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The best songs to get you through finals week

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Sophomore Lauren Tolliver jams out while studying.
Sophomore Lauren Tolliver jams out while studying.

I hate to be the one to remind you, but finals week is right around the corner.

If you’re anything like me, you’re already feeling the impending doom. Everything feels like it’s piling up; you’re drowning in a never ending sea of papers, exams and final projects. 

Luckily, I’m here to help you out and give you some motivation. I’ve curated the perfect set of songs to get you through the hell that is finals week.

You and your grades will be thanking me later.

‘Work Bitch’ - Britney Spears

This is the ultimate motivational song. You want to pass your classes? You want to succeed in life? Britney says it best: You better work, bitch.

Crank this song as you study for your exams. Feel Britney’s voice and motivation coursing through your veins. Imagine her speaking directly to you; you wouldn’t want to disappoint Britney, would you?

‘Beautiful, Dirty, Rich’ - Lady Gaga

‘Rich Girl’ - Gwen Stefani feat. Eve

These songs could be your future if you pass your exams and graduate college. You could spend your days rolling in money, partying and being gorgeous with not a care in the world. Keep this in mind as you go into your finals.

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‘D.R.F.S.R.’ - Warrant

After imagining what it’d be like to be rich, this song will really bring that vision to life. You’ll be driving fancy Italian cars, eating tons of caviar and lighting your cigarettes with hundred dollar bills. You’ll be dirty, rotten, filthy stinking rich as long as you make it through exam week.

‘Liability’ - Lorde

‘Killer’ - Phoebe Bridgers

‘I Bet on Losing Dogs’ - Mitski

I know, these songs seem extremely out of place, but hear me out: Finals week is extremely stressful, and at one point or another, you’re going to cry. At least put on some music worth crying to while you have your breakdown; it’ll make it feel more cinematic.

Let it all out and allow yourself to feel the pain. There is so much pain.

Now back to motivation.

‘Don’t Stop’ - Fleetwood Mac

After your meltdown, you’ll need something cheery and upbeat. This is the perfect track. Just keep thinking about what’s to come and how much better your life is going to be after finals week.

‘I’m a Winner, Baby’ - RuPaul

This song will have you feeling like you just won “Drag Race,” and that’s exactly the energy you need going into finals week. You’re going to feel unstoppable as you sashay into the exam room, serving looks and brains.

‘Did It On’em’ -  Nicki Minaj

After you spend all week studying and preparing, you’ll leave the exam room definitely feeling like you did it on’em. Simple as that. Put your number twos in the air as you walk out.

‘When I Grow Up’ - The Pussycat Dolls

This song is the epitome of fantasizing. When you grow up and leave college, you could do anything, but you’ve gotta get through finals first. Listen to this as you’re cramming in some last minute studying and remind yourself what you’re working toward.

‘Cheers (Drink to That)’ - Rihanna

After finals week is over, you’ll want to celebrate by going out for the weekend. Think about how hard that Brick Street Trashcan is going to hit after all of your hard work. It’ll feel even better if you pass your exams.

‘All Too Well (10 Minute Version)’ - Taylor Swift

One more song to cry to, just for good measure.

‘9 to 5’ - Dolly Parton

This song may be about the corporate machine that is America, but us college students can relate to it, too. Like Dolly says, we’re barely getting by. Let this one resonate with you and think about how once you’re out of school, you will be living and loving life.

You will not be another cog in the machine.

‘I’m Going Home’ - The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This song is going to be you after finals week — you’ll finally be going home for the summer, free to do whatever you want without academic stress.

If this list of songs isn’t enough to motivate you to get through finals week, I’m sorry, but you might be hopeless. How could you not feel motivated by Britney Spears repeatedly telling you to get to work? Don’t you fantasize about getting out of here and making money?

Good luck with finals, but if you listen to my list of motivational tunes, you aren’t going to need it.