Top 5 tracks for studying for finals

Finals are here. And that means hours of studying, writing and crying…well, maybe that’s just me.

To protect yourself from going stir-crazy, try out some of these brainy gems to get your study on.

1. “Bon Iver” by Bon Iver

This soothing record is the ultimate finals soundtrack. It’s the musical equivalent of a warm chai tea latte. But because you can’t drink a latte and type a 10-page paper simultaneously, it’s even better. The vocals of Justin Vernon are sure to guide you to an A.

2. “2CELLOS” by 2CELLOS (Sulic & Hauser

Hear classics like U2’s “Where The Streets Have No Name” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in the style of string minimalism. 2CELLOS is made up of, as the name suggests, two cellos. And the simple combo is perfect for studying.

3. “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National

The rich baritone of Matt Berninger is like dark chocolate to the brain. The newest album from the group is hard to top when it comes to subtle percussive tracks. It’s also hard to find a more soothing record.

4. “Our Endless Numbered Days” by Iron And Wine

Although he has more recent gems, I still find this to be singer-songwriter Samuel Beam’s strongest record. His voice whispers along to complex folk guitar at a perfect studious pace.

5. “DMB Live Trax Vol. 13” by Dave Matthews Band

I’m not sure why, but I can write novels to Dave Matthews Band’s live albums. The 15-minute long epics that drive his shows inspire frantic typing. Somehow, I always end up with a great essay. It might not be the best stuff to read with, but for writing, it’s a gem.

Overall, your study music is your own decision. However, I find that certain music is better than most. For example, if I can sing to an artist I will. So I avoid vocal ranges I find comfortable and songs I know all the words to.

Another tip is to find stress-reducing artists. If Eminem gets you to relax, you may be crazy. But that may be your study artist. For me, I look for soothing, spacy songs that get me comfortable and relax my brain.

Good luck to you in finding your perfect study album. And good luck on the remainder of the semester.