24 Songs for Graduation

Graduation season is here, and it’s about time to make our slideshows of embarrassing pictures,  reunite with family whose names we can’t remember, and reminisce over the past 4 years. Below are some songs that you may want to consider in making your videos. Or you can just sit here, listen to each one, and think about how life has passed you by. The songs are in no particular order, but beware…you may shed some tears.

Song List:

1. Kanye West – “Hey Mama”: Because where would we be without our moms?
2. T.I. feat Rihanna – “Live Your Life“: Really, remember to breathe when you walk across the stage
3. The Script – “Live Like We’re Dying”: Live each day like it’s your last…does life begin or end after college?
4. Nas – “I Can”: The song that gave us hope when we were so young still seems relevant today. You can do it.
5. Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”: Hey there…what’s it like in New York City?
6. Boyz II Men – “End of the Road”: The type of song where you hug your best friend and look up to the sky
7. Alicia Keys & Jay Z – “Empire State of Mind”: Nothing like having an anthem made for the city you live in
8. Jay Z – “A Billi”: Because that’s what we all plan to make after graduation (although plans don’t always work out)
9. Asher Roth – “I Love College”: We do, truly, love you college.
10. Five for Fighting – “100 Years”: Time flies. Thank God we’re not 100 yet.
11. Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World” – You should believe it’s wonderful. You’re about to enter it.
12. David Cook – “Time of My Life”: No description necessary
13. Lauryn Hill – “Everything is Everything”: What is meant to be will be…
14. Michael Jackson – “Man in the Mirror”: In honor of one of the greats. Remember how much you’ve learned from your colleagues, esp. those who’ve changed your life.
15. Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”: R.I.P. Whitney. We’re all dancing for you.
16. Outkast – “Hey Ya!”: shake it, shake shake it
17. Kanye West – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”: wait til we get our money right…
18. Natasha Bedingfield – “Unwritten”: It’s time to start writing our lives.
19. The Rembrandts – “I’ll Be There For You”: We’ll always be friends…hopefully
20. Queen – “We Are the Champions”: We better be champions after the amount of tuition we’ve paid.
21. Kelly Clarkson – “Breakaway”: Make a wish, take a chance, make a change
22. Sarah McLachlan – “I Will Remember You”: tear jerker.
23. Lee Ann Womack – “I Hope You Dance”: I really hope you do.
24. Vitamin C – “Graduation (friends forever)”: As we go on…

Summertime Playlist

It’s summertime, finals are over, and college graduates are wondering what to do with their lives. As everyone starts lining up for BBQs, parties in the city, and horrendous summer internship hours, it seems like only 1 thing will stay constant…the search for good music! To make everyone’s lives easier, I’ve created a playlist of some of the songs I think should be on your radar this summer. All of these artists are either from CU (conveniently highlighted in blue), the showcase, or recently graduated…and awesome. I’ve tried to include a spectrum of genres, but if you have some more artist suggestions, comment below/on the FB page or email barsandchords@gmail.com. 

Let me know which artists you like. Who knows, maybe I’ll do a special feature on one of them. Enjoy!

Note: Click on the artists’ names (or songs) for more info.


1. Taylor Simone – Bottled Up

2. Lucky Chops Brass Band Syeeda’s Song Flute (click song name for link)

3. Sam Yulsman – Violet


3. Jake SniderUnited States of Anywhere (click song name for link)

4. Melaku – Painkiller ft. Donju Min


5. Lubeen – I’m Dope

*Bonus Artists* 

6. Kameron Corvet – Going Under

7. Chance Fischer – Celebration

8. Euro League – P.O.V. (Lost in the City) feat. Ashli James

DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this post is to promote these artists and their music. I do not own any rights to the music posted here. Should any of the artists represented here desire their music to be taken down, please email barsandchords@gmail.com.