Mmm, I get high with a little help from my friends / Oh, I'm gonna try with a little help from my friends."

Because these were the first people who you did a lot of things with you shouldn't have.

7 / 30

"The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The lyrics "No one dared / Disturb the sound of silence" because the halls will soon be empty.

Also, The Graduate.

8 / 30

"Fire and Rain" by James Taylor

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The lyrics "I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend / but I always thought that I'd see you again."

Because this might be the last time you see some of your friends.

9 / 30

"I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan

Best Cap Tossing Moment: "I will remember you / Will you remember me? / Don't let your life pass you by / Weep not for the memories."

Tear.

10 / 30

"Lean on Me" by Bill Withers

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The entire song. That piano. His voice.

11 / 30

"Bitter Sweet Symphony" by the Verve

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The opening measures of strings alone, hands down.

12 / 30

"Soco Amaretto Lime" by Brand New

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The lyrics "I'm gonna stay eighteen forever (cut me open) / So we can stay like this forever (sun poisoned) / And we'll never miss a party (this offer...) / cause we keep them going constantly."

Because you'll probably do a lot more partying, but you'll never party like when you were 18 again.

13 / 30

"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The entire song is a prayer for any graduate, but the last time Lee Ann belts out that chorus and the music swells... damn.

14 / 30

"Baba O'Riley" by the Who

Best Cap Tossing Moment: Any point of the epic guitar riff.

Fun Fact: The song is often incorrectly titled "Teenage Wasteland" due to the repetitive lyrics and chorus.

15 / 30

"Tongue Tied" by Grouplove

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The lyrics "Don't take me tongue tied / Don't wave no goodbye"

For those of us who refuse to see this moment as a goodbye and more of a reason for celebration.

16 / 30

"Closing Time" by Semisonic

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The whole song, but especially the lyric "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."

17 / 30

"Vienna" by Billy Joel

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The lyrics "Slow down you crazy child / You're so ambitious for a juvenile"

There is so much behind you, but much more lies ahead.

18 / 30

"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" by Pink Floyd

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The lyrics "We don't need no education / We don't need no thought control / No dark sarcasm in the classroom / Teachers leave them kids alone"

Sometimes school was an asshole and so were the teachers. This is an anthem for anyone who didn't have such fond memories.

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"Young Blood" by The Naked and Famous

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The chorus "The bittersweet between my teeth / Trying to find the in-betweens / Fall back in love eventually / Yeah yeah yeah yeah."

20 / 30

"Here's to the Night" by Eve 6

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The chorus is a perfect toast on your special day.

21 / 30

"Graduation Day" by Head Automatica

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The title says it all.

22 / 30

"Going Away to College" by Blink-182

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The lyrics "I'll think about the times / She kissed me after class / And she put up with my friends / I acted like an ass."

23 / 30

"100 Years" by Five for Fighting

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The chorus. What a tearjerker.

24 / 30

"Graduation (Friends Forever)" by Vitamin C

Best Cap Tossing Moment: That chorus.

25 / 30

"School's Out" by Alice Cooper

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The lyric "School's out completely."

Because you hated that place.

26 / 30

"Graduate" by Third Eye Blind

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The title and chorus.

27 / 30

"Times Like These" by Foo Fighters

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The chorus.

28 / 30

"Tonight Tonight" by the Smashing Pumpkins

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The opening lyrics "Time is never time at all / You can never ever leave without leaving a piece of youth / And our lives are forever changed / We will never be the same."

So right.

29 / 30

"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The entire song. Also, strings.

30 / 30

"My Last Semester" by the Wonder Years

Best Cap Tossing Moment: The verses with their spot-on descriptions of a small town you're so ready to leave: "I can't take anymore of all the scum in this place / Shitty dudes with tribal tattoos all around / Lining up cheap beer and roofies for a party at their place / Trying to convince freshmen they're somebody / By spending all of their parents' money on kegstands."

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