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Finals week study playlist


As our semiannual week of hell approaches and finals loom from a dark corner, it’s important to equip yourself with the necessary tools to thrive (or survive). A study playlist is a vital asset to get your mind away from daydreaming of summer days into intense all-hours-of-the-night study mode.

For me, crafting the right playlist is an art that takes semesters to perfect. There should be three types of songs: hypnotic score tracks that lull your mind into a focused study session (The “Harry Potter” soundtracks are perfect), singer-songwriter-esque songs that provide the perfect background music (think Citizen Cope or Damien Rice) and a few bangers that offer the perfect reprieve from the dark abyss of exam prep.

I’ve put together what I consider to be the ultimate mix of slow, moody and upbeat:

“If It’s The Beaches," The Avett Brothers

“St Jude," Florence + The Machine

“La Fleur," Michael Giacchino

“When I’m Small," Phantogram

“Liz On Top Of The World," Jean-Yves Thibaudet

“LÉON’s Lullaby," LÉON

“Treat Me Like Fire," LION BABE

“Lemon Eyes," Meg Myers

“Sideways," Citizen Cope

“St. Anne’s Parade," Shovels & Rope

“Your Hands Are Cold," Jean-Yves Thibaudet

“All The Pretty Girls," Kaleo

“The Light," The Album Leaf

“Sigur 3 (Untitled)," Sigur Ros

“The Blower’s Daughter," Damien Rice

“Harry & Hermione," Nicholas Hooper

“Drive," Oh Wonder

“Deadstream," Jim-E Stack

“Feel It Still," Portugal. The Man kfaj 

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