The old saying, about the grass always being greener on the other side is so very true.
When you're in school, all you can think about is getting out! But once you're out and in the workforce, your school day memories are some of the best you have.
The theme of school has been a successful one for the songwriter. After all, the school-age demographic accounts for a large majority of album sales (digital or otherwise). Many great school songs have been penned by artists who were in school, or barely out, while others have been written by graduates looking to recapture their youth. Either way, the catalogue of school-centric songs is vast and deep.
For this playlist I've selected 36 of my favorite school-related songs to help welcome the new school year. By now the opening day bells have rung across the nations, and if you're one of the lucky ones still walking the hallways of learning, enjoy. It won't last long.
If you're a working stiff like me, give this playlist a spin. It'll take you back to the days when you thought you knew everything, and avoided you're parents like the plague.
1. We're Going To Be Friends - The White Stripes
2. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Muddy Waters
3. School Day - Chuck Berry
4. Rock 'N' Roll High School - The Ramones
5. Back To School Again - The Four Tops
6. My Old School - Steely Dan
7. Don't Stand So Close To Me - The Police
8. Teacher - Jethro Tull
9. Working Class Hero - John Lennon
10. Be True To Your School - The Beach Boys
11. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2 - Pink Floyd
12. Don't Be A Dropout - James Brown
13. Back To School Days - Graham Parker
14. Stay Free - The Clash
15. Smokin' In The Boys Room - Motley Crue
16. I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats
17. Expectations - Belle & Sebastian
18. Starfish And Coffee - Prince
19. Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
20. School - Supertramp
21. Homework - Otis Rush
22. High School Confidential - Jerry Lee Lewis
23. Subdivisions - Rush
24. Hot For Teacher - Van Halen
25. Teenage Crush - Tommy Sands
26. Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
27. High School - MC5
28. One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces - Ben Folds Five
29. Popular - Nada Surf
30. High School Nights - Dave Edmunds
31. Itchycoo Park - The Small Faces
32. Violent School - The Dead Milkmen
33. Birth, School, Work, Death - The Godfathers
34. Back To School - The Flakes
35. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon
36. (Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard - Cat Stevens