8 On-Point Spotify Playlists To Get You Through Finals Week

It feels like just yesterday we were lying in the beaming sun, working on a soft summer bronze and all of a sudden it’s December and finals are in a week. Your stress levels have increased, your sanity has begun to slip, and self-hygiene is nonexistent.

With these mood-based Spotify playlists, you will make it through this difficult time with only a few mental scratches.

Movie Scores:

Soundtrack for Study by Filtr Canada is an array of the background music you have heard in your favorite movies. From “Game of Thrones” to “Gone Girl” to “The Dark Knight Rises” these instrumentals will keep you motivated and focused.

All Smiles:

For when you start to feel down in the dumps over the hours of studying yet to come, Happy To Be Homeby Spotify will pick you right up. With the perfect songs to keep you smiling while you write that ten-page paper for a class your advisor made you take. Featuring artists like Grizzly Bear, The Temper Trap, The Local Natives, and The Head and The Heart, this playlist is sure to turn that frown upside down.

Acoustics and Pumpkin Spice Lattes:

To pair with the leafless trees and the coffee in your hand, Winter Acoustics by Spotify is the relaxing indie music you need. Fleet Foxes, Vance Joy, and Sufjan Stevens are just a few of the brilliant names featured in this mix.

Dance Break:

Mood Booster by Spotify contains the upbeat pick-me-up songs to help you shake out the jitters. Mixed with throwbacks like U2’s “Beautiful Day” and Justin Beiber’s “What Do You Mean”, this assortment of songs will keep you dancing until you’re ready to return to the books.


Being a HUGE fan of throwbacks myself, I couldn’t help but suggest two playlists for this category.

  1. For those of you that love the classics, and I’m talking Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, and Michael Jackson, Songs Everybody Knows created by Spotify user Brian Kozak is your go to. As Elton John belts the lyrics to “Tiny Dancer” you’ll get the boost of energy your tired fingers needed.

  1. Acoustic cover? Sure. Acoustic cover of “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by Darkness? ABSOLUTELY.Throwback the Covers by Spotify contains all the songs you need to hear, with a new twist.

Classical Pop Covers:

If you’re a lover of Ryan Seacrest’s “American Top 40” or simply enjoy a catchy tune, “Pop Goes Classicalby Spotify is your new relaxing go to. The playlist has a mixture of songs from Adele’s “Rumor Has It” to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”, but this time they’re covered by orchestras.

Rap It Out:

You know when you’re reviewing your study guide and you realize NONE of this was discussed in lecture? If you enjoy J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, or Big Sean, Strength of Street Knowledgeby Spotify will help you rap the anger out.

These magnificent playlists will leave you feeling like you can take on the world, or maybe just the stress of finals week. Now, while you’re typing ten-page papers and going through the hundreds of flashcards you’ve made, you’ll have the perfect music to accompany you (and hopefully decrease the pain).

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