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Retirement Songs for Retirement Party

Hold a surprise retrirement party for that someone special in your life? Retirement songs are essential to set the mood and encourage people to dance on the party. Here we pick some touching songs for you to choose from.

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1. Top Retirement Songs

1. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
  • Kurt Weill
    Pop
    1959
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Bobby Darin was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor of film and television. He performed in a range of music genres, including jazz, pop, rock'n'roll, folk, swing and country.

2. Kansas City - Wilbur Harrison
  • Mike Stoller
    R&B/Soul
    2000
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Wilbert Harrison was an American rhythm and blues singer, pianist, guitarist and harmonica player. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Harrison had a Billboard #1 record in 1959 with the song "Kansas City".

3. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
  • Ray Charles
    Rhythm and blues, soul
    1959
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer. He was sometimes referred to as "The Genius", and was also nicknamed "The High Priest of Soul".

4. 16 Candles - the Crests
  • Luther Dixon and Allyson R. Khent
    Doo-wop
    1990
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • The Crests were an American doo-wop group, formed by bass vocalist J. T. Carter in the mid-1950s. Their most popular song, "16 Candles", rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1959, selling over one million copies, earning a gold disc.

5. A Teenager In Love - Dion and the Belmonts
  • Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
    Doo-wop
    1959
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Dion and the Belmonts were a leading American vocal group of the late 1950s. All members were from the Bronx, New York City.

6. I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos
  • Harry Warren, Al Dubin
    Doo-wop, traditional pop,
    1959
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • The Flamingos are a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted doo-wop group from the United States, most popular in the middle to late 1950s and best known for their 1959 cover version of "I Only Have Eyes for You".

7. Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
  • Ann Farina, Johnny Farina, Santo Farina
    Rock and roll, surf rock, instrumental rock
    1959
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Santo & Johnny were an American rock and roll music duo from Brooklyn, New York, comprising brothers Santo and Johnny Farina.

8. It's Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton
  • Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks, Clyde Otis
    pop, rhythm and blues
    1959
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Brook Benton, born Benjamin Franklin Peay, (September 19, 1931 – April 9, 1988) was an American singer and songwriter who was popular with rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and pop music audiences during the late 1950s and early 1960s, when he scored hits such as "It's Just A Matter of Time" and "Endlessly", many of which he co-wrote.

9. There Goes My Baby – Drifters
  • Benjamin Nelson, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
    Soul, rhythm and blues, doo-wop
    2007
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • The Drifters are a long-lasting American doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group. They were originally formed to serve as a backing group for Clyde McPhatter in 1953.

10. Come Softly To Me - The Fleetwoods
  • Gretchen Christopher, Barbara Ellis, and Gary Troxel
    Pop, Doo Wop
    1959
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • The Fleetwoods were an American singing group from Olympia, Washington, whose members were Gary Troxel, Gretchen Christopher, and Barbara Ellis.

2. Popular Retirement Songs

1. Gold Watch Blues by Donovan
  • Mick Softley
    Folk
    1965
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Donovan is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music.

2. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone by June Carter Cash
  • A. P. Carter
    Country
    2007
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Valerie June Carter Cash was an American singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and author who was a member of the Carter Family and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash.

3. Time to Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli
  • Frank Peterson, Lucio Quarantotto, Francesco Sartori
    Classical, Pop
    1995
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical tenor, recording artist and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became blind at the age of 12 by an association football accident.

4. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
  • Irving Gordon
    Pop, R&B
    1952
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist.

5. Take This Job and Shove It by Johnny Paycheck
  • David Allan Coe
    Country
    1977
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Donald Eugene Lytle, better known by his stage name Johnny Paycheck, was an American country music singer, multi-instrumentalist and Grand Ole Opry member most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It".

6. The Best Is Yet to Come by Frank Sinatra
  • Cy Coleman
    Traditional pop
    1964
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and film producer.

7. Old Days by Chicago

8. Bang the Drum All Day by Todd Rundgren
  • Todd Rundgren
    Pop rock
    1982
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Todd Harry Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer.

9. Thanks for the Memories by Bob Hope
  • Ralph Rainger
    Pop rock
    1938
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS, was a British-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author.

10. Young at Heart by Frank Sinatra
  • Johnny Richards, Carolyn Leigh
    Pop standard
    1953
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and film producer.

11. Work is a Four-Letter Word by The Smiths
  • Guy Woolfenden
    Alternative rock, indie pop
    1987
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

12. These are Days by Natalie Merchant
  • Robert Buck, Natalie Merchant
    Alternative rock
    1999
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Natalie Anne Merchant is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She joined the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and left it to begin her solo career in 1993.

13. Sunday Driver by The Limp Twins

14. As Time Goes By by Louis Armstrong
  • Herman Hupfeld
    Jazz
    1932
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and one of the pivotal and most influential figures in jazz music.

15. I've Had the Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  • John DeNicola,, Donald Markowitz, Franke Previte
    Pop rock, dance-rock
    1987
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • William Thomas "Bill" Medley is an American singer and songwriter, best known as one half of The Righteous Brothers.

3. Retirement Slideshow Songs

1. As Time Goes by Louis Armstrong
  • Herman Hupfeld
    Jazz
    1932
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and one of the pivotal and most influential figures in jazz music.

2. Back When by Tim McGraw
  • Stan Lynch, Stephony Smith, Jeff Stevens
    Country
    2004
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. He has been married to fellow singer Faith Hill since 1996, and is the son of the late baseball player Tug McGraw. McGraw has released thirteen studio albums.

3. Celebrate Good Times Kool and The Gang
  • Ronald Nathan Bell, Claydes Charles Smith
    Post-disco,dance-pop
    1980
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Kool & the Gang are an American jazz, R&B, soul, funk and disco group, originally formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs based in Jersey City, New Jersey.

4. I Hope You Dance by LeeAnn Womack

5. I'll Be There For You by Rembrants
  • David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Michael Skloff,,Allee Willis, Phil Sōlem, Danny Wilde
    Power pop, pop rock, alternative rock
    1995
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • The Rembrandts are an American pop rock duo formed by Danny Wilde and Phil Solem in 1989. They had previously worked together as members of Great Buildings in 1981.

6. Memories Barbara by Streisand
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn
    Pop
    1981
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Barbra Joan Streisand is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.

7. I'll Remember by Madonna
  • Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Richard Page
    Pop
    1994
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman.

8. What a Beautiful Day by Chris Cagle
  • Chris Cagle, Monty Powell
    Country
    2003
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Chris Cagle is an American country music artist. He was first known for writing songs for David Kersh before signing to Virgin Records Nashville in 2000.

9. We are Family by Sister Sledge
  • Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards
    Disco, soul, R&B
    1979
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Sister Sledge is an American musical group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1971, the group was originally composed of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim Sledge. With Kathy leaving in 1989 the group have since operated as a trio.

10. Wind Beneath My WIngs by Bette Midler
  • Jeff Silbar, Larry Henley
    Pop/Rock
    1988
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer.

11. You're Still The One by Shania Twain
  • Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Shania Twain
    Country pop
    1997
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Shania Twain, OC is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain has sold over 85 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

12. Young at Heart by Frank Sinatra

4. Best Retirement Songs for Retirement Party

1. 40 Hour Week by Alabama
  • Don Schlitz, Dave Loggins, Lisa Silver
    Country
    1985
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Alabama is an American country, Southern rock and bluegrass band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1969. The band was founded by Randy Owen and his cousin Teddy Gentry, soon joined by their other cousin, Jeff Cook.

2. 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
  • Dolly Parton
    Country pop
    1980
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.

3. Blue Skies by Bobby Darin or Frank Sinatra
  • Rodolphe Burger, Irving Berlin
    Pop
    1964
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and film producer.

4. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes by Jimmy Buffet
  • Jimmy Buffett
    Rock, country, Gulf and Western, folk
    1977
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • James William "Jimmy" Buffett is an American singer–songwriter, author, actor, and businessman.

5. Dog Eat Dog by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
  • Weird Al’ Yankovic
    Comedy, parody
    1986
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, film producer, and author.

6. Five O' Clock World by the Vogues
  • Allen Reynolds
    Rock
    1966
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • The Vogues are an American vocal group from Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. The original group consisted of Bill Burkette, Don Miller, Hugh Geyer and Chuck Blasko.

7. Happy Trails by Van Halen
  • Dale Evans
    Country, folk, theme song
    1982
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Van Halen is an American rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band comprised guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

8. Happy Working Song by Amy Adams
  • Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
    Pop
    2007
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Amy Lou Adams is an American actress and singer. Adams began her career on stage performing in dinner theatre and later made her feature film debut in Drop Dead Gorgeous.

9. Hard Workin' Man by Brooks & Dunn
  • Ronnie Dunn
    Country
    1993
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Ronnie Gene Dunn is an American country music singer-songwriter and record executive. He is best known for being one-half of Brooks & Dunn. In 2011, Dunn began working as a solo artist following the breakup of Brooks & Dunn.

10. Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles
  • Percy Mayfield
    Rhythm and blues
    1960
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer. He was sometimes referred to as "The Genius", and was also nicknamed "The High Priest of Soul".

11. I am the Working Man by Dusty Drake
  • Dusty Drake
    Country
    2004
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Dean Buffalini is an American country music artist, known professionally as Dusty Drake. Drake played various venues in his native Pennsylvania for several years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, co-writing a 1996 single for Joe Diffie.

12. I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair by George Jones
  • Billy Yates, Frank Dycus, Kerry Kurt Phillips
    Country
    1992
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • George Glenn Jones was an American musician, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including his most well known song "He Stopped Loving Her Today", as well as his distinctive voice and phrasing.

13. I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man) by Kenny Loggins
  • Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford
    Pop rock
    1984
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Kenneth Clark "Kenny" Loggins is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is known for soft rock music beginning in the 1970s, and later for writing and performing for movie soundtracks in the 1980s.

14. I've Had the Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  • John DeNicola,,Donald Markowitz, Franke Previte
    Pop rock, dance-rock
    1987
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • William Thomas "Bill" Medley is an American singer and songwriter, best known as one half of The Righteous Brothers.

15. Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man by Travis Tritt
  • Kostas
    Country
    1992
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • James Travis Tritt is an American country music singer. He signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1989, releasing seven studio albums and a greatest hits package for the label between then and 1999.

16. My Way by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and others
  • Paul Anka
    Traditional pop
    1969
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and film producer.

17. Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
  • Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen
    Chanson
    1974
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Terrence Ross "Terry" Jacks is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and environmentalist, best known for his 1974 hit song "Seasons in the Sun".

18. Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • Merle Travis
    Folk Song
    1947
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Ernest Jennings Ford, known professionally as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres.

19. Take This Job and Shove It by Johnny Paycheck
  • David Allan Coe
    Country
    1977
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • Donald Eugene Lytle, better known by his stage name Johnny Paycheck, was an American country music singer, multi-instrumentalist and Grand Ole Opry member most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It".

20. Work is a Four Letter Word by The Smiths
  • Johnny Marr, Morrissey
    Alternative rock, indie pop
    1987
    Retirement songs for retirement party
  • The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

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