Let’s face it—we all need uplifting music to help us get through our midterms. Whether it’s slower music with motivational lyrics or upbeat dance music with lyrics that make you feel like a baddie, music is an amazingly effective supplement to every study routine.
So, to help you get you through your midterms, I’ve put together a list of the best (new-ish) songs out there that will you give you that extra motivational boost you need!
Nightmare – Halsey
This upbeat and inspiring song by Halsey serves to remind us to live unapologetically and to stop thinking we owe anyone anything—a perfect anthem to push you through those last final weeks of midterms just when you feel like you can’t make it!
Together – Sia
This fun and uplifting song by Sia is a positive reinforcement in itself. The lyrics focus on the importance of speaking out as well as coming together with others in unity, and the music video alone provokes all kinds of happy, warm feelings that you’ll need to keep your mind on the right track as you brave through those exams.
How You Like That – BLACKPINK
BLACKPINK takes an epic spin on this instant dance favorite by incorporating both Korean and English throughout the lyrics. The beat makes you want to get up and move, which is important to do every once in a while as you study. This is one of those songs that really just makes you feel like a baddie who can accomplish literally anything, so be sure to keep this one in your rotation!
Juice – Lizzo
Another feel-good must, Lizzo’s “Juice” is a great upbeat song that promotes body positivity and the importance of knowing your self-worth. This is another one that’ll make you wanna dance, so definitely play it again during your study break!
You Should See Me in a Crown – Billie Eilish
Part of Billie Eilish’s breakout album, this song was inspired by a line on the BBC series Sherlock and was transformed into this badass pop–trap masterpiece that focuses on overcoming obstacles and making it to the top, which is perfectly fitting for getting you through those midterms! Side note: watch the vertical music video if you’re into spiders for some weird reason…
Lights Up – Harry Styles
This new song by Harry Styles is an inspiring and uplifting tribute to all people who are struggling to come to terms with who they are. In the song, he encourages us to embrace who we are, which is just the kick we need to keep our confidence in check as we struggle through our midterms!
Know Your Worth – Khalid ft. Disclosure
Another contagiously dance-worthy beat that reminds us to love ourselves and refuse to be treated any less than we deserve, it’s no wonder why Know Your Worth made the cut! Keep this one in your rotation to give you that constant reminder that you’re exactly enough—even if your grades might not always agree.
Rain on Me – Lady Gaga ft. Ariana Grande
This new duet by two of the most iconic popstars of our time speaks about dealing with trauma and carrying baggage in such a way that you are not defined by it but are rather strengthened by your resilience. A powerful and uplifting message paired with some first-class vocals, Rain on Me will definitely be showing up more than once on your study playlist!
You Say – Lauren Daigle
Although Lauren Daigle is a Christian singer–songwriter, the message in this breakout hit speaks to people of all religious and spiritual backgrounds by reminding us all that we ARE enough despite our shortcomings and fears. Play this song on repeat when you’re struggling through that final hurdle!
Daisies – Katy Perry
This beautifully symbolic anthem about chasing your dreams is inspiring to say the least. In this song, Katy Perry unapologetically lets the world know she won’t give up till she’s literally pushing up daisies, which is all the motivation we need to do the same!
Most Girls – Hailee Steinfeld
This upbeat pop banger is not just for dancing—it’s also a big middle finger to people who say girls have to be “different than other girls” in order to be special. Hailee Steinfeld’s message is that ALL women are special and should lift one another up to combat those who say otherwise, and what better way to reinforce our worth and our capability as we forge onward through those pesky midterms?!
Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
If you’re starting to notice a theme here, then you won’t be surprised by this choice. Sorry Not Sorry is yet another amazingly empowering song about rising above criticism and the fear of failure to embrace who you are and where you are in your life. It’s also another giant middle finger to those who said we’d never succeed, so that’s definitely a plus!
Champion of the World – Coldplay
Definitely one of the most relevant and inspiring songs on this list, Champion of the World mirrors Katy Perry’s resistance against accepting failure in Daisies. The lyrics focus on the struggle of constantly facing uphill battles without allowing yourself to become discouraged or give up. This song will motivate you during your darkest hours as you take on your midterms. And when you’ve made it through, you’ll really feel like a champion!
Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
Another great song to dance to, Don’t Start Now is all about moving on from bad situations and not looking back. It’s a catchy and upbeat celebration of personal independence that should motivate all of us to forge onward—even if only through another week of midterms!
Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande
Although this hit has been out for a while, its message will always be relevant and spot-on. Like Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande recalls her past relationships and struggles with gratitude because they helped her grow emotionally and move forward with her life—a simple yet powerful reminder that we need to embrace and learn from our mistakes rather than allow them to define us!
Did these songs help get you through your midterms? Comment your favorites below!
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Jamie graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is an aspiring writer, professional editor/proofreader, and piano player. In her free time, Jamie enjoys reading classic literary works, composing music, and playing Xbox with her husband!