The end of the semester means another batch of students will graduate and move on to bigger and better things. Here’s a send-off playlist to all of those who are just days away from walking at the upcoming graduation ceremony.
“Graduate” by Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind is a nostalgic ‘90s band most graduates are sure to recognize. “Graduate” is a relevant contribution to the occasion. It may not be the best song by the band, but it’s definitely catchy and has the perfect dosage of teen angst everyone is still trying to outgrow.
“Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day
This nausea-inducing, sappy ballad topped with extra cheese seems to pop up at every significant event from weddings to funerals. Graduation is certainly a significant event, which warrants the inclusion of this song. “Good Riddance” is like an annoying aunt who’s everywhere she doesn’t need to be, but this song’s overstayed welcome is a critical addition to any graduation experience.
“Coffee And Cigarettes” by Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World released this track several years after their commercial peak and the lyrics are sure to induce self-reflection and nostalgia for anyone who’s paying attention. The song is also super-catchy and the chorus will stay in your head for weeks.
“Forever Young” by Alphaville
Fans of Napoleon Dynamite and corny slideshows need to have this song on their graduation playlist. It’s another cheesy classic and most people are bound to hate it. Regardless, graduation is characterized by horrid oldie ballads like this one, so crank up the volume and walk around in your graduation robes proudly.
“Wonderwall” by Oasis
This is the one track to remind you of every instance during college when you looked at someone and made the decision to not be friends with them. Whether it was the student serenading his girlfriend while a bunch of onlookers laughed or the guy drenched in cheap cologne sitting outside of the library, this is the ultimate track to laugh at in universities across the nation. Here’s to hoping nobody will have to hear this song again once they’ve moved on.
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