Top 10 Graduation Songs - 2010

Marking a life event like graduation with great music helps make everything more memorable. These are 10 songs that will enhance your celebrations and ceremonies in 2010.

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Idina Menzel - "Defying Gravity" from 'Wicked'

Wicked Original Cast
Wicked Original Cast. Courtesy Decca Broadway

Since its original release as a part of the cast recording of the hit Broadway show Wicked in 2003, the song "Defying Gravity" has been an inspiration for countless people looking to break out of boundaries and restrictions to find a new life of soaring free of the pull of gravity. It is a perfect song for celebrating graduation and looking forward to a new, exciting life.

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Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"

Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feelin'
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feelin'. Courtesy Interscope

There is no better song to kick off an evening of celebration than this instant classic from the Black Eyed Peas. Use it to kick off your graduation celebration.

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New Radicals - "You Get What You Give"

New Radicals - "You Get What You Give"
New Radicals - "You Get What You Give". Courtesy MCA

New Radicals are a one-hit wonder, but the one song they gave us is a gem. Portions of the lyrics remain a bit controversial, but the basic point is a celebration of the power of youth. This makes it perfect for honoring the feeling of personal strength and readiness to take on the world after graduation.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Learning To Fly"

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Learning To Fly"
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Learning To Fly". Courtesy MCA

Graduation is just the first step into a world of the unknown. If you are going to truly soar, first you have to learn to fly.

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The Script - "Live Like We're Dying"

The Script - The Script
The Script - The Script. Courtesy Sony BMG

Before American Idol champion Kris Allen made this song a hit in the US, the Irish band the Script recorded the original version. It is a call to live with purpose and let loved ones know how important they are. These are great sentiments to communicate to a new graduate.

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Foo Fighters - "Times Like These"

Foo Fighters - "Times Like These"
Foo Fighters - "Times Like These". Courtesy RCA

If you need a rock song for the graduation soundtrack, this classic hit from the Foo Fighters will fit the bill. It was a top 5 alternative hit in 2003, but extensive use of the song in TV, movies, and video games has helped keep it among the most memorable of Foo Fighters songs. The words speak of a new day in which you learn to live and love again.

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Miley Cyrus - "The Climb"

Miley Cyrus - "The Climb"
Miley Cyrus - "The Climb". Courtesy Hollywood Records

Miley Cyrus' big ballad became an instant inspirational classic when released in 2009. It speaks of keeping focused on the striving for achievement as the most important part of the journey to success. That powerful reminder is particularly appropriate when celebrating graduations.

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'Grease' Soundtrack - "We Go Together"

Grease Soundtrack
Grease Soundtrack. Courtesy RSO

This one is pure fun. Fear of losing the friends that helped us make it this point is one of the dark sides of graduation. This song reassures us all that the fear will never come to fruition.

 

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Owl City - "Fireflies"

Owl City - Ocean Eyes
Owl City - Ocean Eyes. Courtesy Republic

Owl City's big breakthrough hit "Fireflies" simply celebrates the power and joy in fantasies and fantastical thinking.

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Fleetwood Mac - "Don't Stop"

Fleetwood Mac - "Don't Stop"
Fleetwood Mac - "Don't Stop". Courtesy Warner Bros.

This 1970s classic still carries a very potent message. Simply put, don't lose sight on the ability to always look to the future and see tomorrow as a new day. The past is past and the future is what we will make of it.

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