Our Weekly Ten: 10 Songs About School

20/03/2013 18:35

School has been playing an important role in our lives since childhood. Most of us have probably spent at least 13 years there, making our way from counting apples and pears to morphological classification of modal verbs. That’s why it is no surprise there are countless songs about school. Turn on our newest selection – we have everything from hot teacher fantasies to school being finally over.

 

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10. We Rule the School by Belle & Sebastian

A delicate tune about a girl committing suicide because she doesn’t fit in the rough world.  Originally released on the 1996 debut album of the Scottish band, it received a wider audience after it was featured on the TV show “How I Met Your Mother”.

 

9. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School by The Ramones

Simple three-chord punk and wig-worthy haircuts? Oh yeah. Besides the perfect depiction of the rebellious teenage spirit, it seems they are mocking the traditional, clean Beach Boys style. The song was used in the soundtrack to the eponymous movie. It’s primitive, but it rocks.

 

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8. Baggy Trousers by Madness

If you like ska, then this catchy song is just what you need. Good old British Madness, all of them wearing long black coats and sunglasses (how cool for a ska band!), teaching you that you can actually have fun at school. Especially if you learn “how to bend, not break the rules”.

 

7. Hot for Teacher by Van Halen

I have never been a huge fan of ‘80s glam rock or boys with big, wavy hairdos wearing lipstick. This song, however, shows the better side of the era. Although still having a questionable ‘do, Van Halen roll like a thunder with the opening drum solo. The unforgettable video with a teacher stripping down to her bikini bottoms may be another reason why to watch the video.

 

6. I Love College by Asher Roth

This guy’s having a lecture on “Time isn’t wasted when you’re getting wasted.” Nothing that college students wouldn’t know already. What a shame he is just a one-hit wonder – the kids might need a track about how bad hangovers are. For educational purposes only, of course.

 

5. I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats

Well, who does? This “perfect senseless song”, according to the band’s leader Bob Geldof, was inspired by a tragedy in 1979, when a 16-year-old girl went on a shooting spree in a school playground, her only reason being: “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

 

4. Campus by Vampire Weekend

Student romances and the awkward situations that come along would provide enough material for a completely different list, but “Campus” is certainly the sunniest and most light-hearted soundtrack for any walk of shame. Add Congolese rhythms to it and the mix is complete.

 

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3. Another Brick in the Wall (Pt II) by Pink Floyd

I am sorry for putting Pink Floyd on every list (or so I feel), but how could I not include this anthem? “We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control” is a catchphrase widely known (at least I hope) by everyone. Depicting schools as grey, rigid institutions full of dictators, it was used as a protest song by anti-apartheid groups in South Africa. On the other hand, the song made it to a US disco chart, which I’m sure made Pink Floyd more embarrassed than ever before.

 

2. School's Out by Alice Cooper

Another legendary song. I guess that’s why it was covered by Glee and Kesha. Cooper said that besides the three minutes when you’re opening presents on Christmas morning, the best three minutes are those right before the school ends for the summer. And if you make a song out of it, it must be a hit.

 

1. Wonderful World by Sam Cooke

This one is not really about school as such, but it’s too nice not to be mentioned. Cooke sings that while he might not know a lot about history, geography or algebra, he knows something about love. And that, after all, is all that counts.

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This Weekly Ten is at its end. Too bad we didn’t have a place for jewels like “ABC” by Jackson 5 or “School” by Nirvana… maybe next time we’ll do a part two. Until then, stay tuned and enjoy all the bliss offered by educational institutions.

 

Kristína Škovierová