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Goodbye Songs

May 26th, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Songs about Goodbye​

Saying farewell? You’ll need a song to help you through it! We’ve compiled 50 different goodbye songs on five Spotify playlists so you can listen to the songs that fit your taste or mood. These lists are broken down into classics, graduation songs, songs about leaving, fun songs and sad songs. 

12 classic goodbye songs

These popular songs are a great way to wish someone goodbye.

1. Never Can Say Goodbye – Jackson 5

2.  Hello, Goodbye – The Beatles

3. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) – Bananarama

4. Don’t Forget to Remember Me – Bee Gees

5. Ramble On – Led Zepplin

6. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

7. So Long, Farewell – Sound of Music

8. Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones

9. Goodbye Blue Sky – Pink Floyd

10. Time to Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

11. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day

12. See You Later, Alligator – Bill Haley and The Comets

Lyrics to listen for:

“Slow change may pull us apart/ I’ll get us back together at heart, baby” – Don’t You (Forget About Me)

“So take the photographs and still frames in your mind/ Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time” – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

“As you walk on by/ Will you call my name?” – Don’t You (Forget About Me)

12 fun farewell songs

If you want to make your goodbye a little more lighthearted, these fun tunes will help.

1. Goodbye to You – Michelle Branch

2. Farewell – Rihanna

3. Goodbye My Friend – Spice Girls

4. Friends Never Say Goodbye – Elton John

5.Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver

6. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman

7. Farewell to You – White Lion

8. Baby Girl – Sugarland

9. Happy Trails to You – Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

10. 26 Cents – The Wilkinsons

11. Here’s to the Night – Eve 6

12. Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips

Lyrics to listen for:

“When the road looks rough ahead/ And you’re miles and miles from your nice warm bed/ Just remember what your old pal said/ Boy, you’ve got a friend in me” – You’ve Got a Friend in Me

“When you get lonely, call me/ Anytime at all and I’ll be there with you, always/ Anywhere at all” – 26 Cents

“Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?/ Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather” – Happy Trails to You

12 songs about leaving

Whether you’re moving, leaving for college or headed to a new job, these songs will help.

1. What Hurts the Most – Rascal Flatts

2. Bye Bye Bye - *NSYNC

3. Someone Like You – Adele

4. From Where You Are – Lifehouse

5. We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

6. Sweetest Goodbye – Maroon 5

7. Get Out (Leave) – Jojo

8. Last Goodbye – Miranda Lambert

9. Goodbye Kiss – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

10. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

11. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

12. Photograph – Ed Sheeran


Lyrics to listen for:

“Even though going on with you gone still upsets me/ There are days every now and again I pretend I’m OK” – What Hurts the Most

“Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes/ But it’s the only thing that I know” – Photograph

“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance/ Never settle for the path of least resistance” – I Hope You Dance

12 graduation goodbye songs

Need a soundtrack to say goodbye at your high school or college graduation? Try these farewell songs:

1. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts

2.  A place in This World – Taylor Swift

3. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield

4. Firework – Katy Petty

5. One Step at a Time – Jordin Sparks

6. Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson

7. The Climb – Miley Cyrus

8. My Wish – Rascal Flatts

9. Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C

10. Be True to Your School – Beach Boys

11. This is Your Life – Switchfoot

12. Forever Young – Bob Dylan

Lyrics to listen for:

“Staring at the blank page before you/ Open up the dirty window/ Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find” – Unwritten

“I keep, I keep thinking that it’s not goodbye/ Keep on thinking it’s a time to fly” – Graduation (Friends Forever)

“I hope you never look back, but you never forget/ All the ones who love you, in the place you left” – My Wish

12 sad songs about saying goodbye

If you’re feeling sad and want some music to let it all out, sing along to these tunes.

1. See You Again – Carrie Underwood

2. When I Get Where I’m Going – Brad Paisley

3. Save a Place for Me – Matthew West

4. How to Say Goodbye – Michael W. Smith

5. Over You – Miranda Lambert

6. Candle in the Wind – Elton John

7. Goodbye My Friend – Linda Ronstadt

8. Say Goodbye – Skillet

9. I Will Remember You – Amy Grant

10. Where’d You Go – Fort Minor

11. I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans

12. I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice

Lyrics to listen for:

“I’m dreaming of the day/ When I’m finally there with you” – Save a Place for Me

“Knowing how you made me laugh/ Hearing sweet echoes of you from the past/ I will remember you” – I Will Remember You

“Memories give me the strength I need to proceed/ Strength I need to believe” – I’ll Be Missing You


What’s your favorite goodbye song?

If you have a favorite goodbye song that didn’t make our list, leave us a comment! We’re always adding to our playlists.