The lazy days at the end of summer can cause a range of emotions: excitement to go back to or start school, sadness to have to do homework and study again and the thrilling anticipation of a new year. Along with your planner, notebooks and sleek start of the year pens, the best asset for a new school year is a great playlist. This playlist will keep you confident with a mix of new releases and seasoned (but still great) hits. Plus, what’s a back to school playlist without some school-themed songs? Put your headphones in, take a deep breath, and head to class.
This playlist is all about accompanying a fresh, invigorating start to your school year.
Songs like “Begin Again” by Purity Ring and “Good Vibes” by ALMA and Tove Styrke are great morning songs while you’re getting ready to start your day during the year. “You F O” by Stela Cole and “Morning Train (Nine to Five)” by Sheena Easton have bouncy, high-energy instrumentals — great for your drive, walk or bike ride to class.
If you’re looking to stay up to date with new music, this playlist has got your back.
Mixed in are some of this summer’s catchiest releases like “the light is coming” by Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj, “1997 DIANA” by BROCKHAMPTON, “Girls Night Out” by Charli XCX and “Work Out” by Chance the Rapper.
A school-themed playlist wouldn’t be complete without some class-related bops.
“Campus” by Vampire Weekend is a classic. “We Rule the School” by Belle & Sebastian is not necessarily about school, but it’s a great song to balance out some of the more lively songs.
On a bus stop in the town
“We rule the school”
Written for everyone to see and read
If you’re feeling anxious about the start of a new year, try to focus on the exciting possibilities instead of the more dull aspects of school.
When I’m feeling stressed, the best way to distract myself or put myself in a new headspace is to listen to songs I love. “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae and “Good As Hell” by Lizzo always put me in a better mood. I could never get through a semester without at least four playlists to guide me through. Use this playlist as a start, and then make your own! This school year is what you make of it, and if anything, at least it’ll have a great soundtrack.
Also published on Medium.