The popular music canon of songs about college is a little more selective than the array of songs about, say, high school. That might be because high school is a more universal, formative youthful experience, easily evoking nostalgia. Or maybe it’s just that most musicians you’ve heard of spent their late teens and early twenties recording and touring, not studying. But as many of us either head back to campus this fall, or are filled with memories of our days at university, it’s a good time to look at the best songs about college. Whether they’re really about higher education, or just getting high in the dorms, each of these songs captures something crucial about what we go through in those four years… or five or six for those of us that were a little less driven.

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