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The Back To School Playlist

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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.


The Playlist:

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

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