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Best Retirement Party Songs for Teachers

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Good morning class!

Good morning Mr/Ms!

The life Epoque when this dialogue will not be part of your daily routine is coming closer and closer. As the decades were passing you have seen so many faces, characters, situations, destinies, life stories, slips – and you have heard so many songs.

For years, you were listening to songs like ‘School’s Out for Summer, The School’s Out Forever’ or ‘But When We Leave This Year, We Won’t Be Coming Back’, ‘No More Hanging Out ‘Cause We’re on a Different Track’. Now, it is time for you to sing along. After so many graduations that you have passed, it is time for you to have your own. But not the remake of one that you had as the student, but the original new one that you will have as a teacher. To help you to sing along, we made you a list of the suggestions for the best retirement teacher’s party.

The most important thing is to be a good mood manager and take care of the generation that is being retired. Here’s a list of songs by decades, with advice on how to keep the party moving, and how to make a perfect playlist. If you want to find more songs, head over to Party Conclusions.

Include (ex) job-related songs

‘The king is dead. Long live the King! Or in other words, what goes around comes around. There is a circulation of experts in every profession in the same way that there is the change of life circles. Before the new life period comes, it is good to pay tribute to the good old days. So, include in the playlist songs that will remind you of everyday working duties as well as specific duties that you had to do as the teacher.

1960’s hits

  • Roger Miller – King of the Road 
  • Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames – Yeh, Yeh 
  • Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher 
  • Roy Orbison – Crying 
  • Russell Morris – The Real Thing 
  • Leonard Cohen – Suzanne 
  • Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World 
  • Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual 
  • The Monkees – Daydream Believer 
  • Del Shannon – Runaway 
  • Peggy Lee – Is That All There Is? 
  • Silver Apples – Oscillations 
  • Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody 
  • BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Doctor Who 
  • Sly and the Family Stone – Everyday People 
  • Bee Gees – To Love Somebody 
  • Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man 
  • Bembeya Jazz National – Armée Guinéenne 
  • Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds 
  • Mulatu Astatke – Yègellé Tezeta 
  • Françoise Hardy – Tous Les Garcons et Les Filles 
  • Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe 
  • Terry Riley – In C 
  • Vince Guaraldi Trio – Linus & Lucy 
  • Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Everything’s Alright) 
  • Ray Barretto – El Watusi 
  • The Drifters – Under the Boardwalk 
  • Irma Thomas – Time Is On My Side 
  • The Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy 
  • Merle Haggard – Mama Tried 
  • Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl 
  • Gal Costa – Baby 
  • The Kinks – You Really Got Me 
  • Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billie Joe 
  • The Ramsey Lewis Trio – The In Crowd

When it starts to get crazy, play the entertaining songs

After the initial tribute to the old-but-gold days, it is time to celebrate the upcoming adventures. Transform this part of the party into the unique music fireworks. You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine; just own the night like the fourth of July.

1970’s hits

  • ABBA – Dancing Queen
  • AC/DC – Long way to the top
  • Al Green – Let’s stay together
  • Alicia Bridges – I love the nightlife
  • Angels (the) – Am I ever gonna see your face again
  • B52s – Rock Lobster
  • Barracuda – Heart
  • Barry Manilow – Can’t smile without you
  • Barry White – Can’t get enough of your love
  • Bay City Rollers – I only wanna be with you
  • Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever
  • Elton John – Tiny Dancer
  • Gloria Gaynor – I will survive
  • Grand Funk – Railroad Locomotion
  • Hot Chocolate – Everyone’s a winner
  • Jackson 5 – ABC
  • John Lennon – Imagine
  • John Travolta / Olivia – Summer nights
  • John Travolta / Olivia – You’re the one that I want
  • Johnny Nash – I can see clearly
  • KC & the Sunshine Band – That’s the way I like it
  • Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
  • Kiss – I was made for loving you
  • Labelle – Lady Marmalade
  • Led Zepplin – Stairway to Heaven
  • Leo Sayer – You make me feel like dancing
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  • Maxine Nightingale – Right back where we started from
  • Michael Jackson – Don’t stop ’til you get enough
  • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Queen – We are the Champions
  • Sister Sledge – We are family
  • Status – Quo Rockin’ all over the world
  • Thin Lizzy – The boys are back in town
  • Tina Turner – Nutbush
  • Tramps – (The) Disco Inferno

Finally, it is time to say goodbye 

Before entering the new age and starting new adventures it is time to give the last and the ultimate tribute to the ones that have passed. Turn the last part of the teacher’s retirement party into a unique moment by playing farewell songs that will cause endless flows of emotions. 

1980’s song

  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics
  • Tainted Love – Soft Cell
  • Beat It – Michael Jackson
  • Holiday – Madonna
  • Thriller – Michael Jackson
  • Upside Down (Inside Out) – Diana Ross
  • It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
  • Love Shack – B-52s
  • Rapture – Blondie
  • Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper
  • Like a Virgin – Madonna
  • Venus – Bananarama
  • Material Girl – Madonna
  • Freeway of Love – Aretha Franklin
  • Part-Time Lover – Stevie Wonder

Some teacher-related playlist

  • My Generation – The Who
  • Graduation – Vitamin C
  • School’s out – Alice Cooper
  • Celebration – Kool & the Gang
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • Ready for The Weekend – Calvin Harris

Time for new soundtracks

Your generation, as well as each generation of students that you have tough, have its unique soundtrack. The soundtrack reflects world views, characters, ambitions, and dreams. After all these years, it is time for a new soundtrack – the soundtrack of your deserved retirement, where you will enjoy the best of the wisdom that you have collected throughout all these years. Let’s get this party started! 

James Wallace has been an advocate for mental health awareness for years. He holds a master’s degree in counselling from the University of Edinburgh.

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