Whether we like it or not, midterms are just around the corner. In a few days, students will begin pulling all-nighters, consuming their weight in coffee and burying themselves in index cards. Time management can relieve some of the stress and chaos of midterms but it won’t make them any easier. However, the perfect midterm playlist can. No need to fall for the myth that classical music is the best genre to study to. Create a balanced playlist filled with upbeat and mellow songs from all genres. A balanced playlist will be the deciding factor between a never-ending, unproductive study session and an intense, but effective study session. Here are a few songs, if added to one’s midterm playlist, that will keep anyone motivated and focused throughout the various study sessions.
1. “Oxford Comma” – Vampire Weekend
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Really, who cares about the Oxford comma? After two days of nonstop studying, essay writing and little sleep, no one at Old Dominion will. This light, spunky song will brighten anyone’s day (or night) and give the much needed push to finish that last essay.
2. “Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey
Yes, this is as cliché as it comes but midterms are stressful and any motivation is better than none. Let this classic rock song remind one of the light at the end of the metaphorical tunnel. Spring break will never become a reality unless one is able to push through midterm week.
3. “Thought You Was Nice” – J. Dilla
Instead of overcrowding one’s mind with heavy lyrics and booming bass while studying, venture over to the more laid-back side of hip-hop. The legendary hip-hop producer, J. Dilla, has an endless catalog of instrumentals that will keep one relaxed. His soothing, jazzy instrumentals make his catalog perfect music to vibe to while studying.
4. “Breakdown” – Jack Johnson
Everything about this track screams “beach.” The mental image of waves, cool breezes and the warm sun may make one even more anxious for spring break, but it’ll keep one on track. Remember the sooner one finishes studying, the sooner one can hit the beach.
5. “Float” – Nottz
Smooth, yet funky, this instrumental requires a slight jam session. The track by hip-hop producer and Norfolk native, Nottz, will have one dancing in the library. Give this track a spin and let any stress about midterms float away.
6.. “Keep Your Head Up” – 2 Pac
Instrumentals are great music to fill a midterm playlist, but sometimes a jolt of energy is needed. 2 Pac’s “Keep Your Head Up” is a mid-tempo song, but it will break the haze before it sets in. Plus if played at the right moment, this song can prevent the mid-study breakdown that paralyzes one too many students.
Unfortunately, midterms are a necessary evil, but do not allow them break your spirit. Remain calm, study hard and enjoy the music.