Sometimes having some music playing can really help get into the study zone, whether you're working on a big paper or cramming for an exam. Here are some of our favorite Spotify playlists to put on when we're hitting the books.
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1. "ESM ' Electronic Study Music"
This collection of bouncy electronic music (without lyrics) is perfect for getting pumped up to finally do the homework you've been putting-off for days.
2. "Movie Scores Study"
This playlist includes tracks from the scores of movies like Ratatouille, the Harry Potter series, Big Fish and the Lord of the Rings films, so while you study the music will fill you with inspiration from a million great movies.
3. "Studying With Classical Music"
Classical music has been shown to help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety — perfect for being productive the night before a big test. This playlist is updated regularly to keep it fresh.
4. "Study Time Starts Now"
This is one of Spotify's official study playlists, and it includes lots of ethereal sounding, relaxing music, mostly without lyrics. It's perfect for getting into the zen-state you need to be in to bang out that 20-page paper.
5. "Ambient Piano: Focus and Study"
This collection of piano pieces is perfect for when you can't afford any distractions from studying — and also when you're feeling sad about how little time you have left to finish your assignments.
6. "Instrumental Study"
The danger of listening to such mellow tunes while you're studying is that you might fall asleep. But sometimes, that's a risk you need to be willing to take.
7. "Epic All-Nighter"
This six-hour playlist is for when you know you need to work all night. It will keep you going through the wee hours... so enjoy that sunrise!
If you're about to enter your freshman year in college or high school, then welcome to what will surely be an exciting new chapter in your life! You're going to learn so much and meet so many interesting and challenging people and take the world by storm! You will!
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For those entering any other year of school, then congratulations, sort of? You didn't get expelled last year, so you've got that going for you. And you're one year closer to being done, too, which is nice. More importantly, you're the ones that really know what's coming: studying. Lots of studying. Lots and lots of stupid studying. Interminably long hours spent hunched over a collection of leather-bound tomes, reading by candlelight, microscope in hand -- or in the bowels of the library, planted in front of a microfiche machine. Just kidding, you'll be starting a screen like the rest of us. But what about your earholes? Those need to be filled with calming, thought-nurturing noises, which is exactly what we have for you.
Below is a list, provided by Spotify and the Echo Nest, of the twenty-five songs that will get you through those cram seshes. (Do the kids still call them cram seshes? Did they ever?) The playlist was generated by analyzing the most popular songs from Spotify playlists whose names include the words "study," "hitting the books," "library," or "exam," as based on the listening behavior of over 40 million regular Spotify users during the last two months of school (i.e. right before summer vacation).
It's very calm music. That's the point. Now get to it, eggheads!