My all time favorite music for studying

What do you do when you’re in the library trying to study for an exam when the person sitting next to you won’t stop clicking their pen? If you’re anything like me, you like to avoid confrontation at all costs so you pop your headphones in and try to keep focusing on your work. What you listen to through those headphones matters though, because not all music is created equal when it comes time for studying.

Whether you're reading, writing papers, or just plain old studying, there's music that's perfect for the type of work you're doing. Check out my favorites! | MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MUSIC FOR STUDYING | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Personally, the type of music I listen to largely depends on what type of work I’m doing. As an English major, I do a lot of reading and writing papers, but I also do some good old fashioned studying as well. In this post, I’ve broken down my all time favorite music for studying into those three categories so that you can listen along as well.

This post was inspired by Kayla’s over at Go check her out!


Reading requires the least distractions and is the easiest studying/homework activity to get distracted from. That’s why I usually read on the second or even third floor of our library where I’m guaranteed some peace and quiet. Apart from that, I can’t handle too much music while reading, but I do love a bit of ambiance and relaxation.

My favorite thing to listen to while reading is Roger Winfield’s Aeolian Harps layered over the sound of rain on a tent. The combination is incredibly relaxing and has enough melody to make sure I don’t fall asleep, but also enough ambiance to make sure I don’t get distracted.


Writing papers

When you write a lot of papers, the whole process can get old pretty fast. Because of this, I find epic motivational music to be the best for writing papers, especially music from film scores. My go-to playlist for writing papers is called Epic Paper Writing Mode, created by girlwholovestoread on 8tracks. The music on it is really, well, epic. It includes tracks by composers like John Williams and Hans Zimmer and has gotten me through MANY papers for the past four years.

Enter Paper Writing Mode from girllovestoread on 8tracks Radio.


Here’s where it gets a little more interesting and variable. If I’m reviewing for a test, copying down notes, making flashcards, or something like that, I still try to avoid music with words but I enjoy a variety of different classical composers. I played piano for about nine years so I’m highly partial to piano music, but you can check out a few of my favorites below.

Debussy’s Complete Preludes are gentle, pretty, and nice.

Holst’s The Planets is always motivating.

My all time favorite, though, has got to be anything by Ludovico Einaudi. My favorite of his songs is Divenire. He’s a master and his beautiful music is perfect for studying.

All in all, even though studying isn’t the most fun activity you get to do in college, it’s one of the most important and music makes it way more fun. What music do YOU listen to while you study? Let me know in the comments below.

  • Olivia Muller

    This is so helpful! I am always looking for new study music!
    Miss Olivia Says

  • Shannon Paige

    Ahhhh this music is so peaceful. Some could be great for meditation, too. I just went back to school for vet tech and will definitely need some of this when I get to the hard science classes…those will be a struggle for me. What are you in school for Emily? *

    • Yes, I definitely use some of these for meditation too! Especially the Aeolian Harps/rain combo 🙂 I’m in my sophomore year double majoring in English and Gender, Sexuality, Women’s Studies. I’m hoping to go into media/communications after school but not entirely sure yet. Vet tech sounds really cool! I have a lot of friends taking hard science classes and I know they can get pretty stressful. Best of luck to you! <3

  • nathalie polanco

    You now my hype and I thought I was the only one who listens to Ludovico Einaudi, Good article!

    • Ludovico Einaudi is bae <3 I did color guard in high school and my freshman year our indoor show was to Divenire and my sophomore year indoor show was to Primavera. His compositions are just so beautiful and dynamic. Glad you enjoyed this blog post!

  • Pingback: Finals week: Your ultimate library survival kit - Honeybee Joyous()