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Music is a very powerful art form that individuals in our society interact with on an almost daily basis. In fact, today it is almost impossible to walk around a city, college campus, or grocery store without seeing someone with earbuds stuffed in their ears. Music has magic-like powers that can help individuals concentrate, relax or even study. These playlists are designed to help various students at UNC Chapel Hill study for their upcoming exams. (Disclaimer: We know that UNC offers many different majors and minors, but this article only focuses on the 10 most popular majors of 2017 according to the College of Arts and Sciences.

Computer Science

  • “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel
  • “Numb” by Linkin Park
  • “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
  • “Try” by P!nk
  • “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  • “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie
  • “Suddenly I See (Acoustic)” by KT Tunstall


  • “What a Wonderful World” by Stringspace (originally by Louis Armstrong)
  • “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M.
  • “Harry Styles – Sign of the Time (Harp Cover)” by Amelie Guiboux
  • “Circle of Life (Instrumental)” by Neverland Orchestra
  • “Merry Go Round of Life (Howl’s Moving Castle Theme)” by Joe Hisaishi
  • “A Whole New World (Instrumental)” by Neverland Orchestra
  • “Peace and Love on the Planet Earth” by Zach Callision, Estelle, Deedee Magno, Shelby Rabara, Michaela Dietz

Media and Journalism

  • “Popular (Acoustic Live)” by Nada Surf
  • “Paparazzi (Cover)” by Vanessa Graniero
  • “Gossip Girl” by Grace VanderWaal
  • “Rumour Has It” by Adele
  • “Somebody Told Me” by The Killers
  • “I Write Sins Not Tragedies (Panic! At the Disco Cover)” by Vitamin String Quartet
  • “The Story of Tonight (Instrumental)” by The Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton

Exercise and Sport Science

  • “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  • “Stronger” by Kanye West
  • “Stronger (Acoustic)” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
  • “Breakaway (Acoustic)” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “Go the Distance (Instrumental)” by Neverland Orchestra
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell


  • “For the Love of Money” by The O’Jays
  • “Diamonds (Acoustic Version)” by Sia
  • “She Works Hard for the Money ” by Kris Allen (originally by Donna Summer)
  • “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates
  • “Gold Digger” by Kanye West
  • “Price Tag” by Jessie J. ft. BoB
  • “Billionaire (feat. Bruno Mars) (Acoustic)” by Travie McCoy


  • “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson
  • “Bundle of Joy” from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out
  • “Left Brain Right Brain” by Bo Burnham
  • “If I Only Had a Brain (Wizard of OZ-Piano Cover)” by Heavypiano
  • “Unwell (Acoustic)” by Matchbox 20
  • “You Learn (Acoustic)” by Alanis Morissette
  • “Secrets” by One Republic


  • “Stranger Things (Extended)” by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
  • “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby
  • “Bill Nye the Science Guy-Theme” by Mike Greene and Slayer Matt
  • “Meet the Elements” by They Might be Giants
  • “Red Eyes” by Zombie Hyperdrive
  • “Sleepless Nights” by FM Attack
  • “Back to the Future: Back to the Future” by Alan Silvestri, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and John Debney


  • “How to Save a Life” by The Fray
  • “Fix You” by Coldplay
  • “Angel” by Sarah Mclachlan
  • “Working for the Weekend (Instrumental)” by Loverboy
  • “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton
  • “3AM (Acoustic)” by Matchbox 20
  • “Disney’s Moana-You’re welcome (Piano Cover)” by The Panda Tooth

Business Administration

  • “Work (Instrumental)” by Rihanna
  • “Street Smart” by Aimless
  • “Started from the Bottom (Instrumental)” by Drake
  • “Redbone (Instrumental)” by Childish Gambino
  • “Alive (Acoustic)” by Sia
  • “The Script-Hall of Fame feat. Will.i.am | Piano Cover” by Francesco Parrino
  • “The Climb-Miley Cyrus (Acoustic Cover)” by Boyce Avenue

Political Science

  • “I’d Love to Change the World” by Ten Years Later
  • “For What it’s Worth (Acoustic Cover)” by The Lone Bellow
  • “Come Together” by The Beatles
  • “Be Prepared” from Disney’s The Lion King
  • “The Times They Are A Changin’” by Bob Dylan
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Acoustic Version)” by Tears for Fears
  • “For the Damaged Coda” by Blonde Redhead

Studying should not be boring or frustrating, and if you feel yourself getting caught up in the stress of studying, just take a breath, put in some earbuds, and listen to some music to help you concentrate and relax. Good luck with exams, Tar Heels!

I am currently a student at UNC Chapel Hill studying English and Communications. In the future I hope to become a writer/producer for the Disney company. "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh
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