The summer is over. Sure, technically, the summer doesn't end until September 21, but for all intents and purposes, the season of pool parties, BBQ's, beach balls, ice cream trucks and summer jams has officially come to a close. Football is back in season, sweatshirts are coming out of storage, leaves are dangling from trees and Drake is about to release an album—that can only mean one thing: Fall is here.

And what comes with fall? School. Whether you're a student, a teacher or an administrator, the arrival of fall means you'll be buying a new binder, investing in folders, sharpening your pencils, cramming your summer reading into one night and trying to decide if that shirt you bought last week is still as cool as you think it is. But don't forget one more back to school essential? A back to school playlist.

It's not easy to roll out of bed every morning and get to class before the bell rings, so XXL has assembled a 15 song playlist that will help keep you feeling inspired. We've also gone ahead and selected a few songs that provide some helpful tips about how to survive your educational experience. Maybe you already started class a couple weeks ago. Maybe you were locked up in summer school for the last three months. Maybe you don't even go to school any more, but you're just feeling nostalgic. These 15 songs will provide the perfect soundtrack to your quest for knowledge. And you don't even need a hall pass. -Compiled By Dan Jackson And Eric Diep