Around here, we’re getting into back-to-school mode with the kids, which gives me another excuse for a list of great songs—this time, school-related.
“Be True To Your School,” Beach Boys
A fine example of the squeaky clean pop harmonies that are a Beach Boys trademark, this is about as saccharine a sentiment as you’ll hear about school, complete with a piece of the Univeristy of Wisconsin’s fight song in the middle.
“Wonderful World,” Sam Cooke
Now this is a more honest-sounding tune, with the narrator using his lack of knowledge about school subjects like history to contrast that with his love for a girl. If school’s not for picking up girls, what’s it for, right?
“Catholic Schoolgirls Rule,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
Speaking of picking up girls…anyone who ever dated a catholic school girl (my brother married one) knows of what this song speaks.
The Headmaster Ritual, The Smiths
You want realism in music, here’s a horrific example of a school experience nobody would want to have. At least it’s a great song.
High School Confidential, Jerry Lee Lewis
All the best school songs are from the 50s and 60s, and this is one of the Killer’s best, period.
Hot For Teacher, Van Halen
Who hasn’t had a crush on at least one teacher in their lives?
Another Brick in the Wall, Part II, Pink Floyd
The anti-school anthem: “We don’t need no education…”
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, The Ramones
Maybe they could make rock ‘n’ roll magnet schools, like they do for science or arts…then you really could have a Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.
School’s Out, Alice Cooper
The classic end-of-school anthem.
School Is Out, School Is In, Gary U.S. Bonds
60’s teenybopper star Bonds covered both ends of the school year with these two singles, making certain he’d be on the radio as school started and as it ended.