20 Best Graduation Songs of the Last 20 Years

From Green Day to Miley, the best songs for moving on

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Baz Luhrmann, "Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)"

"Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97: Wear sunscreen." During the dialup era, a commencement speech opening with that sage bit of advice made the online rounds, attributed to sci-fi genius Kurt Vonnegut. The speech was actually written by the Chicago Tribune's Mary Schmich, who used a 1997 column to opine on what her ideal graduation address would sound like. When maximalist director-composer Baz Luhrmann's inbox was graced with the piece, he took to it so deeply that he decided to incorporate it into his remix of Rozalla's 1991 club hit "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" — and he properly credited Schmich, thus proving that even in the old days of the Internet, a little research could debunk an urban legend. 

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