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Our Best Ever Study Playlist

by Lisa Matlin
Posted: August 03, 2022

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Sometimes studying can feel a bit isolating. At Open Colleges, we encourage our students to connect with each other in the Open Space Community. We also offer Academic and Student Support when you need help and encouragement.

For many students, the best study company is music. Background music may improve focus on a task by providing motivation and improving your mood. During long study sessions, music can even aid endurance. Plus, it can really help to combat stress and anxiety.

Here are our picks for the best study playlists on YouTube.

Ready? Simply scroll down, find a playlist you like, and start studying!

For Disney fans

This relaxing piano collection is a huge treat for Disney fans! Featuring 19 songs from feature films, this beautiful playlist will fill you with peace and nostalgia. With songs from Moana, The Little Mermaid, Winne the Pooh, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Coco, this playlist is sure to calm you down and give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. Be sure to check out our favorite: When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2.


Indie and Folk Music

This chill playlist covers 3 hours of guitar-led folk and indie music. If you’re settling down for a longer study session, this playlist is the perfect choice if you find singing distracting. Perfect for stress-free studying or cruising down the backroads of town, this playlist has it all.

Check it out here!


Instrumental Rock

If you’re more into the sound of guitars and drums, you’ll enjoy this instrumental rock compilation. Easy to listen to and evoking memories of classic rocks greatest songs, this is the ideal playlist if you love the sound of older rock and roll. Featuring acoustic covers of Queen, Bon Jovi, Arctic Monkeys, Evanescence, Linkin Park, Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses, this rock playlist is sure to get the brain and blood pumping!


Hip Hop Fans: Low Fi Hip Hop

If you’re a fan of relaxing hip-hop, you’ll enjoy this playlist. Slip into a calm mood with these chilled out beats. The title is called: 1am Study session, and that’s exactly how it feels. Perfect for those late-night study sessions and endless cups of hot tea and coffee to keep you going.


Smooth Jazz

Welcome to the study café! This playlist features 4 hours of soothing and upbeat Jazz music. It’s the perfect background noise for a good study session and it’s sure to keep you calm and focused.  


Calming Piano Music

The piano is one of the world’s most beautiful instruments – beloved by everyone from classical composers to modern rock stars. It’s capable of incredible range and variation, think ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ compared to Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’. This hour-long playlist is composed by Peder B. Helland, and is soft, gentle piano music that will help you relax while studying.  


Classical: The best music for concentration

As far as concentration goes, science dictates that classical music is the best for studying. This calming playlist is 3 hours long and features some of the most famous and brilliant piano sonatas by Mozart. It’s perfect for studying, concentration and reading. 

Set it to play and start studying!


Ambient study music

This ambient study music is a great way to improve your concentration, focus and memory.  

This relaxing video features beautiful nature clips set to soothing music. Plus, the YouTube comments on this video are motivating and supportive, and a great reminder to keep pushing forward. We particularly love this comment:

To anyone struggling: You’re stronger than any test, paper due, breakup, money issue, or any battle you’re facing. Keep your head up.


Lisa Matlin

Lisa Matlin is the Content and Copywriter Specialist for Open Colleges. She’s worked as a freelance writer, proofreader, and is signed to a literary agency as an author. When Lisa isn’t writing for OC, she’s probably reading, or patting other people’s dogs.

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