Top Graduation Songs - 2006

Graduation, or commencement, is one of the most important and memorable ceremonies in life. The music that accompanies the ceremony will often be remembered right along with the events of the day. The songs that are popular for graduations change from year to year. These are 10 of the best and most popular for 2006.

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Vitamin C - Graduation (Friends Forever)

Courtesy Elektra

Colleen Fitzpatrick, the former lead vocalist for the group Eve's Plum, recorded under the name Vitamin C as a solo artist. This song was one of the standout cuts on the album Vitamin C, released in 1999. It was an instant graduation classic pulling in the power of memories in years to come and the value of friends forever. It works well sung live with a chorus as well.

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Cast of 'Rent' - Seasons of Love

Original Cast - Rent
Original Cast - Rent. Courtesy DreamWorks

Songs that originated in Broadway musicals often work very well for ceremonial events like graduation. This ode to the measuring of time through love from Rent follows in the tradition of other past great graduation songs from A Chorus Line and Wicked.

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Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway

Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway
Breakaway. © RCA Records.

This is probably the perfect graduation song for those who never felt they completely fit in during high school. However, Kelly Clarkson's inspiring expression of the desire to spread one's wings wide to escape the mundane has universal appeal

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Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Green Day - "Good Riddance (The Time Of My Life)"
Green Day - "Good Riddance (The Time Of My Life)". Courtesy Reprise

This is the only song which appears in both the graduation list and the prom songs list on this site. It is a great Green Day song for transitional events that appeals equally well to mainstream pop and rock fans.

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Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance

Lee Ann Womack - "I Hope You Dance"
Lee Ann Womack - "I Hope You Dance". Courtesy MCA Nashville

There is no other song that is better at reminding us of the importance of being totally engaged, keeping our sense of awe at the world, and recognizing the importance of fun in life.

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Eve 6 - Here's to the Night

Eve 6 - "Here's To the Night"
Eve 6 - "Here's To the Night". Courtesy BMG

This lush, wistful ballad will leave many graduates misty-eyed thinking of the memorable moments of the years shared with their friends.

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R. Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly

R. Kelly - "I Believe I Can Fly"
R. Kelly - "I Believe I Can Fly". Courtesy Jive

If you have a choir at your graduation ceremony, this is the perfect song to give them to sing. It is pure inspiration for the future.

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Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Baz Luhrmann - "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)"
Baz Luhrmann - "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)". Courtesy EMI

This spoken word novelty is one of the most unusual hit songs of the past decade. The nuggets of wisdom dispensed here still carry resonance.

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Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out

Diana Ross - "I'm Coming Out
Diana Ross - "I'm Coming Out. Courtesy Motown

This song simply gets more and more brilliant with passing time. Go back to the original Diana Ross recording and you'll be unlikely to find a better celebration of taking those important first steps into the wide world beyond school.

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Boyz II Men - It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday

Boyz II Men - Cooley High Harmony
Boyz II Men - Cooley High Harmony. Courtesy Motown

This Boyz II Men classic is a perfect all-occasion goodbye song.

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