Chill Midterm Playlist

By Lauren Castro

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When I need to study and get on the grind, the first thing I get ready is my playlist. I tend to reach for more ~alternative coffee shop vibe~ songs but like to sprinkle a few pick me ups to keep things interesting. These songs are perfect for background noise or turned all the way up. Happy studying!

Claudia by Finneas

This song was released a few days ago and my friends and I are obsessed. Taking inspo from his new girlfriend, Finneas wrote this song about her. This song about love is lighthearted and I hope we all find a love like this…maybe at the PCL or the coffee shop you’re studying at right now. For a real treat, check out the lyric video for this song.

My favorite line: “Oh, I’m in trouble now, Come kiss me black and blue”

Run the World!!! by Dayglow

Shoutout to Dayglow band! They are a local Austin band so make sure you check them out! This song is perfect if you like happy music while crying over your paper you’re currently writing. They’re music always puts me in the best mood…which you’ll need with all the bio homework sis.

Latch (Acoustic) by Sam Smith

Latch has been in my music library since it came out but when an acoustic version was released, my world changed. Sam Smith’s voice is such a gift and automatically takes me to a happy place.

Do You Hear the People Sing? By Les Miserables Cast

Such a weird recommendation but I swear it inspires me to get work done. I love this movie and this song is one of my favorites from the film. If you like having a bit more substance to what you’re listening to when studying, I recommend listening to musicals rather than a podcast or movie. You’re still getting that structure without having to listen to every single word to understand what’s happening- this is for my multi-tasking friends out there. Before you knock it, check it out.

Colors (Stripped) by Halsey

Unpopular opinion: I love Halsey. A good friend and I had the chance to see her live and ever since that experience, I’ve been a Halsey ride or die. With Colors being one of her biggest hits earlier on in her career, a stripped version of this song is just what everyone needs. Halsey puts so much emotion into each lyric she sings which should inspire you to put in every ounce of energy you have into that lab report you’re working on.

Favorite line: “You’re ripped at every edge, but you’re a masterpiece”

Welcome to the Party ft Zhavia Ward by Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump

Welcome to the party of studying and drowning in coffee? Not too bad. This is the first break song of the playlist so once it comes on, give yourself a song-long rest. This song provides just enough energy plus more to get you through the sesh.

Sleepwalk by Santo & Johnny

If you’re into instrumentals, this is the song for you. This song takes me to Hawaii with the waves crashing on the shore and the sun roasting my face. Give your mind a rest from words and relax.

Wild Nights (Acoustic) by Corey Harper

NEW ARTIST ALERT! I’ve been following Corey Harper for quite some time but I feel like he is so under-appreciated. Acoustic songs are ALWAYS better than the original in my opinion and this song proves it for me. Harper commented through his post on Instagram that this song was made in his bedroom with only a few instruments…pretty impressive.

Moon River by Frank Ocean

This song is life-changing but so is every song Frank Ocean puts out. As one of my favorite songs ever, Ocean as your background noise sounds like the best day you could have.

Favorite line: “We’re all chasing after all the same, Chasing after our ends”

I Found You / Nilda’s Story by benny blanco, Calvin Harris, & Miguel

There isn’t many words said in this song but every word definitely counts. This song gradually builds up and has a chill vibe overall. With the help of three talented artists, you’re able to enjoy this song when you’re stressing over that 4.0.

Honorable Mention: (There’s a lot, I know)

Library Magic by The Head and the Heart

Jet Fuel by Mac Miller

White Mustang by Lana Del Rey


We Don’t Eat by James Vincent McMorrow

Lemondrops by Telana

Like Real People Do by Hozier

Little Boy by Vance Joy

The Longer I Run by Peter Bradley Adams