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The Study Playlist for Whatever Vibe You’re Feeling

On a day to day basis, my world revolves around music. Whether it be the playlist I choose while taking a shower, getting ready, at the office, working out, etc., the songs I pick always have a definite impact on my mood. Now here I am, two days into my six-month study course as I prep for the LSAT, thinking how badly I need a consistent- and obviously very long- study playlist. 

Usually, I throw on some softer beats and call it a day, but as I ascend into the endless abyss of reading and note taking, I am beginning to recognize the need for some extensive music content to ease me into my studying.

With that, I present to you a start on this hypothetical playlist under two categories:

Mellow and Locked In…

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These are the songs I think to listen to when I especially need to be locked into what I am studying. Something softer that can exist more as background noise than anything, to help me feel at ease while hitting the books. 

  1. Snow (Hey Oh) – Red Hot Chili Peppers

  2. Drifter – Hippie Sabotage

  3. Bad Religion – Frank Ocean

  4. you should see me in a crown – Billie Eilish

  5. A Little While – Yellow Days

  6. Hard to Love (ft. Jessie Reyez) – Calvin Harris, Funk Wav

  7. Good News – Mac Miller

  8. Warm (ft. Mia) – Dre’es

  9. Strange – Edit – Celeste

  10. Pink Matter – Frank Ocean, André 3000

  11. Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede, Björn Skifs

This is just a short list of songs that put me in an overall peaceful mood, particularly A Little While and Warm (ft. Mia). Hard to Love, Snow (Hey Oh), and, you should see me in a crown help me to feel confident while I’m working while maintaining a calm vibe as well. Having albums or artists you admire that you play while studying will have a positive impact on the way you view the work you are doing. 

I mean, who doesn’t feel immaculate while listening to Frank Ocean?

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Locked In

  1. Come As You Are – Live & Loud – Nirvana 

  2. Needed Me – Rihanna

  3. Mac 10 – Trippie Redd, Lil Baby, Lil Duke

  4. Down Bad (ft. JID, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, Young Nudy – Dreamville

  5. Mahogany – Lil Wayne

  6. Doin’ Time – Sublime

  7. Lay_Up.m4a – Denzel Curry, Kenny Beats

  8. Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers

  9. 8701 – JID, 6LACK

This may not be common to all, but I notice when I listen to faster paced songs, including rap and R&B, I don’t listen as attentively to the lyrics if I am multitasking. I have used this to my advantage while studying, choosing to play faster rap while reading or copying down notes so I remain focused while continuing to nod my head to some music. Some of the songs I have included just make me feel bada$$, which is a feeling I think we all hope to feel when we are grinding our best in hopes to succeed. Such songs include Come As You Are and Give It Away. 

As the uber cheesy quote says:

Drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap, and handle it.

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As midterm season continues, looming finals, and with graduate school entrance exams impending, finding the perfect vibe to encompass all of our focus needs while we review is imperative to getting into the perfect learning mindset.

Find a full playlist of all included songs linked HERE!

Howdy, howdy! I am Addison Haynes, I am a senior at the University of Kansas where I study Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology and Business Administration on a Pre-Law track. I come from a small town outside of St. Louis known as Dardenne Prairie, where I grew up with two awesome siblings. Currently, I work as a part time Undergraduate Legal Assistant, and intend to pursue law school when I graduate! Writing has always been my biggest passion and the thing I find the most comfort in doing.
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