Retirement song

A really good Retirement song can set just the right atmosphere for any retirement celebration. The key to success is to choose a song that the RETIREE would like and that others attending can appreciate. So as the party planner you need to be sensitive to the mood of the person being honored.

Are they glad to be leaving or are they filled with regret? Do they like Classical, Country, Rock or good old fashioned sentiment?

Here is a list of possible Retirement songs. Most are well known. Many can be downloaded from Itunes. The list includes many styles and approaches so you should find one that fits your retiree. Print out the words and ask everyone to sing along.

  • “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” By June Carter Cash
  • Goodbye My Friend" by Susan Krauter
  • "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" by George Jones
  • “Wind Beneath My Wings” By Bette Midler
  • “The Best Is Yet To Come” By Frank Sinatra
  • "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
  • "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles
  • “Thanks for the Memories” By Bob Hope
  • "Work is a Four-Letter Word" By The Smiths
  • What'd I Say - Ray Charles
  • "9 to 5" By Dolly Parton
  • "Young at Heart" By Frank Sinatra
  • "Sunday Driver" by The Limp Twins
  • "Hard Workin' Man" By Brooks and Dunn

Band and Vocalist supplied

If you use YOUTUBE for your Retirement song you get both a singer and a band. And it all comes free of charge! All you need is internet access.

Some of these are originals; others are well known favorites. Play around with them. You can even use more than one - just copy the links and click to play at any time during the celebration.

Some choose a single song to be played; others choose several - one for the opening, one before any award or speech, others to be played during refreshments. You can even keep a copy of the links and give it to the guest of honor as a memory of the day.

Click on any link to play these during your retirement celebration.

Remember that music can set the mood. And the guest of honor is likely to remember the songs played at a retirement celebration even more than any speeches that are given. So choose wisely.

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