Top 10 School Videos
We start our top school videos with Alicia Silverstone's third appearance in an Aerosmith video, as well as the career debut of Steven Tyler's then-teenaged daughter Liv Tyler. 'Crazy' depicts the two as schoolgirls who skip class and run away, driving off in a blue Ford Mustang convertible to experience some 'Thelma and Louise' exploits.
'I Wanna Rock'
Actor Mark Metcalf marks his return to a Twisted Sister video in 'I Wanna Rock.' First appearing as the angry dad in 'We're Not Gonna Take It,' here he plays a ferocious teacher who harasses a student for drawing the Twisted Sister logo on a book, screaming the infamous line, "What do you wanna do with your life?" The student, of course, wants to rock.
'You Belong With Me'
'You Belong With Me' is Taylor Swift's biggest crossover hit, taking place in a school with Swift portraying the band geek who longs for a boy who wants the "popular" girl. But she might owe the songs legacy to Kanye West, who interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video. Protesting in support of Beyoncé Knowles, that incident, and this song in particular, made Taylor Swift a household name.
'Rock 'n' Roll High School'
Originally written for the comedy film of the same name, 'Rock 'n' Roll High School' eventually saw it's way on to the Ramones' 1980 album, 'End of the Century,' which was produced by Phil Spector. Rumor has it the Ramones had to play the first bar of the song for eight hours straight until Spector thought it sounded right.
'Best I Ever Had'
Shot at the Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., this top school video was directed by Kanye West and features Trey Songz, Fabolous, Consequence, and the song's producer Boi-1da. With many scantily dressed girls, Drake drew some criticism, but said he hopes the video makes "women feel special when they watch the visual and say, 'I wish that was me.'"
'Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)'
Part II is the "Education" portion of the trilogy song 'Another Brick in the Wall' by Pink Floyd and was featured in a film of the same name. But prior to the film, the band released this video for the track, featuring the teacher puppet from 'The Wall' tour, but not the children who sang on the recording. They were not allowed to appear because they didn't hold Equity Cards.
'Hot For Teacher'
Quite possibly the most iconic of our top school videos, 'Hot For Teacher' was filmed at John Marshall High School and co-directed by David Lee Roth. Aside from the hot teacher, this top school video also portrays the band as school-kids and the nerd/hero, Waldo, who was voiced by Phil Hartman. In the end, we learn what the kids grow up to be, with Waldo becoming the playboy of the group.
'...Baby One More Time'
The original plan for '...Baby One More Time' was to have the video in a cartoon-like environment, but Britney Spears argued the video should reflect the lives of her fans and wanted to set the video in a school. Eventually, Spears concept and dance routine was used over the director's, and reportedly, every piece of wardrobe in the video came from Kmart.
'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
With so many worthy songs, it's hard to choose which would be our top of the class, top school video, but there is no denying the cultural impact of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' Unlike every other song mentioned here, Nirvana's hit ushered in its own genre, and stood for -- like the uninspired cheerleaders shown in this video -- the slacker mentality of Generation X.