So, your little kiddo will be graduating from kindergarten this month, and you are responsible for choosing the best songs for the occasion, right?
You are a proud parent, aren’t you?
The day my baby was born, I held her in my arms with tears in my eyes – it felt like yesterday. She is a toddler, going around the house like a storm and making us run after her. These kids grow up so fast.
I feel emotional when I look at her innocent sleeping face and think how days pass by so soon. And these loving moments will never come back.
She will grow up, go to school, have friends, and will not call me mommy a million times a day as she does now.
I can feel how you feel now that your little heart will graduate from kindergarten. It is one of those extraordinary moments in a child’s and parent’s life that you will cherish forever.
Your kid, all dressed up in that gown, wearing that cute little cap, and holding their paper diploma – can give you goosebumps.
And I’m sure you will be unable to hold your tears back. This is such an emotional moment. Even thinking of it is giving me goosebumps.
Then comes the kindergarten graduation songs – making the event even more beautiful and special!
I have compiled a list of the best kindergarten graduation songs that you can add to your list.
The Most Beautiful Kindergarten Graduation Songs
Your kindergarten kid’s graduation event is very close to your heart. And when you are given to select the songs for this event, it becomes even closer.
So, to make the event memorable for everyone present, you can take the song ideas from here.
And did I tell you how you will be one lucky spectator to see the kids at their cutest selves?
You may witness some kids laughing, looking at their gowns, playing with their caps, picking their noses, looking at you all, singing at their highest pitches, and forgetting the lines during a sing-along song!
And that itself is a memory to cherish, isn’t it? You can share these memories with your kids when they grow up.
Now, let’s have a look at the songs, shall we?
1. You Have Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman
Have you watched the movie’ Toy Story’ with your kids?
Then you may have heard this beautiful song. Yes, it is that famous. It is used in all movies of the Toy Story series.
This can be an excellent choice for your kid’s kindergarten graduation. It talks about friendship – the power this unique relationship has.
When your kids go to school and have friends – they become an important part of their lives. And some friendships stay for life.
The lyrics of this song will convey that message to the kids. They will know that no matter how bad or complex a situation, they can always count on their close friends.
2. Have It All by Jason Mraz
This song was released in the year 2018. Have you watched the video yet?
It features kindergarten kids, and it is fun to watch, I must say.
You want to make the kids happy on their kindergarten graduation day, right? How about a song that can help you do just that?
This song by Jason Mraz has such a lively tune that it can uplift your spirits instantly. It is all about love and happiness. Isn’t that you wish for your kid too?
3. What I Am by Will.i.am And the Muppets
No matter how our kids are – grumpy, happy, talkative, or silly – they are perfect in our eyes. And that is precisely how they should see themselves, too.
This song is just about that!
It tells the children how special, brave and strong they are. They should be proud of themselves in whatever they do. They are our future, and in no way should they feel any less of themselves.
Also, it encourages the little ones to aim for the stars and hold their heads high.
You will get to hear the characteristics of kids throughout the song, including friendly, cranky, and proud.
Listening to this song will surely make your kids believe in themselves.
4. One Small Voice by Jack Hartmann
Kindergarten is the perfect age for kids if you want to teach them something or put some principles in them. Whatever lessons they learn during this time, they use those for the rest of their lives.
This makes it all the more important for you to teach them the right lessons to grow up intelligent, kind-hearted, and good human beings.
And this song fits the bill very well. In the video of this song, you can see the kids using sign language and following along.
It has empowering lyrics and a lovely melody that will surely charm the kids. And did I tell you how it beautifully conveys the message that we can achieve everything if we are united and working together?
5. Happy by Pharrell Williams
This song is fantastic to hear! It is named Happy, and I must say, listening to it does make you happy. Well, at least I become happy every time I hear it.
And what better way to make your kids happy that to let them hear this lovely song?
Now, have your kids watched the movie “Despicable Me 2”?
Then, I’m pretty sure they will recognize this song the moment they hear it, as it is from that movie.
This kindergarten graduation song is fun to sing along to. But, of course, your kids will get a lot of chances to clap too.
And did I tell you that you can shake a bit of leg to this happy song too?
6. Thank You by Patty Shukla
Did you know that the song Thank You by Patty Shukla has been the number one kindergarten graduation song preference of most parents and teachers?
Yes, this song is THAT popular!
As the name of this song suggests, it talks about thanking everyone for all their doings.
When kids go to school, many people help them in this journey, right?
Their teachers, grandparents, staff, and YOU are part of their fantastic journey. So, when your kids graduate, they need to thank all these people. Right?
That is precisely what this song is all about. It teaches the students that they should thank everyone who has been with them.
7. I’m Learning to Fly by the Heartbreakers and Tom Petty
Kindergarten is just the beginning of your kid’s great life. Isn’t it?
There are so many stages of education that come after that. First, they will go to schools, middle schools, colleges, and then universities.
And after that, they will enter their work life. But, of course, some enter working life much before that.
Throughout all these years, your kid will make mistakes, face heartbreaks, learn from them and then go on with their life.
This is where this kindergarten graduation song comes into the picture. The theme of this song is trying again and again, even if you fail several times. And isn’t that what life is all about?
So, gives your kids a heads-up with this motivational song on their graduation day.
8. Thank You for Being a Friend by Andrew Gold
This old song fits the occasion of your kid’s kindergarten graduation so well.
Did you know this is a superhit song released in the late 70s?
Later it was used in another hit show named The Golden Girls.
The song describes how we have come a long way, just as the kindergartners will do now. They will embark on a whole new journey after coming a long way with their pals and classmates.
You will definitely aww when you hear your kid sing this heartfelt song!
9. Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson
This song was a mega-hit after its release in the year 2004.
It encourages your kid to spread their wings like a bird and fly high. Of course, they will make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean they will stop there. They are meant to live their life to the fullest, fulfilling all their dreams.
This is one of the best kindergarten graduation songs that you can work as a beautiful background song for a slideshow of pictures of the year.
And they are sure to take your kids to their memory lanes and bring a smile to their faces.
10. Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
When a kid is in kindergarten, there are so many lovely moments they share with their friends and teachers, right?
And then, when they grow up, those memories tend to get faded. New memories replace them.
This song is from the movie named The Breakfast Club. The elder ones in your family may remember this.
It tells the kids not to forget the extraordinary times spent in their kindergarten. All those laughs, all those fights, all those sharing of their tiffin – it means a lot.
11. Celebration by Kool and the Gang
This song is a must-added to your list of the best kindergarten graduation songs.
It has a classic tune that brings nothing but joy to the listeners. But, just as the name suggests, it is all about celebrations. And kindergarten graduation is nothing less than a celebration for you and your kid, right?
It will bring a happy vibe to the entire setting, and your kid will surely love it!
12. You’re My Best Friend by Queen
Kindergarten is the time when your kids start making friends. This is when they come in contact with so many other kids of the same age for the first time. They interact with each other, laugh with each other, and sometimes fight with each other too.
This is the time that they understand what friendship is – for the first time. And during this time, they make a lot of new friends.
Do you know what is that I like the most about kindergarten?
This is when your kids don’t use any filters to make friends. So they become friends, naturally. And they are all best friends.
The song You’re My Best Friend describes this exact essence. It tells how our loved ones make us feel safe, no matter how bad the situation is. It tells of holding on to your best friends, as they will always be by your side.
Play this classic song at your kids’ graduation and let them understand the value of their best friends.
13. The Bare Necessities by Bruce Reitherman and Phil Harris
Have you or your kids watched The Jungle Book?
I loved this movie to the bit! And I have watched it so many times that I have lost count. Loved the characters of Mowgli and Baloo. The animated version was so amazing in the old times.
And did I tell you how I love this song from that movie?
The lyrics of this song have comforted me in my childhood in so many ways, making it a perfect song to play on your kids’ graduation day.
It tells no matter what happens in life, everything will be okay in the end. But don’t worry. The bad will pass. Life comes with both good and evil in it.
The quirky tune will make your kids sing along with it. And it is successful in capturing the innocence of kindergarten kids.
14. Fireworks by Katy Perry
Do you want your kids to move and groove on their graduation day?
Play Firework by Katy Perry!
This is the song that shouts empowerment. It tells the kids that they are lovely in their ways. They are capable of anything and everything that they want in their lives. And it is time to let the world know about their worth.
If your kids have an older sibling at home, they might have heard this song, as many older kids like it.
15. Stand by Me by Ben E. King
Are you looking for a song you can play before the graduation ceremony begins as background music?
This can be the one!
It talks about the loyalty and love that friends share. Of course, your kindergarten kids will not understand much, but they know when their friends need help.
16. Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift
Don’t you miss the days when your little grown-up was just a baby – learning to make sounds, crawl, take their first steps, say their first words, eat their first solid food, or learn to form sentences?
Well, I do. And a LOT!
Sometimes, I look at old pictures and videos when my toddler sleeps. And girl! They grow up so fast.
This song by Taylor Swift portrays that exact emotion. You can use this as a background while presenting a slide show of the year – showing your kids’ pictures – from start to end.
It will match it nicely.
17. Lean on Me by Bill Withers
It was the year 1972 that this song was released, and it became an instant hit. It was a go-to song for both parents and children of all ages. They sang along and had merriment in their living rooms.
Are you looking for something classic that still has the charm intact? This lovely song can be the one.
It tells kids that they have a long life to go ahead. But not to worry. They will always have someone close or friends they can talk to and lean on.
Did I tell you how comforting the lyrics are?
18. Beautiful Boy Darling Boy by John Lenon
Did you know that this melodious song was written by John Lenon addressing his beloved son?
And this can be a great addition to your list of the best kindergarten graduation songs.
John expresses his feelings for his son in this heartfelt song. He talks about how happy and joyous he is to watch his little one grow up.
Further, he becomes cautious and tells his son to live in the present because that is what life is. He tells his kiddo not to miss life while making other plans.
You can choose to play this song at the beginning of the celebration. And who knows, it may bring tears to your eyes too.
19. Fly by Avril Lavigne
Avril is one of my favorite singers. I love how energetic and empowering her songs are, especially the song named Fly.
Just as the name suggests, it tells kids they are brave, courageous, and powerful, and they can accomplish whatever they want in their lives. All they need is to believe in themselves and have that confidence.
Now that’s what your kid needs to hear on their graduation day!
20. We are Family by Sister Sledge
Have you chosen any songs for the after-party? If not, then this song will perfectly fit the occasion!
It has a feel-good vibe to it. And when you play it after the graduation celebration, it will make the environment all the merrier.
Just as the song’s name itself, it talks about family and friendship. And you know, a kindergarten school is like a little tribe, where all the kids are of the same age and share similar likes and dislikes.
21. I’ll Be There for You by The Rembrandts
Have you watched the superhit show Friends?
Then you are familiar with this uplifting song from the show. And so you may know how perfect this song is for your kids’ graduation celebration.
It talks about friendship. It says that friends are essential to their lives and will get their back even if the situation goes out of hand.
Also, it reminds the kids about all those magical times spent with their kindergarten friends.
22. Forever Young by Rod Stewart
Do you want the kindergarten graduation ceremony of your kids to be a little emotional?
Of course, it is already emotional for you to see your kids grow up. But this song adds a whole new level of emotion to the ceremony.
And I’m pretty sure everyone is going to be teary-eyed after hearing this song.
It encourages the kids to be their best selves, to be brave, and to have confidence in themselves because they have a long way to go, and it is just the beginning.
It fits best as the background song when the year’s slideshow is being played.
23. A Whole New World by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane
Is your kid a fan of fantasy movies? Have they watched the Disney movie Aladdin?
Then they have already heard this melodious song from that movie. And not to mention how superhit it was after its release.
This song is a wonderful duet that discusses the future – what is yet to come.
Now that your kids are graduating from kindergarten, they will be admitted to elementary schools, right?
The song conveys this exact message. It is their future – and the future and bright and good. You can use it as an after-party song to bring a happy and positive vibe to the occasion.
24. Over the Rainbow by Israek IZ Kamakawiwo ‘Ole
This song was released in the late 80s and was a super hit back then. Today, people still love and recognize this song.
Kids and parents alike love it. It comes with beautiful lyrics. And the ukulele chords that it has is unmissable.
If you want to make everyone happy after an emotional song, play this one. It is sure to uplift their moods and make them enjoy the moment.
25. Circle of Life by Elton John
Have your kids watched The Lion King?
This mega-hit song is from that movie. You may have already got an idea of what this song is all about.
Well, it talks about the circle of life – the journey from the very moment we are born to the end of life.
After all, life is all about journeys, isn’t it?
Add this song to your list of the top kindergarten graduation songs. Then, you can play this at the pre-assembly on your kids’ graduation. Also, you can use this as background music while showcasing the year’s pictures.
26. Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
Did you know that Celine Dion wrote this song for Up Close and Personal movie?
It became hugely popular after its release in 1996. People became so obsessed with it that they played it hundreds and thousands of times at school celebrations and weddings.
And so, this song has made it to my list of the best kindergarten graduation songs. It has a sentimental angle to it. And don’t blame me if it brings tears to your eyes!
27. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life by Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
Do you love dancing? Do you like to watch movies about dancing?
Then you have probably watched Dirty Dancing – the movie. It has become extremely popular since its release, and people would dance to be in joy.
It is a tribute to someone special in your life who has bought color to your otherwise mundane life.
This matched the theme of kindergarten graduation pretty well. The teachers and other students make the kids’ lives accessible in a kindergarten. They were all together in this beautiful journey of learning and growing.
28. Let’s Graduate by the Kiboomers
No graduation day is complete without some fun and dance. And it is even better when all can sing along. Don’t you agree?
This fun song by the Kiboomers is just what you need. It tells the kids to move their bodies, shake their legs and celebrate. It is their graduation day, after all!
It has easy-to-understand lyrics and an addictive beat, making it an excellent sing-along for your kids’ special occasion.
29. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
This song is full of motivation for your kids on their big day!
It tells your kids to have faith in themselves and that everything happens for a reason. No matter how bad the situation is today, it will be good tomorrow.
So, don’t stress when you cannot do anything about what is happening in your life now. Things will change for the better. All you need is not to stop believing.
There is a whole new world waiting for your kids out there. They have to take that leap of faith and dive right in.
Play this positive song at the after-party of your kids’ graduation and see how positivity spreads!
30. I Will Remember You by Amy Gran
As your kids graduate from kindergarten, they leave a part of their lives there and head towards a new beginning. They will be in a new school, with new teachers and friends.
This song tells your kids to remember all those who were there with them during their kindergarten years and how they have helped them.
Play this song on your kids’ graduation day and make them and the teachers remember all those sweet things they have done together during this time.
Which of these kindergarten graduation songs have you added to your list? Is there any song that is your favorite? Do you want me to add some other songs to this list?
Let me know in the comments!
Hey there, Martha here, a full-time mom of two, currently trying to bring a small impact in everyone’s life whom I can reach through The Queen Momma. I usually write on topics related to parenting, pregnancy and motherhood. Having gone through a few rocky relationships myself, I consider myself somewhat of an “expert” on topics related to dating and relationships.
I formerly worked at Special Needs Network Inc and BrightStar Care of Beverly Hills as a head manager. I have a passion for assisting organizations and individuals in achieving their objectives and have had the opportunity to do so throughout my professional career. At present, writing for The Queen Momma is a great addition to my professional career.