Playlist of the Week: 10 A+ Tracks to Listen to While Hitting The Books

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Here at, we debated for like, ever, on whether listening to music while studying was a big distraction or totally helpful. What we decided? It ultimately depends on what type of worker you are. But if you wanna find out, listen to these 10 tunes during a hard core study sesh. We’ve got a little something for everyone (mellow rap, indie anthems and even the #3 song right now), so you never know…

And hey, if all else fails, there’s always, which puts a relaxing thunderstorm in your backyard, to help you get through that Bio homework. We can’t make this stuff up.

Check out our 10 picks β€” plus embedded vids so you can listen! β€” below:

Pumped Up Kicks -- Foster the People

You know it, you love it. The alternative rock melody and catchy beat is just enough to keep you entertained, as long as you tune it down low enough so you won’t be tempted to sing along.

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Superstar -- Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos

One of Lupe's oldest tracks, this jam is probably one of only a few rap songs (and we've got them all on this playlist) that is totally fine to listen to while writing a paper. Maybe it's something about the relaxing chorus or the super positive message, but we love it just the same.

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Find Your Love -- Drake

The former Degrassi-er got it right with his first single, which manages to pump you up just enough to get motivated.

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Nothing -- The Script

Ten bucks says you already know all the words, so you won't be paying attention while working. The smooth melody provides just the right amount of background noise.

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Girlfriend -- Phoenix

We love pretty much every song by this French pop band, but this number in particular is great to jam out to while reading super boring history or science books.


Lights -- Ellie Goulding

Rock out to Ellie's most recent single while working on your toughest paper. This Brit chick is big overseas, but we're guessing she'll be huge here soon. Don't say we didn't warn you...

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Rumor Has It -- Adele

Sorry guys, but really, who wants to listen to "Someone Like You" while doing homework (cause you'd probs be super depressed). So we went with one of Adele's other amaze numbers. Listen to this one when you're fed up with studying. Go ahead, scream. Now get back to work.

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Faster -- Matt Nathanson

Upbeat, fun and sort of adorable, this song will make you smile. No matter what. So it's perfect to listen to if you're doing something you hate.

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Lighters -- Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars

Featuring sexy crooner Bruno Mars and the crazy talented Eminem, this song somehow manages to turn a hard core rap into a really beautiful tune. It'll fade into the background as you concentrate on your algebra.

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Good Life -- One Republic

When you're finally done with everything (and it's 2 a.m.), turn up the volume on this song. That feeling of accomplishment? It's the good life.

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What’d you think of our picks? Do you listen to music while studying? Which songs? Tell us below.

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  • Benjong

    Its okay as long as the songs are played in the background. . Ofcourse you cant study if ur singing along to it!

    • Irakli

      I can’t stop singing! Even If I’m listening to song without lyrics I always make up some words! And if I’m not listening to anything I get bored very easily and I either fall asleep or just stop studying….

  • asia

    love this song

  • Leah

    How can you study while listening to that?
    I can’t stop bopping my head and swaying to the music :3

  • Maya

    I get distracted if I listen to that kind of music while studying.

  • Emma

    kool πŸ˜€

  • Ashley

    Bruno Mars <3

  • Haylee

    – I Think It’s A Great Idea .
    I Listen To Music Every Chance I Get ! =)

  • Ta

    I don’t think it is good to use while you are doing ur homework it can hurt ur brain an get you off teack

    • Erica

      It’s a very good idea..
      Whilst the right side of your brain is focusing heavily on the logical side of things (Homework for example). The left is able to focus on the music as this is the creative side of your brain. It’s quite possibly the best way to keep yourself focused….
      Especially a playlist as you wont be stopping every 3 minutes to skip track.

      • Sarah

        I know what you mean but sorry to be a wet blanket know-it-all freak but the right side of the brain is your creative side, and the left is all the logic like math and chess etc, just pointing it out :)

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  • Stephanie

    FOSTER THE PEOPLE <333333333 i listen to them everyday πŸ˜€ <33

  • idia

    awesome playlist!!! πŸ˜›

    • Emma

      ikr lol πŸ˜€