The songs that take us back to our high school graduations, by class year

Everyone has one song that brings them back to those late June evenings when they realized their hormone-fueled high school days were over.

We asked Mashable staffers to share the songs that remind them most of their last days of high school.

(And yes, someone chose Vitamin C, but don’t hold it against him.)

Class of 2000: “Rocks Tonic Juice Magic” – Saves the Day

“Me and my friends were obsessed with Saves the Day’s second record Through Being Cool. We played it on repeat for every road trip and made up our own lyrics for the songs. Just after I graduated, I got an apartment with a friend and we adopted two cats and named them Rocks Tonic and Juice Magic. We were cool.” – Peter Allen Clark, Assistant Viral Content Editor, Clarksville, Indiana

Class of 2001: “Bitch” – Meredith Brooks

“‘Bitch’ reminds me of how I thought of myself in high school angry and independent, but in a tragically mainstream, suburban way.” – Heather Dockray, Web Trends Reporter, Allendale, New Jersey

Class of 2001: “Bye Bye Bye” – *NSYNC

“I proudly saw *NSYNC four times live while in middle and high school. I’m a proud fan and still know the dance from the video. #TeamJC” – Jess Boiardi, Director of Account Management, Queens, New York.

Class of 2003: “Hot In Herre” – Nelly

“Every party, every hangout sesh and every hip hop and pop radio station played ‘Hot in Herre’ during my senior year in HS. It was the mark that we were grown enough to re-enact the music video (a pure party scene) soon to come during college and a song to date every memory we were making. The early ’00s was filled with glitzy Hip Hop videos and creative Pop videos and for me and my goal at the time, I had to be in one. So, ‘Hot In Herre’ marked the pursuit of working in the entertainment industry for me.” – Tunisia Wilson, Sr. Creative Strategist, Brooklyn, New York

Class of 2006: “My Humps” – Black Eyed Peas

“Everything that happens in South Florida is inappropriate. This song represents everything my senior year was about.” – Dory Greenberg, Weston, Florida

Class of 2006: “Graduation (Friends Forever)” – Vitamin C

“That fucking Vitamin C song won’t go away. It followed my from eighth grade graduation right through high school.” – Brian Koerber, Content Coordinator, Watertown, Connecticut

Class of 2007: “Nights of the Living Dead” – Tilly and the Wall

“Those were some very emotionally turbulent years.” – Tricia Gilbride, Web Culture Reporter, Houston, Texas

Class of 2009: “Successful” – Drake and Trey Songz

“‘Successful’ being released made me realize that I had a lot of work to do when it came to figuring out what job I wanted after I graduated. I planned on going in as a liberal arts major. High school wasnt serious to me but being well off was. In a way, the song shocked me into realizing I actually needed to do something with my life and stop rebelling. Thanks Drake.” – Emily DeCicco, Audience Development Manager, Greenlawn, New York

Class of 2009: “Stanky Legg” – GS Boyz

“It was the omnipresent anthem that you couldn’t escape. Though its novelty wore off almost instantly, the song refused to disappear. It was the only song anybody listened to for at least 4 months.” – Tyler Schmall, Humor Intern, Kettering, Ohio

Class of 2009: “1901” – Phoenix

“My friends and I listened to this song multiple times at our prom afterparty. In my mind, it’s still inextricably linked to the smell of hairspray.” – Laura Vitto, Senior Watercooler Reporter, Merrick, New York

Class of 2009: “Come On Eileen” – Dexys Midnight Runner

“Every graduation party I went to played that song at least 400 times. I think we thought we were very cool for listening to old music (we were right).” – Christina Careaga, Web Culture Intern, Sparta, New Jersey

Class of 2010: “For Good” – WICKED The Musical

“That song from the musical Wicked that was as hot as Hamilton in my day is all about the people who shape who you are, for good and for bad. My two best friends sang it during their final performance for chorus. It’s the idea that now you’re going on these separate paths and you may never met again, but these people (aka your high school classmates) had a big impact on who you are.” – Kerry Flynn, Business Reporter, Wilbraham, Massachusetts.

Class of 2010: “Wake Up” – Arcade Fire

“My graduating class was very into this song. I am pretty sure it played dramatically at our baccalaureate ceremony or something. In retrospect … jeez.” – Chloe Bryan, Velocity Curator, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Class of 2010: “That’s What You Get” – Paramore

“I finally accepted the fact I could never be as cool as her, but I did get my eyeliner to to do that.” – Vicky Leta, Illustrator, Brick, New Jersey

Class of 2012: “Breakaway” – Kelly Clarkson

“That song brings me back to graduating high school because I had never really been away from home before and I was so scared to go to college. But that song always reminded me that leaving home didn’t mean saying goodbye forever and that is was okay to be scared to leave but there were so many fun adventures out there in the world just waiting for me!” – Kayla Bazile, Newburgh, New York

Class of 2012: “We Are Young” – fun. feat. Janelle Mone

“At every end-of-the-school-year choir show, our choir program has all of the seniors sing a senior song and I remember having to hold other peoples sweaty hands for a good portion of the song while pretending to look sad (lol).” – Francesca Rivera, Associate Video Producer, Anaheim, California

Class of 2012: “It’s Time” – Imagine Dragons

“That song came out my senior year and it was before most people knew about Imagine Dragons, so our class got to experience them as a hipster band. It coincided with the fact that our class mascots were the Dragons (we graduated in the year of the dragons). It also had such an uplifting message, signifying that the end of high school was the just the beginning of something else.” – Avi Bagla, Video Production Intern, Cerritos, California

Class of 2013: “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams

“‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk came out like 2 weeks before my high school prom, which was just enough time for everyone to realize how great it was and learn all the words in time for the dance. It was something that everyone agreed on and created one of those weird “We actually ARE all in this together” sort of vibes you can only get in high school.” – Sam Speedy, Web Culture Intern, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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