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The fall semester is finally in full swing! Unfortunately, this means that with each passing day, the number of homework assignments, papers, and midterms continues to grow and grow. Most days, I’m able to plan out a schedule for myself, so I can get a decent amount of sleep. However, on rare occasions, even with a schedule, the amount of work I have to do keeps me up to obscenely late hours in the night. It’s during times like these that there is only one thing that I find solace in: music.

I believe that music is a universal language. Even though everyone doesn’t like the same songs or even the same genre of music, we can agree that we all have our favorite songs that make us

“feel some type of way”
– Rich Homie Quan


Regrettably, I’ve noticed that a lot of times when people listen to songs, they gloss over the lyrics. This is unfortunate because lyrics are what really makes up and conveys the message of the song. 

Below I’ve included SOME of the songs I listen to when I find myself working in the library, a couple hours from sunrise, with no one to keep me company. Before each song, I’ve included a choice lyric – one that I feel resonates with me the most during my late nights in the library. Clicking play on the videos will take you to precisely those lyrics. The songs below are by no means my favorite songs (I’m saving those for another blog post); they simply help me focus and re-motivate myself.

So without further adieu here are 15 SONGS YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO if you’re stressing over the work you have to get done.

1. We Are The Champions – Queen

We are the champions, my friends,
And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end.

2. Superheroes – The Script

When you’ve been fighting for it all your life
You’ve been struggling to make things right
That’s how a superhero learns to fly
(Every day, every hour, turn that pain into power)

3. Lose Yourself – Eminem

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

4. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy

5. Warriors – Imagine Dragons

Here we are, don’t turn away now,
We are the warriors that built this town.

6. The Climb – Miley Cyrus

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side
It’s the climb

7. I Lived – One Republic

I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

8. The Motto – Drake

Now she want a photo
You already know though
You only live once ‒ that’s the motto, YOLO

9. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

10. Chandelier – Sia

I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry

11. Not Afraid – Eminem

And I just can’t keep living this way
So starting today, I’m breaking out of this cage
I’m standing up, I’ma face my demons
I’m manning up, I’ma hold my ground
I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now!

12. Let It Go – Idina Menezel (Frozen)

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
I’m free!

13. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’

14. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor

Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

15. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

Phew! You made it! Hopefully some of these lyrics helped you regain your motivation.