An Extensive List of Songs That Will Keep You Sane This Revision Season
While the Easter vacation in America has connotations of partying, intoxication and relief from any academic worries (aka.the notorious Spring Break), at Oxford it’s a different story.
If you have exams in the summer, the joy of reunions with friends, family and most importantly your bed is outweighed by the relentless need to revise. Like most high-stress situations, people react in different ways, from floods of tears to outbursts of anger and everything in between. But regardless of which category you fall into, I have collated a sure-fire set of tunes to alleviate the madness associated with revision and keep you somewhat sane during this emotional period of time.
These people’s preferred course of treatment is one which is completely illogical; when they are in a difficult situation, they embrace their discontent with open arms and listen to downbeat, dreary songs in order to relish in it. They listen to these songs and enter an alternate reality whereby their entire life is a Gossip Girl-like teen drama. These play during a scene where the camera slowly zooms in on them looking out of a window as the raindrops beat against it… if they haven’t been used for this purpose already.
Berlin – RY X
Thirteen – Elliott Smith
Angels – The xx
Fade into You – Mazzy Star
Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez
Mama You’ve Been on My Mind – Jeff Buckley
Shiver – Lucy Rose
These are the people we all aspire to be: the ones who tackle struggles head-on. When the going gets tough, this contingent put on ambient jams - sometimes lacking in lyrical content - and venture into a state of increased focus. These songs, however, are not necessarily fully melancholic in nature, they just inspire a more relaxed mindset to allow for rising above the stress and powering though.
Friends Cleanse – dné
Dawn – RY X
This Old Dog – Mac DeMarco
Thinking of a Place – The War on Drugs
Yes I’m Changing – Tame Impala
BUS RIDE - KAYTRANADA
When Everything Was New - Flume
The most natural response to extreme academic pressure is fury. When you read things that seem as if they will never make sense to you, it is understandable to place fault on the content itself. These songs are best accompanied by a session of throwing objects at walls and breaking pencils in half.
Yuk Foo – Wolf Alice
Pedestrian at Best – Courtney Barnett
No Waves – FIDLAR
What Went Down – Foals
DNA – Kendrick Lamar
Fell in Love with A Girl – The White Stripes
When stress hits us like a ton of bricks, our musical heroes can provide us with a sense of motivation. These people play timeless, ground-breaking tunes and recite every word without fail. They draw on their idols’ major success through hardship and are, in turn, gifted with a much-needed confidence boost. Self-mediated pep talks such as “If Adele can win 6 Grammys in one year, then I can ace my exams” come to mind.
Irreplaceable – Beyoncé
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James
King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar
Ordinary People – John Legend
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
Green Light – Lorde
Often the party animals of their friendship groups, these people think forward to the post-exam boogies that await them. When these people grow tiresome of the mental hole that revision stress has dug for them, they dance their way out of it (usually with the help of caffeine). The motivation behind getting through this time for them is seeing the flashing club lights at the end of the tunnel.
ONE TOO MANY – KAYTRANADA
Daffodils – Mark Ronson ft. Kevin Parker
Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
Perfect Places – Lorde
Nuggets – Mura Masa ft. Bonzai
On Top – Flume ft. T-Shirt
Eeehhh – SOPHIE
Of course, these categories are not mutually exclusive - some people’s listening habits may overlap with all five groups. Nevertheless, with any luck these song recommendations will provide you with ways to overcome the ceaseless monster that is revision. If they don’t help, at the very least, you may have found some new hot tracks to add to your existing playlists.