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It's Back to School Time! 25 Awesome High School Music Videos

If only high school was like these music videos: all dancing and singing and no test taking or crippling social anxiety

How does the word "Scantron" make you feel? What about "locker combination"? Or "pep rally"? If any of these are making you sweat, that might mean you're not ready for school to start yet! Or, you're just really glad it's over for good.

Whether you're heading back to high school soon or thanking the universe that it's over, we put together a list of the 25 best music videos that take place in high school. While some trash the place (Nirvana, Pink, Good Charlotte) others dance happily down its hallways (Britney Spears, Beyonce, Chris Brown). Like life, high school is what you make of it!*

*Just kidding, high school sucks!

1 / 25

Britney Spears - "...Baby One More Time"

The video that introduced us to the one and only Ms. Britney Spears. And the quintessential high school music video. Oh baby, baby.

2 / 25

Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me"

A good lesson for all high schoolers from Taylor Swift: No one likes you until you take your glasses off!

3 / 25

Drake - "Best I Ever Had"

Not sure about you guys, but my girls' high school basketball team did not look like this.

4 / 25

Fall Out Boy - "Dance, Dance"

A Fall Out Boy prom is the best kind of prom.

5 / 25

My Chemical Romance - "I'm Not Okay"

Prep school, now with more MCR.

6 / 25

Gwen Stefani - "Hollaback Girl"

If high school was actually like this and Gwen Stefani was the head of the marching band, we'd never want to leave.

7 / 25

Paramore - "Misery Business"

High School Politics 101: Do not wrong Paramore's Hayley Williams. 

8 / 25

P!nk - "Don't Let Me Get Me"

Like most girls in high school, Pink was her own worst enemy.

9 / 25

Linkin Park - "Numb"

This one's kind of a bummer, but Linkin Park's "Numb" points out how crappy high school can really be for some people. This is exactly why we need art programs, people!

10 / 25

Beyoncé - "Move Your Body"

If Beyonce was our gym teacher, we'd happily repeat senior year.

11 / 25

Vitamin C - "Graduation (Friends Forever)"

If you graduated in 2000 or 2001 and Vitamin C's "Graduation (Friends Forever)" wasn't your graduation song, you deserve a medal.

12 / 25

Katy Perry - "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"

Katy Perry wins Best High School Music Video simply for the inclusion of Hanson as the house band. 

13 / 25

Chris Brown - "Kiss Kiss" ft. T-Pain

It's just like your high school, but with Lambos.

14 / 25

Girls' Generation - "Oh!"

Hmmm, Girls Generation's school looks an awful lot like a music video set...

15 / 25

Yo La Tengo - "Sugarcube"

Yo La Tengo goes to "Rock school" in their "Sugarcube" video, but it's really just a big "Eff you" to their record company. That's rock.

16 / 25

She & Him - "In the Sun"

High school: now with more quirky synchronized dancing!

17 / 25

Wheatus - "Teenage Dirtbag"

Hey, at least Wheatus is honest. 

18 / 25

Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Too bad pep rallies aren't really like Nirvana's iconic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. Maybe I would have actually gone to one. 

19 / 25

Simple Plan - "I'm Just a Kid"

Early 2000s pop-punk at its finest. High school is so lame, you guys!

20 / 25

Good Charlotte - "Little Things"

Bonus Mandy Moore cameo!

21 / 25

Lil Mama - "Lip Gloss"

Back to school essentials: Folders, notebooks, pens, pencils, poppin' lip gloss.

22 / 25

Austin Mahone - "Say Somethin"

Apparently Austin Mahone goes to a high school in a nightclub...

23 / 25

JoJo - "Leave (Get Out)"

JoJo has had enough, and she doesn't care if the whole school finds out.

24 / 25

Nada Surf - "Popular"

Almost 20 years after its release, Nada Surf's "Popular" video still speaks to high school loners and freaks everywhere.

25 / 25

Puddle of Mudd - "She Hates Me"

Puddle of Mudd remember the painful lasting effects of unrequited love in high school. Spoiler alert: it still stings.

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