15 Classic High School Music Videos: Britney Spears, Missy Elliott & More
By Hayden Brooks
May 16, 2018
Graduation season is in full effect and that means that (senior) students everywhere are rejoicing in the end of an era as they move forward or wrap up their career in education.
In honor of the annual milestone, iHeartRadio has decided to help you take a walk down memory lane with Graduation Playlist, a customized playlist that tells you just what songs were ruling the scene when you graduated, and we're spanning through the years from 1950 up until 2018.
We've also decided to take you on a brief tour of some of the most classic music videos shot in schools. Whether it was Britney Spears reigning in the halls of her daydream in "... Baby One More Time," Missy Elliott leading a cafeteria dance battle in "Gossip Folks" or Mötley Crüe giving us a whole new meaning to school rebellion in "Smokin In The Boys Room," nothing drives nostalgia like heading back to the classroom for a music video. Scroll on below to see 15 of our favorite high school-themed music videos!
1.) Britney Spears - "... Baby One More Time"
Fun fact: Spears shot the video for her debut single at Venice High School, which happens to be the same school that was to film Grease.
2.) Mötley Crüe - "Smokin in the Boys Room"
Fun fact: The video for the track featured actor Michael Berryman, who would later appear in several televisions shows, including Star Trek: The Next Generation and The X-Files.
4.) Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Fun fact: The rebellious nature of the video was inspired by Jonathan Kaplan's 1979 film, Over the Edge, as well as the Ramones' film Rock 'n' Roll High School.
5.) Iggy Azalea - "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX
Fun fact: While their chemistry on-screen is evident, the video shoot for "Fancy" marked the first time that the two stars met in person.
6.) Drake - "Best I Ever Had"
Fun fact: The video was directed by Kanye West and shot at Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn, New York.
7.) Beyoncé - "Move Your Body"
Fun fact: "Move Your Body" was paired with Michelle Obama's campaign with the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to push her initiative against child obesity.
8.) Diddy - "It's All About the Benjamins" (Remix)
Fun fact: This version of the music video featured Tommy Stinson, Fuzzbubble, Rob Zombie and Dave Grohl on drums.
9.) Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me"
Fun fact: Swift's video love interest was portrayed by Lucas Till, whom she met while acting on the set of Hannah Montana: The Movie in April 2008.
10.) OutKast - "Roses"
Fun fact: The video for "Roses" contained plenty of references to West Side Story and featured appearances from the likes of Paula Abdul, Lukas Haas, Kevin McDonald, Fonzworth Bentley and more.
11.) My Chemical Romance - "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
Fun fact: Two music videos were filmed for this track, with the MTV version being filmed at Alexander Hamilton High School and Loyola High School in Los Angeles in August 2004.
12.) Pink - "Don't Let Me Get Me"
Fun fact: Pink's video for "Don't Let Me Get Me" featured an L.A. Reid look-a-like telling the pop star that she should model her appearance after Britney Spears.
13.) Gwen Stefani - "Hollaback Girl"
Fun fact: Stefani recruited several Californian spirit groups for this video, including a cheerleading squad from Orange County, a marching band from Fountain Valley High School, a pep flag team named the Carson High School Flaggies and a drill team from Stephen M. White Middle School in Carson.
14.) Lil Mama - "Lip Gloss"
Fun fact: Lil Mama's video for "Lip Gloss" also featured an appearance from James "Groove" Chambers, the producer of the smash hit.