When graduation day finally rolls around, you’re going to need a good country song to go with your slideshow or graduation ceremony. For this list we talk about our 10 favorite country songs for graduation, including country songs for high school graduation, country songs for middle school graduation, and more. These songs just might make you cry, as many talk about just how fast children grow up. This country graduation playlist features artists like Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins, and many other great artists.
1. Kenny Chesney- Don’t Blink
Released on his 2007 album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” is the perfect country song for a high school graduation slideshow. The song’s lyrics describe how fast life goes, and how babies become adult in just the blink of an eye- “Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you / Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife.”
2. Rascal Flatts- My Wish
“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts has lyrics that can be applied to any kind of graduation- “I hope you never look back but you never forget / All the ones who love you / And the place you left.” The lyrics perfectly describe leaving the place you just spent all those years, and the teachers and others who helped you along the way.
3. Carrie Underwood- Don’t Forget to Remember Me
Carrie Underwood’s 2005 hit “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” is a perfect country graduation song, especially for girls. The song describes a girl who has turned 18 and is moving out on her own, with her mother urging her “don’t forget to remember me.”
4. Eli Young Band- “So Close Now”
From their 2005 album Level, “So Close Now” by Eli Young Band can be a great country graduation song for the students, rather than the parents. The lyrics describe a young person who is sick of the same old routine, and ready for a change with college- “I am packing up heading out / I can’t sleep I’m dreaming way too loud / I’m so close now, so close now.
5. Dixie Chicks- Wide Open Spaces
“Wide Open Spaces” by Dixie Chicks is a great country song about feeling the urge to leave home and explore the world on your own. The song describes a young girl who is eager to leave home to find out what the rest of the country has to offer- “She needs wide open spaces / Room to make her big mistakes / She needs new faces / She knows the high stakes.”
6. Lee Ann Womack- “I Hope You Dance”
“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack is a great country graduation songs for parents that want to wish their children all the best in life. The lyrics can be interpreted as an adult speaking to a younger person, letting them know that they are praying for the very best for them- “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder / You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger.”
7. Trace Adkins- “You’re Gonna Miss This”
Although it’s almost something that children should listen to at the beginning of their school year, “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins sends a message to the children who are graduating- you might be sick of school, but one day when you’re older, you’re going to look back and miss these days.
8. Taylor Swift- Long Live
From her 2010 album Speak Now, “Long Live” by Taylor Swift is the perfect country song for high school graduation. The lyrics describe a boy and girl reflecting on their years at a school, recalling particular memories they enjoyed while attending- “I said remember this feeling / I pass the pictures around / Of all the years that we stood there / On the side-lines wishing for right now.”
9. Kenny Chesney – There Goes My Life
Kenny Chesney makes his second appearance on this list with his song “There Goes My Life” off his 2004 album When the Sun Goes Down. This song is particularly sad from the parents point of view, as the ending describes a child growing up and leaving home- “And he cried / There goes my life / There goes my future, my everything / I love you / Baby good-bye.”
10. Billy Dean- “Let Them Be Little”
As the title suggests, “Let Them Be Little” by Billy Dean describes the feeling parents get when their children are growing up too fast- “So let them be little cause they’re only that way for awhile.”by