50 Songs To Get You Through Finals Season


Finals is as much a memorable aesthetic as it is a series of tests. Nowadays, it’s pretty much mandatory to spend the majority of those late nights recapturing the year that was — reliving all the highs and lows while turning your attention to what’s to come. Thoughts like “isn’t it crazy that 3 weeks from now, I’ll be interning in San Francisco?!?” or “I wonder if Tammy and Chris are finally gonna break up” should be rather pervasive as you sit there for 5 hours, trying to decipher your terrible notes from early February.

As we all know, the only thing more important than a properly timed 3 down, 2 to go finals status is a well crafted “study” playlist. Something that does an admirable job getting you through all those late nights hunkering down on your Wikipedia wormhole prowess, and talking to your stoner friend about his movie idea inspired by some traumatic, but duly revelatory childhood experience.

Here are 50 songs, and their accompanying “phases” — each phase is intended to represent a specific mood that comes with the finals studying experience (for example, the first few songs are all string and piano covers of popular songs, representing the “I’m a serious scholar who has interesting study music” phase). Enjoy, and don’t forget to pretend to study:

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Phase 1: No, I’m Actually Gonna Study

1. Sweet Disposition – Vitamin String Quartet

2. Your Hand In Mine – Explosions In The Sky

3. Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites – Piano Tribute Players

4. Dark Horse – Piano Tribute Players

5. Viva La Vida – Piano Tribute Players

6. Perpetuum Mobile – Penguin Cafe Orchestra

7. Fade Into Darkness (Instrumental) – Avicii

Phase 2: Heightened Focus (Kevin Sells Adderall If You Need)

8. Good Morning – Chamillionaire

9. Hey Mario – Patent Pending

10. Closer To The Sun – Slightly Stoopid

11. Fireflies – Owl City

12. You (Ha Ha Ha) – Charli XCX

13. The Geeks Get The Girls – American HiFi

14. Narcolepsy – Third Eye Blind

15. Take A Walk – Passion Pit

16. Clarity – Zedd ft. Foxes

17. Midnight City – M83

18. The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

19. Team – Lorde

Phase 3 – Hookup Regrets, Missed Opportunities (Daydreaming)

20. Too Little, Too Late – Lorde

21. If You’re Not The One – Daniel Beddingfield

22. Cups – Anna Kendrick

23. Home – Phillip Phillips

24. The A Team – Ed Sheeran

25. Let It Go (Frozen Soundtrack) – Demi Lovato

26. What’s My Age Again – Vitamin String Quartet

Phase 4: Sorta Refocused

27. Pompeii – Bastille

28. Game Of Thrones – Dominik Hauser

29. Pacific Rim – Ramin Djawadi, Tom Morello

30. One – Swedish House Mafia

31. Watching Movies – Mac Miller

32. Kryptonite – Big Boi, Rock D The Legend, Killer Mike, Blackowned C-Bone

33. All Of Me (Tiesto Remix) – John Legend

Phase 5: Kinda Drunk?

34. 23 – Mike Will Made It, Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J

35. #Selfie – The Chainsmokers

36. Lights (Bassnectar Remix) – Ellie Goulding

37. Helena – My Chemical Romance

38. Man Overboard – Blink 182

Phase 6: High School Parking Lot Memories

39. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard

40. The First Single – The Format

41. All You Wanted – Michelle Branch 

42. Body Language – Jesse McCartney ft. T Pain

Phase 7: Probably Should Just Move To Barcelona Or Something

43. Swoon – Timeflies

44. No Sleep – Wiz Khalifa

45. Holidae Inn – Chingy

46. We Are One (Ole Ola) – Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez

Phase 8: Finishing Out Strong

47. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor

48. Take On Me – a-ha

49. Cum On Feel The Noize – Quiet Riot

50. Faithfully – Piano Tribute Players 


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