The Best Songs About Retirement

Updated on December 6, 2018
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Barbara. "The Song Hunter," has spent over 40 years writing poetry and lyrics. In her spare time, she loves to find songs that tell stories.

The best songs for retirement. Not your typical song choices. Add these to your retirement playlist.
The best songs for retirement. Not your typical song choices. Add these to your retirement playlist. | Source

Retirement evokes a multitude of emotions. This retirement playlist suggests a broad range of songs to match those various feelings. Whether you're looking forward to retirement, regretting it, or love it, there's a tune to fit each. To make the searching process easier for you I've included a sample of the song lyrics, a brief summary of what the song is about, and its related music video.

1. "Hell Yeah" by Neil Diamond

2. "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John

3. "100 Years" by Five for Fighting

4. "Something More" by Sugarland

5. "Cups" by Anna Kendrick

6. "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" by Kenny Chesney

7. "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" by Cher

8. "I Was Here" by Lady Antebellum

9. "We've Only Just Begun" by The Carpenters

10. "This Ain't Goodbye" by Train

1. "Hell Yeah" by Neil Diamond

Album: 12 Songs

Year: 2005

This is the song! In typical Neil Diamond fashion, he steals your heart, your emotions, and your spirit by taking you on the ride of life through song. As a retirement song it covers all the bases; hope, love, and simple gratefulness for the journey itself. "When he had to travel on, did he know he'd be missed, you can tell them this, hell yeah he did". Your co-workers might understand the lyric, "he walked the line, but never had to crawl". No regrets.

Essential Lyrics:

So if they ask you when I'm gone
Was it everything he wanted?
When he had to travel on
Did he know he'd be missed?
You can tell them this
, Hell Yeah!

2. "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John

Album: Ice on Fire

Year: 1995

You're retiring, you're not dead. You're still standing! That's not what the song is really about, however, the play on words makes this an excellent choice to add to your retirement party playlist. The song is upbeat and fits into a humorous take on your retirement. They can toast to you and send you on your way but little do they know, you're far from done.

Essential Lyrics:

Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I'm still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

3. "100 Years" by Five for Fighting

Album: The Battle for Everything

Year: 2004

Ironically, this classic song about time passing by will live forever. If you haven't listened to it, do yourself a favor and put the headphones on to enjoy its reflective message and heart stirring music. This song covers a lifespan of 100 years by the various age markers we reach. Life is truly a blink. At 25 it's all ahead of us while at 75 our perspective is altered by the wisdom we've hopefully collected along the way. 'When you've only got a hundred years to live', enjoy your deserved retirement.

Essential Lyrics:

Half time goes by
Suddenly you're wise
Another blink of an eye
Sixty seven is gone
The sun is getting high
We're moving on

4. "Something More" by Sugarland

Album: Twice the Speed of Life

Year: 2004

With motivation to move onto the next chapter in life, you're retiring with gusto. That's the mood of this fun song. The lyrics talk about giving the 'boss man' your two weeks notice then heading out to bigger and better things. Add this fun, light hearted song to your retirement playlist. It's sure to make everyone at your retirement party smile.

Essential Lyrics:

There's gotta be something more
Gotta be more than this
I need a little less hard time
I need a little more bliss
I'm gonna take my chances
Taking a chance I might
Find what I'm looking for
There's gotta be something more

5. "Cups" by Anna Kendrick

Album: Pitch Perfect

Year: 2012

You're gonna miss me when I'm gone. A little humor, a little sarcasm, yes that's why you need this song on your retirement playlist. Make them laugh at your retirement party! Start your retirement party with these lyrics blasting through the speakers. If you're surrounded by people with a good sense of humor, then Anna Kendrick's song makes a perfect opener.

Essential Lyrics:

When I’m gone
When I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my hair
You’re gonna miss me everywhere, oh
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

6. "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" by Kenny Chesney

Album: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems

Year: 2002

You're completely ready for retirement! Bring on the casual wear, the beach and those much anticipated problem free days. The time of your life hasn't happened yet. Retirement will be the time of your life! You're not one to reminisce endlessly about the past. On the contrary, you're looking forward to the next chapter. Bring it on. If this is how you feel, then without a doubt this is your song.

Essential Lyrics:

No shoes, no shirt, and no problems
Blues, what blues?
Hey I forgot 'em.
The sun and the sand,
And a drink in my hand with no bottom,
And no shoes, no shirt, and no problems,
No problems.

7. "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" by Cher

Album: Burlesque Movie Soundtrack

Year: 2010

You've been forced to retire! Your job has been eliminated or given to someone younger. You're not leaving willingly. It wasn't your idea or even in your plans to retire at this time. If this is your story, 'You Haven't Seen the Last of Me' by Cher is the perfect anthem. You're going to show them what you're made of. Your journey is far from over and they haven't seen all you're capable of. You have no intention of retiring. You're not only not retiring, you're gonna leave them all in your dust.

Essential Lyrics:

They can say that
I won't stay around
But I'm gonna stand my ground
You're not gonna stop me
You don't know me

8. "I Was Here" by Lady Antebellum

Album: AT&T USA Soundtrack

Year: 2008

You're not really retiring, you still have a lot left to accomplish. If that's your story, this is your song. It's an inspirational tune that says you're still in it! You've got plans to grow and leave an even bigger impression than you already have. You've left your nine to five routine, but now, look out world, here you come. All you've wanted to do, is about to happen. 'You will do more than just pass through this life, and leave nothing less than something that says I was here'.

Essential Lyrics:

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on it's ear
I wanna do somethin' better, with the time I've been given
And I wanna try to touch a few hearts in this life
And leave nothin' less than something that says I was here

9. "We've Only Just Begun" by The Carpenters

Album: Close to You

Year: 1970

The next chapter is a new beginning. If that's how you're looking at retirement, then this classic is for you. We tend to think of this gorgeous song is about a young couple just starting out. It doesn't have to be. It's a song about any beginnings, even retirement. 'Sharing horizons that are new to us, watching the signs the along the way'.

Essential Lyrics:

Sharing horizons that are new to us
Watching the signs along the way
Talkin' it over, just the two of us
Workin' together day to day
Together

10. "This Ain't Goodbye" by Train

Album: Save Me, San Francisco

Year: 2009

End the retirement party with this song. Although the lyrics imply a couple are saying goodbye, it can also be interpreted as a retiree saying goodbye to a work community of friends. The song is reflective and is sure to bring out the tears. That ache you'll feel in your heart is just the music measuring time. Life has passed by quickly, but this 'ain't goodbye'.

Essential Lyrics:

This ain't goodbye
This isn't where the story ends
But I know you can't be mine
Like the way you've always been

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

    Have you heard any of these songs before, do you have a favorite?

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      • Brite-Ideas profile imageAUTHOR

        Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

        5 days ago from Toronto, Canada

        Linda thank you. I love that song too. :)

      • Linda BookLady profile image

        Linda Jo Martin 

        5 days ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

        I like the Lady Antebellum tune because I want to do something that matters in my retirement years. Awesome song picks, Barbara...

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        Mary Norton 

        5 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        Your choices are always touching. These songs reminded me of how appreciative we are of our retirement days. We were lucky to still go on working on months when it is too cold to stay in Canada and on something we really enjoyed doing.

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