Staff Writers Aditi Misra and Caroline Mullooly share the music that makes them the most productive for finals season.
Aditi: I like to listen to songs I can Vibe to while studying, which aren’t always instrumentals. Here are my top picks:
- Buttercup by Jack Stauber Charming and fun with a ’90s vintage feel.
- Light It Up by ZHU For when you need dramatic background music for the last paragraph of your essay.
- For You (Bearcubs Remix) by Gavin James An upbeat version of the tear-jerking original.
- Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit My favorite instrumental of all time.
- Guilt Trip by Kanye West The melody of the strings in the song’s outro gives me chills with every listen.
Caroline: When I study, I prefer to listen to instrumental music without lyrics, as the words can distract me, causing me to ~vibe~ to the music too much.
My top picks are:
- Pompeii by Simply Three The intro hypes you up, but the chorus offers something new with the peppy violin.
- Game of Thrones Medley by 2CELLOS As a none GOT fan, I can verify the validity of this song. It’s long enough for you to force yourself to do work while short enough for you to actually enjoy it.
- Fight Song /Amazing Grace by The Piano Guys I was originally skeptical of this combo, but both songs blend together to crescendo at just the right moment. The outro leads with Amazing Grace: a perfect conclusion.
- Wait for It – Instrumental by Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton All of the motivation and none of Burr’s (justifiable) angst, this instrumental version of the Hamilton hit keeps me on track.
- Every Breath You Take by 2CELLOs The most relaxing song on my playlist, this cover is usually the last song I listen to before I pack up.
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