The school I teach at has a wonderful thing called Flexible Friday. The purpose of these Fridays are to let students attend classes at the community college and university. But it also gives teachers the ability to offer lessons outside of our TEKS, and it gives students opportunities to form various clubs and organizations. For instance, I teach British Literature and Creative Writing at my school. On Flex Fridays, however, I run a couple of writing workshops and study halls, I help some students create a video series for the entertainment of their fellow classmates, I support a roleplaying club that plays Fate Core and the new edition of Dungeons and Dragons, and I curate a listening class based on British popular music. Maybe I can elaborate on Flex Friday later, because I think there’s a lot of potential in this system that schools can tap into.

But the purpose of this post is so that I can share the playlists I made for my British Music listening class. This was merely to acquaint my students with various artists, so I didn’t actually design classwork for these playlists. Students sometimes worked on homework while they listened. Naturally, sometimes they sat with their friends and hung out – but I never let them make too much a nuisance. And sometimes they sat near the speakers and let the music wash over them. I often would turn off the lights in my classroom, except for some party and dance lights that moved with the songs

For the most part, the classes were 45 minutes long, except for the Spring Break Dance Party and Radiohead playlists – for Radiohead, we held a pot luck and ate a lot of pizza. Next year, I want to curate an American Music class.

I. The Beatles, Part One

  1. Love Me Do
  2. Please Please Me
  3. From Me to You
  4. She Loves You
  5. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  6. Can’t Buy Me Love
  7. A Hard Day’s Night
  8. I Feel Fine
  9. Eight Days a Week
  10. Ticket to Ride
  11. Help!
  12. Yesterday
  13. We Can Work It Out
  14. Day Tripper

II. The Beatles, Part Two

  1. Nowhere Man
  2. Michelle
  3. Eleanor Rigby
  4. I’m Only Sleeping
  5. A Little Help From My Friends
  6. A Day in the Life
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  8. Happiness is a Warm Gun
  9. Helter Skelter
  10. Something
  11. Here Comes the Sun
  12. Across the Universe
  13. The Long and Winding Road

III. The Rolling Stones

  1. It’s All Over Now
  2. The Last Time
  3. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  4. Get Off of My Cloud
  5. 19th Nervous Breakdown
  6. Paint It, Black
  7. Ruby Tuesday
  8. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  9. Sympathy for the Devil
  10. Gimme Shelter
  11. Wild Horses

IV. The Kinks

  1. You Really Got Me
  2. All Day and All of the Night
  3. Tired of Waiting for You
  4. Set Me Free
  5. Dedicated Follower of Fashion
  6. Sunny Afternoon
  7. Dead End Street
  8. Waterloo Sunset
  9. Death of a Clown
  10. Autumn Almanac
  11. Days
  12. Lola
  13. Come Dancing

V. The Who

  1. I Can’t Explain
  2. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  3. My Generation
  4. Substitute
  5. The Kids Are Alright
  6. I Can See for Miles
  7. Magic Bus
  8. Pinball Wizard
  9. The Seeker
  10. Won’t Get Fooled Again
  11. Behind Blue Eyes
  12. Baba O’Riley

VI. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon

  1. Speak to Me
  2. Breathe (In the Air)
  3. On the Run
  4. Time
  5. The Great Gig in the Sky
  6. Money
  7. Us and Them
  8. Any Colour You Like
  9. Brain Damage
  10. Eclipse

VII. Led Zeppelin

  1. Good Times Bad Times
  2. Communication Breakdown
  3. Whole Lotta Love
  4. Immigrant Song
  5. Black Dog
  6. Rock and Roll
  7. Stairway to Heaven
  8. The Rain Song
  9. Trampled Under Foot

VIII. The Clash

  1. Janie Jones
  2. London’s Burning
  3. Tommy Gun
  4. Stay Free
  5. I Fought the Law
  6. London Calling
  7. Rudie Can’t Fail
  8. Spanish Bombs
  9. Clampdown
  10. Train in Vain
  11. The Magnificent Seven
  12. Should I Stay or Should I Go
  13. Rock the Casbah

IX. Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration

  1. Black Celebration
  2. Fly on the Windscreen
  3. A Question of Lust
  4. Sometimes
  5. It Doesn’t Matter Two
  6. A Question of Time
  7. Stripped
  8. Here is the House
  9. World Full of Nothing
  10. Dressed in Black
  11. New Dress
  12. But Not Tonight

X. The Cure

  1. Boys Don’t Cry
  2. The Lovecats
  3. The Caterpillar
  4. In Between Days
  5. Close to Me
  6. Why Can’t I Be You
  7. Just Like Heaven
  8. Lullaby
  9. Love Song
  10. Pictures of You
  11. High
  12. Friday I’m in Love

XI. The Smiths

  1. This Charming Man
  2. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
  3. William, It Was Really Nothing
  4. How Soon is Now?
  5. Shakespeare’s Sister
  6. That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
  7. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
  8. Bigmouth Strikes Again
  9. Panic
  10. Ask
  11. Shoplifters of the World Unite
  12. Girlfriend in a Coma
  13. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
  14. There is a Light That Never Goes Out

XII. Spring Break Dance Party

  1. Underworld
    1. Rez
    2. Cowgirl
    3. Two Months Off
    4. Born Slippy (Nuxx)
  2. The Chemical Brothers
    1. Galvanize
    2. Hey Boy Hey Girl
    3. Swoon
    4. Star Guitar
    5. Block Rockin’ Beats
    6. Let Forever Be
  3. Fatboy Slim
    1. Right Here, Right Now
    2. Praise You
    3. Wonderful Night
    4. Weapon of Choice
    5. Don’t Let the Man Get You Down
    6. Gangster Trippin’
    7. The Rockafeller Skank

XIII. Suede

  1. The Drowners
  2. Metal Mickey
  3. Animal Nitrate
  4. So Young
  5. Stay Together
  6. The Wild Ones
  7. New Generation
  8. Trash
  9. Filmstar
  10. Obsessions
  11. Beautiful Ones

XIV. Pulp

  1. Babies
  2. Razzamatazz
  3. Do You Remember the First Time?
  4. Lipgloss
  5. Mis-Shapes
  6. Common People
  7. Disco 2000
  8. Something Changed
  9. Help the Aged
  10. This is Hardcore

XV. Blur

  1. There’s No Other Way
  2. For Tomorrow
  3. Girls and Boys
  4. End of a Century
  5. Parklife
  6. Charmless Man
  7. The Universal
  8. Beetlebum
  9. Coffee and TV
  10. Out of Time
  11. Go Out

XVI. Oasis

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
  2. Supersonic
  3. Live Forever
  4. Cigarettes & Alcohol
  5. Some Might Say
  6. Roll With It
  7. Wonderwall
  8. Don’t Look Back in Anger
  9. Stop Crying Your Heart Out

XVII. The Bristol Sound

  1. Portishead – Roads
  2. Massive Attack – Safe From Harm
  3. Portishead – Glory Box
  4. Massive Attack – Teardrop
  5. Portishead – All Mine
  6. Massive Attack – Inertia Creeps
  7. Portishead – Sour Times
  8. Massive Attack – Paradise Circus
  9. Portishead – The Rip

XVIII. Radiohead

  1. The Bends
  2. Karma Police
  3. Everything in its Right Place
  4. Pyramid Song
  5. There, There
  6. 15 Step
  7. Morning Mr. Magpie
  8. Bullet Proof… I Wish I Was
  9. Paranoid Android
  10. Morning Bell
  11. You and Whose Army?
  12. Myxomatosis
  13. Bodysnatchers
  14. Little by Little
  15. Street Spirit (Fade Out)
  16. No Surprises
  17. Idioteque
  18. Like Spinning Plates
  19. 2 + 2 = 5
  20. Staircase
  21. Nude

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