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Relaxing songs to study to this year

One WSS staffer shares some of her favorite songs to listen to while studying or just chilling out.

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely cannot study in complete silence. However, too much background noise can also be a big distraction. I’ve compiled a playlist of some calming songs to turn on when it comes time for homework, or when you need to just listen to music and relax. With a carefully crafted list of songs ranging from slow love ballads to upbeat movie mashups, I’m sure there’s something in here for anyone to bob their head along to.

  • Slow Dancing in a Burning Room – John Mayer
  • Solo – Oh Wonder
  • Turn to Stone – Ingrid Michaelson
  • Wizard of Meh – Pogo
  • Truce – Twenty One Pilots
  • Heaven’s Gate – Dawn Landes and Piers Faccini
  • Portland, Maine – Donovan Woods
  • Rivers and Roads – The Head and the Heart
  • If We Were Vampires – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  • I Hear a Symphony – Cody Fry
  • I Will Not Return as a Tourist – Boniface
  • The Green and The Town – AJR
  • Boy & Bear – Pogo

Mary Vander Weg

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Lucy Polyak, Columns Editor
Lucy Polyak is a senior at West High and this is her second year on staff. She is a reporter and the columns editor for both web and print publications. Lucy spends most of her time onstage in choir, show choir, and theatre but also loves to sit in her room watching classic movie musicals.
Mary Vander Weg, Online Graphic Designer
Mary Vander Weg is a senior at West High, and this is her third year with the West Side Story. In her free time, she can be found writing – whether it be for the website or just for fun, watching satirical sitcoms, or sleeping for disconcerting amounts of time.
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