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The Ultimate Studying Playlist

Let David Bowie, Alabama Shakes, Feist, Lianne La Havas, Message to Bears, Kendrick Lamar and more guide you to the A+ promised land

1 / 15

Alabama Shakes, "Sound & Color"

Here's the invocation for your night of scholarly excellence. Go forth. Be as great as Brittany Howard.

2 / 15

Damien Escobar, "Unthinkable"

This violin master's Alicia Keys cover is what you need.

3 / 15

David Bowie, "Blackstar"

Peppy and unpredictable enough to keep you awake, but unobtrusive enough to let you do your thing. Plus, what's better gasoline for your own goals than the inspiration that is the life and work of David Bowie, who released even more pure brilliance days before his death?

4 / 15

Lorde, "Team"

Lorde is a teenager. If you're studying, you may be one as well. If you aren't, maybe you recall when you were a studious teen. If you weren't a studious teen, now's your chance to do better. We believe in you. We believe you can be as great as Lorde. 

5 / 15

Message to Bears, "Wake Me"

Imagine for a pleasant moment that you're studying under a tree in the forest and it's warm but not too warm. Mmmm....

6 / 15

Beyoncé, "Haunted"

Bey isn't just a ninja assassin at getting you to dance and cry and sing your ass off. She can also get you in all-out trance mode with the flick of a finger.

7 / 15

Alice Coltrane, "Journey in Satchidananda"

Get ready to make whatever you're studying seem way more exotic and intriguing.

8 / 15

Rodrigo y Gabriela, "Megalopolis"

Almost every track by this Mexican acoustic duo is a real romp, but this one's mellow!

9 / 15

Lianne La Havas, "Ghost"

Quiet enough to not disturb you, hopeful enough to keep you from crying into your towering piles of books.

10 / 15

Kendrick Lamar, "Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst"

Is it sacriligeous to use this K-Dot opus as background music? Nope! Its mellow two-part beat winds for a mesmerizing 12 minutes and gets you in the zone with ease.

11 / 15

Drake, "Look What You've Done"

A song about achievement, with exactly the right pensive, chill vibe for your note-takin', book-readin' purposes.

12 / 15

Feist, "So Sorry"

If you end up just listening to The Reminder or a Feist megamix instead of this playlist, we get it.

13 / 15

Erykah Badu, "On & On"

If this doesn't get you in the zone, you need to see a medical professional within seven days. We wish you luck.

14 / 15

Mark Orton, "The Old Compressor/Escape"

The soundtrack to Nebraska is some good shit.

15 / 15

Kanye West, "School Spirit"

Keep chugging along and you won't have to listen to The College Dropout while being a college dropout. (No disrespect to college dropouts! All are welcome to this playlist! Lifelong students unite!)


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