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Select 10 school appropriate songs you believe explain the plot, characters, conflicts, setting, etc.

Provide the name of the song, artist, and a small explanation of why each song belongs in your list.

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1. Since the boys offer each other loyalty and a strong sense of family, I choose the song, "We Are Family," by Sister Sledge. The lyrics, "Ev'ryone can see we're together...As we walk on by (FLY!) and we fly just like birds of a feather... I won't tell no lie (ALL!) all of the people around us they say can they be that close. Just let me state for the record, we're giving love in a family dose," suggest unity that is embodied in the novel.

2. Next, Akon's song, "I Tried," featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, also reiterates the socioeconomic and social oppression faced by the Greasers. Due to their objectified status, they were "Outsiders" to society. This song shows the struggles to break the chains of poverty and discrimination that the Greasers faced as the song suggests, "I tried so hard, can't seem to get away from misery, Man I tried so hard, but always be a victim of these streets,
It Ain't my fault cause I, try to get away but trouble follows me, And still I try so hard, hopin one day they'll come and rescue me."

3. Because the rural or country life so deeply appeals to both Ponyboy and Johnny, I'd also select "Cowboy Take Me Away" by the Dixie Chicks. This ...

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Soundtrack for Outsiders is suggested. The expert provides the name of the songs, artists, and a small explanation of why each song belongs to the list.