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It's almost time! Here's an A-Z of the best school related songs. :)

A  Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd [1979]

B  School Days - Chuck Berry [1957]

C  Too Cool For School - Horrid Henry [2011]

Theo Stevenson teamed up with kids' presenters Dick and Dom on this song from the Horrid Henry movie soundtrack.

D  Back to School (Mini Maggit) - Deftones [2001]

E  Proper Education - Eric Prydz vs Floyd [2007]

F  Beauty School Dropout - Frankie Avalon [1978]

From the soundtrack to the greatest high school movie ever, Grease! :D

G  Gruesome Gary - Down By Law [1996]

Bullies - every playground has one, from Hogwarts' Draco Malfoy right through to Grange Hill's Norman 'Gripper' Stebson.

H  High School Never Ends - Bowling for Soup [2006]

I was really surprised to learn this peaked at #40 in the UK, it felt like it was on everywhere back then. Still, chart success or no, the lyrics really nailed it:

The whole damned world is just as obsessed
With who's the best dressed and who's having sex
Who's got the money, who gets the honeys
Who's kinda cute and who's just a mess

And you still don't have the right look
And you don't have the right friends
Nothing changes but the faces, the names and the trends
High school never ends...

Three Little Maids from School are We - The Mikado [1885]

I is for Irony. Or lack thereof. Either way, Gilbert and Sullivan will be with us for a long time yet.

J  Harper Valley PTA - Jeannie C. Riley [1968]

K  Education - The Kinks [1975]

L Bleib in der Schule - Trailerpark [2014]

L is for LOL, so in that spirit we have Alligatoah telling kids why they ought to stay in school. Because, at the end of the day, Gangbang-Parties, Fame und Frau'n machen sich nicht gut im Lebenslauf. (Gangbangs, fame, and women don't look good on your CV.)

M  I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats [1979]

Written in the aftermath of the Cleveland Elementary School shooting, the song spent four weeks at #1 in the UK but - unsurprisingly - proved controversial in the States with radio stations in San Diego choosing not to give it airplay.

N  2002 - Anne-Marie [2018]

N is for Nostalgia. Yeah, 2002 is a prime topic for nostalgia now. I am officially old...

O  Be True To Your School - The Beach Boys [1963]

O is for the one and only!

P  In Love with the 80s (Pink Tux to the Prom) - Relient K [2003]

Don't Stand So Close To Me - The Police [1980]

Q is for... questionable. Back in 1981 Sting said "I'd been through the business of having 15-year-old girls fancying me - and me really fancying them! How I kept my hands off them I don't know..." Hmm. On the trivia side of things, the girl in the video is played by Rene Alperstein aka Pamela Cartwright, Grange Hill's uber-swot.

R  Subdivisions - Rush [1982]

In the high school halls, in the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out...

S  School's Out - Alice Cooper [1972]

T  Baggy Trousers - Madness [1980]

U  I Hate College - Sammy Adams [2009]

Higher education getting a look in!

V  Rock 'n' Roll High School - The Ramones [1979]

V is for... giving the V sign. ;)

W  What I Go To School For - Busted [2002]

Written by Matt Willis as an ode to his dance teacher, the song peaked at #3 in the UK charts and was later covered by the Jonas Brothers along with another Busted hit, Year 3000.

X  What Did You Learn In School Today? - Pete Seeger [1964]

Beware fake news...

Y  Yn yr Ysgol - Cyw [2019]

Cyw is S4C's kiddie's programming strand and provides lots of cute and horridly catchy little songs. You can find the full lyrics on Ysgol Glan Morfa's website HERE.

Yn yr ysgol, ysgol, dere gyda fi
I weithio a chwarae o naw tan dri
Yn yr ysgol, ysgol, darllen a rhifo wnawn ni nawr
Mae pawb yn yr dosbarth yn ffrindiau mawr!

(Something like: At school, hey, come on with me / we're gonna be learning and playing from now until 3. At school we're reading and counting together, everyone in the classroom is best of friends!)

Z  Teenage Life - Daz Sampson [2006]

This was the UK's entry for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest and it actually performed better than our usual offerings: Daz scored 25 points, placing us 19th out of 24 entries.

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