Our Weekly Ten: 10 Songs That Will Help with Writing Your Thesis

02/03/2014 11:51

The moment a lot of us were dreading has caught up with us, finishing students. Whether bachelors or masters, we can no longer hide under the blankets in our warm bed, dropping crumbs of crisps all over it and marathoning one TV show after another. Yes, it’s time to seriously start working on your thesis. And who were we, if not your virtual best friends, creating a tailor-made playlist for this occasion. Do not expect anything else than uplifting melodies, no-brainer pop and some all-time classics. We’re here to give you something to croon to. No need to use your energy for thinking. Save it for the end phase of your thesis.

When you feel braindead after the first hour of writing:

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves

Such a happy sunny song like this will keep your mind off the horrendous fact that you should be typing, researching, citing right now, and NOT listening to music.

But you have to carry on:            Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer

This guy perfectly described the devil’s circle every student finds himself in. No money, no honey. Like, how can you achieve anything when you can only buy frozen pizza?

A wise philosopher once said, what doesn’t kill you makes you...

Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

An anthem worthy to be sung after every finished paragraph: ”You think you got the best of me – you’re dead wrong”. In your face, thesis!

You thought you got 20 pages done, checked again, it’s only 13.

Tubthumping by Chumbawamba

You get knocked down and you get back up, that’s life. And school. Maybe, if you get hold of any drinks mentioned in the song (vodka, whisky, lager, cider) your writing gets better? We doubt that, but let us know.            

Your thesis advisor sees the thesis for what it is so far, utter BS:

Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

There are more important things in life than having a coherent chapter, right? Make it your new mantra. No worries, it can only get better.

Only now you start trying hard. (-ish?)                 Eye of the Tiger by Surivor

Written at the request of Sylvester Stallone, this  Rocky fighter theme fires you up and makes your brain cells be like “bring it up!“  

When you’re only halfway done and it’s a week until handing in:

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

Nothing can beat this tune if you’re desperate and almost crying because you crave sleep and your fingers are shaking but you must.finish.on.time.

When you fail to understand how the formatting works. Or page numbers.

 F**k You by CeeLo Green

Be sassy and just don’t bother with the details. As long as you sing this in your shower and not into somebody’s face (trust me, you’ll feel like it), you’re in the clear.

Editing and formatting done!   Happy by Pharrell Williams

The only thing making you crazier than spending more time on editing than actually writing your thesis is watching this video for 24hours. I dare you.

You printed it off. It’s finished. You’re a hero.                               

I Feel Good by James Brown

Oh come on now. You knew you’d make it! Now smudge that blessed look off your face and start revising for the state exams! Just kidding. You, yes, you, are done with this thing. Let’s celebrate.


If you’re one of the wise men, one who takes all this as seriously as it should be taken, here and here, two bonus songs for you. And a picture of a cool cat, because you’re too good to get last-minute stressed!

Did we help? Inspired you, motivated you, made you sing and dance instead of working on your masterpiece about the importance of being idle? Then our job is done. Good luck, fellow sufferers!


Kristína Škovierová



Date: 04/03/2014

By: Yaromira

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Nice one. ;)

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