Goodbye Songs

Push play before you say goodbye 

Every occasion calls for a playlist, and saying “see you later” is no exception. That’s why we’ve compiled over five hours of music to help you find the send-off songs you’re looking for — whether you need to set the mood for a farewell party or want something full of emotion to listen to when you’re feeling sad about leaving. Below you’ll find a playlist with a wide mix of genres, eras and feelings about saying goodbye to family and friends.  

Ready to start listening? Check out our complete Spotify playlist here: 

Spotify Playlist

Image of guitar ready to play goodbye songs in a house being packed for a move.


Our top 10 goodbye songs 

The best goodbye songs cover a bit of everything — the highs, the lows, the memories. And these songs perfectly capture every feeling you’ll have when moving away:   

  1. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds 
  2. For Good – from “Wicked” 
  3. Happy Trails – Roy Rogers  
  4. Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips 
  5. Find Your Wings – Mark Harris 
  6. We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn  
  7. I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan 
  8. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley 
  9. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa 
  10. Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks 
"We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, but I know we'll meet again some sunny day."
We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn

Graduation songs 

Whether you’re looking for music to commemorate you or a child leaving for college or starting a new life, these songs show the bittersweet closing of a chapter that comes with graduation: 

  • Forever Young – Bob Dylan 
  • Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C 
  • The Climb – Miley Cyrus  
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day 
  • Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield 
  • Firework – Katy Perry 
  • My Wish – Rascal Flatts 
  • I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack 
  • I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts 
  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart 
  • Drive – Incubus 
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra 
  • Whenever You Remember – Carrie Underwood 
  • We Are Young – fun 

Songs about leaving 

Sometimes people sing about leaving for exciting things, like a new job or a new home. And other times, they sing about leaving a relationship or leaving something meaningful behind. These songs cover all those situations and more:

  • Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root 
  • She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles 
  • Next Year – Foo Fighters  
  • Better Be Home Soon – Crowded House 
  • Home – Michael Bublé 
  • On the Road Again – Willie Nelson 
  • Everytime You Go Away – Hall & Oates 
  • Place in This World – Michael W. Smith  
  • Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes 
  • One More Day – Diamond Rio 
  • Don’t Forget to Remember Me – Bee Gees 
"Everytime you go away, you take a piece of me with you."
Everytime You Go Away - Hall & Oates

Goodbye songs for friends moving away 

It’s never easy when a friend goes away. Keep a positive mood with these songs that promise to remember your friends long after they’re gone: 

  • You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban  
  • Smile – Pearl Jam 
  • You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King 
  • Beautiful Day – U2 
  • Move – MercyMe  
  • I Will Remember You – Ryan Cabrera 
  • You’re My Best Friend – Queen 
  • Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper 
  • Dare You to Move – Switchfoot  
  • Closing Time – Semisonic 
  • Ramble On – Led Zeppelin 
  • Goodbye– Spice Girls 
  • Memories– Maroon 5 
  • Time to Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman 
  • See You Again – Carrie Underwood 

Songs about moving on 

The music in this category can lean a little more emotional since moving on from something or someone you care about comes with plenty of feelings. Grab the tissues for this group of songs: 

  • All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye – John Mayer 
  • Goodbye to You – Michelle Branch 
  • Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell 
  • Better Things – The Kinks 
  • I Miss My Friend – Darryl Worley 
  • I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders 
  • The Dance – Garth Brooks 
  • Save a Place for Me – Matthew West 
  • Someone Like You – Adele 
  • You Gotta Be – Des’ree 
  • I Will Remember You – Amy Grant 
  • Go – Hanson 
  • Moving on and getting over – John Mayor 
  • I’m Movin’ On – Rascal Flatts 
"I heard your moving van, but I didn't take a stand - You can't leave with 'em, you can't live without 'em."
Go - Hanson

Going away party music 

Turn that frown upside down! These upbeat goodbye songs will set the mood for your farewell party. While you’ve got the playlist ready, check out these other tips to throw a great send-off for your loved one.  

  • Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver 
  • Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) – Billy Joel 
  • Hello, Goodbye – The Beatles 
  • Never Can Say Goodbye – Jackson 5 
  • 50 Ways to Say Goodbye – Train  
  • Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) – Bill Conti 
  • You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman 
  • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Steam  
  • Friends Never Say Goodbye – Elton John  
  • Changes – David Bowie 
  • Farewell to You – White Lion 
  • Bye Bye Bye – NSYNC 
  • Farewell – Rihanna  
  • So Long, Farewell – from Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s musical The Sound of Music 
  • Bye Bye – Mariah Carey 
  • See You Later, Alligator – Bill Haley and The Comets 

Have a song to add to our list? 

Is your graduation song or favorite moving away music missing from the list? Please share it with us in the comments below!  

Still looking for just the right thing to say when telling someone farewell? Check out these goodbye quotes for even more touching sentiments.