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The 25 Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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'Rock and Roll High School' (1979)


Rock and Roll High School
Courtesy Rhino/Warner Bros.
24/25

This set from the Ramones' star turn strips the punk irony from a clutch of their best songs and reframes them as pure anthems of suburban-teen disaffection. And the title track will forever carry the image of P.J. Soles blowing up her alma-mater as the band plays on. Chuck Berry's "School Days," Alice Cooper's "School's Out" and Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boys Room" carry the theme, while period jams by Nick Lowe and Brian Eno mix things up. Still the best hooky-playing mixtape ever.


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