What Are Some Classic Goodbye Songs?

Some classic goodbye songs are Elton John's mid-70s ballad "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," the Jackson Five's "Never Can Say Goodbye" and Paul Simon's sardonic "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover." Notable favorites also include Alice Cooper's hard rock anthem "School's Out," Semisonic's poignant "Closing Time" and Lionel Richie's "Goodbye." Additional goodbye-related hits are Johnny Paycheck's humorous "Take This Job and Shove It," "So Long, Farewell" from "The Sound of Music," and Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me."

Many more goodbye-themed tunes appear in classic films and on television. Simple Minds' tune "Don't You (Forget About Me)," famous from John Hughes' iconic film "The Breakfast Club," serves as a powerful farewell song and has come to symbolize a certain generation of teenagers. Similarly, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," the sad song of painful separation which punctuated "Titanic," is memorable, emotional and emblematic of heartfelt goodbyes.

Other well-known farewell songs include Carly Simon's "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," 'N Sync's boy band smash "Bye Bye Bye," the classic "Hello, Goodbye" by the Beatles, Madonna's "Bye Bye Baby" and "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley.

Additional hits in the genre are "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day, Boyz II Men's “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" and Sarah McLachlan's evocative “I Will Remember You.”