The time we spend at school divides opinion. It’s a big part of the formative years of our lives, but while some kids love learning, others simply can’t wait to leave school. Unsurprisingly, rock and pop has had plenty to say on the subject over the years… So now all the homework’s in, we give A grades to the best songs about school.
Best Songs About School: 10 Classics That Come Top Of The Class
10: The Stranglers: School Mam (1977)
The final track on The Stranglers’ second album, No More Heroes, the menacing, bass-heavy School Mam was inspired by frontman Hugh Cornwell’s time working as a supply teacher while the band were first getting off the ground – time well spent, as it resulted in one of the punk era’s best songs about school. The track’s character was based on the college’s tyrannical principal (“She was a complete ogress – when you went into her office, the chair you’d sit in had been sawn off at the legs, so that you were lower and had to look up at her,” Cornwell recalled in Jim Drury’s The Stranglers: Song By Song), but the track itself was a fantasy scenario influenced by the equally dark and hypnotic song The Gift by The Velvet Underground.