SCHOOL SENTIMENTS IN POPULAR SONG
The Personal and Social Context of Education


Songs are organized by major social theme related to schooling/education. Click on the song title to find the song lyrics.

1. Youth Suicide and Individual Isolation Found Within Schools
"Youth of the Nation" by P.O.D. (2001)
"Yearbook" by Hanson (1997)
"Jeremy" by Pearl Jam (1991)
"School" by Nirvana (1989)

2. Memories - School Friendships and School Spirit
"In My High School" by Blaine Larsen (2004)
"Graduation" by Vitamin C (1999)
"Be True to Your School" by The Beach Boys (1964)

3. Cultural Prejudices Among Teachers and Students
"They Schools" by Dead Prez (2000)
"Mr. Johnson's Head" by Insane Clown Posse (1998)
"The Great American Melting Pot" from Schoolhouse Rock! (1973)

4. School - The Caldron of Future Success in Life?
"To Have and to Have Not" by Lars Frederiksen 2001)
"Carlene" by Phil Vassar (2000)
"Sunscreen" column by Mary Schmich (1997) song by Baz Luhrmann (1999)
"Beauty School Dropout" from GREASE (1972) sung by Frankie Avalon

5. The School's Role in Developing Patriotism and Good Citizenship
"Ohio" by Neil Young (1970)
"What Did You Learn in School Today" by Tom Paxton (1963)
"School Days" by Will Cobb and Gus Edwards (1907)

6. Teachers as Viewed by the Community
"School Teacher" sung by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (1972)
"Harper Valley P.T.A." by Tom T. Hall; sung by Jeannie C. Riley (1968)
"Tradition" from the musical Fiddler on the Roof (1965)

7. Forbidden Teacher-Student, Student-Teacher, Attractions and Fantasies
"Mr. Watson" by Ke$ha (2010)
"Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen (1984)
"Teacher's Pet" by Venom (1982)
"Don't Stand So Close To Me" by POLICE (1980)
"When I Kissed the Teacher" by ABBA (1976)
"Teacher I Need You" by Elton John & Bernie Taupin (1973)

8. Student Culture and Establishment Culture
"Lunchlady Land" by Adam Sandler (1993)
"Same Love" by Macklemore and Lewis (2012)
"Be Chrool To Your Scuel" by Twisted Sister (1985)
"School Days" by Kim Fowley and Joan Jett (1977)

9. The Positive Influence of the Good Teacher
"To Sir, With Love" lyrics by Natalie Merchant and sung by Lulu (1967)
"Teacher's Pet" by Joe Lubin and sung by Doris Day (1958)
"The Old School Teacher" sung by Frank Sinatra (1945)

10. The Negative Influence of the Bad Teacher
"Teacher, Teacher" by 38 Special (1984)
"Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd (1979)
"Flowers Are Red" by Harry Chapin (1978)

11. School Rules, Discipline and Violence - Connections?
"Loco-Motive Man" by W.A.S.P. (2001)
"Lunchbox" by Marilyn Manson (1994)
"Principal's Office" by Young MC (1989)
"Smokin' In the Boys' Room" Motley Crue (1985)

12. School Cliques - A Normal Part of School?
"Girl Next Door" by Saving Jane (2005)
"High School" by Superchic[k] (2002)
"Sadie Hawkins Dance" by Relient K (2001)
"Grade 9" by Barenaked Ladies (1992)

13. The Basic Boring Nature of School
"Mutha (Don't Wanna Go To School Today)" by Extreme (1989)
"School's Out" by Alice Cooper (1972)
"School Day" by Chuck Berry (1957)

14. The Immaterial & Inappropriate Curriculum
"Math Suks" by Jimmy Buffet (1999)
"Homework" from YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (1967)

15. Teen Sexuality Among Students in School
"Popular" by Nada Surf (1996)
"Catholic School Girls Rule" by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1988)
"Girlschool" by Britny Fox (1988)

16. Teachers' Role in Reporting Child Abuse
"Alyssa Lies" by Jason Michael Carroll (2007)
"Concrete Angel" by Martina McBride (2001)

 
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