20 Best High School Music Videos

Britney Spears, Baby One More Time, 1998.
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Britney Spears in the video for "...Baby One More Time" in 1998.

If high school had existed in Shakespeare’s day, he’d have set every battle on a football field, each stolen kiss under the bleachers. That’s because when it comes to drama, neither rotten Denmark nor fair Verona holds a candle to the modern American high school. While the Bard missed out on gymnasiums, cafeterias, and locker-lined hallways, his modern-day equivalents -- the fine poets behind our favorite pop songs -- have milked these settings for all they’re worth. This is especially true when it comes to videos. As young folks everywhere trudge back to class, we’re commiserating as best we can and celebrating the 20 best music videos set in schools. They’re loaded with sex, drugs, violence, and choreographed dancing -- just like third period.

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