As I have been locked up in my dorm studying for final exams and writing unreasonably long papers that professors will only read half of, I have also been listening to some my favorite albums. I find that good music can help counteract writing a tedious paper or studying for a final exam. But there are certain albums that need to be listened to for certain classes and subjects.

Last semester while studying for my Human Sexuality final, I found that any Prince album helped me stay focused. I suggest either “Purple Rain” or “1999.” For history papers focusing on the 1980s, the Reagan administration and what really went down back then, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” is always a good pick.  If you can’t decipher his lyrics on your own, I’ll let you in on a secret: It is not an endorsement of Reagan. For chemistry tests, I would recommend “The Velvet Underground & Nico” because if you are studying chemistry, at some point, you’re going to need a little heroin. (Just kidding. Kids, that shit will melt your brain.)

Thus far, I have not been very courteous to those studying the humanities. If you are a Women’s and Gender Studies major, I recommend Carole King’s “Tapestry.”  It’s never too late to begin studying for a final exam; if you are studying for an African American Studies class, here are some artists that I endorse: Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters if you are writing a paper on who really invented rock ‘n’ roll. “The Chronic” is always a controversial choice, but listening to it is an experience in itself. But, for me, it will always be The Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main St.” and Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks.”

What are your finals music must-haves?

-Brysan Brown

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