Songs to study to…

Exam time is nearly over, but remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. So what should be in your ears for the race? The Daily Shift’s Roisin Peddle takes us through the tunes to get you through… 

Exams suck.....

Exams suck…..

There are big arguments raging, well, not raging, more gently simmering, about whether you should listen to music at all while studying. And if you do, it should be classical. Countless studies have proven that pregnant women who listen to Mozart give birth to geniuses; those who listen to AC/DC spawn raging alcoholics. Likewise, pumping up the Bach will guarantee you As, while listening to Ke$ha ensures you will be thrown out of college just so you don’t infect anyone else with your dumbness.

So what should you listen to when you’re studying? Some like dance beats; other prefer gentle guitars. The boffins say instrumental is best, something that won’t distract or disturb your lack of focus. Also, you should know the piece of music like the back of your hand, so it just becomes background noise.

But hey, what do they know? Some may prefer Infected Mushroom, HIM or even David Guetta. Whatever works for you. Here are some of my picks.

  1. Amelie Theme

Amelie is a cute French movie from 2001, which followed a rather odd girl around Paris. It was all terribly French. It also had this lovely piano piece, which is sure to calm any soul fraught by coding, post-colonial literature, business information management, or whatever you’re having yourself.

  1. Lykke Li, ‘I’m Good, I’m Gone’

My own personal jam when I was trying to do my FYP (for those of you have never had the pleasure of going to UL, it’s an elaborate torture rite to ensure safe passage out of the college). Lykke Li’s music is generally easy enough on the ears, minimising distraction, but motivating and catchy enough to make you smile.

  1. Pirates of the CaribbeanTheme, Hans Zimmer

Rather shameful confession time; sometimes I listen to this and pretend I’m on a pirate ship. Anything by Hans Zimmer will do the job; what better motivation is there than closing your eyes and imagining you’re a Roman gladiator, a samurai warrior, or Batman… And then slaying your lab reports.

  1. Rodrigo y Gabriela, ‘Tamacun’

Rodrigo y Gabriela are from Mexico and make lovely music. ‘Tamacun’ will be instantly familiar to most, and lulls you into a rhythm. It also inspires terrible wanderlust and should be used sparingly lest you jump on a plane to somewhere hot.

  1. James Vincent McMorrow/Bon Iver/Ben Howard et al.

No offence to any of these artists as individuals, but there has been a bit of a slew of sensitive types with guitars and beards in recent years. Ideal study music it is too; calming and relaxing.

  1. Laura Marling, ‘Rambling Man’

If you haven’t listened to the amazing Laura Marling before, go ahead and do so now. We’ll wait.

  1. The Prodigy ‘Stand Up’

Let’s change the pace from the soft guitars and dreamy vocals. It’s impossible to listen to this track, from 2010’s Kick-Ass, without a massive smile appearing on your face.

  1. Rocky Theme

The exam is tomorrow. But you can do it. If Rocky Balboa can do it, so can you.

  1. The classics

Those scientists are on to something. There’s nothing like an hour spent listening to classical music to make you feel that there is beauty in the world. It’s also wonderfully unobtrusive while you’re studying. You can’t beat a bit of Beethoven, so here’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’.

  1. Sigur Rós, ‘Hoppipolla’

Anything by Sigur Rós is ideal for study; the lyrics are incomprehensible, the music ethereal and relaxing. For bonus points, I have included this wonderful video from BBC Planet Earth. Watch it the night before your final law exam, and you’ll realise there are more important things than tort and conveyancing.

Good luck!

*Lead image via Wikimedia Commons

Exam time is nearly over, but remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. So what should be in your ears for the race? The Daily Shift’s Roisin Peddle takes us through the tunes to get you through… 

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