Finals Soundtrack – Revamp your Listening Habits

Listening to music is a staple for university students. Seeing as we just finished mid-terms and are entering finals season, university students will be plugged into their playlists 24/7. If you’re looking for something fresh or just some tips to get the most out of your music, you have come to the right place!


What’s new this week?

This week, a couple of artists announced the release of their new music. First, Shawn Mendes announced and released his 2022 song “When You’re Gone” with the music video coming out a few days later.


Harry Styles also announced that he would be releasing music on April 1st. He pulled a great April Fool’s prank, releasing “As it Was” complete with a music video on March 31st!


Tips to Keep it Fresh:

  1. Don’t forget the throwbacks!

Sometimes the best thing to listen to is the music you haven’t heard in a while. If you’re feeling nostalgic but don’t know where to start, go to Spotify (or any music streaming provider)  and look up playlists from your desired decade, genre, or artist. Guaranteed you will find something!


      2. Full Albums

If you have one specific song that you love by an artist and want more, try listening to the complete album it came from. This lets you have more of that artist while switching it up. I find that a song gets annoying the more I put it on repeat.


       3. Keep your goals in mind

If you are trying to focus, heavy metal might not be the best thing. Classical music, on the other hand, has been shown to increase concentration levels. According to an article written by CMUSE (2019), “Researchers […] have found that listening to classical music has [fostered] creativity, reduced blood pressure, lowered stress, increased memory abilities, and helped relieve depression” (para.2). Seeing as there are so many health and cognitive benefits to listening to classical music, it may be good to turn it on while studying. Other music may distract you and hinder your concentration, however, everyone is different. Personally, I have different genres for different types of work and moods (I feel like this is true for many people).