The Worst Music To Listen To While Studying

As college students, it is safe to say that we spend a lot of time studying.  Whether you’re in the library or at your favorite coffee shop, you may find yourself searching for the perfect background music to pair with your school work. Based on numerous studies and research, it has become fact that music can help enhance your studying, with benefits that support efficiency and memorization. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to all music genres and artists. Before you queue up your Spotify to Mozart and Bach, take a peek (and steer clear) of the Lala’s list of the worst music to listen to while studying.

6. Disclosure

Who doesn’t love Disclosure? With amazing beats and insane collaborations, Disclosure puts out some of the most addicting songs. Studying while listening to Disclosure is a definite no— instead of finishing your book you might end up at a club dancing the night away. (try instead: SBTRKT)

5. Fetty Wap

Fetty Wap is definitely on your weekend playlist (and if he isn’t… add him right now). While you may love getting down with your friends to “679,” there is no doubt that your study session will be completely unproductive if you’re listening to his music.  (try instead: The Weekend)

4. Calvin Harris

No questions asked, our love for Calvin Harris is deep. While you may be tempted to step away from your books and binge listen to his latest tunes, think again. To be as productive as possible, make sure Calvin Harris doesn’t sneak onto your playlist. (try instead: ODESZA)

3. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is arguably one of the most inspiring rappers of the moment. With powerful lyrics and messages, Lamar’s songs are not something you can play in the background— they require full attention. As hard as it may be, make sure you skip his songs during your study session. (try instead: Frank Ocean)

2. Rihanna

Rihanna is just #goals. From her killer style and personality, to her undoubtedly catchy music, we love everything about her. While you may hope that singing “work work work,” will inspire your homework, the odds are you will completely distract yourself. Save Rihanna for your celebration music after you’ve completed your exam. (try instead: FKA Twigs)

1. Justin Bieber

J Bieb’s fourth and newest album, Purpose, is seriously good— so good that it has everyone and their mother converting to a belieber. Studying while listening to Justin Bieber is dangerous; getting through a full sentence of reading without breaking out into dance is near impossible. Is it too late now to say sorry… to your professor… for failing your exam? If you’re hoping to ace your test, stay away from Justin Bieber’s music during your studying. (try instead: Bon Iver)

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Ruby Buddemeyer

Contributing Writer, Fordham University Major/Minor: English/Fashion Studies Her heart belongs to: Travel and exploration, The Smiths, Golden Retriever puppies, and anything written by Gillian Flynn Her guilty pleasures: The Bachelor (hello, Ben Higgins) and avocado toast Take her away to: A champagne picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower

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