Rock N’ Roll music can cover a wide variety of things whether it be a love song, a hate song, or your stereotypical sex, drugs, and money anthem, but all of these add up to be songs about life. Some musicians use their music to put life and time into perspective for their audience. While we may not be living the same life, we tend to all experience the same things at least once, whether it be a High School, heartbreak, moving out, entrance level jobs….There are celebrations and grievances for everyone along the way.  During the month of June many of these celebrations of life happen all across the world, they come in the form of graduation. In just one days time thousands of youth are certified to enter the real world after their twelve year crash course. Like the flip of a switch, or rather the turning of a tassel we are no long “Just A Kid” , in the words of Simple Plan.We are no longer those kids locked away in our rooms listening to the “I hate the world” music. We are bigger versions of those punk rock kids we left behind, just with less black, chain wallets, and glory spikes.We have gone from being just kids to the “Me Against The World” mentality.  Simple plan, as well as the many other bands have been able to capture that evolution of life, universality, and essence of celebration in the following songs:


1)New Radicals – You get what you give

“Wake up kids, we’ve got the dreamer’s disease” defines the awakening moment every graduate gets at some point during their ceremony. Its when reality launches its surprise attack and you wonder why it all went by so fast.

2)Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Opening with “Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road” representing the very meaning of graduation as every graduate comes to a turning point in their life.

3)The Beatles – In My Life

“All of these places have their moments with lovers and friends I can still recall” and high school is one of those places. Even when going your separate ways the memories remain.

4)Nickelback – Photograph

”I miss that town. I miss the faces. You can’t erase, You can’t replace it” explains exactly what may be left behind whether you’re entering the armed forces, the workforce, or going off to college.

5)My Chemical Romance – SING

“For every time that they want to count you out. Use your voice every single time you open up your mouth” sends a message to stop at nothing, never let the setbacks bring you down. There are challenges ahead for every graduate but they must have the motivation to keep moving forward despite all else.

6)Foo Fighters – Times Like These

Every graduate is faced with “A new day rising” and “Learning to live again” outside of an area sheltered from the world.

7)The Maine – We’ll All Be

“Oh these days are numbered, but we can’t forget last summer when we sang and threw our arms into the air” is the epitome of a feel goods song. While it reminds everyone that time is finite, it also reminds us to enjoy it while it last.

8)Eve 6 – Here’s To Tonight

“Here’s to goodbye tomorrow’s gonna come too soon” seems to be one thing on every graduate’s mind. Everyone likes to pretend they’re not sentimental at all, but we know for many of those people it will be the last goodbye.

9)Semisonic – Closing Time

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” gives the hope of a fresh start rather than the pain of a goodbye.

10)Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen

“I’m a boy and I’m a man” is the median line that all new graduates find themselves on. In one days time they are no longer students but graduates. Graduates is not just a titles as it comes with the responsibilities of an adult.

Story by: Tiffani Acrey

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