It’s that time of year again. Lectures are over, and all that stands between you and an entire month of sleeping in and Game of Thrones marathons is one little word. Examinations.

To help you make it through the late-night study sessions I’ve asked some of my friends and family to help you out and tell you what music they listen to when they have to study or work. From the classics to the classical, we have all genres covered to help you pass your up-and-coming exams with flying colours.


Do you need to write an essay or prepare for an art exam? Cath has a selection of calming ballads for you to listen to while your creative side gets to work.

Adiemus – Adiemus
Comfortable – John Mayer
February Song – Josh Groban
Blackbird – The Beatles
Blue – Regina Spektor
She Falls Asleep (Part 1 & 2) – McFly
Because – The Beatles
Genius Next Door – Regina Spektor
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
The Ballad of Paul K – McFly

INDIE ROCK by Cameron

Sick of spending hours at your computer? Cameron’s got the beats to get you nodding your head at your desk and make the minutes fly by.

Biffy Clyro – Bubbles
Noah and the Whale – 5 Years Time
Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
aKing – Know Your Bones
Thirty Seconds To Mars – The Kill (Bury Me)
Royal Blood – Come On Over
Green Day – Are We Waiting/St. Jimmy
Of Monsters and Men – King and Lionheart
Bastille – Icarus
Colin Hay – Overkill


Kristine likes to study with a diverse playlist of chilled-out songs from various genres. She picked out songs that won’t irritate you if  you have the playlist on a loop.

Swim Deep – She Changes the Weather
Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
The Temper Trap – Love Lost
Carla Bruni – Quelqu’un m’a dit
Tracey Chapman  – Telling Stories
Ed Sheeran – Autumn Leaves
BORNS – 10000 Emerald Pools
Arctic Monkeys – Hold On, We’re Going Home (Drake Cover)
Milky Chance – Down by the River
Vampire Weekend – Horchata


Studying stressing you out? Sasha has the perfect playlist of indie-folk songs that you can listen to whenever you need a break. Press play, crank the volume and have a dance party to give your brain a rest and get the endorphins flowing.

Majozi – Fire
Majozi – The River
Wrestlerish – Oliver Tambourine
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
alt-J – Every Other Freckle
alt-J – Hunger of the Pine
Avicii – Addicted to You
Avicii – The Days
Fall Out Boy – Irresistible
Ed Sheeran – I See Fire


Combining recent hits with older pop/rock favourites, Luke created a mix to help you power through your more serious study sessions.

Avicii – Heaven
Imagine Dragons – Amsterdam
Labrinth – Jealous
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – See you Again
The Fray – How to Save a Life
The Fray – You Found Me
The Fray – Never Say Never
Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
Kings of Leon – Beautiful War
Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire


Getting frustrated with a Maths problem? Need some energy to focus on your work? Pauline has the perfect blend of songs to calm you down (try If I Be Wrong or Demon Limbs) and help you concentrate (listen to Autobahn or Summer Forgive me).

Wolf Larsen – If I Be Wrong
Seafret – Angel of Small Death and Codeine Scene
Snow Patrol – In The End
Sons & Lovers – King
Autobahn – Anberlin
Summer Forgive Me – British India
Cold War Kids – Finally Begin
The Killers – Uncle Johnny
Rise against – Satellite
PVRS – Demon Limbs


As a teacher, Jessi spends a lot of her time marking, and her work playlist depends on how well her students are doing. If they’re doing particularly well she likes to blast some boy-band pop (see the first half of the playlist), but when they’re struggling she plays some angry heavy metal (the last half of this list).

The Vamps – Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
MKTO – Classic
Marianas Trench – Haven’t Had Enough
Hot Chelle Rae – Tonight Tonight
Skillet – Not Gonna Die
Skillet – Monster
AC/DC – Thunderstruck
AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Jimmy Eat World – The Middle


Time to memorize all those notes you’ve spent the last two days making? Danielle has a collection of gorgeous classical pieces that make it easy to remember those weird names and complicated formulas.

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major
Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
Imogen Heap – Goodnight and Go
Brian Crain – Dream of Dreams
Brian Crain – Hallelujah
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Autumn)
Bach – Air on the G String
Bach – Double Violin Concerto
Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah


And last, but hopefully not last, my own playlist. I like to study with songs I’ve already heard a hundred times so I don’t get distracted by trying to hear or understand the lyrics. I also like to make sure most of the songs are upbeat enough that I don’t want to fall asleep. These fun tunes are great to have playing in the background while you’re making note summaries.

Tyler Hilton – Prince of Nothing Charming
Kris Allen – Out Alive
Gavin DeGraw – Need
Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
Brett Eldredge – Beat of the Music
Marianas Trench – Stutter
Sheppard – Geronimo
Charli XCX – Boom Clap
Rixton – Speakerphone
Taylor Swift – New Romantics


Thank you so much to all of the lovely people mentioned who sent me their study playlists and contributed to this article. Good luck to all those writing exams soon and let us know which songs are on YOUR study playlist in the comment section.

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