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Songs for Grade School/Junior High Graduation

What song did you have to sing for grade school/junior high graduation?

That song “Wind Beneath My Wings” made popular in 1989 by Bette Midler was the official graduation song for my 8th grade class. We had to vote on our class song. I don’t recall what it beat out though… probably some nice traditional Lutheran hymn.

The debate between that pop song and a Lutheran hymn caused quite a stir at this nice Christian grade school. All the dippy girls wanted to do that song and they won out (I was all for the nice hymn). Some of the students were afraid that twenty years from then we would be embarrassed that was our class song. It was quite the drama. Now it’s just funny that our class had to sing that lame-o song at graduation.


Thank you to everyone who left song recommendations. As of March 2010, there have been 303 song recommendations. Here’s the top 27 songs mentioned the most times in the comments.

Mentioned 17 times:

Graduation by Vitamin C (iTunes)

Mentioned 9 times:

Time Of Your Life by Green Day (iTunes)

Mentioned 8 times:

Here’s To The Night by Eve 6 (iTunes)

5 times:

Good Riddance by Green Day (iTunes)

Photograph by Nickelback (iTunes)

Whenever You Remember by Carrie Underwood (iTunes)

4 times:

Walk Away by Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)

Do I Make You Proud by Taylor Hicks (iTunes)

Goodbye To You by Michelle Branch (iTunes)

I Will Remember You by Ryan Cabrera (iTunes)

In This Diary by The Ataris (iTunes)

My Wish by Rascal Flatts (iTunes)

One Year Six Months by Yellowcard (iTunes)

Please Remember by Leann Rimes (iTunes)

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield (iTunes)

3 times:

Changes by Tupac (iTunes)

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey (iTunes)

Forever Young by Youth Group (iTunes)

Goodbye by Spice Girls (iTunes)

I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack (iTunes)

I Will Remember You by Sarah Mclachan (iTunes)

It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday by Boyz II Men (iTunes)

No Such Thing by John Mayer (iTunes)

The Night Before (Life Goes On) by Carrie Underwood (iTunes)

There You’ll Be by Faith Hill (iTunes)

Time Of My Life by David Cook (iTunes)

Wonderwall by Oasis (iTunes)

347 Responses to Songs for Grade School/Junior High Graduation

  1. Lizet April 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    How about songs for a kindergarten graduation…

  2. KATE May 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    “Keep holding on” “Lean on me” “Count one me” <3

  3. CB May 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    @kate: not sure if you have done yours yet, but i did a video for my kid’s kindergerden class last year. it was awesome. ended video with “farewell kindergarten, by joe guida. also started it with ABC – Jackson 5. . each event Halloween, etc, had it’s owned themed music. it was nice.

  4. mayceejones May 19, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    this is cool

  5. karly May 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    R Kelly – World’s Greatest

  6. Joyce May 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    thank you!!!!! so helpfull!!

  7. sierra May 24, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    I love all these songs and cant wait until i graduate middle school this year and do all the amazing activities and experiance new interesting things like the high schoolers! GO RICKARDS!!! :)

  8. IThas2Bme May 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Found this thread looking for K-garten photo show songs. Thanks for all the ideas, here is my list. We’re going to be friends – Jack Johnson The Friendship Song – Carbon Leaf Jump Up – Dan Zane Smile Smile Smile – Dan Zane Send Me (On My Way) – Rusted Root Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts The Sharing Song – Jack Johnson You’ve got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman I wanted songs the kids wouldn’t be bored with and likely to recognize. Did you see what I did there… (they’re mostly from kids movies).

  9. Pascal May 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    The Bravery – Ours Snow Patrol – Open Yours Eyes 30 sec. To Mars – Kings and Queens

  10. Cinners June 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Firework by Katie Perry and Born To Be Somebody by Justin Bieber….we all know most Grade 8 girls are gaga over him!

  11. J Clary August 13, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    These are great suggestions. I am using some of these for a school opening video as well

  12. Kelly June October 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    thanks for the suggestions! i am going to middle school next year but i am in charge of the power point that we always have. so thanks for the songs!!!!!

  13. Mark Allan M. Navarro January 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm #


  14. Robert Dubs Jr. January 29, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    For my 8th Grade Class of 1999:
    Forever Young: Rod Stewart.
    Oh How the Years Go By: Amy Grant.
    Time of Your Life: Green Day.
    These Are Days: Natalie Merchant.
    Friends: Michael J. Smith
    The River of Dreams: Billy Joel.
    Crazy Train: Ozzy Osblurne.
    Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow: Fleetwood Mac.
    (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life: Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
    Don’t Want to Miss a Thing: Aerosmith.

  15. Jayden Bulanadi Labios February 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    aw its so very very ugly song what the other song.

  16. Windell Pagatpatan Ronquillo February 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    like it…i remember my gradeschool graduation… its cute…

  17. Breyden Centaur Stanger March 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I’m trying to find a good song for graduation in 8th grade and we have to sing so I thin we might choose the #1 song on here.

  18. Robin KeNo Klydeklein Constantino March 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    epek..just like the old times..haist! I’m touch with the song ” DO I MAKE YOU PROUD”.,.

  19. Leslie Ortiz March 20, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    I’m trying to find a good song for my 8th grade graduation! & so we could do great or else our teacher is going to tell us what song she picked out for us and I think its going to be a geheto one lol.

  20. Mary Hatonek February 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Forever Young <3.

  21. Annie Rivera March 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    hey! so we are having a talent show and we kinda need some sort of comedy in it? seniors have planned to sing a song to juniors with a message like nobody will be us or we are the best..any suggestions?


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