Party Plan: Songs for Retirement Parties

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When you are planning a celebration for a special someone who is leaving a working career, you want everything to be just right. If you want this party to be lively, you definitely want to include music, and the right playlist is imperative.

A  song title might provide a perfect theme for your event. You might want to celebrate the wealth of memories your guest of honor has gained throughout a long career. You might want to celebrate the end of the daily “grind.” You might want to celebrate the next phase of the honoree’s life.

You may want to have background music as guests arrive and mingle, or you may need a soundtrack for a video presentation about your guest of honor. You may want to rewrite the words to a familiar song to reflect things about the honoree–this song could be sung by all the guests or by one particular person. A soloist could perform a special song dedicated to the guest of honor. You could also have these selected songs prepared for everyone to sing as karaoke as part of the party’s activities.

Check out these songs for retirement parties–see how they might inspire you:

  • “Celebrate Good Times” by Kool and The Gang
  • “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
  • “Memories” by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • “Thanks for the Memories” by Bob Hope
  • “Young at Heart” by Frank Sinatra
  • “My Way” by Frank Sinatra
  •  “As Time Goes By” by Louis Armstrong
  • “Wing Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
  • “The Best is Yet to Come” by Frank Sinatra
  • “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • We’ve Only Just Begun” by the Carpenters
  • “Take This Job and Shove It” by Johnny Paycheck
  • “Five O’ Clock World” by the Vogues
  •  “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • “Work is a Four-Letter Word” by the Smiths
  • “40 Hour Week” by Alabama
  • “Work is Overrated” by Chicago Skinny
  • Working Man’s Ph.D  by Aaron Tippin 
  • Lord, Have Mercy On The Working Man” by Travis Tritt
  • Hard Workin’ Man  by Brooks and Dunn
  • “When I’m 64” by the Beatles
  • “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
  • “Hit the Road, Jack” by Ray Charles
  • It’s Just A Matter Of Time by Brook Benton
  • Will You Miss Me When I’m Goneby June Carter Cash  
  • “What’d I Say” – Ray Charles
  • “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  • “I Hope You Dance” by LeeAnn Womack

    Make sure you have the appropriate technology ready to share your playlist. Make sure that you have speakers to project your music throughout the party space and long enough extension cords to plug in your equipment.


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