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    The official Daily Wildcat study playlist



    Studying for finals can be a boring, grueling affair. After a few hours of listening to the silence in the library, most people are ready for a change of pace. Whether you like silence when you study or bass shaking the windows of your room, listening to some beats while you edit a paper might have some positive effects. Here are some of the best study songs to plug in to:

    1. “Briony” by Dario Marianelli and Benjamin Wallfisch

    The typewriter clicking in the beginning of this track can get your fingers moving on your own keyboard.

    2. “Married Life” by Michael Giancchino

    If you are studying for a particularly frustrating final and really don’t have time to cry right now, you might want to skip this emotional song from Disney-Pixar’s “Up.”

    3. “Syrup” by Stwo

    Studying music is usually more helpful without lyrics, which puts hip-hop lovers in a difficult place. Thankfully, Stwo has graced us with “Syrup,” the perfect studying song for any hip-hop lover.

    4. “For You” by Coldplay

    While most people champion instrumental songs for studying, “For You” by Coldplay is an easy exception to the rule.

    5. “Song For You” by Alexi Murdoch

    Another exception to the instrument-only study playlist many people prefer is Alexi Murdoch’s “Song For You.” This British musician and songwriter will lull you into a deep studying coma.

    6. “Basic Space” by The xx

    When The xx sings of suffering shipwrecks right from the start, most of us students cramming at the last minute can relate.

    7. “Breezeblocks” by Alt-J

    If you aren’t listening to Alt-J, are you really studying?

    8. “Air” by Johann Sebastian Bach

    By this time, you may have had a little too much fun with the studying music. Time to buckle down.

    9. “Diamonds” by Ben Howard

    At this point of the night of studying, the only smooth thing is Ben Howard’s silky vocals. You deserve this.

    10. “Morning Dew” by Grateful Dead

    For those of us with “Dead heads” for parents, the Grateful Dead feels like home. “Morning Dew” is my personal favorite song to study to.

    11. “The Rains of Castamere” by L’Orchestra Cinematique

    Many people can’t watch TV while they study, but “The Rains of Castamere” can at least make us feel like “Game of Thrones” is flashing on the laptop screen instead of the 11-page review for the gen-ed course that was supposed to be an easy A.

    12. “Sticks and Stones” by Jonsi

    By now, you’ve been studying for over an hour. It’s time to celebrate with a song like “Sticks and Stones” by Jonsi. It feels like Jonsi is actually congratulating you on being the smartest student at the UA.

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