9 Songs To Get Down To Between Hitting The Books


It seems like summer only began just yesterday, and already it's fall and time to head back to school. All of a sudden, those boiling hot days on the beach and nights out with your friends seems like a distant memory and now your week is full of three things: classes, homework, and serious amounts of studying. It's a complete bummer, but no matter how much work you have to do, you do have to take a break or you'll go crazy (and probably mess up your assignments, too). What better way to unwind than by blasting some seriously amazing music for study breaks and having a mini dance party right in your room?

When you're trying to concentrate, you probably gravitate towards slower songs, ones that you can have on in the background without them distracting you. Classical is good for this, or any kind of music without words. But when you're trying to wake yourself up and shake off the monotony of reading endless pages of a history textbook, you definitely need something more upbeat to get the job done. The next time you find yourself needing a break or a quick reset in your energy levels, here's the perfect playlist to do just that.

Shakka, "Say Nada"

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I first heard this song a few weeks back on BBC Radio 1 Extra in the UK and I immediately fell in love. That sick guitar riff in the opener, the incredible beat, Shakka's voice... I love everything about it, and you will, too. If you don't immediately start bopping your head to this and end up full-on getting down, I'd be shocked.

Pia Mia Featuring Chris Brown & Tyga, "Do It Again"

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You might know Pia Mia best as Kylie Jenner's BFF, but she also does some pretty good pop music. There's something about "Do It Again" that's got a hint of late '90s pop and R&B combined into something incredibly fun and listenable.

Justin Bieber, "What Do You Mean"

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This needs no explanation. While it's not an outwardly hype song, the backing beat is solid and will rejuvenate you if you find yourself falling asleep on top of your Renaissance Literature homework late one night.

Everything Everything, "Spring/Summer/Winter/Dread"

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That's right, you've gotta throw some math rock in there, don't you? Everything Everything's latest album is brilliant all around, but this might be my favorite song ever, not just musically speaking, but lyrically, as well. Who does want to get older?

Chris Brown Featuring Benny Benassi, "Beautiful People"

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This is by no means a new song, but it is an eternal jam and will amp up the energy levels in no time. It's a must have on every upbeat playlist I do, and once you listen, you'll understand why.

Jess Glynne, "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself"

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Jess Glynne constantly brings the jams, and "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" is not only one of the best, it has the most amazing message. You can get down AND boost your self-esteem at the same time.

Major Lazer & DJ Snake, "Lean On"

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Another sorta-oldie but major goodie. I don't know a single person who doesn't absolutely love this song, and for good reason: it's a jam. If this doesn't get you up and moving, nothing will.

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