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March 23, 2010

What was your high school graduation song?

after four years of intensive schooling, it's time to graduate and  move on to new things. many of the people i graduated with went away to  school and wound up right back where they started, on the eastern  shore.Close your eyes and think back to your last year in high school.

Well, don't really close your eyes. Then you wouldn't be able to keep reading. Are your eyes back open? OK.

What was your class song? Did you even have a class song?

I had one, but I can't remember it that well (my memory of high school as a whole is a little hazy) ...

I think one of my classmates wrote an original song and performed it at graduation. I'm not sure if we also had a pre-recorded Official Class Song or not. Maybe that was it. If any of my classmates are reading this, please fill me in here.

Also, this may make you feel old or young (it makes me feel old), but I graduated high school in 2001. Wow.

That was back before 9/11 and Iraq. A whole bunch of my 180-some classmates joined the armed services because we hadn't had a real war since Vietnam. If you think 180 classmates is nothing, consider this: My high school was the only public school in the entire county.

Back then, you could still download music (illegally) through Napster. "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink had a stranglehold on radio.

OK, enough of my reminiscing. What was your class song, and what year did you graduate?

(Baltimore Sun photo by Amy Davis)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:34 AM | | Comments (36)
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however inappropriate it was Kool G. Rap's "Road to the Riches". One lyric goes "I used to stand on the block selling cooked up rock money busting out my sock cuz I really could clock". Kind of an indicator of why we didn't have a 10 year reunion unless we held it at the state penn or a graveyard.

Graduated in 2002, thus we were children of the 80's and 90's. They put "class song" up for a vote, and it was a landslide. The winner was Vanilla Ice's "Ninja Rap" from Ninja Turtles 2 - The Secret of the Ooze.

Go Ninja Go Ninja Go!

I really don't remember having a high school graduation song when I graduated in 2006. But, I do remember being obsessed with Gwen Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby album.

Break on Through to the Other Side by The Doors

This was Dulaney High School graduating class of 2001

The idea behind the choice being that we were "breaking though to the other side" to adult life....or maybe the other side of binge binge drinking instead of high school binge drinking.

Don't think we could have done much better than that tune. Pretty great song.

I don't know how we were lucky enough to escape another Greenday "Time of your Life" opportunity...but i'm grateful.


I graduated in 2000, so we got that stupid graduation song by Vitamin C. I don't even remember how it goes.

I don't remember having a graduation song but I remember the song picked for the theme of our prom my senior year. Forever Young by Alphaville. (This was 1986.) I was really surprised because my school was pretty mainstream and Phil Collins and Whitney Houston were big back then. I had no idea that any of them even knew who Alphaville was. (I was doing a full time internship for school credit at the time and wasn't in classes that semester.) Not that I went to prom. Robert Palmer was at Merriweather that night so that's where I was.

I graduated in 2005 and I DISTINCTLY remember the committtee passing around voting sheets with 3 choices plus a write in line. My friends and I campaigned and definitely convinced a majority of the class (about 180) to vote for the Numa Numa song (actulaly called "Dragostea Din Tei") becuase the video was really popular at the time.

In the end, the committee (a bunch of girls) ignored over half the votes and decided that "Graduation" by Vitamin C would be the song... talk about cliche.

Like most people that graduated in 2000, we had that awful Vitamin C song, "Graduation (Friends Forever)". We also had Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance." Ugh, I think I feel my acne kicking in again!

graduated in '97 and our song was "Don't You Forget About Me"

kinda liked that choice. way better than vitamin C *chuckle *

Frederick Douglass High School Class of 1969. Our class song was our school song--Farewell To Thee Dear Douglass High. This song is sung at all reunions and gatherings

1999. Skynard. Free Bird. We were a bunch of Western PA hicks.

1996 - Count on Me

Voted for "Bohemian Rhapsody." This was 1993, mind you.

"Freebird" won. This was 1993, mind you.

Then our student council replaced it with some [terriblehorriblenogoodverybad] song that one of its members wrote himself on the acoustic guitar. It was the worst kind of drek about friends, love and God watching over us. We didn't even get to vote on it.

When I graduated in 2002 we didn't have a graduation song per se (well, that I remember and I was class pres.), but our senior prom song, picked by the juniors that planned it, was Eve 6 "Here's to the Night" which I thought was okay. It'll give me positive flashbacks when I hear it now, and I didn't really care for HS that much.

We picked way worse the prior year when we were in charge... some awful Selena song. I was not President yet, so it was not my fault!!

Graduated in 2000, and our theme song was definitely Vitamin C "Graduation". Looks like it was mandatory that year.

1987 - Where The Streets Have Names

1987 - Wjere The Streets Have No Names

graduated '96, we voted for Loser by beck but that wasn't considered acceptable by the administration so we got 'the river' by garth brooks. we so tried to be cool...

"Best of Times" by Styx 1981...
man, do I feel crusty...

Steve, you just made my day.


@ kateebee: I love that your senior prom song was Eve 6 "Here's To The Night" because that song is about bangin' groupies. Some choice lyrics:

"So denied, so I lied, are you the now or never kind? In a day and a day love, I'm gonna be gone for good again. Are you willing to be had, are you cool with just tonight?"

My graduation song was "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by John Denver. The year was 1999.

Graduated in '02, and our class song was voted as Here's to the Night by Eve 6, similar to kateebee

Wasn't too pleased by that, another song that made a push in the voting was R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as we Know It"

Graduated in 1985. My friends and I pushed for Steely Dan's "My Old School," which includes the lyric:
"California tumbles into the sea. That'll be the day I go back to Annandale."
Of course, we went to Annandale High School (although not the Annandale SD was referring to).
Sadly, the majority vote went to some lame Top-40 song. Probably something by REO Speedwagon, but I've blocked it out.

I graduated in 2003 from Towson Catholic, but I don't recall a class song. However, my 8th Grade graduation song was Closing Time by Semisonic.

I graduated in '01.. our song was "Count On Me" by Whitney Houston

I don't remember what it actually ended up being, but I seem to recall we'd (Westminster Class of '95) voted on "Truckin'" by the Dead. The school or schoolboard overruled it. We couldn't convince them that, "What a long, strange trip it's been," was *ahem* not about drugs.

darthtater, omg, thank you for that. i definitely did not know the meaning behind the song and just had a glorious laugh to myself at my desk.


Graduated in 1990 to "One Moment In Time" by Whitney "Crack is Whack" Houston. I remember the chick in our class that sung it was amazing.

Class of 1999-- Aerosmith's "Dream On"

Our class slideshow was to "These Are Days" by 10,000 Msniacs.

Graduated in 2001. The song that MTV chose for my graduating class was Eve 6 "Here's to the Night", much like it chose the Vitamin C song for the class of 2000.

I graduated in 1987 and I don't remember if we had a "Class Song" but the theme song for the Senior Prom was "This is the Time" by Billy Joel.

it was that... " i hope you have the time of your life..." song by Green Day. I cringed the entire time because I don't remember voting

So I'm definitely in the minority when it comes to the c/o 2000. We had "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan. Class songs were voted on during our sophomore year. In our senior year, Sarah re-released that song. I think it was a live from Lillth Fair version.

Graduated last year, 2009. We had a Hannah Montana song. I was outraged. We didn't vote on it or anything, the girl chosen to sing it got full selection of anything she wanted. I protested the song and made a petition and almost got expelled for it. Shows how rich kids get whatever they want when their parents can pay off the school administration.

Graduated in 2004, school chose Five for Fighting's "100 Years"

Mine was Don't Stop Beleivin'. I just graduated this past just and it was the perfect song for my class!

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