This month we’re trying something a little differnt over here at DTC. Instead of the usual “what’s good,” we’re going to sprinkle in some gems. In an effort to diversify the playlist and embarrass our writers, we asked them two questions:

  1. What was your graduating class’s song?
  2. What song says “Back to School” to you?

The results were unexpected and amazing. This is either are worst or best playlist yet – we’ll let you decide.

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Andrea Francois

Class Song:

R. Kelly – “The World’s Greatest”

I don’t even remember what the other options were, but they must have been terrible for this song to have won. I’m assuming. The graduating class of 2008 was not a hip one.

Back to School:

The White Stripes – “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)

Everyone has a rough year that they can remember very clearly, and for me it was 2010, particularly the beginning of the new school year. I have distinct memories of listening to this song (a lot) and crying (a lot) because life was hard, man. So now around this time of the year every year, I crank this one up and it’s so damn cathartic.

Phil Chester

Class Song:

Bon Jovi – “It’s My Life”

From my wonderful Class of 2002. The kind of music you like after you’ve adhered to the process described in the “Logical Song.”

Back to School:

Supertramp – “Logical Song”

A song about growing up and losing your childlike wonder with the world. It’s about getting taught how to fit into labels and how to apply labels to everything. Pretty much how our education system works. See also: Supertramp – “School”

Kali Sluyter

Class Song:

John Mayer – “Waiting on the World to Change”

Surprisingly, my class decided to pick this slacker anthem over some Rascal Flatts jam and the seminal “Freebird”, which is the only true logical choice for class song.  Anyway, the class of 2007 wants the world to change rather than aiming to change the world themselves, which is the musical equivalent of shooting for the average star so you don’t have to fall too far if you don’t reach it.

Back to School:

Elvis Costello – “Senior Service”

I remember being clever and listening to this at the beginning of senior year of high school, but it kind of became my “back to school” anthem for all of college.  Funnily enough, it’s far from my favorite Costello song, but for some reason, it just works.


Matt Brier

Class Song:

Boys II Men – “End of the Road”

Class of ‘92 represent. It’s a song about the end of a journey and how, even though the journey has ended, the bonds forged still remain beyond that. It is a sentiment that I couldn’t get behind at the time as I was firmly in the ‘high school sucked’ camp. In hindsight, the few tight friendships I had then still remain to this day so I guess it does apply in some small way.

Back to School:

Weezer – “Buddy Holly”

The song came out about the time I had my first radio show in college. Everytime I hear it I’m transported back to that time and, if only in my mind, it has become an anthem of my time in college.


Rene Rodriguez

Class Song:

Skillet – “Say Goodbye”

I’m not entirely sure this was our song but I’m pretty sure it was. I remember us picking a song and this was either the runner up or the actual song. Ninety percent certain this was it but if not, oh well.

Back to School:

Son of Dork – “Ticket Outta Loserville”

This is a pop punk song about a failed high school relationship. It’s fast, fun, and also has a little dash of teenaged angst, which we know all good pop punk songs have. This song sums up my junior of high school (which ironically was the same year I discovered this band) and to this day is one of my favorite jams.


Mike Rapin

Class Song:

Green Day – “Good Riddance”

I have no idea what my class song was, even if I graduated in 2006. In fact, I’m certain my class song was a country song that I had no intention to listen to then or now. The cliche and “punk” feeling of this song always held true to my heart, especially at the end of high school. Green Day, to me, was high school–even if their popular album at the time wasn’t Nimrod. For the most part, this song was how I felt when graduating, so I’m going to say it fits.

Back To School:

The Strokes – “Is This It”

This song clearly defines going back to high school for me. I was a teenage ass hole, so being cynical and thinking everything was stupid was totally cool to me back then. Though, the opening music to this song sets off waves of nostalgia for me and clicks as as song that said “Summer is over, time to put on a hoodie and shorts and head to first period.”

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About The Author

Andrea is currently the Site Administrator and Music Editor at DestroyTheCyborg!, and in real life works as a corporate drone for a mid-west retailer. Like most people, she did not go to school for any of those things. In her spare time, she plays her musical things, video games, and occasionally goes outdoors. She loves beer and wine, and avoids dirtying dishes at all costs.
Andrea is the wife of video game and comic reviewer, Jon Francois, and together with their cats, have a life goal of ruling the world (or just sort of hanging out, whichever proves to be easier).

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