#8 School’s Out

Alice Cooper Band in 1972

Alice Cooper was inspired to write “School’s Out” when thinking about capturing the excitement of the last three minutes of the last day of school; “when you’re sitting there and it’s like a slow fuse burning.” The indelible lyrics of this song combined with the unmistakable riff by guitarist Glen Buxton, has made it an annual early summer anthem for nearly half a century.

Released on the 1972 album of the same name, “School’s Out” was Cooper’s first hit single, reaching the Top 10 in several countries in spite of the fact that many radio stations banned the song because of its “rebelliousness attitude against education.” The song has also been a primary influence on future rock anthems, most famous among them, Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2”.

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