There’s a whole lot of conflicting information about whether or not studying with music is beneficial, but at the end of the day sometimes it’s the only thing that’s going to stop you from slowly losing your mind while you’re slaving away at footnotes or copying out formulae. We got our team to put together all of their favourite study songs and have made the ultimate study playlist just for you – enjoy!
THE BOYS – LISA MITCHELL
Ultimate calming (but not put-you-to-sleep calming) and smooth study song. Also doubles as great road tripping music.
WE’RE TAKING OVER – BEA MILLER
A bit of inspo for the rejects of our generation. Certainly gets your head banging.
GUYS MY AGE – HEY VIOLET
A bit of a moody one to make you feel like a badass.
YOUR FINE PETTING DUCK – DEVENDRA BANHART
This song starts out being a bit sad but then tricks you into being happy which is exactly what you need when you’re permanently attached to a textbook.
A DARK KNIGHT – HANS ZIMMER
16 minutes of broody tension that might make you read your notes in Batman’s voice. Worth it.
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS – OTIS REDDING
“She may be weary” – Otis knows you’re listening to this at 2am while finishing your footnotes. He knows.
BORDER LINE – KING KRULE
Perfect for when you’re feeling sorry for yourself and want to sing and grumble at the same time.
FIGHT SONG – RACHEL PLATTEN
Some inspiration for when you’re working on that dreary lab report at 3 in the morning.
CAROUSEL – MICKEY COOPER
Mickey Cooper’s whole debut album is definitely worth playing on repeat while you study (you can stream it on Spotify); it’s ridiculously beautiful.
NOSTALGIA NIGHT – A B ROBB
A B Robb is a Melbourne-based artist, and his music is available on Spotify. It’s pretty, dark, and unusual. This song has enough bounce woven into the melancholy to keep you awake while you plug away at your essay.
NIGHTMUSIC – GRIMES ft. MAJICAL CLOUDZ
If you listen to this on repeat you will probably end up hypnotising yourself and all of a sudden it will be 3am and you’ll have finished your entire essay, footnotes and all.
HOLD UP – BEYONCE
Editor’s note: Beyonce gently whispering “are you cheating?” at the start of this is surely enough to motivate you to stay honest throughout the exam period.
JIMMY – KATE MILLER-HEIDKE
Bond with Kate over bad soy chais.
BECAUSE THE NIGHT – PATTI SMITH
Because! The night! Belongs! To! Crammers!
FADE – KANYE WEST
Guaranteed to get you pumped up enough to want to fight someone or smash your exams or whatever.
AMAZING – HI FASHION
This song is the most badass self-esteem boosting pick-me-up out there.
WORLD WITHOUT MEN – JESSICA SAYS
Another phenomenal Melbourne artist with an incredibly distinct sound! This song was stumbled upon by sheer fluke, and listened to on repeat for the next fortnight.
JAMAL – SAMPA THE GREAT
Sampa the Great was the inaugural winner of the Corner Award for a reason, and that reason is that her music is freaking phenomenal.
ALMOST THERE – PRINCESS AND THE FROG
Your neighbours will really like this one.
HOLD BACK THE RIVER – JAMES BAY
Anything by this guitar-playing gent is mellow and easy to listen to – perfect for studying!
10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ – BON IVER
This song is great for when you need some intense background music to help you focus, but don’t want to get too distracted by lyrics.
ISLANDS – The xx
Chill enough that you won’t get too distracted, but upbeat enough that you can take a quick dance break amidst stressing over your word count.
PHOTOGRAPH – ARCADE FIRE
This song is from the Her soundtrack, which is the ultimate study soundtrack. A lot of the songs will probably make you feel Things but what’s a little more sadness when you’re already drowning in deadlines, right?
TO THE LAST – JAMES BLAKE
Both beautiful and sad, similar to the feeling you get when you finally submit that 3000 word research essay that you started 8 hours before the deadline.
If you like the sounds of this, you can have a listen to all of these songs (well, the ones that are available on Spotify) in the one handy playlist right here. Happy studying!