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100 Best Rock Songs for Farewell Parties

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Go out with a bang by playing these rock hits at your going-away party!

Go out with a bang by playing these rock hits at your going-away party!

Songs About Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye to your loved ones evokes feelings of warmth and sadness. It’s never easy to go away from family and friends and travel to a distant place. A thoughtful way of showing how much you will miss your friend or family member is to throw them a farewell party. When you organize a farewell party for the person leaving, it makes that person feel special.

The cheer and joy at farewell parties is like no other. Of course, some individuals do get teary-eyed and sentimental at farewell parties, but the overall vibe is one of great excitement for the future.

The lines below showcase a diverse list of rock songs for farewell parties. The songs mentioned below can be played at farewells for friends, high school seniors, college students, principals, teachers, colleagues, employers, or for anyone who is leaving to go off to bigger and better things.

Top 20 Best Rock Songs for Farewell Parties

1. "Float On"—Modest Mouse

2. "Our Lives"—The Calling

3. "All My Friends"—LCD Soundsystem

4. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"—Pink Floyd

5. "Miles Apart"—Yellowcard

6. "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now"—Starship

7. "100 Years"—Five For Fighting

8. "Rivers and Roads"—The Head and the Heart

9. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"—Green Day

10. "It’s Time"—Imagine Dragons

11. "Tongue Tied"—Grouplove

12. "Little Wonders"—Rob Thomas

13. "With or Without You"—U2

14. "Forever Young"—Rod Stewart

15. "Closing Time"—Semisonic

16. "Behind Blue Eyes"—The Who

17. "The Final Countdown"—Europe

18. "With a Little Help Form My Friends"—Joe Cocker

19. "Is This Love"—Whitesnake

20. "I’ll Be There for You"—The Rembrandts

What Songs Should You Play at Going-Away Parties?

While you can opt for different types of music at farewell parties, it is wise to pick a playlist of rock songs that are appropriate for the upbeat vibe. The high octane energy rock music brings to a party is incomparable. The lyrics and music offer an adrenaline rush like no other. Furthermore, when you select a thoughtful playlist of rock love songs, it makes the person for whom the farewell party is thrown feel truly blessed.

When selecting songs for farewell parties, it's wise to choose songs with meaningful and positive lyrics. You are going to miss the person that is leaving and there’s no better way to say how it feels and what it means than through music.

Rock Songs About Leaving #21–40

21. "What About Love?"—Heart

22. "Free Bird"—Lynyrd Skynyrd

23. "Goodbye Kiss"—Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

24. "Better Together"—Jack Johnson

25. "Graduate"—Third Eye Blind

26. "Save Tonight"—Eagle Eye Cherry

27. "Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye"—Charlie Daniels Band

28. "If You’re Gone"—Matchbox 20

29. "Iris"—Goo Goo Dolls

30. "I’m Not Gonna Cry"—Corey Smith

31. "Go Your Own Way"—Fleetwood Mac

32. "Farewell to You"—White Lion

33. "Impossible Year"—Panic! At The Disco

34. "Wherever You Go"—The Calling

35. "Goodbye My Lover"—James Blunt

36. "Ever Fallen in Love"—Pete Yorn

37. "Soco Amaretto Lime"—Brand New

38. "From Where You Are"—Lifehouse

39. "Going Away to College"—Blink 182

40. "Song to Say Goodbye"—Placebo

How to Get People Involved at Goodbye Parties

Apart from games, a fun way to get people involved at a farewell party is by making announcements and dedications. This is a thoughtful way of saying farewell to the person leaving.

Friends and well-wishers can say a few words and dedicate a song to the person leaving. This is a great way to entertain the guests, and it will also make the person leaving feel special. People say the funniest and most-lovable things when they have a microphone in their hand. To evoke some laughs, make a playlist of rock songs that are naughty.

Rock Songs for Saying Goodbye #41–60

41. "Always"—Bon Jovi

42. "Yellow"—Coldplay

43. "Faithfully"—Journey

44. "Goodbye to You"—Scandal

45. "It Must Have Been Love"—Roxette

46. "Walk of Life"—Dire Straits

47. "Young Folks"—Peter Bjorn and John

48. "Right Here Waiting"—Richard Marx

49. "We are Young"—Fun

50. "I’m Yours"—Jason Marz

51. "We Will Rock You"—Queen

52. "This is Your Life"—Switchfoot

53. "Breakaway"—Kelly Clarkson

54. "I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing"—Aerosmith

55. "Ramble on"—Led Zeppelin

56. "Mama I’m Coming Home"—Ozzy Osbourne

57. "Listen to the Music"—Doobie Brothers

58. "Sex on Fire"—Kings of Leon

59. "Pour Some Sugar on Me"—Def Leppard

60. "Photograph"—Nickelback

Rocking Farewell Songs #61–80

61. "Sweet Child O’Mine"—Guns N’ Roses

62. "The Bones of You"—Elbow

63. "Goodbye My Love"—James Blunt

64. "The Sound of Silence"—Simon & Garfunkel

65. "Don’t You Forget Me"—Simple Minds

66. "Beautiful Goodbye"—Maroon 5

67. "Everything Now"—Arcade Fire

68. "Lightning Crashes"—Live

69. "Are You Gonna Go My Way"—Lenny Kravitz

70. "Another One Bites the Dust"—Queen

71. "We’re Not Gonna Take It"—Twisted Sister

72. "I Can’t Make You Love Me"—Bonnie Raitt

73. "Be True to Your School"—The Beach Boys

74. "Saw Her Standing There"—The Beatles

75. "Creep"—Radiohead

76. "My Last Semester"—The Wonder Years

77. "Skinny Love"—Birdy

78. "Walk on Water"—Thirty Seconds to Mars

79. "Gravity"—John Mayer

80. "More than Words"—Extreme

Going-Away Songs to Rock Out to #81–100

81. "Smooth"—Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas

82. "You’re Still My Sugar"—Maddie Ross

83. "Toothpaste Kisses"—The Maccabees

84. "Glory Days"—Bruce Springsteen

85. "Here I Go Again"—Whitesnake

86. "Wonderwall"—Oasis

87. "How to Save a Life"—The Fray

88. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)"—Bananarama

89. "50 Ways to Say Goodbye"—Train

90. "You Shook Me All Night Long"—AC/DC

91. "I Will Remember You"—Sarah McLachlan

92. "Start Me Up"—Rolling Stones

93. "Hard Times"—Paramore

94. "I’m Movin’ on"—Rascal Flatts

95. "You Do Something to Me"—Paul Weller

96. "Every Rose Has Its" Thorn—Poison

97. "Don't Stop Believin’"—Journey

98. "Say Goodbye"—Skillet

99. "What’s Up"—4 Non Blondes

100. "Everlong"—Foo Fighters

Other Notable Farewell Rock Songs

  • "Everybody’s Changing"—Keane
  • "Head Automatica"—Graduation Day
  • "Black Velvet"—Alannah Myles
  • "Live in the Moment"—Portugal. The Man
  • "Time After Time"—Cyndi Lauper
  • "When You’re Gone"—Avril Lavigne
  • "The Last of the Real Ones"—Fall Out Boy
  • "Rock You Like a Hurricane"—Scorpions
  • "Miss You"—Candlebox
  • "When You’re Gone"—Bryan Adams
  • "Anytime"—MSG (McAuley Schenker Group)
  • "Born for Greatness"—Papa Roach
  • "The First Days of Spring"—Noah And the Whale
  • "Free Fallin'"—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • "The World I Know"—Collective Soul
  • "Empty Rooms"—Gary Moore
  • "Miles Away"—Winger
  • "Wish You Were Here"—Pink Floyd
  • "Two Princes"—Spin Doctors
  • "Heaven"—Bryan Adams
  • "Somebody That I Used to Know"—Gotye
  • "Please Forgive Me"—Bryan Adams
  • "I’ll Follow You"—Shinedown
  • "The Promise"—Chris Cornell
  • "Still Got the Blues"—Gary Moore
  • "My Understandings"—Of Mice & Men
  • "I’ll Be There for You"—Bon Jovi
  • "Losing You"—Dead By April
  • "Zombie"—The Cranberries
  • "Use Somebody"—Kings of Leon
  • "The Flame"—Cheap Trick
  • "Alone"—Heart
  • "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)"—Vertical Horizon
  • "Back to Black"—Amy Winehouse
  • "Hard to Handle"—The Black Crowes
  • "Your Call"—Secondhand Serenade
  • "I Will Possess Your Heart"—Death Cab For Cutie
  • "Grow Old With Me"—Tom Odell
  • "Love Remains the Same"—Gavin Rossdale
  • "The People That We Love"—Bush
  • "Two Steps Behind"—Def Leppard
  • "Sit Next to Me"—Foster the People
  • "That Golden Rule"—Biffy Clyro
  • "Can’t Fight This Feeling"—REO Speedwagon
  • "Love Bites"—Def Leppard
  • "With Arms Wide Open"—Creed
  • "The Luckiest"—Ben Folds
  • "I’ll See You in My Dreams"—Giant
  • "Gone Too Soon"—Simple Plan
  • "November Rain"—Guns N’ Roses
  • "The Best of Times"—Styx
  • "Without You"—My Darkest Days
  • "Home"—Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • "When You Love a Woman"—Journey
  • "Three Days Grace"—Lost In You
  • "Lips of an Angel"—Hinder
  • "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"—Bryan Adams
  • "I Need You"—Saving Abel
  • "Sorry"—Buckcherry
  • "Don’t Forget to Remember Me"—Bee Gees
  • "Love of a Lifetime"—Firehouse
  • "Drive"—The Cars
  • "Patience"—Guns N’ Roses
  • "This Love"—Maroon 5
  • "Summertime"—My Chemical Romance
  • "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"—Bryan Adams
  • "The Only Exception"—Paramore
  • "Freedom Is Mine"—Wolfmother
  • "Somebody Loves You"—Eels
  • "In the Cold Night"—The White Stripes
  • "Such Great Heights"—The Postal Service
  • "The Reason"—Hoobastank
  • "Always the Last to Know"—Del Amitri
  • "Chasing Cars"—Snow Patrol
  • "That Kiss"—Courteeners
  • "Best Is Yet to Come"—Red
  • "First Day of My Life"—Bright Eyes
  • "Question"—Old 97s
  • "When It’s Love"—Van Halen
  • "Just Take My Heart"—Mr. Big
  • "For Lovers"—Wolfman featuring Pete Doherty
  • "Cocoon"—Catfish and the Bottleman
  • "You and Me"—Lifehouse
  • "Besides You"—5 Seconds of Summer
  • "Far Away"—Nickelback
  • "Love Drunk"—Boys Like Girls
  • "All Out of Love"—Air Supply
  • "How"—Daughter
  • "Born to Be Wild"—Steppenwolf
  • "Madness"—Muse
  • "Baby Loves Me"—Tomorrow Morning
  • "When I See You Smile"—Bad English
  • "Just the Way You Are"—Billy Joel
  • "I Believe In a Thing Called Love"—The Darkness
  • "Broken Wings"—Mr. Mister
  • "Paralyzer"—Finger Eleven
  • "What I Have to Offer"—Eels
  • "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad"—Def Leppard
  • "Maps"—Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • "When I’m Gone"—3 Doors Down

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