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9 motivational songs to help you power through the rest of the semester

We are ⅔ done with the semester, but many students are feeling burnt out. Especially with most classes online this semester, schoolwork can be really hard to manage. Not to mention the emotional toll the pandemic has taken on our mental health and social life.  Luckily, this playlist can help provide you with the energy and motivation you need to finish out strong. 

Of course, nine songs is not enough to make you completely relax and ace your classes, but the positive vibes they send are a great way to get started. Listen to this playlist while walking to class, working out at the gym or just sitting in your dorm to give yourself a little boost to your mental health for the day. These songs can provide you with high spirits to put you in the right mindset to help you carry on for the next handful of weeks. 

Here are nine motivational songs to help you get through the rest of the semester:

“Good Day” by DNCE

To start this playlist off strong, “Good Day” is an upbeat pop track that screams good vibes, reminding you that everyday can be a good day if you set your mind to it. A positive mindset can truly brighten one’s mood, especially when motivation is lacking during these last few weeks of the semester. 

“Hold On” by Justin Bieber

“Hold On” is the catchy pop song you didn’t realize you needed. Bieber’s song embodies the philosophy of hanging in there when life gets tough, and reminding one to let others know if help is needed. Just like the next few weeks of the semester, hold on because you can do it!

“Happy” by Natasha Bedingfield

Just because this song is a bit of a throwback, doesn’t mean it doesn’t apply to life today. “Happy” is all about being grateful and positive even when things aren’t really going your way. This might just be the track you need to hear to remind you how blessed you are and how capable you are of powering through in times of stress. 

“Sunday Best” by Surfaces

Surfaces says it best, “it's gonna get difficult to stand but hold your balance / I just say whatever 'cause there is no way around it.” When you’re struggling it is best to say “whatever” and address the issue head on. “Sunday Best” is a great song to listen to while walking around when you need to clear your head after a long study session. 

“Bang!” by AJR

“Bang!” is just a fun, catchy song that reminds you to stay fun, stay light and to go out, in this case, this semester, with a “bang.” This is a great philosophy to use when finding motivation for the rest of the semester. AJR sings, “So put your best face on everybody / Pretend you know this song / Everybody come hang / Let's go out with a bang.” Use these lyrics to motivate yourself to keep moving forward and go out with a “bang” on your finals. 

“Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors

Another throwback on this playlist, but the message of the track could not be more prevalent: enjoy the little things, take things day by day and stay determined. With this mindset, everyday could be the best day of your life. 

“On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons

“On Top Of The World” is a motivational tune telling you to keep dreaming, and eventually you’ll find yourself on top of the world. The group sings, “I've had the highest mountains / I've had the deepest rivers / You can have it all but not til you move it,” meaning we have all had struggles, especially during this semester of hybrid courses, but once you conquer your stress and classes you can have it all. 

“Sun Comes Up” by Rudimental feat. James Arthur

Like many other songs on this playlist, “Sun Comes Up” is an uplifting tune about overcoming obstacles in times of adversity. Everyone has dealt with their fair share of struggles over the past semester, so it is a nice reminder that eventually the “sun comes up” and summer break will be here sooner than you know. 

“Brand New” by Ben Rector

To end this playlist, Ben Rector has the perfect song to drive to with the windows down and the radio cranked up. “Brand New” is a light, cheerful song that brings a sense of carefreeness to your day that may be much needed. 


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