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143 Tracks For Your Back-to-School and Labor Day Playlists


Yes, it’s that time of the year. I have to leave for my training clients’ house 5 minutes earlier in the morning because if I don’t and get stuck behind the school bus, it will mean being 15 minutes late. I love to see the neighborhood children riding their bikes to school; here in the Rocky Mountains you’ve got to relish it while it lasts because when it’s below freezing with a foot of snow, those little bikes will be hanging in the garage.

Many of you have kids in school, some in elementary or middle school, some who are at that obstinate or rebellious age of high school, and some heading off to college. Many of our students are adapting their schedules to include dropping kids off to school and picking them up, or reminding them to do their homework. The topic in the locker rooms is changing as their kids go back to school. It’s always fun to put together a playlist that echoes their immediate concerns and makes light of it—why not put together a profile and playlist of back-to-school songs? In the attached list we’ve got 77 fun back-to-school songs (27 new ones from last year’s playlist). Some are pro-school (“Be True to Your School”), some are anti-school (“Another Brick in the Wall”), some are about the awkwardness of being a teenager (“Awkward”), some are about teacher-student relationships (“Don’t Stand So Close to Me”) or student relationships (“We’re Gonna Be Friends”), some are about the crazy things school kids do (“Smokin’ in the Boy’s Room”) and some are just a plain mockery of school (“Fight For Your Right”). And, some are about the things we don’t like to think about our kids doing (or remember about our past) such as skipping school or drugs.

This is Labor Day weekend in the US. Families are gearing up for the final big vacation day of the summer on Monday. Thoughts will be on families, barbecues, and sports. This particular list of 66 songs focuses on the concept of working and jobs (31 new ones over last year’s playlist). Celebrating the economic and social contribution of workers is the original idea behind Labor Day. There are a lot of great songs that you can use for your Labor Day profile, but don’t think you have to limit this to just the Labor Day weekend…any time in the first few weeks of September is a good time!

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