Retirement-songs

Best Retirement Songs By Category Which Your Guests Will Remember Forever

The 10 best retirement songs to add to your playlist are:

  1. Louis Amstrong – What a Wonderful World
  2. The Temptations – My Girl
  3. Jackson 5 – ABC
  4. Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson – Ain’t no Mountain High Enough
  5. Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry be Happy
  6. Billy Joel – For the Longest Time
  7. Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  8. Jackson 5 – I’ll be There
  9. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
  10. Toto – Africa

Why Are Retirement Songs Important?

It is important to have a good list of retirement songs to create a good atmosphere at your party. Selecting the right retirement songs is like making a good dressing for a salad.  Songs are an essential element from the beginning to the end of a retirement party.  For ideas, you can jump ahead to the Best Retirement Songs by Category.

When choosing your retirement songs, you need to be careful because this playlist needs to please all the guests.  If you go for one type of music, you will please some of your guests but neglect the others.

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retirement-songs-party

If you have a themed retirement party, it’s a good idea to have a selection of songs which matches the theme.  You can play them during the party at key moments.

During a retirement party, guests will experience different emotions which will create different moods to your party.  Your retirement songs playlist needs to take these moments into consideration.

For example, after the retirement speech, the audience will be full of emotion and you need to find the correct song to play.  One of the best retirement songs for this stage is:

“Hell Yeah” by Neil Diamond

You can check our article about How to Plan a Retirement Party

What Makes a Good Retirement Song?

Good retirement songs will match the moment.  During the party, your guests will experience different emotions.  A good retirement song is one which perfectly matches these emotions.

For instance, you cannot play a funny song when people are feeling sad and reflective about the retiree leaving an organisation.

How to Find the Best Retirement Songs

It is not easy to find the best retirement songs.  There are so many songs you can choose to include in your retirement playlist.  You may enjoy plenty of different songs but to have a successful retirement party, you need to find retirement songs which will please the maximum number of guests and, of course, the retiree!

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playlist

To please the maximum number of guests, you need to choose well known artists and songs.  People are more likely to have an emotional connection with a song they know.

Before starting to find the best retirement songs, you need to have a running order of the party.  You need to know rough timings about retirement welcome drinks, the retirement speech, retirement food and any other events which will take place during the retirement party.

When you have all the details of the retirement celebration, you need to start to find suitable retirement songs to play after each key event at the retirement party, plus a transition song to return to the main retirement playlist songs.

Your retirement playlist might look like this:

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Retirement-Songs-Playlist-time-laps

Best Retirement Songs by Category

To make your life easier, we have organised the retirement songs into categories:

Best Farewell Songs for Retirement

Best-Farewell-songs-for-Retirement
Best-Farewell-songs-for-Retirement

Nobody likes to say goodbye to a great co-worker.  This selection of retirement songs will bring some emotion to your retirement party.  These songs are well known and I am sure many of your guests will sing along!

Title: Time to Say Goodbye

Artist: Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

Chorus:
“Time to say goodbye
Paesi che non ho mai
Veduto e vissuto con te
Adesso sì li vivrò, con te partirò
Su navi per mari che io lo so
No, no, non esistono più
Con te io li rivivrò”

Title: Hit the Road Jack

Artist: Ray Charles

Chorus:
“Hit the road Jack and don’t cha come back
No more no more no more no more
Hit the road Jack and don’t cha come back
No more
What’d you say?
Hit the road Jack and don’t cha come back
No more no more no more no more
Hit the road Jack and don’t cha come back
No more”
Hit the Road Jack YouTube

Title: The Power of Good-Bye

Artist: Madonna

Chorus:
“There’s nothing left to try
There’s no place left to hide
There’s no greater power
Than the power of good-bye”

Title: Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Artist: Simple Minds

Chorus:
“Don’t you forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you forget about me”
Don’t You (Forget About Me) YouTube

Best Retirement Songs to Keep Guests on the Dance Floor

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Retirement-Songs-to-Keep-Guest-on-the-Dance-Floor

You cannot go wrong with this selection of retirement songs to keep everyone on the dance floor.

Title: I Gotta Feeling

Artist: The Black Eyed Peas

Chorus:
“I got a feelin’
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night
Feelin’
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good, good night
A feelin’ (Wooh-ooh)”

Title: It’s a Beautiful Morning

Artist: The New Rascals

Chorus:
“It’s a beautiful morning, ahh
I think I’ll go outside a while and just smile
Just take in some clean fresh air, boy
Ain’t no sense in staying inside
If the weather’s fine and you got the time”
It’s a Beautiful Morning YouTube

Title: 100 Years

Artist: Five for Fighting

Chorus:
“Half time goes by
Suddenly you’re wise
Another blink of an eye
Sixty-seven is gone
The sun is getting high
We’re moving on”
100 Years YouTube

Title: Africa

Artist: Toto

Chorus:
“It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had”

Title: What a Wonderful World

Artist: Louis Amstrong

Chorus:
“The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do
They’re really saying, I love you”
What a Wonderful World YouTube

Title: ABC

Artist: Jackson 5

Chorus:
“A B C, easy as one, two, three
Are simple as do re mi
A B C, one, two, three, baby, you and me girl
A B C, easy as one, two, three
Are simple as do re mi”
ABC YouTube

Title: Eye of the Tiger

Artist: Survivor

Chorus:
“It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all
With the eye of the tiger”

Title: Time of my Life

Artist: David Cook

Chorus:
“I’ve had the time of my life
No, I never felt this way before
Yes, I swear it’s the truth
And I owe it all to you
Hey, baby”
Time of my Life YouTube

Title: Money

Artist: Pink Floyd

Chorus:
“Money, get away
You get a good job with more pay and you’re okay
Money, it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four-star daydream
Think I’ll buy me a football team”

Title: We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Artist: The Animals

Chorus:
“We gotta get out of this place
If its the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Cause girl, there’s a better life
For me and you”
Time of my Life YouTube

Best Retirement Songs 80’s Music

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Retirement-Songs-80’s-Music

80’s music is always popular and gets people on the dance floor and singing along which will create a brilliant atmosphere at your retirement party.

Title: Billie Jean

Artist: Michael Jackson

Chorus:
“Billie Jean is not my lover
She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one (Oh, baby)
But the kid is not my son, hoo!
She says I am the one (Oh, baby)
But the kid is not my son (Hee-hee-hee, no-no-no, hee-hee-hee)
Hoo!”

Title: Livin’ On A Prayer

Artist: Bon Jovi

Chorus:
“Woah, we’re halfway there
Woah-oh, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it, I swear
Woah-oh, livin’ on a prayer”
Time of my Life YouTube

Title: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Artist: Whitney Houston

Chorus:
“Oh! I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah! I wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me
Oh! I wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah! I wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me”

Title: Welcome To The Jungle

Artist: Guns N’ Roses

Chorus:
“In the jungle, welcome to the jungle
Feel my, my, my, my serpentine
Ohhh ah, I wanna hear you scream”
Welcome To The Jungle YouTube

Title: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Artist: Eurythmics

Chorus:
“Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I’ve traveled the world and the seven seas
Everybody’s lookin’ for something”

Title: Eyes Without A Face

Artist: Billy Idol

Chorus:
“Eyes without a face
Eyes without a face
Eyes without a face
Got no human grace
You’re eyes without a face”
Eyes Without A Face YouTube

Title: Take On Me

Artist: a-ha

Chorus:
“Take on me (take on me)
Take me on (take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day or two”

Title: Never Gonna Give You Up

Artist: Rick Astley

Chorus:
“Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you”
Never Gonna Give You Up YouTube

Title: Careless Whisper

Artist: George Michael

Chorus:
“I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool”

Title: Don’t You Want Me

Artist: Human League

Chorus:
“Don’t you want me, baby?
Don’t you want me, ohh?
Don’t you want me, baby?
Don’t you want me, ohh?”
Don’t You Want Me YouTube

Title: Only You

Artist: Yazoo

Chorus:
“Only you can make all this change in me
For it’s true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand
I understand the magic that you do
You’re my dream come true
My one and only you”

Title: Don’t Stand So Close To Me

Artist: The Police

Chorus:
“Don’t stand, don’t stand so
Don’t stand so close to me
Don’t stand, don’t stand so
Don’t stand so close to me”
Don’t Stand So Close To Me YouTube

Title: Let’s Dance

Artist: David Bowie

Chorus:
“If you say run, I’ll run with you
And if you say hide, we’ll hide
Because my love for you would break my heart in two
If you should fall, into my arms and tremble like a flower”

Title: Another One Bites the Dust

Artist: Queen

Chorus:
“Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, I’m gonna get you, too
Another one bites the dust”
Another One Bites the Dust YouTube

Title: West End Girls

Artist: Pet Shop Boys

Chorus:
“In a West end town a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
In a West end town in a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
West end girls”

Title: Fresh

Artist: Kool & The Gang

Chorus:
“In a West end town a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
In a West end town in a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
West end girls She’s fresh (fresh), exciting
She’s so exciting to me
She’s fresh (fresh), exciting
She’s so inviting to me, yeah”
Fresh YouTube

Title: Dancing On The Ceiling

Artist: Lionel Richie

Chorus:
“Oh, what a feeling
When we’re dancing on the ceiling
Oh, what a feeling
When we’re dancing on the ceiling”

Title: Panama

Artist: Van Halen

Chorus:
“Panama, Panama
Panama, Panama”
Panama YouTube

Title: Crazy For You

Artist: Madonna

Chorus:
“I’m crazy for you
Touch me once and you’ll know it’s true
I never wanted anyone like this
It’s all brand new
You’ll feel it in my kiss
I’m crazy for you, crazy for you”

Title: We Don’t Need Another Hero

Artist: Tina Turner

Chorus:
“We don’t need another hero
We don’t need to know the way home
All we want is life beyond the Thunderdome”
We Don’t Need Another Heroa YouTube

Title: Who Can It Be Now?

Artist: Men At Work

Chorus:
“Who can it be now?
Who can it be now?
Who can it be now?
Who can it be now?”

Best Retirement Songs for Hard Workers

If you want to add a nostalgic sentiment to the retirement party, add these songs to your retirement songs playlist.

Title: Nine to Five

Artist: Dolly Parton

Chorus:
“Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living
Barely gettin’ by, it’s all taking and no giving
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it
9 to 5, for service and devotion
You would think that I would deserve a fair promotion
Want to move ahead but the boss won’t seem to let me
I swear sometimes that man is out to get me
Mmmmm…”

Title: Working Girl

Artist: Cher

Chorus:
“Working girl, livin’ in a man’s world
Working girl, you gotta take a stand, girl”
Working Girl YouTube

Title: Manic Monday

Artist: The Bangles

Chorus:
“It’s just another manic Monday (Ooh-oh)
I wish it were Sunday (Ooh-oh)
‘Cause that’s my fun day (Ooh-oh)
My I don’t have to run day (Ooh)
It’s just another manic Monday”

Title: Taking’ Care of Business

Artist: Bachman Turner Overdrive

Chorus:
“And I’ve been takin’ care of business, every day
Takin’ care of business, every way
I’ve been takin’ care of business, it’s all mine
Takin’ care of business and working overtime, work out
Whoo”
Taking’ Care of Business YouTube

Best Retirement Songs for Teachers

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Retirement-Songs-for-Teachers

Although these retirement songs are particularly relevant for Teachers, they are also good additions to any retirement songs playlist.

Title: Walk This Way

Artist: Aerosmith

Chorus:
“Walk this way, talk this way”
“Walk this way, walk this way”
“Walk this way, walk this way”
“Walk this way, talk this way”
Ah, just give me a kiss
Like this”

Title: Under Pressure

Artist: Queen

Chorus:
“It’s the terror of knowing what this world is about
Watching some good friends screaming, “Let me out!”
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people, people on streets”
Under Pressure YouTube

Title: My Generation

Artist: The Who

Chorus:
“My, my, my generation
My, my, my generation”

Title: I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)

Artist: The Rolling Stones

Chorus:
“I can’t get no satisfaction
I can’t get no satisfaction
‘Cause I try, and I try, and I try, and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no”
I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction) YouTube

Title: Tik-A-Tee, Tik-A-Tay

Artist: Dean Martin

Chorus:
“Boom bidee bidee bidee, boom bidee, boom bidee, boom bidee bidee bidee boom”

Title: When I’m Sixty-Four

Artist: The Beatles

Chorus:
“You’ll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you”
When I’m Sixty-Four YouTube

Title: Come Sail Away

Artist: Styx

Chorus:
“They said: Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me, lads
Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me
Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me, babe
Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me”

Title: Celebration

Artist: Kool & The Gang

Chorus:
“(Celebration) Let’s all celebrate and have a good time
(Celebration) We gon’ celebrate and have a good time”
Celebration YouTube

Title: Blue Skies

Artist: Willie Nelson

Chorus:
“Blue skies smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies do I see
Blue days, all of them gone
Nothing but blue skies from now on
Blue skies smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies do I see
Blue days, all of them gone
Nothing but blue skies from now on
Blue skies smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies do I see
Blue days, all of them gone
Nothing but blue skies from now on”

Title: Margaritaville

Artist: Jimmy Buffet

Chorus:
“Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville
Searching for my lost shaker of salt
Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame
But I know it’s nobody’s fault”
Margaritaville YouTube

Title: We Don’t Need No Education

Artist: Pink Floyd

Chorus:
“We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers, leave them kids alone
Hey, teachers, leave those kids alone
All in all its just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall”

Best Military Retirement Songs

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Military-Retirement-Songs

Perhaps you are planning a retirement party for someone retiring from the military?  Here are some retirement songs which could be added to your retirement party playlist for military personnel.

Title: American Soldier

Artist:Toby Keith

Chorus:
“I’m an American soldier, an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters I will proudly take a stand
When liberty’s in jeopardy I will always do what’s right
I’m out here on the front lines, so sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I’m an American
An American
An American Soldier”

Title: Wake Me Up When September Ends

Artist: Green Day

Chorus:
“Here comes the rain again, falling from the stars
Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are
As my memory rests, but never forgets what I lost
Wake me up when September ends”
Wake Me Up When September Ends YouTube

Title: Warrior

Artist: Kid Rock

Chorus:
“And they call me warrior
They call me loyalty
And they call me ready to go
Believe and help whenever you need me to be
I’m an American warrior
I’m an American warrior
A citizen soldier, ohh”

Title: Didn’t I

Artist: Montgomery Gentry

Chorus:
“Didn’t I burn
Didn’t I bleed
Enough
For you?
I’ve faced your fears
Felt pain
So you won’t have to
Yeah, didn’t I do my best
And wasn’t home here when I left?”
Didn’t I YouTube

Title: Brothers

Artist: Dean Brody

Chorus:
“You come back you hear?
And I let him see my tears
I said I’ll give you my rookie of DiMaggio
I’ll do anything you want
Clean your room, or wash your car
I’ll do anything so long as you don’t go
But he said, this is what brothers are for”

Title: Citizen Soldier

Artist:3 Doors Down

Chorus:
“Citizen soldiers
Holding the light for the ones that we guide
From the dark of despair
Standing on guard for the ones that we sheltered
We’ll always be ready
Because we will always be there”
Citizen Soldier YouTube

Title: The Pride

Artist: Five Finger Death Punch

Chorus:
“I will not be forgotten, this is my time to shine
I’ve got the scars to prove that, only the strong survive
I’m not afraid of dying, everyone has their time
Life never favored weakness
Welcome to the pride”

Title: Hey Brother

Artist: Avicci

Chorus:
“What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother, I will hear you call
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister, I will help you out
Oh, if the sky comes falling down
For you, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do”
Hey Brother YouTube

Title: Some Gave All

Artist: Billy Ray Cyrus

Chorus:
“All gave some and some gave all
Some stood through for the red, white, and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me, think of all your liberties
And recall some gave all”

Title: Letters from the Garden of Stone

Artist: Everlast

Chorus:
“‘Cause I won’t know the man that kills me
And I don’t know these men I kill
I pray to God for my salvation
Wash away the blood I spill”
Letters from the Garden of Stone YouTube

Title: Diamond Eyes

Artist: Shinedown

Chorus:
“I’m on the front line
Don’t worry I’ll be fine
The story is just beginning
I say goodbye to my weakness
So long to the regret
And now I see the world through diamond eyes”

Best Retirement Songs to Joke About your Job

These songs are good if you want to bring some fun in the party and laugh about it.

Title: I Want to Break Free

Artist: Queen

Chorus:
“I’ve got to break free
I want to break free, yeah
I want, I want, I want, I want to break free”

Title: Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee

Artist: Canibus

Chorus:
“Take this job and shove it
I ain’t workin here no more
Take this job and shove it
I ain’t workin here no more
Take this job and shove it
I ain’t workin here no more
Take this job, take this job, take this job and shove it”
Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee YouTube

Title: Maggie’s Farm

Artist: Bob Dylan

Chorus:
“I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more
No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more”

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