[tps_title]5. “We Are Young” by Fun.[/tps_title]
This song became an instant classic when it swept the nation in 2011. The 2012 graduating class didn’t waste anytime claiming it as theirs. We Are Young has all the qualities of a good gradation song. It’s catchy. It has a good, celebratory beat, and the message applies to a generation of having fun and being young.
It’s little ironic, though, as choice for high schools when the lyrics touch on abuse, drugs and alcohol. While everybody knows what seniors are doing, it’s not necessarily the message you want to be sending to your eighteen-year-old graduating students.
Want something less common but with the same feel good, be young feel?
Replace with: “Back Home” by Andy Grammer
“When ties loosen, we’re losing touch and fading away, we’ll still be raising our cups to the same damn things.”