September 30, 2013 via Pepsi
Top 10 School-Themed Music Videos
Getting back into the school swing of things can be tough for students. No more beach trips or sleeping in all week, instead they're served algebra and pop quizzes. Whether you're cursing your early mornings, or counting your lucky stars school is a far-off memory, you're forgetting about the joys of homecoming dances, school crushes, sports games, dorm rooms and study dates. To help you conjure some fond feelings for the academic life, we've put together a list of the Top 10 School-Themed Music Videos. A+.
Britney Spears “...Baby One More Time”
Who hasn’t stared at clock impatiently waiting for the final school bell to ring? Britney gets you. “...Baby One More Time,” might be considered both her breakthrough role and her magnum opus of music videos. Her schoolgirl outfit with the knotted shirt might have single-handedly revived the look in everyday fashion, and the original costume is actually on display at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The video was also nominated for Best Pop Video, Best Choreography, and Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. On the final episode of MTV’s TRL series “...Baby One More Time” was listed as the number one most iconic music video of all time.
Katy Perry “Last Friday Night”
Directed by Marc Klasfeld, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is a wild, crazy, fun visual featuring Katy Perry as nerdy Kathy Beth Terry. The video starts with Kathy, a nerdy teenager with braces, headgear, and oversized glasses, awakening to the hectic aftermath of a PG-rated party. Before she completely loses her mind from the mayhem in her house, she reminisces about last night and the crazy antics that went on. The video featured many guest appearances from Rebecca Black, Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Kenny G, The Hanson brothers, Corey Feldman, and Debbie Gibson. It has also racked up over 200 million views on YouTube and won Best Video at the 38th People’s Choice Awards.
Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/Love Below is a classic record filled with hit singles like “The Way You Move,” “Hey Ya,” and “Roses.” “They Way You Move” and “Hey Ya” dominated the Billboard charts but the “Roses” West Side Story-themed music video is just as impressive. Just like the classic musical West Side Story, the video featured two gangs, the Speaker Boxes and the Love Below’s, run respectively by André 3000 and Big Boi. During a Stankonia high school play both gang leaders fight over their love interest, Caroline, resulting in an all out brawl in the theater. It features many guest cameos from people like Paula Abdul, Lukas Haas, Kevin McDonald, Fonzworth Bentley, DeRay Davis, and Katt Williams.
Gym class has never looked this cool. In N.E.R.D.’s “Rockstar” music video, Pharrell and his band mates decide to get mischievous much to the chagrin of their gym teacher played by Randy Quaid. They further their “rockstar” antics by throwing a huge party packed with students, cheerleaders, mascots, skateboarders, and possibly the coolest monkey ever. Check out “Rockstar” above and become the cool guy in gym class this year.
Gwen Stefani “Hollaback Girl”
Gwen Stefani became the coolest high school student in 2005 when the video for “Hollaback Girl” dropped. The video features Gwen riding shotgun with an all female crew in a custom painted yellow Chevrolet Impala. After rallying up a large crowd of cheerleaders, a marching band, a pep flag team, and a drill team, Gwen took to the streets of LA to sing her anthem and causing anarchy in a shopping center. Check out “Hollaback Girl” above.
Missy Elliott “Gossip Folks”
Can someone figure out which high school's dress code includes an all red Adidas sweatsuit and students dance every chance they get? We want to enroll. Directed by Dave Meyers, the video for Missy Elliott's "Gossip Folks" pictures Missy and her crowd of students putting on multiple dance numbers in the hallway, cafeteria, quad, and classrooms. “Gossip Folks” also features guest appearances from Tweet, Eve, Trina, Ludacris, and DMC of Run-DMC.
Fall Out Boy “Dance, Dance”
“Will you go to the dance with me?” is one of the most important questions in the life of a high schooler, whether being asked or doing the asking. It’s a stressful, but exhilarating phrase many of us have sweat over throughout the years. Fall Out Boy captures both sides of the iconic question in their video for “Dance, Dance.” The band rocks out at an epic homecoming dance, and simultaneously plays super-nerdy versions of themselves looking to dance with their love interests and become socially accepted by other students. After all, the band members get their girls and Pete Wentz ends the video with a short dance number transitioning him from nobody to the most popular guy on the floor. 1-0 nerds.
Blink 182 “Josie”
The “Josie” video is basically a day in the life of Blink 182's Mark Hoppus in high school. It starts off with an embarrassed Mark fending off requests from his mom for a kiss on the cheek. He then sees Josie, his love interest played by Alyssa Milano, and makes his first attempt at courting her with a makeshift paper airplane. Instead landing in Josie's lap, as intended, it finds the lap of some random guy, making for an awkward situation. The rest of the day follows Mark's unlucky streak as he accidentally starts a food fight and trips over a hurdle during a track tryout. What appears to be a terrible day through-and-through comes full circle when Josie walks up to Mark on a stretcher after his spill and kisses him on the cheek. Overall not a bad day, right?
Beyoncé “Move Your Body”
Beyoncé reworked the original version of her song “Get Me Bodied” into a kid-friendly version entitled “Move Your Body.” She partnered up with The First Lady, Michelle Obama and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to promote the national Let’s Move! campaign which aims to prevent child obesity by encouraging children to become more active. For the “Move Your Body” video, Knowles showcases a fun way to workout by laying out a series of upbeat dance moves with a crowd of students in a cafeteria. The instructional video was distributed to participating schools across the country.
Wheatus “Teenage Dirtbag”
“Teenage Dirtbag” was made famous in the Gen-Y cult film Loser, starring Jason Biggs. He plays a nerdy, but well-meaning NYU student who falls for eclectic, animal-loving Mena Suvari. The music video for Wheatus' “Teenage Dirtbag” features Biggs vying for Suvari's attention, but failing miserably every time. That is, until she unexpectedly invites him to an Iron Maiden concert during a school dance. They then proceed to hit the floor where a giant disco ball falls on Biggs. Sadly for the young casanova, he conks out and wakes up in his house to realize his high school romance was all just a dream. Maybe next time!