13 Songs to Beat the Back-to-School Blues

Good tunes to get you back in to the swing of the academic year
Boarding the school bus

Boarding the school bus

Summer is officially over and the days of packing lunch bags, waiting for the school bus, and lugging heavy textbooks are back. It’s natural for kids to mourn the lazy days of summer. Hours once filled with swim team and tennis are now replaced with class after class, and homework at night. Yet, they're not alone, as parents, too, have to jump right back into the breakfast-making, carpool-driving, and after-school sports practice schedule. 

This school year, shake things up a bit with some good tunes to get everyone started off on the right foot with these 13 songs that are sure to beat the back-to-school blues. Pick your favorites and combine them with your own must-play songs for the fall, or choose them all.

What song are you playing to avoid the school year blues?

Be True to Your School — Beach Boys

Campus — Vampire Weekend

College — Matt the Electrician

Rock ‘n Roll High School — The Ramones

ABC — Jackson 5       

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard — Paul Simon

Bittersweet Symphony — The Verve

College — Pat Green

No Such Thing — John Mayer

Slippin’ Through My Fingers — ABBA

The Chocolate Covered Bus to Candyland — Mike Solloway

Don’t Stop Believin’ — Journey

We’re Gonna Be Friends — The White Stripes