Goodbye Songs

In tune with feelings: Songs to say goodbye

Goodbyes can be complicated. Sometimes they’re temporary, or they can be more permanent. Your farewell might be bittersweet or perhaps it’s much welcomed. Either way, saying goodbye to someone you care about can be full of emotions. If you’re in that process and looking to music to get you through it, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of great goodbye songs that provide comfort and inspiration no matter how you’re feeling. 

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


Farewell songs for any occasion

Here are some popular songs for sending someone off with best wishes.

  1. Never Can Say Goodbye – The Jackson 5
  2. We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn 
  3. Don’t Forget to Remember Me – Bee Gees
  4. Find Your Wings – Mark Harris
  5. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
  6. Time to Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
  7. For Good – from “Wicked”
  8. One More Day – Diamond Rio
  9. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  10. Happy Trails – Roy Rogers 
  11. So Long, Farewell – from Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s musical The Sound of Music
  12. See You Later, Alligator – Bill Haley and The Comets


Graduation songs

Graduation is a happy time (you’re done with school! Yay!). But it can also be bittersweet if you’re moving away from long-time friends and family. Here are some great songs to commemorate this phase of life:

  1. Forever Young – Bob Dylan
  2. Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C
  3. The Climb – Miley Cyrus 
  4. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
  5. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
  6. Firework – Katy Perry
  7. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  8. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  9. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
  10. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  11. Drive – Incubus
  12. My Way – Frank Sinatra


Leaving songs

Whether headed off on an adventure or leaving for a new job, these songs will help you say goodbye.

  1. Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
  2. She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles
  3. Next Year – Foo Fighters 
  4. Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
  5. Better Be Home Soon – Crowded House
  6. Home – Michael Bublé
  7. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
  8. Everytime You Go Away – Hall & Oates
  9. Home – Phillip Phillips
  10. Place in This World – Michael W. Smith 
  11. Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks
  12. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes


Goodbye songs for friends

It’s never easy when a friend goes away. Keep a positive mood with these songs:

  1. I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan
  2. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban 
  3. Smile – Pearl Jam
  4. You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King
  5. Beautiful Day – U2
  6. Move – MercyMe 
  7. I Will Remember You – Ryan Cabrera
  8. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  9. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  10. Dare You to Move – Switchfoot 
  11. Closing Time – Semisonic
  12. Ramble On – Led Zeppelin


Songs about moving on

Life’s seasons bring change and opportunity. It’s natural and healthy to move on from different things, whether by choice or necessity. Check out these moving on songs:

  1. All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye – John Mayer
  2. Goodbye to You – Michelle Branch
  3. Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
  4. Better Things – The Kinks
  5. I Miss My Friend – Darryl Worley
  6. Last Goodbye – Miranda Lambert
  7. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  8. The Dance – Garth Brooks
  9. Save a Place for Me – Matthew West
  10. Someone Like You – Adele
  11. You Gotta Be – Des’ree
  12. I Will Remember You – Amy Grant


Fun farewell party songs

Goodbyes don’t always have to be somber occasions. If you’re looking for ideas for a farewell party or just need a song or two for a more light-hearted sendoff, check out these tunes:

  1. Leaving on a Jet Plate – John Denver
  2. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) – Billy Joel
  3. Hello, Goodbye – The Beatles
  4. Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips
  5. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye – Train 
  6. Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) – Bill Conti
  7. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman
  8. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Steam 
  9. Friends Never Say Goodbye – Elton John 
  10. Changes – David Bowie
  11. Leaving On a Jet Plane – John Denver
  12. Farewell to You – White Lion


What are your goodbye song suggestions?

While our list certainly isn’t all inclusive, we hope these songs at least offer you some comfort. Did we leave one of your favorites off the list? Let us know in a comment below!