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Graduation Songs: The 10 Best Songs For Grads (And Their Parents)


As the school year comes to an end, seniors are gathering up the last memories in their hometowns before they head off into their futures. Senior pictures are being taken, caps and gowns are hanging in anticipation, and senior classes are choosing songs that will forever remind them of their time in high school.

Let's take a look at the best 10 country graduation songs:

10. "Damn Good Goodbye," Mike Ryan

The last goodbyes are always the hardest. Mike Ryan hits the nail on the head with the stories and emotions he provokes in his hit single, 'Damn Good Goodbye.'


They ain't ever easy
And sometimes they go bad
Oh but sometimes they turn into
The best times you ever had
Nothing makes a memory
That you'll take with you all your life
Like a damn good goodbye

9. "My Wish," Rascal Flatts

When a senior goes off on their own, all you can do is wish them the best.

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too


8. "I Hope You Dance," Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack hits every parent's heartstrings with 'I Hope You Dance.'

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

7. "Don't Blink," Kenny Chesney

Time goes by so fast. Kenny Chesney's 'Don't Blink' is all about the stages of life going by in the blink of an eye.


'Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand
You can't flip it over and start again
Take every breathe God gives you for what it's worth

6. "You're Gonna Miss This," Trace Adkins

Wishing life away is just a part of growing up. Trace Adkins reminds everyone to take it slow and not to take it for granted.


You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this

5. "Laughed Until We Cried," Jason Aldean

Memories are one of the sweetest gifts seniors get to take with them. Jason Aldean takes everyone down memory lane with this hit 'Laughed Until We Cried.'

We only had a few days, and a whole lot of memories to make
Oh man we were livin', didn't waste one minute
We talked and drank and danced and said goodbye
laughed until we cried


4. "Ready, Set, Don't Go," Billy Ray Cyrus

It can be really hard for parents to let go of their babies, but this song may make it a little easier.

She's waitin' on my blessings
Before she hits that open road
But baby get ready, get set, don't go

3. "Humble and Kind," Tim McGraw

All parents hope they have raised their children right. "Humble and Kind" is a great song to remind grads where they came from.


Hold the door, say "please", say "thank you"
Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie
I know you got mountains to climb
But always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you're dreamin' come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride
But always stay humble and kind

2. "The Climb," Miley Cyrus

Change is hard, but going off on your own to start a future can be the hardest thing for seniors to do. "The Climb" is a gentle reminder to keep going.


There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

1. "The River," Garth Brooks

One thing is guaranteed, life never stays the same -- but you have to keep moving. "The River" evokes every emotion for graduating seniors and their parents on Graduation Day.

There's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll take some falls
But with the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all...yes


I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry

Honorable Mentions:

"Wide Open Spaces," The Chicks, "Don't Forget To Remember Me," Carrie Underwood, "Letter To Me," Brad Paisley

These country songs are perfect for any senior's graduation playlist as they round the last corner of their year.

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