Column: 10 songs to study to during the summer semester

Kristina DaPonte, deputy lifestyle editor

It may be summer, Huskies, but classes are still happening. What music will accompany the study sessions to come? There are two sides to this coin: while some people prefer upbeat tunes for studying, others would rather listen to calming, more serene compositions. But there is a grey area: here’s a hybrid playlist perfect for a coffee shop study session, with music that’s infused with just enough energy to get you through an all-nighter. Listen here!

“Sarah and the Moon” by Winkler

On their debut album “For You, Now,” Boston-based indie band Winkler delivers an emotionally charged hit with this space-themed ballad. “Sarah and the Moon” is a dreamy tune with an energetic buildup and, along with the rest of the album, is perfect for a cram session.

“I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am” by Arctic Monkeys

A funky, upbeat song in a sea of more grounded tunes, “I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am” is the perfect pick-me-up song for a study session. An orchestral backdrop and retro guitar sound frame the second song on the band’s newest album as a danceable, energetic rollercoaster ride.

“Paris, Texas” by Lana Del Rey (feat. SYML)

In a word, “Paris, Texas” is pretty. Fresh off of Lana Del Rey’s ninth studio album, this song samples SYML’s piano track from “I Wanted to Leave” and is sure to create a sense of calm for the listener with its elegant instrumentals, from the lilting piano to the background orchestral.

“Seventh Grade” by Katie Dolce

A second-year criminal justice and psychology student by day and singer-songwriter by night, Katie Dolce’s first album “Swallowing a Stone” is an acoustic portfolio of songs about secrets, reliance and exploration. Similar to the rest of the album’s songs, “Seventh Grade” relies on Dolce’s vocals and her acoustic guitar to tell an honest story of both certainty and uncertainty.

“The Loneliest Time” by Carly Rae Jepsen (feat. Rufus Wainwright)

Recent Springfest headliner Carly Rae Jepsen closed out her 2022 album “The Loneliest Time” with a song of the same name. The title track of her latest album is a bubbly tune chronicling loneliness and a reunion with an ex, and the inclusion of musician Rufus Wainwright brings the song to a new level.

“Keep Driving” by Harry Styles

Many of the tracks from the Grammy’s 2023 Album of the Year “Harry’s House” were songs of the summer — and “Keep Driving” was no exception. The stream-of-consciousness lyrics reminisce happy days past and ignore future problems, yet the song is jaunty enough to keep you driving during assignments and finals.

“Chaise Longue” by Wet Leg

The winner of Best Alternative Music Performance at the 2023 Grammy Awards, indie rock duo Wet Leg’s debut single is a catchy, tongue-in-cheek tune, and the deadpan delivery of the distinctive lyrics only adds to the song’s uniqueness. “Chaise Longue” is a lot of things — gritty, absurd, sarcastic, fun, humorous — but, most importantly, it’s an instant mood-booster.

“Kill Bill” by SZA

The most successful single off of SZA’s most recent album, “Kill Bill” depicts a revenge fantasy that recalls the 2003 movie of the same name. An enticing chorus and groovy R&B music cement this crime of passion tune as one of the artist’s best. For the readers, don’t kill your ex — kill your assignments!

“Mr Schwartz” by Arctic Monkeys

The penultimate song on “The Car,” “Mr Schwartz” is another Monkeys song that relies on a swelling orchestra to set the scene. The lyrics provide some of the most vivid imagery of the album, creating a mysterious, almost foreboding character that follows the song from its acoustic croon to orchestral buildup.

“Aurora” by Daisy Jones & The Six

This rock song by Fleetwood Mac-esque fictional band Daisy Jones & The Six is another pick-me-up tune for when you’re about to fall asleep; the beat is reminiscent of a summer road trip song and the vocals become increasingly hypnotic as the song progresses. But despite the repeating lyrics, “I kinda think I wanna make it last forever,” the all-too-common mood during this time, the summer semesters won’t last too long.