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Music: A playlist for stressed students

Ali Fernand- Editor-in-Chief

Stress management is one of the hardest things for college students to navigate. One of the best coping mechanisms for this is a chill playlist. Here are a few songs students might enjoy de-stressing to at the end of a day of studying.  

“Top Dog” by Magdalena Bay is a whimsical chillwave song. It features swirling synths that could put anyone in a good mood. The vocals are soft to the ears, and the lyrics can make anyone feel like the coolest person in the room. Listen to this for a positive mood.  

“Just a Stranger” by Kali Uchis featuring Steve Lacy is a banger in every sense of the word. The bass in this song is groovy and fun. The vocals are pleasant to the ears. Listen to this song if you are a little mad at an ex but still want to feel on top of it.  

“Held Down” by Laura Marling is a pleasant indie folk song that is full of passion. Marling has a talent for turning the feeling of yearning into song. It has beautiful guitar and vocals and makes you feel as if you are tucked in the softest satin sheets in the world. Listen to this song to lay down, close your eyes and be transported to somewhere beautiful. 

“Andromeda” by Weyes Blood is as ethereal as music can be. Everything about this song makes one feel as if they are floating in a still body of water. This love ballad is stunning, and it is a must listen for anyone who is a hopeless romantic.  

“Nude” by Radiohead is a stunning ballad from the beloved rock band. This band shines when they take the tempo down and express some emotion. The instrumentals in this song are lovely; headphones are essential for this one. The vocals in this song sound like something Ariel would sing in “The Little Mermaid.” 

“Simulation Swarm” by Big Thief is another indie folk song that is full of whimsy. It is a bit faster paced than Big Thief’s other songs but is a standout in their discography. It has groovy guitars and soft vocals. Listen to this song if you need to take a brief break while studying for a little groove.  

“Ring of Past” by Men I Trust is a detour from this band’s otherwise spacey psychedelic sound. The band made the odd decision to make a disco-influenced song, but it could not have been a better decision. This song has a delicious bass line and ridiculously fun synth lines. Listen to this for a chill but intense groove.  

The last song for this playlist is an oldie but a goodie. “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers is a stunning ballad where he yearns for his lover. This song is beautiful and could make anyone feel in love, even if they are not. Listen to this if you are in the mood for a classic singer-songwriter feeling or if you yearn for love.  

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