The Finals Countdown (Playlist)

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By The KTSW Music Department

Finals week has officially hit Texas State’s stomping grounds and we have the perfect Spotify playlist to ease your stress. Being a completely student-run staff we know your pains this week and complied a list of 12 motivating tracks to get you through this week. We’re here for you on the other side, Bobcats. Best of luck!


1. “I’ve Got A Reason To Keep On Living” by Babes: “Complete with a swirling instrumental melody and catchy hook, this feel-good track from the debut album of L.A. based band, Babes will calm your nerves even by the one minute mark. Good luck this week fellow Bobcats!” – Janelle Abad, Music Director

2. “Something Soon” by Car Seat Headrest: “We all need something to be over soon… and that is exams. We also all want holidays to come sooner-who doesn’t love spending time with family and friends. This song (for me at least) gets me anxious for the break.” – Brittany Robinson, Assistant Music Director

3. “Song For A Friend” by Pastels/Tenniscoats: “At about 3 or 4 o’ clock in the morning, it’s going to occur to you that it’s 3 or 4 o’ clock in the morning and you’re still studying to no avail. As waves of bitter realization and stress begin to wash over your body, it’s important to step back, calm down, stop studying and just breathe. Whilst breathing listen to this song and all your troubles will seem to fade. Suddenly, you find yourself on a beach, sun beaming down on your comfortably naked body. A soft breeze passes over you and a light strand of hair catches itself on the corner of your mouth. The sound of the waves in the background gently caresses your eardrum as you quint at the piercing but pleasant sunlight. Of course, this only a temporary lull but it’s nonetheless essential to easing the woes inherently based in all that is finals week. Now get back to work, so we can all Christmas!” – Tafari Robertson,  Assistant Music Director

4. “The Bitter Boogie” by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: “It’s late Tuesday night. You’re still up combing the Alkek database for academic articles and finishing that fifth cup of coffee. You’re in it until the bitter end. King Gizzard knows the struggle and offers you a calm, harmonious blues song free of electronic instrumentation to keep you focused on the task at hand. You’re so close to the finish line, you’ve got this.” – Wes Boland, Other Side Drive Host

5. “This Here Giraffe” by The Flaming Lips: “While stressing about the upcoming exams and papers that are due what’s better than contemplating your existence on this planet? Wayne Coyne’s scratchy voice is ear-splitting and soothing at the same time. Just relax and breathe. It’s all going to be alright.” – Troy Burke

6. “Green Aisles” by Real Estate: “This song will provide chill vibes, whether you zone out during a study break or use it for background music during low-key study sessions.” – Brie East

7. “Atomic Bomb” by William Onyeabor: “This song is the perfect description of how I feel about finals: “I’m gonna explode, I’m gonna to explode.” It’s also nice and long. One listen is a good 8 minutes of studying…or crying (or exploding).” – Kendra Sells

8. “Trommer Og Bass” by Andre Bratten: “Why? Because when I study I have to listen to things that are sparse and repetitive but still hold my attention on a musical level. What does that better than a slinky, minimal techno track like this? It’s equal parts musically entertaining (I dig menacing/sinister dance music) and noninvasive enough to allow me to concentrate.” – Tre Simmons

9. “A Walk” by Tycho: “This is one of my absolute favorite songs to study to. It has no lyrics, so it acts as nice and calming background music – which is perfect to help keep you in a studying mood.” – Allison Belcher

10. “Weekend” by Mac Miller (feat. Miguel): “This song captures the stress that comes from a busy schedule and crazy life, but it also has a hopeful tone that makes you feel like what you’re going through isn’t that bad. The weeks may be hard and grueling, but remember: everything will be good by the weekend/end of the semester.” – Taryn Peters, The Cypher host

11. “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar: “During finals everybody is going through the struggle. Don’t stress, get rest, and take a deep breath, we gon’ be alright!” – Alexx Ward, Rap Music Director

12. “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child: “This has been my pre-test pump up jam since middle school!” – Brooke Adams

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