5 Movie Soundtracks Perfect for Studying

When you’ve got essay deadlines and all that reading starts to get to your head, the last thing you want to do is face the struggle of finding the perfect playlist to work to. Well, fear no more. Aside from providing the best source of entertainment for a lazy night in, most films also come with the blessing of bangers compiled in a single album. Here are my top five for a productive time:

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  1. (500 Days) of Summer (Music from the Motion Picture)

Music from the film directed by Marc Webb, featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

Perfectly encapsulating the atmosphere of bittersweet romance and unrequited crushes, the soundtrack for (500) Days of Summer has wonderfully mellow music that allows you to have pleasant background noise without being distracted from whatever riveting material you’re attempting to power through.

Highlight tracks include: Us by Regina Spektor, She’s Got You High by Mumm-Ra, and Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths.

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2. Paper Towns (Music from the Motion Picture)

Music from the film directed by Jake Schreier, featuring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne.

Alright, alright – while I did find the film itself quite questionable, the soundtrack is a work of art that I really can appreciate. With a mixture of upbeat tracks (Radio by Santigold) alongside alternative-music royalty HAIM and Vampire Weekend, this soundtrack has the right balance of “party vibe” and nostalgia that fools you into thinking it is still summer, getting you out of that unmotivated slump.

Highlight tracks include: Falling by HAIM, Moments by De Lux, and Used to Haunt by The Mountain Goats.

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  1.  Suicide Squad: The Album

Music from the film directed by David Ayer, featuring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.

A much more aggressive set of tunes for people who fall asleep to slower tunes fairly easily (i.e. me), the Suicide Squad soundtrack will ensure that you don’t nod off during that late night study session. This soundtrack is filled with an unexpected mixture of genres, including rap, R&B and alternative rock. Warning, though: I have to recommend wearing relatively sound tight headphones if you are in a public place. Not all the songs are exactly SFW.

Highlight tracks include: Heathens by twenty one pilots, Gangsta by Kehlani, and Know Better by Kevin Gates.


  1.  Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (Original Picture Soundtrack)

Music from the film directed by James Gunn, featuring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.

Loaded with classic 70s hits, Guardians of the Galaxy has the best playlist for familiar feel-good tunes, keeping you alert since you cannot avoid the in-your-chair bopping it induces. The opposite of monotonous, this soundtrack will keep you in an energised mood as you try to finish that essay or cram in reading after a long day.

Highlight tracks include: Come and Get Your Love by Redbone, Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes, and Hooked On a Feeling by Blue Swede.

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  1. Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall (Music Inspired by the Motion Picture)

Music from the film directed by Shane Black, featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Last but not least, is my absolute favourite soundtrack album to study to. Rather than having songs that were actually in the film, this is a conceptual album that contains more indie and electronic rock atypical to previous Iron Man soundtracks. This mix is unexpected and works especially well as a general collection of music – a great selection to be more chilled out with.

Highlight tracks include: Some Kind of Monster by Neon Trees, No Time by Rogue Wave, and American Blood by Passion Pit.

Listen to Owl Eyes’s study playlist of these five soundtracks: