Alice Cooper

School's Out

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One of rock's most defiant rock anthems of all time would have to be Alice Cooper's 1972 ditty, "School's Out." Like the song's title states, its lyrics are self-explanatory -- there's nothing like that adrenaline rush the moment that the final school bell rings declaring an end to the school year, and an entire summer of fun lying ahead. Cooper's venomous and snide vocal delivery is classic Alice -- his style would be carbon copied by many a punk band just a few years later, while the song also features one of rock's great guitar riffs, courtesy of the late Glen Buxton. In the home video Prime Cuts, Alice explains that he came upon the song and album's title from an old Bowery Boys movie, in which one of the characters declares to another "School is out," meaning "to wise up." While the album was one of the band's more progressive outings (courtesy of producer Bob Ezrin), the title track was purposely left raw and unrefined, resulting in one of Alice Cooper's best-known and enduring tracks.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
School's Out 1972 Warner Bros. 3:28
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits 1974 Warner Bros. 3:30
No Image 1978
Various Artists
Media Records
Rock 'N' Roll High School 1981 Sire 3:26
No Image 1981
No Image 1985 CBS / Fox
Wrestling Rocks: Anthems from the Ring 1985
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:30
Sounds of the Seventies: 1972 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:30
The Beast of Alice Cooper 1989 Warner Bros. / WEA International 3:29
Dazed and Confused [Music from the Motion Picture] 1993
Original Soundtrack
The Medicine Label 3:29
Marquee Metal 1993
Various Artists
3:28
Masterpieces 1993
Various Artists
WEA 3:30
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
No Image 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:29
Classicks 1995 Epic 3:46
Frat Rock: The '70s 1995
Various Artists
Rhino
Rock On 1972: Summer Breeze 1996
Various Artists
Rock On 3:27
Best Rock Anthems in the World...Ever! 1996
Various Artists
Virgin
Chart Toppers: Rock Hits of the 70s 1998 Priority Records 3:27
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
Killer Classic Rock 1998
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:27
Hard Rock Cafe: Party Rock Classics 1998
Various Artists
Hard Rock Records (Rhino) / Rhino 3:29
The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper 1999 Rhino 3:31
Double Shot: Metal 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:31
The Filth and the Fury [Virgin] 2000
Original Soundtrack
Virgin 3:27
Mascara & Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper 2001 Rhino 3:31
The Definitive Alice Cooper 2001 Rhino 3:31
You Will Be Rocked! 2001
Various Artists
Warner / ESP / Rhino 3:30
3 for 1 Box Set 2001 Warner Music 3:30
No Image 2001
Various Artists
GSC 3:29
Hot Guitar Licks: Guitar Rock 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:29
The Essentials 2002 Rhino 3:29
Mullets Rock! 2003
Various Artists
Epic 3:27
Absolutely the Best of Classic Rock 2003
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 / Varese 3:28
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Columbia
Guitar Rock: Classic 70s 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 4:31
Classic Rock for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 3:29
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2004
Original Soundtrack
Shout! Factory 3:26
BBQ Rock 2004
Various Artists
Konfit 3:29
School's Out and Other Hits 2004 Rhino Flashback 3:31
70's Classic Rock 2006
Various Artists
Sterling
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:32
Flower Power: Time of the Season [Time Life #1] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:32
Super Duper Alice Cooper 2014 Eagle Rock 4:24
The Studio Albums 2015 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:31
100 Greatest Classic Rock Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
100 Greatest Rock
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:31
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino
American Classics [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Born to Rock: 60 Tracks of Classic Rock
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:30
Hits Of The 70s [2019]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Rock Classics: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino
Rock Out
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Rock [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
School's Out/Gutter Cat Rhino / Warner Bros.
Smash Hits: No.1s
Various Artists
Rhino 3:28
The Best Ever Rock
Various Artists
Rhino
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:29
Top Hits/70's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:31