Get Schooled: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Playlist for Back to School

This playlist is guaranteed to get you fired up for the start of school. It’s filled with tracks about summer love, books, history, and teenage romance, all leading, inevitably, to songs of teenage angst.

This Playlist is available on 8tracks and Spotify.

“Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams

“Summer Nights” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

“Summertime” by Janis Joplin

“Hell Raisin’ Heat of the Summer” by Florida Georgia Line

“4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” by Bruce Springsteen

“Paradise By the Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf

“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” by Joe Jackson

“You Can Make Him Like You” by The Hold Steady

“Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne

“Even the Losers” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

“Centerfold” by the J. Geils Band

“Kiss Me on the Bus” by the Replacements

“Hot for Teacher” by Van Halen”

“Don’t Stand So Close to me” by the Police

“Every Day I Write the Book” by Elvis Costello

“A Brand New Book” by Graham Parker

“Great Expectations” by The Gaslight Anthem

“Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

“English Civil War” by the Clash

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by the Band

“Checkpoint Charlie” by Little Steven

“Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2

“Sitting Still” by R.E.M.

“Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2” by Pink Floyd

“Jeremy” by Pearl Jam

“I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats

“No Surrender” by Bruce Springsteen

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana


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