Top 5 Movie Soundtracks to Study to

5. Edward Scissorhands

If you are stressed about a particular assignment, listening to the soundtrack from Edward Scissorhands is one of the most relaxing things you can do as you complete your work. You can almost see the snow falling past your window as you write. Composed by Danny Elfman, it’s whimsical and pretty background music to have playing when you really can’t afford any extra distractions. It will ease your mind and greatly improve your work efficiency. Sometimes you might feel like a mad scientist working on a morally questionable project, but that’s what makes it so fun. It is fairly short and you will most likely have to repeat it before you finish your work but you’ll be so relaxed and focused that you won’t even notice the repeating melodies.

4. Fantasia

Who doesn’t enjoy the classics? You’ll feel cultured and sophisticated as you listen to the soundtrack from the 1940 Disney animated film, Fantasia. When you feel cultured and sophisticated, you’d be surprised at how many big words you are able to just randomly come up with when writing essays. Legendary conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski remade many classic pieces for the album, including “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Almost two hours long, you will have plenty of time to finish your intellectual piece of art before you have to repeat the album.

3. Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events

If the project you are working on requires a dash or two of creativity, the soundtrack from Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) will definitely inspire you. No, the movie wasn’t that good, but the album won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Composed by Thomas Newman, all twenty-nine tracks are interesting and different. The entire album is almost sixty-nine minutes long, so you might have to set your iPod on repeat while studying, but like I said, the tracks are so different and fun that you won’t mind listening to it again as you finish your creative project. This soundtrack is a must-have for any project that requires anything more original than just memorization.

2. Tron: Legacy

Mixing orchestra and electronic (heavier on the electronic) tones, Daft Punk’s work in Tron: Legacy will give you the extra push you need to get through those papers. When you listen to the album, it allows you to actually envision yourself racing on an awesome, neon-colored motorcycle to your goal. It really is almost an hour of musical energy in its purest form. The album has been recognized for its creative and catchy melodies, including an award for “Best Original Score” from the Austin Film Critics Association, a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album for Visual Media at the 54th Grammy Awards and made its way to number 10 on the Billboard 200 list. Need something more electronically concentrated to help you get to your level of concentration? Try the “Tron: Legacy Reconfigured” soundtrack. Same themes, more power, more study energy.

1. The Lord of the Rings

Projects of any size are no match for you when you listen to ANY of The Lord of the Rings soundtracks. Composer, Howard Shore released ten hours of award-winning music. Described as Celtic music, the soundtrack has won Academy Awards for Best Original Score, an Oscar for Best Song and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. Yeah, it’s some powerful stuff. The best part about studying to Lord of the Rings music is how seamless the transitions between tracks are. There are motifs in almost every song that makes listening to the entire album great while writing papers, as there are no distractions. Although there are some vocals in some of the tracks, they do not distract you as you are working because they almost sound like instruments, themselves. It’s just the right amount of relaxation, epic and inspiration that you need when you have some tough projects to complete. When you get a writer’s cramp, just remember how Frodo never gave up when the going got tough and you’ll happily continue your work.

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Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She lacks the ability to draw, so she loves being able to express her creativity instead through her writing. She considers herself the “coolest nerd,” spending many Friday nights indoors playing Guitar Hero and discussing Pokemon cards with her friends.