153 Songs To Say Goodbye: Farewell Songs For Every Occasion

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Goodbyes can be painful. The feeling of saying goodbye to a loved one often makes you sad. With every loss of a friend, a love relationship, or a job change, a familiar life situation ends. Graduation is also a farewell when you have to say goodbye to classmates and teachers.

For this reason, we have compiled a playlist that provides appropriate farewell songs for just such situations.

In addition to our playlist of “most popular songs to say goodbye to,” we’ve also put together two other playlists specifically about friendships and graduations.

Particularly bad are farewells that suddenly and unexpectedly take you out of your usual everyday life. Family members or friends who die cannot be said goodbye in person with words or gestures. Grief music is a world-spanning subject area, for which we have published an extra contribution page (Funeral music: 200 songs to sing at the funeral).

Among the absolute most popular goodbye songs is without a doubt “Someone Like You” by British singer Adele. It is a sad story about love. The protagonist is still deeply in love with her ex-boyfriend, but he is already married to another woman.

If you’d like to listen to more sad songs, be sure to check out our playlist of “100 saddest songs of all time” listen.

Another classic song to say goodbye comes from The Beatles. With their farewell song “Hello, Goodbye” they managed to create a song that spreads a positive mood when saying goodbye.

(For each list, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

Best songs to say goodbye

01. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion


There is hardly a person on this planet who does not know My Heart Will Go On. The song from the worldwide successful movie Titanic inspired numerous fans all over the world and made Celine Dion a world star practically overnight. The emotional song is about saying goodbye to a beloved person, who will nevertheless continue to live in the heart.

Wherever you are, that person will be there, too, as long as your heart is still beating. So My Heart Will Go On gives you some comfort that nothing and no one in the world are really lost.

02. There You’ll Be by Faith Hill


There You’ll Be also became famous mainly because of a movie: Pearl Habor. The song impresses not only with a beautiful melody, but can also convince with strong lyrics. Faith Hill proves that she can really sing and offers a lot of feeling.

This song is also about the fact that a part of the other person will always be with you, no matter where your soul may be. A wonderful song about saying goodbye, which also shows that you should be grateful for what you have experienced together and will always remember the good times.

03. Time To Say Goodbye by Sarah Brightman


One of the world’s most famous songs about saying goodbye is probably Time To Say Goodbye. The song is not only about love but also about friends and all the people you care about.

Sarah Brightman became internationally famous with this song and can now look back on a long and successful career. The song impresses with an enchanting singer, great emotions, and a unique lyric that says a lot. There comes a time in life when we all have to say goodbye.

Time To Say Goodbye does this in a very enchanting way.

04. Bittersweet Goodbye by Kylie Minogue


Kylie Minogue probably needs no introduction. Bittersweet Goodbye is an enchanting pop ballad that is about saying goodbye.

The beautiful voice of Kylie and the successful melody make the song one of the most popular goodbye songs even today. Probably many people can put themselves in the situation of the singer at this song and therefore feel immediately addressed. In any case, the song is one of the most famous songs of Kylie Minogue, who enjoys worldwide fame.

05. We Got Tonight by Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers


We Got Tonight can also be considered a goodbye song because in this song it becomes clear that the protagonists have only one night together. The song shows that you should live the moments together and not always think so much about the next day, even if you have to part again. Although the song is a Love song, nevertheless it could also well be applied to the theme of Friendship relate.

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers impress with their voices and plenty of charm, which is why this song is still very popular today and somehow just never goes out of fashion.

06. Candle In The Wind by Elton John


Candle In The Wind was originally written by Elton John for the lovely Marilyn Monroe. The ballad refers to her life and has lyrically quite a lot of melancholy to offer.

Elton wrote the song for Funeral Princess Diana unceremoniously changed the song and performed it as a farewell song at her funeral. Thus Candle In The Wind became overnight one of the most famous goodbye songs you can find. Especially in the version for Diana, it is about a goodbye, which many people still feel today to weep can bring.

07. Before The Goodbye by Britney Spears


Before The Goodbye is a rather unknown song by Britney Spears. Britney made her breakthrough at a very young age and delivered numerous hits in this country as well. Before The Goodbye is about saying goodbye and is therefore also dedicated to the farewell theme.

Britney convinces in the song once again with her incomparable voice and proves that she is and remains the pop princess also on this topic. The song is one of the most famous songs when it comes to this topic and surprises with thoughtful lyrics.

08. Goodbye by the Spice Girls


Goodbye, My Friend is a famous song by the Spice Girls, which addresses friends. The Spice Girls may not have made it to the U.S., but in Europe, they were one of the most famous pop bands of the 90s. Goodbye, My Friend offers a very thoughtful, beautiful lyric and a successful melody that immediately catches the ear.

The band was formed in London in 1994 and released their first song called Wannabe in 1996. In the charts, the song made it to number 1 in over 30 countries. With the song, the band reached international fame. Today the band is no more, but practically all members can look back on an eventful career in different fields.

Especially Victoria Beckham made it to the USA through her husband David Beckham.

09. Bye Bye from Mariah Carey


Mariah Carey is a true diva who has achieved worldwide fame with numerous songs. Bye, Bye is a rather lesser-known song dedicated to saying goodbye.

In 2000, Mariah was awarded the “Millennium Award” at the World Music Awards as the artist who achieved the most sales in the ’90s. Mariah inspires people with her enchanting voice, her incredible vocal range, and with her charming, diva-like manner. Mariah Carey is and remains one of the most famous and important artists of all time and can look back on a long, eventful career.

Whoever has heard Mariah once is thrilled by her voice!

10. Bye Bye Now My Sweet Love by Bonnie Tyler


Bonnie Tyler is a pop and rock singer from Great Britain. Her breakthrough came in the 70s with the song It’s A Heartache. Bonnie became famous and popular for her rocking voice, which she actually got due to vocal cord nodules.

In the 80s, she made her international breakthrough with Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero, with which she gained worldwide fame. Bonnie received several awards and was nominated for the Brit Award and the Grammy several times. By Bye Now My Sweet Love is one of her lesser-known songs, but also promises a lot of emotion and a strong voice!

11. Goodbye by Miley Cyrus


Miley Cyrus is a very young artist who became famous through the American television series Hannah Montana. However, Miley Cyrus proves with her songs that she is a really good singer and has more to offer than just scandals and headlines.

Goodbye by Miley is about saying goodbye and is one of the most emotional songs of the singer. The song convinces by its lyrics, the enchanting melody, and of course by Miley’s voice and her unique character.

12. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston


The song became internationally known through the movie Bodyguard. Whitney inspires with her unique, wonderful voice and incredible expression. The song describes a situation where you part with your lover and say goodbye, even though you know you will still always love them.

The song has not only a great melody to offer but also a moving lyric that reminds you that sometimes you just have to part ways. Nevertheless, the love you feel for the person will always remain in your heart. A goodbye is sometimes simply unavoidable.

13. Strong Enough by Cher


Cher is one of the most successful artists and was able to deliver numerous hits. Strong Enough is one of her most important songs and enjoys worldwide popularity.

Although the song is not clear about parting, the singer separates from her lover, who cheated on her, and settles the score with him in song. So goodbyes don’t always have to be sad, they can sometimes make you angry too. In any case, Cher comes out of the situation stronger than ever and proves with Strong Enough that she really is strong enough on her own, too!

14. Goodbye’s The Saddest Word by Celine Dion


With this sad and emotional song, Celine Dion says goodbye to her mother in her mind. In it, she describes how the day she has to say goodbye to her mother will be the worst day of her life.

We all know that painful moment when we lose a loved one or have to prepare for it in our minds. The song definitely gets under your skin and the singer proves once again that she has a great voice to offer, which contains an extreme amount of expression. The ballad shows how strong the bond between a mother and her child can be.

15. Consider Me Gone by Reba McEntire


With Consider Me Gone Reba McEntrie says goodbye to her lover in a different way. With this song, the confident singer gets even with her ex-boyfriend and shows that it’s better to go separate ways when things just aren’t right.

In the song, she says she’d rather say goodbye when she’s just not the right person for him, rather than live with a lie. Reba shows with this song once again that she is a great woman, who knows how life plays.

16. The Power Of Good-Bye by Madonna


With this song, Madonna could inspire numerous people. The song describes that sometimes in life you just have to let go. The power that a goodbye contains can make you incredibly strong.

With this song, Madonna shows her spiritual side and reveals a piece of her soul. Madonna became famous with hits like Like A Virgin or Frozen for example. Madonna has sold more than 350 million records worldwide.

Madonna is considered a real icon today and has been named the most successful musician and the singer with the most sold records several times.

17. Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough by Patty Smyth ft. Don Henley


This song also describes a farewell and explains that sometimes love is just not enough. Patty Smyth and Don Henley achieved worldwide success with this song.

The song is still very popular today and can be seen as truly timeless. Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough shows that sometimes fate separates two people who love each other, yet cannot walk the path together. With great certainty, numerous people can relate to this song and feel immediately addressed by it.

18. Geiles Leben by Glasperlenspiel


This song also says goodbye but shows that you can also see the matter a little bit sarcastically. The song wishes the ex-partner still a nice life as he imagines it.

The song describes the irony that these fast-paced times sometimes bring us. Geiles Leben became a real hit in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

19. It’s Alright, It’s OK by Ashley Tisdale


Ashley Tisdale became famous through the movie “High School Musical”. With It’s Alright, It’s Okay she settles accounts with her ex-love and says she’s much better off without him.

Ashley proves that parting really doesn’t always have to mean tears, but can also be a real relief. Often, people don’t realize until much later that they actually deserve something much better, and after a Breakup even relieved. The song quickly makes you want to sing along and convinces Ashley Tisdale’s great voice.

So if you want to mentally settle accounts with your ex, this song is just the right choice for you.

20. Don’t turn on the light by Michelle


Michelle delivers with Mach Das Licht Nicht An a German song about goodbye. The song describes a situation in which the lady has to say goodbye to her lover and simply does not want to accept this fact.

Michelle convinces with her wonderful voice and her great vocal talent and proves that hits can also sometimes have a pop character.

Places 21-103 Songs to say goodbye to:

Each song is linked via the title with the corresponding music video.

Place: Song: Artist: Listen to it:
21. Irreplaceable Beyonce
22. Goodbye to You Scandal
23. Never Say Goodbye Bon Jovi
24. Final Goodbye Rihanna
25. It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday Boyz II Men
26. Goodbye Cruel World Pink Floyd
27. So Now Goodbye Kylie Minogue
28. Someone Like You ADELE
29. Perfect Goodbye Heart
30. Goodbye Stranger Supertramp
31. I Will Remember You Sarah McLachlan, Macy Gray
32. Bittersweet Goodbye Kylie Minogue
33. Closing Time Semisonic
34. Say Hello Wave Goodbye Soft Cell
35. Good Bye Day Belinda Carlisle
36. Don’t You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds
37. Goodbye Marlon Brando Elton John
38. Don’t Say Good Bye Again The Jackson 5
39. Bye Bye Bye ‘N Sync
40. The Love Goodbye A-ha
41. Beautiful Goodbye Maroon 5
42. It’s Too Bad We Had to Say Goodbye Jackie Wilson
43. Hello Goodbye The Beatles
44. Learn to Say Goodbye Dusty Springfield
45. Trouble With Goodbye LeAnn Rimes
46 Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright Bob Dylan
47.. Before the Goodbye Britney Spears
48. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John
49. Overdue Goodbye Anastacia
50. Song for the Dumped Ben Folds Five
51. Bye Bye Love The Everly Brothers
52. Too Soon to Say Goodbye Carly Simon
53. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye Train
54. Say Goodbye Chris Brown
55. I’ll Never Say Goodbye Dolly Parton
56. Say Hello Say Goodbye Bryan Adams
57. Final Goodbye Usher
58. Goodbye to Childhood Herbie Hancock
59. Goodbye (Kelly’s Song) Alabama
60. See Ya Later, Alligator Bill Haley and His Comets
61. Bye Bye Baby Madonna
62. All My Friends LCD Soundsystem
63. Goodnight, Travel Well The Killers
64. One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell Morrissey
65. Friends Never Say Goodbye Elton John, Backstreet Boys
66. Goodbye Pisces Tori Amos
67. Goodbye to the Island Bonnie Tyler
68. By Bye, Love George Harrison
69. The Last Goodbye Lara Fabian
70. We’ll Meet Again Vera Lynn
71. Wave Goodbye Chris Cornell
72. Love in Vain The Rolling Stones
73. Goodbye to a River Don Henley
74. All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye John Mayer
75. Song to Say Goodbye Placebo
76. It’s So Hard for Me to Say Goodbye The Supremes
77. Bye Bye Love The Cars
78. Goodbye Again Olivia Newton-John
79. Starts With Goodbye Carrie Underwood
80. Since the Last Goodbye The Alan Parsons Project
81. Goodnight and Goodbye Jonas Brothers
82. Goodbye Mary Hopkin
83. Girl Goodbye Toto
84. The Goodbye Look Donald Fagen
85. Bye Bye Love Simon and Garfunkel
86. Deuces Chris Brown
87. What’s Good About Goodbye Dionne Warwick
88. Goodbye My Friend Linda Ronstadt
89. Good in Goodbye Carrie Underwood
90. No Good in Goodbye Jewel
91. I Think I’ll Say Goodbye Olivia Newton-John
92. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye The Supremes
93. Say Goodbye Norah Jones
94. Bye Bye Bird The Moody Blues
95. Last Goodbye Jeff Buckley
96. A Fond Farewell Elliott Smith
97. Bye Bye Blackbird Ringo Starr
98. Say Goodbye Gloria Estefan
99. Goodbye Blue Sky Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson
100. Goodbye Cruel World James Darren
101. Goodbye Elenore Toto
102. Goodbye Don’t Mean I’m Gone Carole King
103. Goodbye, Goodbye Tegan and Sara

Farewell songs for friends, colleagues:

Saying goodbye to your best friend and finding the right words can sometimes be quite difficult. Often a suitable song helps to convey the emotions, thoughts, and feelings musically. Maybe you have grown fond of a colleague and you want to say goodbye to him with a fitting song.

The following playlist is particularly suitable for this purpose, in which we have collected 21 songs that make the farewell easier.

Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.

Place: Song: Performer: Listen:
1. Days like this Die Toten Hosen
2. The way you were Unheilig
3. Horny time July
4. Save tonight Eagle Eye Cherry
5. That’s what friends are for Dionne Warwick & Friends
6. I think of you Pure
7. Photograph Nickelback
8. Lean On Me Bill Withers
9. 100 Years Five For Fighting
10. Friends Led Zeppelin
11. Graduation (Friends Forever) Vitamin C
12. Where does your sky begin Philipp Poisel
13. June Moon Rio Reiser
14. Home Michael Buble
15. You’ll Be In My Heart Phil Collins
16. Leaving On a Jet Plane John Denver
17. Forever Unholy
18. With A Little Help From My Friends Beatles
19. No Return Wolfsheim
20. You’ve Got A Friend James Taylor
21. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday Boys II Men

Songs for graduation parties:

Final exams are written and the vacations are just around the corner. Time to plan for graduation, because the school days are numbered. The bottom 30 songs will make any graduation party at school a success.

Songs like “We Are the Champions” by Queen and “Another Brick in the Wall” by British rock band Pink Floyd are timeless classics that will get any age group dancing!

Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.

Place Song: Artist: Listen to:
1. We Are Young fun. feat. Janelle Monáe
2. Sing My Chemical Romance
3. No more school Falco
4. Time of Your Life Green Day
5. Firework Katy Perry
6. I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack
7. The Final Countdown Europe
8. Started From the Bottom Drake
9. Another Brick in the Wall Pink Floyd
10. Moment 4 Life Nicki Minaj
11. We Are the Champions Queen
12. Breakaway Kelly Clarkson
13. Simply the Best Tina Turner
14. See You Again Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
15. Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz
16. School’s Out Alice Cooper
17. The Climb Miley Cyrus
18. All My Friends LCD Soundsystem
19. School Days AC/DC
20. School Supertramp
21. Goodbye Spice Girls
22. Young Blood The Naked And Famous
23. Daylight Matt and Kim
24. Survivors Selena Gomez
25. Good Life OneRepublic
26. Forever Young Alphaville
27. Don’t Stop Believin Journey
28. Landslide Fleetwood Mac
29. I Want You To Know Zedd ft. Selena Gomez

Saying goodbye is not always easy and usually connected with many tears. But also anger or relief can bring farewell with it. Numerous songs describe exactly these emotions and manage to hit us right in the heart and move us emotionally.

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