Top 10 Graduation Songs of 2008

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Graduation, or commencement, is one of the most important and memorable ceremonies in life. The music that accompanies the graduation 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.

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Mandy Moore - "Extraordinary"

Mandy Moore - Extradordinary
Mandy Moore - "Extraordinary".

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Mandy Moore announced her step into the world of adult recording artists with this tremendous song about spreading one's wings and becoming truly "extraordinary." It works perfectly at that moment of leaving high school or college to take one's place in the larger world.

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Rascal Flatts - "My Wish"

Rascal Flatts - "My Wish"
Rascal Flatts - "My Wish".

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Last year's top prom song is also a perfect fit for graduation. Sung as a gift to a loved one, Rascal Flatts say nearly all there is to say about dreaming big for someone.

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Bon Jovi - "Welcome to Wherever You Are"

Bon Jovi's song is a reminder that we are who we are and a "miracle in their own way." It's a strong note of reassurance when taking those big steps forward in life.

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Corey Smith - "I'm Not Gonna Cry"

Corey Smith - In the Mood
Corey Smith - In the Mood.

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This is a reflective song about what is left behind. The spirit is holding back the tears in expectation of the greater things yet to come.

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Trace Adkins - "You're Gonna Miss This"

Representing a different point of view at a time like graduation, Trace Adkins' song is a gentle reminder to enjoy things as they come and not cast one's eyes too far into the future.

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R.E.M. - "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"

R.E.M. - "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
R.E.M. - "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".

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Some of the cultural references may be slightly dated, but the sentiment of this rock classic captures the spirit of graduation perfectly for many.

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Celine Dion - "These Are the Special Times"

Celine Dion - These Are Special Times
Celine Dion - These Are Special Times.

Epic

For a focus on the graduation day itself, Celine Dion reminds graduates to revel in the day as an unforgettable and precious one.

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Tod Potter - "Graduation Day"

A father's musings on the day of his daughter's graduation.

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Smashing Pumpkins - "Today"

With a rock edge, this Pumpkins classic states for many "Today is the greatest day that I have ever known."

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Rusted Root - Send Me on My Way

Rusted Root - When I Woke
Rusted Root - When I Woke.

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It's always an amazing sensation to gather others around to help send you forward in life's next great adventure.