The Finals Playlist Fall 2011

As December approaches its halfway point, there is only one thing on BU students’ minds. Not ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ parties. No, no. What I refer to is, of course, finals. The fall semester ends in less than two weeks, as I’m sure you are aware, and many are gearing up for an excruciating ten days. Inevitably there will be all-nighters at Mugar, ridiculous caffeine consumption, and general panic.

The xx have perfected 'suitable for homework' ambient music and, as such, feature on this playlist. | Album cover courtesy of Young Turks.

Have no fear, for here, I present you the the perfect playlist to keep you sane during your studying. Consisting mainly of relaxing, soothing music, this playlist is meant to serve as brilliant ambient music without distracting from work. There are, of course, a few choice surprises in there, just in case you happen to fall asleep (M83, The Rolling Stones), have an insatiable thirst for some classical music (Claude Debussy), or feel the intense urge to sing along to something (Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend). So, without further ado:


1. “Stars” – The xx

2. “Separator” – Radiohead

3. “Apple Orchard” – Beach House

4. “Skinny Love” – Bon Iver

5. “County Line” – Cass McCombs

6. “Beau Soir” – Claude Debussy

7. “Grapevine Fires” – Death Cab for Cutie

8. “Condor Ave.” – Elliott Smith

9. “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” – Fleet Foxes

10. “Midnight City” – M83

11. “Can’t See My Own Face” – How to Dress Well

12. “Icarus” – White Hinterland

13. “Heart Crimes” – Inc.

14. “Colomb” – Nicolas Jaar

15. “Get Off My Cloud” – The Rolling Stones

16. “Trials of the Past (feat. Sampha) – SBTRKT

17. “Tangle In This Trampled Wheat” – The Tallest Man On Earth

18. “I Think Ur A Contra” – Vampire Weekend

19. “Eyes Be Closed” – Washed Out

20. “Quedate Luna” – Devendra Banhart


About Ross Ballantyne

Ross- CAS '15 - is currently a political science major. Originally from Scotland, he has lived in the U.S. since the tender age of 3 1/2. Ross' interests, aside from politics, include The Smiths, soccer, French literature, travel, classic British films, and existentialism.

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