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Top 25 Songs for Your Back to School Playlist  

A new school year is about to begin! And whether you're ready or not, this time around it will be an even more enjoyable experience. With all the stress and pressure that comes with being in high school, college life can seem daunting at first; but as they say- "fake it till you make it." You'll soon find a sense of familiarity when class starts on Monday morning.

 The beginning of September may be a time when you are feeling down, but that doesn't mean it has to last! Find some back-to-school music and use this article as your guide. We’ve pulled together ten songs for all the moods -- happy, sad, or everything in between.

 Don’t let yourself get too discouraged because there is still some time until school begins again - just remember there's always hope with these 10 tracks picked out by our staff writers for every situation imaginable!  

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The Best Songs for your Back to School Playlist

#1 "We Are Young" Fun. Ft Janelle Monae

Released on: September 20th 2011

Album: Some Nights (2012)

About the Song 

“Tonight. We are young. So, let’s set the world on fire. We can burn brighter than the sun.” Shouldn’t you have this power and strength? Play it with your friends in a Back-to-School Party before the new school life! Be brave, youthful, and kick off a fresh start! Live in the moment with hope and meaning. 

#2 "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi Featuring Daddy Yankee 

Released on: January 12th 2017

Album: Vida (2019)

About the Song 

Not only is this a great song for all boys and girls but it was the number one song in the world with 7.4 billion views on YouTube until Baby Shark took its place. The pop beats are perfect for dancing and having parties with friends on weekends. The original video is full of Spanish cultural elements and exotic episodes. Canadian singer Justin Bieber released a remix version on April 17, 2017, which helped to improve the song's chart performance in numerous countries. 

#3 "Someone to You" - Banners 

Released on: June 2017

Album: Empires on Fire

About the Song 

Is anyone special for you in this world? If yes, this is a good song for your partner. If no, what if you meet someone this fall? Life is full of miracles. Go and enjoy every unknown future with curiosity and imagination. 

#4 "Bad Habits" - Ed Sheeran

Released on: June 25th, 2021 

Album: Bad Habits (2021)

About the Song

Vampires fear sunlight. What’s the biggest challenge for your bad habits? Exposure to teachers, parents, or classmates? Yet no one is a saint in real, let alone the embodiment of Ed Sheeran’s evil bad habits at night. 

#5 "Something Just Like This" - Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Released on: February 22nd 2017 

Album: Memories...Do Not Open

About the Song

“Just something I can turn to. Somebody I can kiss. I want something just like this.” Listening to it, you save so many annoying questions in a relationship, know more about each other, and figure more about yourself. 

#6 "Hall of Fame" - The Script 

Released on: July 23 2012

Album: #3

About the Song

Hold it there when you feel you can’t bear it anymore. Many things are deserving your time, patience, hard-workings, and persistence. The luckiest point is that you still believe. You never give up on yourself, the hope, and the belief.

#7 "Dance, Dance" – Fall Out Boy

Released on: November 1st 2005

Album: From Under the Cork Tree (2005)

About the Song 

Why not dance? Let go of your etiquette, convention, and conservation. Show people your difference if you’re distinctive. Interpret your characteristics if you’re unusual. You’re the master on the stage, unique and irreplaceable. 

#8 "Blowing in the Wind" – Bob Dylan

Released in: June 1962 

Album: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan(1963)

About the Song 

The world is beautiful, yet the reality is cruel. “The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind.” There are pleasure and happiness in your eyes. There are sadness and suffering in other places. You click, you listen, you feel, and you understand.   

# 9 "Chandelier" – Sia

Released on: March 17th 2014

Album: 1000 Forms of Fear (2014)

About the Song

The song by Sia expresses heavy inner struggle and bitterness. It brings listeners a depressing atmosphere, feeling like something hits and shocks your heart. The video showcases a thrilling choreography by Maddie - loneness, depression, addiction, and alcoholism. You will embrace a very great listening and viewing experience. 

# 10 "A Sky Full of Stars" – Coldplay 

Released on: June 19th, 2014

Album: Ghost Storeys (2014)

About the Song 

Giving more is what we call selfless love, a smile on your face the real happiness, simplicity the most precious thing. Following the rhythm by Coldplay, you find back the true you, the good memory, and the beautiful experience. Light up your night sky with twinkle stars! 

#11 "Rock N' Roll High School" - Ramones

Released on: 1978

Album: Rock n'Roll High School

About the Song 

The song was made for the musical comedy film which was directed by Allan Arkush. Rock n' Roll High School has become a theme of rebellion and youth.

#12 Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd

Released on: 1979

Album: The Wall

About the Song 

Another Brick in the Wall is a three-part composition from Pink Floyd's rock opera from 1979. The song and album at the time was considered a controversial comment on the schooling and education system within the UK. In the meanwhile, Roger Waters has mentioned that it wasn't a comment on the entirety of the education system but a comment on the system he grew up in. 

#13 "Fifteen" - Taylor Swift

Released on: August 30th, 2009

Album: Fearless

About the Song 

The song Fifteen was written by Taylor Swift regarding her freshman year at high school. She wrote it as a cautionary tale for freshman girls and tell them things that Taylor wish knew before starting the first school year of high school.

#14 "We're All in This Together" - High School Musical Cast

Released on: October 16th, 2006

Album: High School Musical

About the Song 

You knew it was coming. We had to have at least one High School Musical song on this list and it is none other than the best song in the movie. 

#15 "Teenagers" - My Chemical Romance

Released on: July 9th, 2007

Album: The Black Parade

About the Song 

Sharing a link of an earlier entry, Teenagers starts with a shot for shot tribute to the first scene in Pink Floyd's film the Wall. The song is for those that want more of a pop punk feel for their playlist.

#16 "What I Go to School For" - Jonas Brothers

Released on: August 8th, 2006

Album: It's About Time

About the Song 

The Jonas Brother's first song on their first album was a cover for What I Go to School For by Busted. The song was inspired by Matt Willis' former teacher that made a surprise appearance during an interview with Willis. 

#17 "Young Dumb and Broke" - Khalid

Released on: June 13th, 2017

Album: American Teen

About the Song 

Unlike other school songs, this one is universally relatable to all kids. There is no one else who can relate to being young dumb and broke like school kids.

#18 "Break The Rules" - Charli XCX

Released on: August 19th, 2014

Album: Sucker

About the Song 

A lot of the songs on our list is about breaking the rules and this song is no different. "I don't want to go to school, I just want to break the rules" most kids spend the school days daydreaming about breaking rules. 

#19 "Run The World (Girls)" - Beyoncé

Released on: April 21st, 2011

Album: 4

About the Song 

For each and every girl Beyonce is a name well know. In back to school songs, it's common to raise a glass to graduates and Beyonce does the same thing.

#20 "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen

Released on: September 20th, 2011

Album: Kiss

About the Song 

A common theme in back to school songs are crushes. Boys and girls have feelings for each other and don't know how to express. Let Call Me Maybe inspire you to take the first move.

#21 "Kids in America" - Kim Wilde

Released on: January 26th, 1981

Album: Kim Wilde

About the Song 

Kids in America is a song that celebrates the youth of America. The song has been covered multiple times including artists such as the Jonas Brothers and Len.

#22 "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" - Green Day

Released on: October 17th, 1997

Album: Nimrod

About the Song 

Although the song Good Riddance was written about a relationship between Billie Joe Armstrong and his ex-girlfriend, the song was a smash hit at high school proms. The reason was because of the lyrics in the song made high school seniors feel nostalgic and reflective of their time at high school. 

#23 "School's Out" - Alice Cooper

Released on: April 26th, 1972

Album: School's Out

About the Song 

While this is a great song for the end of the school year sometimes you just want school to stay out forever. 

#24 "Graduation (Friends Forever)" - Vitamin C

Released on: August 31st, 1999

Album: Vitamin C

About the Song 

In April 2000, Vitamin C was reminiscing about the past and contemplating the future and combined both emotions into one song. While it's great to express the feeling of graduation, Vitamin C explains that this song expresses the emotion of detachment. 

#25 "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" - Andy Williams 

Released on: October 14th, 1963

Album: The Andy William Christmas Album

About the song

While this is a song more affiliated with Christmas we can't help but think of this commercial when we are going back to school. 

These 25 back to school songs are a mix of modern and classics that captures every emotion that being in school brings. To get the most out of your new playlist play these songs on an Edifier Bookshelf Speaker