I didn’t grow up with Schoolhouse Rock!, but was vaguely aware of it as a kid. I knew it was an assortment of educational songs, but I didn’t know much more about it until the song, I’m Just a Bill, gained some viral popularity in later YouTube years.
It was only when fellow blogger Eli Sanza made a post about Schoolhouse Rock! did I decide to give the shorts a viewing as most were available to watch on Disney+. I’m happy to announce that I became a fan of the shorts! I loved what they did trying to teach principles of math, science, grammar, etc. via catchy tunes and while not every short was a hit, I did overall enjoy the series!
And serendipitously, this year happens to be the 50th anniversary of the series, so in honor of that, let’s take a look at my top 13 favorite Schoolhouse Rock! songs! Enjoy!
#13: TELEGRAPH LINE (SCIENCE ROCK – 1979)
I find likening the human body’s nervous system to a telegraph line to be a very creative way to teach this concept. Granted if this were written today, they would liken the nervous system to maybe a WiFi connection or something. But as is, there is a lot of charm to this song, especially with getting an actual kid to sing it.
#12: WINDY AND THE WINDMILLS (EARTH ROCK – 2009)
There’s just a very enjoyable melody to this one which when accompanied by Bob Dorough’s voice just hits home for me!
#11: RUFUS XAVIER SARSAPARILLA (GRAMMAR ROCK – 1976)
This is probably the most fun way to learn about pronouns! It actually pretty much taught me why pronouns exist in the first place; I had never really thought about it before.
#10: UNPACK YOUR ADJECTIVES (GRAMMAR ROCK – 1974)
I think Blossom Dearie’s voice is what really sells this one! That girlish voice of hers fits the vibes of the song perfectly! And if you had no idea what adjectives were before, you definitely will after watching this one!
#9: LOLLY, LOLLY, LOLLY, GET YOUR ADVERBS HERE (GRAMMAR ROCK – 1974)
While there really isn’t much more to this song other than the chorus, it’s incredibly catchy and hummable! I find it amusing though that this family gives away adverbs for free! How do they manage to stay in business?
#8: PRESIDENTIAL MINUTE (AMERICA ROCK – 2002)
A shorter, edited version of The Campaign Trail, I prefer this version as it succintly explains how to run and vote for president. They should release this every year during election season!
#7: WHERE THE MONEY GOES (MONEY ROCK – 1995)
Learning to save money is honestly a difficult skill, so the earlier you learn about it, the better! And that’s one of the reasons I love this song!
#6: INTERPLANET JANET (SCIENCE ROCK – 1978)
One of the catchier songs, especially with the “there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen” line, we learn all about the planets (Pluto included)!
#5: I’M JUST A BILL (AMERICA ROCK – 1976)
I mean, you knew this song had to make my list somewhere! Arguably, the most famous Schoolhouse Rock! song, even parodied by SNL, this pretty much helps me remember how bills (rarely) become laws in my country of America.
#4: DOLLARS AND SENSE (MONEY ROCK – 1994)
I really loved this fast-paced country western song which definitely taught me a lot about banking, something I don’t know much about. In my religion, we don’t deal with interest, so this taught me a lot about how interest works for those who utilize it.
#3: INTRODUCTION (COMPUTER ROCK – 1982)
The whole Computer Rock chapter of Schoolhouse Rock! is probably the least seen due to not being shown often as the technology of computers greatly improved at a rapid pace. But, I really loved this introduction song! It had a sort of charming, whimsical feel to it akin to the theme song of a touching sitcom from the ’80s! It’s definitely underrated!
#2: SAVE THE OCEAN (EARTH ROCK – 2009)
Arguably, the catchiest song in the Schoolhouse Rock! series, at least in terms of the chorus! You’ll have this tune stuck in your head all day!
AND MY #1 FAVORITE SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! SONG IS:
THE TALE OF MR. MORTON (GRAMMAR ROCK – 1993)
As soon as I heard this song, I knew this was gonna be my favorite song in the Schoolhouse Rock! series and would be very hard to beat! This song tells an entire story from beginning to end and perfectly explains predicates!
And those are my top 13 favorite Schoolhouse Rock! songs! What do you think of my list? What are your favorite Schoolhouse Rock! songs? Let me know in the comments below!
5 thoughts on “My Top 13 Favorite ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Songs!”
I learned a lot from Schoolhouse Rock! Thanks for the memories!
Lol, glad to take you down memory lane!
My favorite is Tyranasaurus Debt.
I totally forgot about that one, lol!
Money Rock is not the most popular of their videos, but yikes did that song blow my mind. Now I am nostalgic for when the debt was less than 5 trillion dollars.