The five ... songs about school

3rd April 2009 at 01:00

1. "Another Brick in the Wall" Pink Floyd

Their only UK No 1 climaxes with Islington Green School pupils singing: "Hey teacher, leave us kids alone."

2. "What I go to school for" Busted

This debut hit tells of a young crush: "So she may be 33 but that doesn't bother me."

3. "School Days" Chuck Berry

This musical great saw schools as a perfect breeding ground for rock 'n' roll.

4. "Don't stand so close to me" The Police

Sting tackles inappropriate desires between a young male teacher and a schoolgirl admirer.

5. "School's Out" Alice Cooper

A classic for the last day of term, with the line: "No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks."

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