Music is the universal language of mankind.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is scientifically proven that listening to music while studying can help you relax and stay focused for long periods of time. Luckily, there are so many free streaming services out there to stream music as you study.

You may have heard of the popular YouTube stream called “lofi hip hop radio” by Lofi Girl, which streams chill, non-lyrical lofi music 24/7. As great as this stream is sometimes you want to switch it up and listen to a variety of genres. Pull out your favourite streaming app and create a playlist with IGNITE’s favourite non-lofi music to relax or study to!

Amazing- Rex Orange County (2022)

This upbeat recent release by Rex Orange County will have you grooving while you study. Better yet, his new album is dropping soon so you’ll be a step ahead by already listening to one of the tracks!

Dark Red- Steve Lacey

The mix of slow drums and guitar will have you feeling relaxed and re-energized. Moreover, one of the top comments under the video says, “the worst part of this song is when it’s over.”

Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus- The Strokes

If you remember the song “The Adults are Talking” from TikTok in 2021 you’ll love this bop from The Strokes.

Should’ve Been Me- Mitski

Another recent release that will have you singing like a Disney princess with a ballad as you do your work!

The Kiss of Venus III Imagined- Dominic Fike and Paul McCartney

This mix of rising star Dominic Fike and music veteran Paul McCartney create a dynamic piece through lyrics, vocals, and overall production of the music video itself.

No Other Heart- Mac DeMarco

Feel like the sun is out and you’re relaxing on the beach with Mac Demarco’s “No Other Heart.”

But, don’t dream too much, you still have work to do.

Amoeba- Clairo

Do you like the feeling of being bundled up and drinking hot chocolate on a cold day? This is exactly what this song feels like.

Willow- Taylor Swift

Reimagine a fairytale as you relax, or while you’re studying. Being in this music video sounds a lot better than doing homework.

Hello-Role Model

Growing prominence from his song “Blind” in the summer of 2020 (which was speculated to be about viral YouTuber Emma Chamberlain) Role Model has an upbeat style that will have you tapping your feet as you study.

Kyoto- Phoebe Bridgers

Imposter syndrome is something we can all relate to, “Kyoto” by Phoebe Bridgers talks about going to Japan for the first time playing music (her dream) but feeling like she’s living in someone else’s life. So sit back relax and enjoy the relatability of this indie-rock hit.

Now’s your chance! Pop these tunes into a playlist and press shuffle! You decide whether you’re going to study, or just relax.

Still need more tunes? Check out these four Toronto-based musicians!

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