The sun is shining, the skies are finally blue and cloudless, and the leaves on the trees and blades of grass on the ground are finally lush and green after what was, for most of us, one long, dragged-out winter. And what does this mean for college students?
Nothing but quarantining themselves in the library while binging on energy drinks and Ramen noodles for that dreaded span of time known only as finals week. Here’s a look at three tracks that should earn a spot on every student’s crunch-time study playlist to help them survive, and conquer, the only obstacles drawing the line between sleepless nights in study rooms and the promise of summer vacation.
1. “Party Hard” – Andrew W.K.
Andrew W.K.’s hard rockin’ party anthem was probably a staple on most frat houses’ Friday night playlists, but this guitar-driven gem is a surefire way to get the blood pumping and adrenaline spiking; a must have when it’s 3:00 a.m and the Red Bull is starting to wear off. Plus, the gang-vocal shouts of “Party hard!” that make up the chorus will remind students of what’s in store when they walk out of the exam hall doors for the last time.
2. “A Collect Call to Arms” – Farewell
Sometimes all it takes to push through those last few hours of an all-night study session is a little bit of inspiration, and synth-pop outfit Farewell brings it in a big way with their bouncy track off Run It Up the Flagpole. Even when you’re down and out, feeling like Philosophy is going to drag your GPA down faster than an avalanche, the spirited power chords and jaunty vocals recounting zero-to-hero stories will surely be enough to turn any frown upside down.
3. “Don’t Let Her Pull You Down” – New Found Glory
New Found Glory is one of those quintessential band’s that bring as much energy they can muster on every release. Their most current album, Not Without a Fight, is no exception. Not only is the record title a battle cry for students to shout before walking into their testing room, but replace the word “her” with “this test” in the title of this raw emotion, punchy guitar focused track with some expertly done full-band shouts, and the song transforms from a pop-punk jam against a lousy girlfriend to one full of angsty screams like a rally call against taking tests.