Exam Playlist: Music to your aid

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It is that time of the year again, when the exams are drawing closer, the average student’s studying hours have increased ten – fold and parents are petrified of the fact that their hardworking, sincere and determined children have started skipping their sleep for two – three days consecutively. Alternatively, you are the student who is yet to start the syllabus and your parents are imploring you to. Here are a set of tunes that should keep you motivated and this playlist should give you the necessary boost to tackle the possibility of you turning into a zombie –

Songs to pump you up

Baar Baar Haan – Lagaan – I do not think that there is any other song in the world that is as competitive as this one. This song definitely motivates a person to give it his/her all and teaches them to never back down. What it also ends up doing is that it tells you to cheat in the exams when it says – ‘Toot gayi to ungli uthi, Paancho mili to ban gayi muthi’ – implying that if you are not able to finish your paper by yourself you should always take the help of others because together you are stronger.

 Eye of the Tiger – Survivor – Some rock songs can always make you head bang and get rid of the clog that you sustain in your brain after going through the same text book again and again. You might even end up imagining yourself wearing boxing gloves (the song featured in the Rocky series), pounding every atom out of a question paper. The lyrics – ‘It’s the eye of the tiger it’s the thrill of the fight, rising up to the challenge of our rivals” will surely end up motivating you as well.


Songs that calm you down

Yeh Housala – Dor – Let’s assume, that you are more accustomed to semi – classical music and the only way to bring down your stress is by singing along a melodious song such as this one. The lyrics are strong and maybe your particular passion for this genre of music allows you to connect with it. It also gets you in a calm peace of mind. Especially the lyrics – “Manzil mushkil to kya?” can calm you down and make sure you pursue your goal in a calculated and composed manner.


Allah Ke Bande – Kailash Kher – This beauty of a song is there to make you feel comfortable whenever you press the play button. It is just the song that calms you down and tells you that tomorrow will come again, but you need to strive harder today, smile today without taking any stress. “Allah ke bande hasde jo bhi ho kal fir aayega”. Let’s assume you are behind in your efforts to complete your syllabus. Calm down, rather than trying to read everything, it is better to understand for the amount you do read.


Songs that you can play in the background

Havana – Kenny G – Havana is an instrumental track compiled by legendary clarinet player Kenny G. The song is groovy and will come in handy when you require minimal distraction, but enough melody to keep you awake and charged up to be in sync with your textbooks.  Havana is a Latin American groove that will surely get you in the mood to study.

Something About Us – Daft Punk – This Daft Punk classic is groovy, trippy and has minimum vocals on it. The background fillers used by the sheer mastery of the production skills of the Daft Punk duo, can keep you concentrated on a single thought. If you are thinking about studying, then you’ll end up understanding every bit of information written on your notebooks.

We suggest you don’t listen to catchy music with lyrics while you study theory. It doesn’t help much. Instead you should go for instrumental tracks like the one’s mentioned above.

Songs that you listen to in the moments of desperation

Be Still – The Killers – This song is extremely helpful in the final hours before your exams. The night before the exam is best suited for this song. It is a lyrical treat with poetry like – “May your limits be unknown, may your efforts be your own.” It helps you calm down, even in such a tensed situation.

­­Tera Mera Rishta Puraana – Aawarapan – When it is extremely desperate, and you have no other choice, this song should help you deal with­ the frustration and stress quite efficiently. Remembering the almighty creator the night before the exams is the best option available to you. Funny how you can care less about faith throughout the year (“Tera Yakin Kyun Maine Kiya Nahin”) and just before the exams you end up justifying your ‘eternal bond’ (“Tera Mera Rishta Puraana”) with ‘the creator’.

Pehle To Kabhi Kabhi Gham Tha – Altaf Raja – When all else fails, and there is no other option available to, all you can do is crib about how life was unfair to you. I could have suggested “Give me some sunshine” to you people but then no other song is as sad and melancholic as this one. Although the lyrics are meant for your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend you can use it in another context, one where you narrate this song to your personified subject syllabus.

DU Beat team would like to wish you a happy learning experience, one where you end up finishing your course, and you do so without many hindrances. We hope these songs come to your use in the situations mentioned above.


Ishaan Sengupta believes meeting people and understanding their differences gives him kick and a good trip. Hailing from the city of joy, he carries along with him the bong culture of "living and breathing" music, food and art. The socially awkward correspondent in team, he's currently pursuing a Bachelor with Honors in Economics from Motilal Nehru College. His favorite cartoon shows are Teletubbies and Dragon Ball Z. Do drop him a mail at [email protected] in case you want to give him some free advice or want to meet him personally.

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