During the Fall of 2005 I began playing "IR-themed" music at the beginning of my 8 and 9am Introduction to International Relations courses at William and Mary. Each day I would use the ten minutes before class to blast a song on repeat related to that day's lecture while displaying the title, artist, and study topic via powerpoint. While I wait for the overwhelming evidence of increased understanding of IR theory that will undoubtably come any day now, at the very least my students seem a bit more awake.
The original playlist I recieved from Kate Weaver at the University of Kansas has been subsequently modified by fellow faculty, students, and my very talented ex-RA Jess to produce the working list shown here. As I am always looking for ways to rectify the bad musical tastes of my colleagues, however, I encourage you to submit your own ideas about song changes or omitted topics below.
A short article on the playlist, Schoolhouse Rock: Pedagogy, Politics, and Pop can be found here.