20 Songs about Retirement

Retirement signifies the phase in the life of an individual when it is finally time to relax after years of hard and productive work. Some people may find this exciting while others may have a feeling of sadness. Nonetheless, being able to reach the time when one could finally retire still brings out a lot of positive aspects such as having all the time that you have for you and your loved ones.

Whether you are planning a retirement for yourself or colleagues, it is important to make sure that this event will be memorable not just for the retiree but for everyone. To help you with this, listed down below are  some of the songs that you could use as a playlist for retirement.

This playlist is perfect regardless of the party’s theme or size. We have also included a brief summary of each song and a link to make it easier for you to check out these songs.

1. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day

Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) [Official Music Video]Green Day – Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) [Official Music Video]

This song expresses the relief of being free from trouble by breaking up with someone or getting rid of the bad things in life. It feels like a breakthrough that you’ll be able to experience more in life by being free.

The song speaks about the feeling of giving up your work for good or being able to stop working on things or relationships that are not working anymore.

2. “100 Years” by Five for Fighting

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This song does a lot of reminiscing from the past and talking to your younger self about how you should be if you could change things. This also tells a story that moves towards the timeline when you finally come to an age where you need to do what you need to do and enjoy the moment as it is.

At any given time of our lives, time will come when we will or might experience a lifetime crisis but as long as we live in the moment, we can still positively look forward to all the things that are coming.

3. “When I’m 64” by The Beatles

When I'm Sixty Four (Remastered 2009)When I’m Sixty Four (Remastered 2009)

It’s a feel-good song about coming to an age of maturity. It’s a song that tells a story of a husband asking his wife if she will still love him regardless of the conditions that he will undergo when he’s old.

It’s like asking what life has to offer when you’re finally retired and old. Will you be able to enjoy the coming days after your 64th year or will you still find joy on the things that you used to do?

4. “Retirement Day” by Sergeant H

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A song that is dedicated to hard-working employees who have spent their whole life at their job for many years. Finally, the time has come that they’ll have the time for themselves and their loved ones as they retire.

It speaks of all the sacrifices that you did for your job until such time that you’ll be able to break free, rest and enjoy your retirement life to the fullest!

5. “I’m Free” by Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones - I'm Free (Official Lyric Video)The Rolling Stones – I’m Free (Official Lyric Video)

“I’m Free” is a song about the liberation of being able to do whatever you want with your life most especially when you retire. “It’s nice to be free” are the words that are heard from a grandfather who speaks from experience.

The joy of ending up something and starting a new easy life of retirement and relaxation. All in all, it tells us to enjoy every kind of freedom that we get and enjoy the only life that we have.

6. “We’ve Only Just Begun” by The Carpenters

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One of the best retirement songs as it sends a message that with every ending comes a new beginning. You can relate to this song as retirement is the beginning of new horizons, travel, adventure, and getting back to life.

Retirement is a phase in our life where we will find a place to grow and start a new life. The line “Sharing horizons that are new to us,” is the start of the new life that is well-lived and enjoyed until each evening comes.

7. “I Was Here” by Lady Antebellum


Doing something that matters is something that we would be looking forward to in this life knowing that change is constant. Life will flow as it is and we are here to make a mark of our own.

This song motivates us to do more and we will not just pass through this life as irrelevant individuals because we all have been gifted in our ways to make a mark in this world, even as we retire.

8. “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) The Time Of My Life [Official Video]Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life [Official Video]

One of the best songs for retirement because, in all your days of retirement, you’ll finally get the time of your life! It tells about finding someone that will be there with and for you as you enjoy life.

On the other hand, it also speaks about enjoying your life to the fullest because it is all yours. This song has so many versions because of the positive vibes that it brings to the listener and was also applied on various movie soundtracks including “Dirty Dancing”.

9. “Five O’Clock World” by The Vogues

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The song for the everyday worker who wakes up at 5 a.m. to trade time for money or a paycheck. It’s the day-to-day job that we keep to pay the bills and help us to live and survive every single day.

It tells the story about the hustle of the city the moment you wake up until you arrive at your workplace. Finally, the time will come when you will retire and be with the girl that you love which represents retirement at its best!

10. “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles


“Hit the Road Jack” is a song that speaks about going home, packing your things, and moving on. It is about having a relaxed and normal life by hitting the road and never coming back to a busy life.

This song is telling us to be easy on life and ourselves, get out of our daily routine, and go on a permanent vacation.

11. “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay

Coldplay - Hymn For The Weekend (Official Video)Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend (Official Video)

Weekend feels! It is what everyone is after when the workweek is finally over. Everything lights up, you get a drink and enjoy everything in life.

This song also shares the message of happiness that everyone feels when the weekend comes. Lastly, the message of this song wishes that weekends are every day because we can’t get enough of it!

12. “The Best Is Yet To Come” by Frank Sinatra

The Best Is Yet To Come (2008 Remastered)The Best Is Yet To Come (2008 Remastered)

This song talks about how we look forward to the best things in life that are to come once we retire. It’s positively thinking about the brighter things ahead of us and embracing it immediately because it will be the greatest time of our life.

13. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy (Official Music Video)Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy (Official Music Video)

The easy melody of the song will make you feel less worried and simply let things come your way as it is. You don’t need to worry about what comes because at the end of the day, our happiness matters most.

The song speaks for itself, don’t worry, be happy and be content about what you have in the present and continue to hope for the best things that are yet to come.

14. “This Ain’t Goodbye” by Train

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This song tells us that retirement isn’t really bad at all and that we’re not totally saying goodbye to the things that we usually do. It’s just suppressing the vibe of the usual routine and getting out of the place where you would normally go. It’s also a song about moving on even though saying goodbye could be the hardest thing that you have to do.

15. “Champagne Supernova” by Oasis

Oasis - Champagne Supernova (Official Video)Oasis – Champagne Supernova (Official Video)

A supernova is the death of a star. The song tells about how you exhaust everything in life in full blast. Everything comes to an end, especially our jobs.

The line “Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball” implies that you’ve gone too far away and now you have finally experienced the kind of rush that you are looking for – your retirement.

16. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire - September (Official HD Video)Earth, Wind & Fire – September (Official HD Video)

We all love this funky song because it sounds like glory, summertime, or anything that comes to a successful ending. It’s the day that everyone is looking forward to and being able to enjoy everything that life has to offer. It’s famous for Earth, Wind & Fire that never fails to make us sing our hearts out!

17. “I’ll Always Remember You” by Robert Cray

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It’s a simple and meaningful song that tells about the aftermath of letting go. You remember the things that you are used to doing – the routine, the clothes and shoes that you wear becomes old and nothing – and even though you will embark on the new chapter of your life as you retire, the best memories that you had will forever remain in your heart.

18. “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor

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This very comforting song speaks about the assurance that someone cares for you no matter what. You will always have a friend whether you need one or not. It eases us the feeling of being down and troubled as everything will be alright as long as we have a good and loving friend.

19. “Happy Together” by The Turtles

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A song that excites everyone who hears it as it sends a message of happiness whenever we’re reunited with our loved ones and/or friends when the day is finally over. 

20. “Summer Of ’69” by Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams - Summer Of ’69 (Official Music Video)Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69 (Official Music Video)

It tells the story about the time when everything just felt so good which relates to how one feels as he/she retires. Originally, this song had the title ”The Best Days of My Life.” However, the idea sparked about writing a song about summertime when it was played around summer.


We hope that you found the perfect retirement song for you and/or your colleagues in one of these songs. As you finally bid goodbye to your work life, it is finally time to have fun and do anything that you want at any given time while perhaps listening to one of the songs listed that touched your heart.