Top 10 Artists/Bands You Need on Your Study Playlist

College usually means studying and with studying comes stress. However, have no fear—we have the study playlist of your dreams to get you through it!

We want to hook you up with the top 10 artists/bands that need to be on your study playlist to encourage you to get the best grade possible!

1. Mac Demarco

Demarco is a musician that is influenced by many music genres such as rock, alternative, electronic, folk and indie music. Songs like “Chamber Of Reflection” and “This Old Dog” can be extremely relaxing while studying. However, songs like “Salad Days” and “Blue Boy” are sure ways to wake you up during all-nighters and keep you grooving on your way to an A+.

2. Alabama Shakes

Miss the beach? Hate being stressed? Well, you are in luck! One listen to Alabama Shakes and you’ll imagine yourself somewhere on the pretty white sands of the Gulf Shores. This band is the perfect getaway for when you wanna just forget about school for 3-4 minutes.

3. Hozier

With R&B, gospel, soul and blues influence, Hozier is a clear-cut favorite by many students for studying. One listen to his self-titled album will make you understand why. Besides “Take Me To Church”,  Hozier offers music that reaches a wide range of music lovers.

4. George Ezra

It is a well-known fact that the English have given us some pretty good musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Adele and The Beatles. George Ezra is nowhere near as legendary as these artist, but he is extremely talented. Whether it’s the deep raspy voice, the beautifully written lyrics or the addicting melodies, you will definitely be adding Ezra to your playlist.

5. Jack Johnson

Sometimes when you’re studying you can’t help but dream of a tropical, relaxing place. By adding Jack Johnson to your playlist, he will definitely help take you to that special happy place. The tropical undertones in Johnson’s music make it a necessity for studying because we all want summer year-round.

6. James Bay

Going through a heartbreak? Is class breaking your heart? Either way James Bay will mend that heart with the passion he puts into his music. Bay’s music is perfect for a study break or to give an extra push to finish studying so you can dance!

7. Sam Smith

Nobody can write anything that will ever do this man’s voice justice. If you do not have Sam Smith on your playlist…go add his music, like now.

8. John Mayer

The man, the myth, the legend. This should be a no-brainer to most, but if you’re not on the John Mayer bandwagon by now, I HIGHLY encourage you to give him a listen. From his soft voice to his acoustic melodies, Mayer is everything blues is supposed to be.

9. Ed Sheeran

Umm…do I need to say much? It’s Ed Sheeran. He’s the total package.

10. Frank Ocean

Last, but certainly not least, is Frank Ocean. His music is not only influential, but it is well thought out and he’s known as one of the top artists in the R&B genre. His debut album “Channel Orange” came out in 2012 with masterpieces like “Pyramids” and “Bad Religion”. To this day, his album is widely respected and includes a few Grammy nominations upon its release. As an artist Frank Ocean is extremely artistic, and with his new album “Blonde” there is plenty of new music for your listening pleasure.

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making an entirely new playlist, don’t worry we got you covered! Follow the official Cengage Spotify playlist here.

Which artists/bands would you put on your study playlist? Share them in the comments.


Brandon was born in San Antonio, Texas, and attends Texas Tech University, where he is studying Journalism with a minor in Public Relations. He’s the first person in his family to attend college. He’s proud to be the one to pave the way for those younger than him and for those who simply do not have the opportunity to receive an education. Brandon takes pride in his Latino roots and says that without his large family to challenge him, he would not be where he is today. He is able to be a role model to younger members of his family and benefit from the support of older family role models.

Brandon currently works part-time for the financial aid office at Texas Tech and is a full time radio DJ, music festival correspondent and on air personality for the Texas Tech affiliated radio station, KTXT 88.1. He also works with news organizations within Texas Tech, but is most proud of his two podcasts about sports and music, which he single-handedly wrote, edited, advertised and produced.

On top of all these accomplishments, Brandon is proud to be a two-time student ambassador for Cengage. He has learned many lessons through being a student ambassador that he believes will help him succeed throughout and beyond college. After college, he plans to work with a news organization or radio station as a music and sports journalist. He also hopes to continue to produce his podcasts and create a public identity for himself. He looks forward to the future and dedicates much of his success thus far to the lessons he learned from working at Cengage.

6 replies
  1. Destiny says:

    I love everything about this blog! Music is so important to the way that I learn! I am very into classic rock, so my study playlist is heavily influenced by Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Joan Jett, Prince, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty, and Melissa Etheridge. Well done!

  2. Alisia Colon says:

    I had no idea Cengage has their own Spotify playlist… how cool! As for me I like to study by listening to music that’s more instrumental than lyrical, so my go to artists are Flume and Odesza!

  3. Jessica Bramlett says:

    I love so many people on this list Brandon! I haven’t heard of Alabama Shakes though, and will be sure to check them out. I would add James Morrison to my list 🙂

  4. Francisco Rubio Fernandez says:

    Mac Demarco is awesome dude! I would any Pixies album to that list, Doolittle is a good starting point.

  5. Amari Smothers says:

    Great blog! I am definitely a John Mayer and Frank Ocean fan especially when it comes to study music. John Mayer’s music really lets me focus in on my study material while still giving me the option to sing along.


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