Coffee can you keep awake, but when it's that late at night, what you really need is a shot of optimism, not espresso. Starbucks is closed by then anyway. These feel-good songs will keep you going and get you ready to tackle on the last of your homework, bringing you closer to the golden prize for a college student: sleep.
1. “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver
Any Bon Iver song is a perfect song for a late-night study playlist, but this one is a personal favorite. The instruments in this song are calming, but the song has just enough build to keep you pumped about homework - if that's even possible.
2. “Faster” by Matt Nathanson
Nathanson has a beautiful and soothing voice. “Faster” is a great choice for your study playlist since it's a perfect blend of peacefulness and excitement. This is a great song to give you a boost of optimism when you feel like you're ready to rip your homework to shreds.
3. “Livin' on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
This song is simply a classic. Not only is the song upbeat to help you stay awake; the lyrics are really motivational. The song reminds you to keep going when you think it's time to give up. If Gina and Tommy can do it, you can do it too.
4. “Ocean” by John Butler Trio
This song is perfect for those who prefer their study music without any vocals. “Ocean” is five minutes of beautiful acoustic guitar playing. The sound of the guitar is the perfect way to help you relax and ease any stress over your homework, but it has the right amount of upbeat rhythm to keep you going strong.
5. “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran
Every time I listen to music while studying, Sheeran is my go-to artist. With a breathtaking voice, insane guitar playing and creative lyrics, his music always manages to bring up my mood and help me relax. This song is mellower than some of his other pieces, but it has a powerful buildup at the end, which is sure to keep you going. The song does double duty with calming nerves and giving motivation.
6. “She Moves in Her Own Way” by The Kooks
Songs by The Kooks are a great way to boost you up. The Kooks are the band that will definitely give you necessary energy when you run out of coffee.
7. “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears
Just some tough love from the one and only - I think the title is self-explanatory.