Back to School Playlist
BY DIKSHA MHATRE '26
As the back-to-school season starts with supply shopping and schedule coordinating, several new feelings develop. Students may feel ecstatic about hanging out with their friends but also anxious about the approaching workload. I recently made a playlist of some of my personal favorite songs that encompasses this back-to-school feeling—here are three songs to look out for.
First up is "Another Brick in the Wall pt.2" by Pink Floyd. This song combines elements of 70's disco with classic rock to produce a lively tune. The lyrics, on the other hand, are quite the opposite of lively. They describe the absence of creativity, the freedom of thought, and the authority of teachers in school systems. A chorus of children sing, "We don't need no education" which can be controversial but is relatable when you have an essay, project, and test all due the same week.
Next is "Fluorescent Adolescent" by Arctic Monkeys. This song is one of Arctic Monkeys' best. It has catchy lyrics mixed with heavy drums and electric guitar, making it an upbeat mood-lifter. The character in the song is reminiscing on her past self and realizes the inevitability of change. It is a great song, but the lyrics are a bit explicit.
Last but not least, there is "Young" by Vacations. This band has masterfully incorporated slow, lazy drums with a steady bassline and melancholy singing. The narrator sings about wanting everything immediately while acknowledging that patience is necessary to achieve one's goals in life. The lyrics tell us that although growing up may not be easy, it is worthwhile.
When you're studying for summer reading tests and completing get-to-know-you Flipgrid assignments, remember that these songs will always be there to help you. The playlist linked has more upbeat songs with a meaningful twist to provide that first-day feel!