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  • Writer's pictureMatt Fogelson


This playlist is guaranteed to get you fired up for the start of school. It’s filled with tracks about summer love, books, history, and teenage romance, all leading, inevitably, to songs of teenage angst.

This Playlist is available on 8tracks and Spotify.

1. “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams

2. “Summer Nights” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

3. "Summertime" by Janis Joplin

4. “Hell Raisin’ Heat of the Summer” by Florida Georgia Line

5. “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” by Bruce Springsteen

6. “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf

7. “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” by Joe Jackson

8. “You Can Make Him Like You” by The Hold Steady

9. “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne

10. “Even the Losers” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

12. “Centerfold” by the J. Geils Band

13. “Kiss Me on the Bus” by the Replacements

14. “Hot for Teacher” by Van Halen”

15. “Don’t Stand So Close to me” by the Police

16. “Every Day I Write the Book” by Elvis Costello

17. “A Brand New Book” by Graham Parker

18. “Great Expectations” by The Gaslight Anthem

19. “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

20. “English Civil War” by the Clash

21. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by the Band

22. “Checkpoint Charlie” by Little Steven

23. “Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2

24. “Sitting Still” by R.E.M.

25. “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2” by Pink Floyd

26. “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam

27. “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats

28. “No Surrender” by Bruce Springsteen

29. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana


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