Songs for Your School’s Slideshow When No One Can Agree

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We were absolutely thrilled when we heard Chana Joffe-Walt’s recent segment on This American Life about choosing a song for the end-of-year slideshow. We agree music is a must for the biggest impact on a photo slideshow, whether it’s during a holiday concert, graduation, or something in between. 

But what if your team members have different musical preferences and are having difficulty coming to a consensus? Or maybe it’s been a challenging year and you just can’t nail down the right tone?

We put together a few suggestions to make your slideshows shine including memorable moments from movie soundtracks, instrumental covers, and a few outside-the-box sleeper hits. Enjoy!


“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana (Piano Instrumental)

“You’ve Got a Friend In Me” from Toy Story (Piano Instrumental)

“Happy” by Pharell (Acoustic Guitar Instrumental)

“It’s Been A Long, Long Time” by Harry James & His Orchestra 

“Soulful Strut” by Young-Holt Unlimited

With Lyrics:

“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa

“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

“Pray for the Wicked” by Panic at the Disco

“Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine

“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

“Jump” by Van Halen

“This Time Tomorrow” by The Kinks

“If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” by Cat Stevens

“Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man

“Give a Little Bit” by Supertramps

“The Obvious Child” by Paul Simon

“Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks

“The Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie

“Moving Right Along” from The Muppet Movie

Your Turn

We’d love to know: what are some of your favorite end-of-the-year slideshow songs? Leave a comment below and share your best-of-the-best with other readers.

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