Hobbies Playing Music Top School Graduation Songs Popular Songs Perfect for Graduation Party Playlists Share PINTEREST Email Print Image Source/Stockbyte/Getty Images Playing Music Music Education Music Lessons Basics Music History Music Theory Playing Guitar Playing Piano Home Recording By Espie Estrella Espie Estrella is a lyricist, songwriter, and member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. our editorial process Espie Estrella Updated May 27, 2017 Whether graduating from high school, college, graduate school or another form of accomplishment, listening to a good graduation song can set the right mood for the day and make it memorable. That is indeed the beauty of music, it makes any occasion unforgettable and when you hear a particular song it reminds you of that special moment. To celebrate graduation day, here are several songs to make that day momentous. Graduation - Vitamin C American pop singer Vitamin C's Graduation was released in 2000. The lyrics are about contemplating the future, the excitement of starting a new life path and feeling nostalgic, making this song perfect for graduations. Here is an example of the relatable lyrics: As we go on, we remember all the times we had togetherAnd as our lives change, come whateverWe will still be friends forever Here are the lyrics to the entire song and the music sample (Song #12). I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly R. Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly is an R&B and soul song released in 1996. The song is R. Kelly's most successful single as it topped Billboard charts and won 3 Grammies. Filled with the feeling of hope, moving forward, and the idea that the world is your oyster, I Believe I Can Fly makes for a great song for graduation. Almost everyone knows these chorus lines, making it an easy song to sing-a-long to: I believe I can flyI believe I can touch the skyI think about it every night and daySpread my wings and fly away Here are the full lyrics and the music sample (Song #18). What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World was a song written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by jazz icon Louis Armstrong and released in 1967. The lovely melody and lyrics convey an optimistic outlook on life and an overall comforting attitude, which is the perfect antidote to any graduation anxieties. To get a sense, listen to the opening lines of this Armstrong classic: I see trees of green, red roses tooI see them bloom for me and youAnd I think to myself, what a wonderful world You can also find the full lyrics, and music sample (Song #1) and sheet music. Make It Happen - Mariah Carey Mariah Carey's Make It Happen (1992) is a personal song about her experiences before reaching fame. Essentially, this song is about picking yourself up by the bootstraps and making your visions come to fruition. A strong belief in hard work is a good attitude for fresh graduates to have when first entering the "adult" world and beyond. Here are the inspiring chorus lines to Make It Happen: If you believe in yourself enoughAnd know what you wantYou're gonna make it happen Here are the full lyrics and music sample (Song #7). The River - Garth Brooks Popular American country singer, Garth Brooks, released The River in 1992. Comparing a river to a dream and a boat to a dreamer, the song's lyrics encourage people to follow their dreams no matter how difficult it can seem. Here is a sample of the lyrics: I'll never reach my destinationIf I never trySo I will sail my vessel'Til the river runs dry You can also read the full lyrics and listen to a music sample (Song #10). There You'll Be - Faith Hill There You'll Be is a country pop song by Faith Hill. It was released in 2001. The emotional song is all about thanking a loved ones for their unwavering support. For graduates who want to thank their family and friends on such a momentous day, this song can be a good one to add to the playlist. Some of the chorus lines are: 'Cause I always saw in youMy light, my strengthAnd I want to thank you Here are the full lyrics and music sample (Song #1). Whenever You Remember - Carrie Underwood American country singer Carrie Underwood released Whenever You Remember in 2005. Graduation is not only a celebratory time to welcome the future, but it is also a time to reflect on what that you have achieved to get to this point. Here is a sample of the lyrics for Whenever You Remember: When you think back on all we've doneI hope you're proud For more, here are the full lyrics and sheet music. You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban Josh Groban's rendition of You Raise Me Up was a hit song when it was released in 2003. In terms of graduation, this is another good song for thanking your family and friends for all their support. Here are the chorus lines: You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;I am strong when I am on your shoulders;You raise me up to more than I can be. You can also read the full lyrics, listen to the music sample (Song #12) and find sheet music.