“Graduation (Friends Forever)” by Vitamin C
Remember this track by the forgotten aughties pop star? Go dig it up, give it a listen as your own graduation nears, and hear the #truth in its words.
Weep at this line: “And as our lives change / Come whatever / We will still be / Friends forever”
“Here's to the Night” by Eve 6
This alternative rock song is a classic grad anthem, with its message of celebrating youth before it passes you by. Play this at your next barkada inuman and get a drunken, sobbing singalong going.
Weep at this line: “Here’s to the nights we felt alive / Here’s to the tears you knew you’d cry / Here’s to goodbye / Tomorrow’s gonna come too soon”
“Forever Young” by Youth Group
This cover of the 80s Alphaville hit will also make you bask in your carefree youth, and at the same time remind you that it won’t last forever. Next stop: unemployment!
Weep at this line: “Forever young, I want to be forever young”
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
Play this as you reflect on the end of a stage in your life and the start of a new one, and feel the feelings spill out of you.
Weep at this line: “For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while”
“I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan
Try to hold back tears when this gentle ballad about remembering loved ones plays, and fail. It’s just so damn sad.
Weep at this line: “I will remember you / Will you remember me? / Don’t let your life pass you by / Weep not for the memories”
“Goodbye” by Spice Girls
This farewell song is made even more painful by the fact that Ginger Spice isn’t in it. THAT’S JUST WRONG. *sobs*
Weep at this line: “Goodbye my friend (I know you’re going searching although I can still feel you here)”
“Team” by Lorde
This one’s for your bestie, who has stood by you through failed dates, failing grades, and fashion fails for four years of college. BEST FRIENDS 4 LYF!
Weep at this line: “And you know, we’re on each other’s team”
“See You Again” by Carrie Underwood
Sing this song in your head as you hug your blockmates one by one and promise to keep in touch with ALL of them. (Although yuck, probably not with that one. And that one.)
Weep at this line: “I will carry you with me, oh / ‘Til I see you again”
“Carry On” by fun.
Fact: Going out into the ~*real world*~ is SCARY. This uplifting anthem will help you keep your chin up as you step out of the comforts of college and into the crazy, cranky working world. (Gulp.)
Weep at this line: “’Cause here we are / We are shining stars / We are invincible / We are who we are”
“Seasons of Love” from the Rent OST
It ain’t a graduation playlist without “Seasons of Love”. Now, go put your arms around your fellow graduates and get everyone in a weepy group huuuuug!