Tunes for Final Exams: A Rock Playlist

With only a month left of Fall semester, we all need something to get us through the final stretch. Staff writer Paolo Arellano has compiled a playlist of classic and alternative rock songs to accompany those late nights studying, or for when you just need a break.

1 “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

One of Led Zeppelin’s most famous songs — as well as one of its most relaxing ones — “Stairway to Heaven” is a variety of soft acoustic melodies with a classic guitar solo.

2 “Closer to the Sun” by Slightly Stoopid

Slightly Stoopid is an American band from Ocean Beach, California. This short song contains euphoric and uplifting melodies. The only bad part about it, is that it is only two minutes long.

3 “What I Got” by Sublime

Hailing from Long Beach, California, Sublime is known to have created a new genre called skate rock. Skate rock is typically enjoyed by skaters and beach cruisers. This jam will remind you of the ease that follows the end of the semester, as well as the beginning of winter break.

4 “Light My Fire” by The Doors

Yet another classic rock song from the late 1960s, “Light My Fire” is one of the most popular songs by The Doors. It’s a seven-minute rock classic with flare and variety, including a keyboard solo that lasts a while. It should sustain you while doing work.

5 “We Are The People” by
Empire of the Sun

From the album “Walking on a Dream,” Empire of the Sun executes this perfect relaxing tempo that won’t make you fall asleep.

6 “Santeria” by Sublime

Sublime’s music tends to have that beachy sound and heavy surfer or skateboarder feel. This vibe can help with de-stressing and keeping spirits up.

7 “Californication” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

No playlist is complete without a song by Red Hot Chili Peppers, especially a soft-sounding tune like “Californication.” It is five minutes packed with great vocals by Anthony Kiedis and another guitar solo that’ll give you chills.

8 “Walking on a Dream” by
Empire of the Sun

With the lyrics, “We are always running for the thrill of it, thrill of it/Always pushing up the hill, searching for the thrill of it,” this song will motivate you to push through the tough school days.

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