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30 Songs to Get You Through Every Stage of Finals

Finals season is upon us, meaning you’re going to need some music to get you pumped to defeat that organic chemistry exam you’ve been dreading all semester! Check out this list of the top 30 songs—which’ll get you through each stage of finals week!

Stage 1: Let the Studying Begin!

Face it. You’re sitting in front of your computer screen with a random textbook off to the side, wondering where to even start with studying. Let these songs be your motivation!

1. Run the World (Girls) – Beyoncé

2. Stronger – Kanye West

3. Roar – Katy Perry

4. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar

5. Diva – Beyoncé

6. Rock N Roll – Avril Lavigne

7. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

Stage 2: When You’re Questioning If College Is Really For You

At this point, hopefully you’re deep into the abyss of geology or some other subject that will most likely be useless to you once finals are over. You’re probably about FourFiveSeconds from screaming your head off and giving up, meaning you need some tunes that perfectly explain your frustration.

8. FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna

9. Gives You Hell – The All-American Rejects

10. Say Something – A Great Big World

11. Ain’t Worth The Whiskey – Cole Swindell

12. I’m Not Okay (I Promise) – My Chemical Romance

13. Blank Space – Taylor Swift

14. Lazy Song – Bruno Mars

15. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz


Yipee! You made it past the stage of dread and despair. Now, it’s time to de-stress your mind with these easygoing anthems that are guaranteed to make you feel unstoppable!

16. Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae

17. Survivor – Destiny’s Child

18. Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield

19. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

20. I’m Like A Bird – Nelly Furtado

21. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

22. Hey, Soul Sister – Train


Your days of staying up until 3 a.m. are over! Well… until next semester, at least. It’s time to celebrate, and every celebration calls for music worthy of the occasion! Check out these pumped-up hits and party the night away with your friends!

23. Best Day of My Life – American Authors

24. Cheers (Drink to That) – Rihanna/Avril Lavigne

25. Can’t Tell Me Nothin’ – Kanye West

26. We Are Young – Fun. ft. Janelle Monae

27. #stupidfacedd – Wallpaper

28. I Love College – Asher Roth

29. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

30. Summer – Calvin Harris

Kristen Adaway is a sophomore at the University of Georgia with a slight obsession of Twizzlers, writing and watching corny Lifetime flicks. When she's not consumed with meetings in almost every organization on campus, you can find her writing at Slant News or rocking out to Rihanna in her room. Kristen is pursuing a degree in Journalism with a minor in Sociology, and hopes to one day write for a digital publication.