The Best Spotify and Apple Music Playlists for Studying

Despite what you may think, studying can be enjoyable. One way to achieve this is by listening to music while you study. Studying with music offers an array of benefits. Some of the most notable include reducing test anxiety, easing stress, and improving focus and memory. Today, we’re spotlighting the best Spotify and Apple Music playlists for students to listen to while hitting the books!

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Spotify is a digital music, video, and podcast streaming service that grants you access to an array of music and content from creatives around the world. While you can listen for free, Spotify offers a variety of paid monthly plans which offer benefits like offline listening, on-demand playback, and ad-free listening. Check out their student plan, which lets you indulge in all of Spotify’s offerings for C$4.99 per month.

Intense Studying

Don’t let the title of this playlist intimidate you! It’s only intense because it’ll help you up your study game a level. The Intense Studying playlist is composed of soft piano music, which is the perfect, unobtrusive background music while you work through your course material. Music with a slower tempo induces a sense of relaxation and focus, making it a great choice for those late-night study sessions. It strikes the perfect balance between keeping you from falling asleep while not being too boisterous for a sundown date with your books. This list of 216 songs will help you stay in the study zone well into the night.

Lo-fi Cafe

One of the greatest pairings in life is studying and coffee shops. However, due to COVID and other factors, heading to a coffee shop to hit the books isn’t always feasible. But don’t worry, we have good news for you! With the Lo-fi Cafe playlist, you can bring the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere of a coffee shop to the library (with headphones, of course), your dorm room, or kitchen. Just press play, and enjoy the sounds of vinyl static, old samples, and the purposeful exclusion of high frequencies to bring you a low-intensity and muted aura. With 391 songs, this playlist will have your next few study sessions happily covered. Make or pick up a take-out latte to complete the cafe vibe!

Movie Scores Study

Calling all movie lovers! This playlist has been curated for the listening pleasure of cinema fans across the globe. If you’re someone who can pull motivation from listening to songs from popular films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Forrest Gump, and the Harry Potter franchise, then the Movie Scores Study playlist is for you! Here, you can listen to tracks like “A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics” from A Beautiful Mind and “Circus Fantasy” from the high-profile film Water for Elephants. We have Haley Stewart to thank for putting together this 23-hour musical journey and giving us the longest playlist on our list.

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Apple Music

Apple Music is a streaming music service that grants users access to more than 75 million songs. It offers a range of paid listening plans, including a student plan for C$4.99 per month.


If you like studying with background music, but find it difficult to concentrate while listening to songs with lyrics, then you should download the BEATstrumentals playlist. It’s curated with tracks that offer purely instrumental sounds, so you won’t end up writing down lyrics instead of your thesis statement. The BEATstrumentals playlist offers a melodic blend of genres, including hip-hop, funk, jazz, and soul, just to name a few. These chill beats from around the globe offer a calming soundtrack that will help any student breeze through their next study session. This list of 298 songs is updated regularly, so you can always look forward to more gems being added to the queue.

Study Beats

Life is full of distractions, and they seem to find you at the most inopportune moments, especially when you’re supposed to be studying! That’s where Study Beats comes into play, pun intended. This list of downtempo tunes is excellent for setting the study mood, and helping you reduce distractions. Study Beats will become as vital a study companion as caffeine and your favourite pen. If you’re worried that this 100 song playlist will leave you wanting more, the editors at Apple update this playlist frequently, so you don’t have to!

Acoustic Hits

If you feel motivated listening to top radio hits but find they can distract you from your studies, check out Apple Music’s Acoustic Hits playlist. All the tracks on this list are performed acoustically by the original artists, allowing the melodies and evocative vocals to really shine through. Add this playlist to your device to get the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the familiarity of your favourite tunes with the stripped-back sounds of acoustic vocals, guitars, and piano. Acoustic Hits provides listeners with five hours of their most loved tracks delivered in a way that’s study-friendly.

Make the most out of your studies, and tune in to one of these playlists next time you hit the books!

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