How to Create the Best Study Playlist


by Kristiana Faddoul

When it comes to studying, I am one of those people who all of a sudden develops ADHD and cannot focus on a thing! However, one of the best ways to get myself in the studying mood and grove is to make a fabulous playlist to jam out to as I work.

Now, if you are one of those people who absolutely cannot focus on work with music playing in the background, then this article isn’t for you and you can click away now. For those if you who HAVE to have music on in the background, like me, then you are in the perfect place.

Below I will talk about the best ways to make a playlist dedicated to getting you focused and ready to work on those upcoming finals.


Step 1: Make It Catchy but Not Distracting

The best songs to motivate people to work are those with a steady beat that gets you pumped up. These songs help put you in a physical and mental groove, making it easier to move right along your study regimen. Popular songs that are perfect examples of this would be “Ex’s & Oh’s” by Elle King, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, “Krazy” by Pitbull and Peacock by Katy Perry.


Step 2: Don’t Add Music That Will Distract You

 There are millions of songs out there that we love. These songs make us cry, laugh, feel lovey, and make us want to get up and dance. When your main goal is to focus your mind to study your material however, these songs should be left off of your playlist. When it comes to getting work done, we want music that is going to motivate us, but not distract us. For example, I can’t listen to “Don’t Hold the Wall” by Justin Timberlake because I literally will drop whatever I am doing and dance to that song.


Step 3: Get Some Direct Motivation

There are songs out there that were made to specifically motivate people in whatever they were doing. You know what I’m talking about. Songs like “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child, and “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba. These songs literally tell you to “never give up,” say that “you will survive,” that “you will get back up again,” and that you will never “stop believing.” If this music doesn’t motivate you to study as hard as you can for your finals, well, then you are doomed my friend.


Step 4: Make it as Long as Possible

Listening to a song over and over again can get a little annoying (unless you are obsessed with it). While you are trying to focus your mind on working, you shouldn’t be thinking about anything else that could get you off your studying track. So, to keep yourself from getting annoyed at your repetitive playlist, just make it as long as you want. When I was studying for my AP exams in high school, I once made a playlist that was 4 hours long. By the time the playlist repeated itself, enough time had gone by that hearing the same songs again a second time wasn’t a problem at all and I just kept right on studying. If you happen to be in love with a certain song and would like to hear it more than once, just add it throughout your playlist multiple times.


After following these four steps/pieces of advice for creating the perfect studying playlist, you should be able to create a list of music that will get your head in the zone. Everyone deserves to listen to some good music to help them focus and distress before finals. Good luck and happy listening!


Listed below is a link to my personal study playlist I made for my upcoming finals next week. Check it out and enjoy!