BIFF BAM POP! Presents The Essential Back To School Playlist

It’s the time of year where parents rejoice and children across the country begin counting the days until summer.  Somehow, the back-to-school season is upon us again, and summer 2012 is all but over.  Here are BBP’s Top-10 Back ToSchool songs to help you get back to your regular September routine.

Hot For Teacher, Van Halen – ‘What do you think the teacher’s gonna look like this year?’ Diamond David Lee Roth asks on the band’s 1984 hit.  I was ten years old when I first heard this track and saw the video.  The first day of school was never the same again.

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Be True To Your School, The Beach Boys – Is there a more patriotic, school spirit track in existence anywhere?  You can almost taste the apple pie and see the poodle skirts and letterman sweaters while listening to this one.  Released in the Fall of ‘63, it’s still a highlight on the current Beach Boys tour.

School Days, Chuck Berry – Released in 1957 this is the first rock ‘n’ roll school anthem by one of the all-time greats.  Berry’s remarkable lyrics capture the monotony of the daily school grind with rock ‘n’ roll music saving the day!

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, The Ramones – Title track from the 1979 musical/comedy film of the same name, the song was remixed by none other than Phil Spector.  The Ramones keep it simple ditching history class in favour of chicks and kicks!

(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party), Beastie Boys – The first verse of this classic picks up right where ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High School’ left off.  ‘Your teacher preaches class like some kinda jerk!’

Grade 9, Barenaked Ladies – If you were a Canadian kid starting high school in the late 80’s/early 90’s then this 1992 Barenaked Ladies track pretty much summed up the experience.  Referencing everything from the quintessential blue and red pleather Adidas bags and rugger pants to the Wrath Of Kahn and Duran Duran. That was me in Grade 9.

Principal’s Office, Young MC – Hot on the heels of ‘Bust A Move’ Young MC hit us with hip-hop’s point of view on school life.  What ever happened to Mr. Marvin Young anyway?  The rhymes on this track are quite clever so you wonder how he’s all but disappeared.

Another Brick In The Wall Part 2, Pink Floyd – Roger Waters penned this track as a protest song against formal education and his experience as a student in English grammar schools in the 1950’s.

Subdivisions, Rush – A song about trying to fit in and conforming to societal norms.  “Be Cool or be cast out!”

Don’t You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds – Not really a song about school, but it was the breakout hit from arguably the greatest coming-of-age high school film of all times, the John Hughes classic, The Breakfast Club.

Good luck to students and teachers heading back to school everywhere!  What’s your favourite back-to-school song?

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