JAM: Songs to Help You Get Through Finals

by Mark Jacobo

It’s that time of semester again—finals are right around the corner and you probably haven’t even started studying, let alone tear the cellophane off of the textbooks you bought back in January. I’m an English major, so I don’t have to worry about studying. But for those of you that need that little push these next couple of weeks, I’ve compiled a list of songs that will help you get through finals.


Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Known as the theme song for Rocky III, Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” was written upon request of actor Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get Queen’s permission to use “Another One Bites the Dust” in the film. This song is a powerhouse of motivation, and it’s the song you’re going to want to listen to when you’re pulling all-nighters in the RBR or the Love Library, cramming entire chapters in one night and making flash cards with only beef jerky and energy drinks from the market as sustenance since East Commons closes way too early (hint, hint).


You’re the Best – Joe Esposito

So you’re in the library, it’s almost midnight, and you feel like you’re not getting anything done? Just listen to “You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito. It’s the right kind of fuel you need to keep on pushing through those study guides! You might recognize it as the song in the montage in The Karate Kid, or from South Park. Just remember that you’re the best around, and nothing’s gonna ever keep you down.


We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions – Queen

Need a boost more powerful than “Eye of the Tiger” and “You’re the Best” can supply? Well, Freddie Mercury and Brian May of Queen have you covered. Originally written separately by May and Mercury, both songs were released together as a single in 1977 and became a worldwide hit, as well as one of the most recognizable songs written. It’s a song about entering brave and emerging victorious, something we’d all like to do during finals.


The Final Countdown – Europe

Whenever I think of Europe’s “The Final Countdown” I can’t help but think of Arrested Development. But one thing’s for sure, this is a song that marks the moments before your biggest final, whether it be physics, accounting, or something else involving numbers. The keyboard riff can be recognized at many sporting events, and the song has been used to parody itself and its serious tone in movies like Hot Rod. But one thing is for sure—this song means business.