Friday Playlist: High School Hallway Power Walk

15 songs to get you to your next class.

Let time slow down and the camera pan out as you strut down the hallway to these songs. You’re in the movie of your life, and you’re un-fucking-touchable. Your classmates? Just extras.

Illustration by Minna

This playlist is generously sponsored by Pitch Perfect, in select theaters Friday, September 28. The content was produced by Rookie.


  • sissi September 21st, 2012 11:05 PM

    god i need this for the upcoming week. how do you guys manage to read our minds?

  • Lascelles September 21st, 2012 11:21 PM

    I want to RUN through the halls of my high school :D Get it… (cricket noise) my AMAZING humor is wasted here :< Anyway, it's Hotei not Hotel… I am really not that anal, in fact, I am pretty horrible speller but Amazon band search of link text with the L gives you nothing for that tag and that's the first thing I do when I read these things. Lola author link has no results too. She's new? Anyway, nice list.

    • Anaheed September 22nd, 2012 1:27 AM

      Yes, Lola’s new! Look forward to much awesomeness from her; we are.

    • Lola September 23rd, 2012 12:18 AM

      hellooooo! yes i am the newest recruit. thanks for the heads up and the nice words!

  • Eleonore September 21st, 2012 11:51 PM

    you guys YOU HAVE to listen to Honey Cone (specifically Want Ads and Stick-Up) they are AMAZING and the ultimate walk/confidence booster. Picture Jackson 5 having a baby with Destiny’s Child: that’s Honey Cone…

  • Kaleidoscopeeyes September 22nd, 2012 12:25 AM

    What, no Infinity Guitars by Sleigh Bells?

    • prion September 22nd, 2012 10:48 AM

      seriously. The whole Treats album by Sleigh Bells is my jam when I’m stomping around campus. It makes me feel like such a tough bitch, I luv it.

    • JenniferD September 22nd, 2012 11:36 AM

      YES! Every morning.

    • marimba_girl September 25th, 2012 4:05 PM

      YES!! Their entire album!

  • prettyontheinside September 22nd, 2012 1:53 AM

    I love that idea “high school power walk”. It’s the perfect cliche. great playlist <3 <3 <3

  • Jesse September 22nd, 2012 1:58 AM

    Curse of Millhaven AND Edge of Seventeen!

  • sophie September 22nd, 2012 3:21 AM

    I like to always channel Sam in his parisian night suit as I walk the school hallways, it’s so empowering. This playlist is perfect!

  • YangHaizi September 22nd, 2012 6:17 AM

    totally missing infinity guitars..and can we have this mix for download?

  • sully-bean September 22nd, 2012 8:01 AM


  • Susann September 22nd, 2012 8:12 AM

    The few sentences describe how I tried to feel in the last weeks of high school! Good playlist :)

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • Juliane September 22nd, 2012 9:00 AM

    This is great. I love the idea and I’m gonna need it at school. Gives me confidence.

  • allyishere September 22nd, 2012 9:17 AM

    this playlist has come much too late, I graduated last week :’/

  • Lillypod September 22nd, 2012 10:54 AM

    Queen Bitch – Steve Zissou’s walk through the credits = best power walk EVER

  • Abby September 22nd, 2012 11:38 AM

    OMG I LOVE NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. I powerwalk to it around campus ALL THE TIME.

  • Jenn September 22nd, 2012 12:20 PM

    Literally downloading this because my best dude friend and I are considering starting a diva club basically and we’re just going to listen to this and fiercely strut the hallways because, fabulous.

  • Vera September 22nd, 2012 1:34 PM

    Cat People by David Bowie is my go-to power strut song, it’s also my song if ever I decide to blow something up but I don’t think I’ll really ever need it.

  • Caitlin H. September 22nd, 2012 1:40 PM

    So brilliant!

  • MissKnowItAll September 22nd, 2012 2:28 PM

    you guys.
    it’s “Full Houses’” 25th birthday today

  • Morgan September 22nd, 2012 3:06 PM

    parisian nightsuit holla!

  • evita September 22nd, 2012 5:10 PM

    i love the theme for this mix!

    can someone please make a “getting ready/dressing to go out mix?”

    i love listening to these songs when i’m putting on my clothes/doing my makeup

  • starjessie September 22nd, 2012 6:47 PM

    i saw the title and just KNEW imperial teen would be included. perfect.

  • Miarele September 22nd, 2012 10:28 PM

    GENIUS. One of the many times I feel that the Rookie team literally DO hide under my bed. My fave scenes in movies/TV shows are always when one character went through some magical makeover or life-changing event or other extreme whatnot walking down the hallway with some kick-ass music. Geez, I even love the Skank!Quinn scene on Glee. Freaking GLEE.

    And I was just thinking that I need a soundtrack for my walk down the hallway of fame ;D Amazing. Simply amazing.

  • inward_fangirl September 23rd, 2012 10:20 AM

    Hell yeah, “Battle Without Honor or Humanity”! And btw, it’s Tomoyasu Hotei, not Hotel. :)

  • EmilyB September 23rd, 2012 11:35 AM

    Sound track to my life,

  • Taylor WM September 23rd, 2012 1:04 PM

    This is AMAZING I may even risk getting in trouble for having my iPod on out of class (how crazy is that? Out of class, but not in…) just so I can listen to this whilst I walk the hallways :)
    This is SOOO GOOD! hahaha
    Taylor x

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  • mymlen September 24th, 2012 7:52 AM

    omfg, this is perfect

  • la fee clochette September 24th, 2012 1:45 PM

    Rookie editors (Tavi, Anaheed..)! I have a film I recently completed and wanna send you dooods a couple of copies! is there some kind of physical address to mail to? A Rookie P.O. Box?

  • radiofireworks September 24th, 2012 5:41 PM


    My favourite power walk tunes are On to the Next One by Jay Z, Difficult by Uffie and pretty much anything by Big Black, but especially their cover of The Model by Kraftwerk.

  • marimba_girl September 25th, 2012 4:06 PM

    Beck makes me so happy. Guero is probs my favorite one of his albums.

  • Marijose September 27th, 2012 11:26 PM

    oh man i love the first song so much, in fact i love the whole playlist so much

  • eliselbv September 29th, 2012 1:47 PM

    Hahaha! In France,we have a TV show every Sunday morning about football. Its soundtrack is this exact song and it’s such a lame show, that it make me laugh every time. So when the song popped out from my computer I could not stop smiling

  • exocarp October 21st, 2012 12:37 PM

    This playlist is BRILLIANT!!! Never heard ‘schoolin’ by Beyonce but instant download is a must! And oh my god when Bo$$y came on by Kelis that is one of my all time favourite songs I was immediately rocking out here on my own. I’m meant to be working but I would way rather be reading Rookie. Oh and I’m a guy. No shame!

  • Rhine_and_Blues November 20th, 2012 10:53 PM

    Rookie always gives me new inspiration of music :)

  • AvisMirabilis December 9th, 2012 6:38 PM

    What’s the best way to write two papers in three hours? Listening to a Rookie power playlist, that’s what!