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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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It’s the finals countdown: A playlist to conquer exams


Finding the motivation to study during the stressful time of finals is a challenge, and good background music is crucial. Here’s a playlist to make all those hours of cramming worth it.

“Make Me Proud” — Drake feat. Nicki Minaj

Nothing motivates me more than Drake saying he’s proud of me.

“Main Title (Game of Thrones)” — Ramin Djawadi

Whether you’re fighting to rule Westeros or fighting for an A on your final, this strings-heavy composition will make you feel like you can conquer anything.

“Fireworks” — Nicholas Hooper

All songs from any Harry Potter films are perfect for studying, but this one from “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” has the perfect motivational guitar sounds.

“We Move Lightly” — Dustin O’Halloran

The calming piano and strings combine to make beautiful background music that help you focus on the tasks at hand.

“One Summer’s Day…” — Joe Hionesaishi

This song will remind you that you will soon be done with the dreaded final exams and have many summer days ahead.

“Don’t Give Up” — Washed Out

Washed Out has some really great tracks if you’re into chillwave/electro-pop (“Feel It All Around” is the “Portlandia” theme). This is a favorite and the title says it all.

“Blank Space (Cover)” — Vitamin String Quartet

Got a long list of assignments due – but I’ve got this killer strings version of Blank Space, baby, and it’ll help you get them done.

“Canto at Gabelmeister’s Peak” — Alexandre Desplat

This song is upbeat and motivational and will work well as a theme song for your all-nighter. Alexandre Desplat’s film scores are all great as well.

“River Flows In You” — Yiruma

If you’re feeling stressed, Yiuma’s piano ballads are calming and will help you refocus.

“The Game is On” — David Arnold and Michael Price

This fast-paced tune from the “Sherlock” soundtrack will have you thinking like the famous detective just in time for exams.

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)” — Pink Floyd

Study on, you crazy student. Let Pink Floyd’s guitar riffs lead the way.

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