A day in the life of your music collection

A day in the life of your music collection

Young Post came up with the perfect soundtrack to get you through every moment of your day from sunrise to sunset

Wake Up!

Don't dread the alarm clock! Do you prefer soft sounds to gently wake you up, or something energetic to jolt you into consciousness?

Song 2 by Blur 

Some will wake up as soon as the song starts, but nobody will be sleeping after the first "Wooo-hoooo!" at 0:16.


Back in Black by AC/DC 

About seven seconds in, Angus Young's guitar kicks in, shaking you back to life.


Mr Blue Sky by ELO

This one is perfect to get you out of bed on those dark, grey winter mornings.


Move Your Feet by Junior Senior

After the Big Ben opening, you'll want to stop sleeping and start dancing.


Mr Brightside by The Killers

A friendly little guitar riff builds into a nice morning energy boost.


Story of My Life by One Direction

A soft start to lull you from your dreams, but you'll be awake enough to sing along when the chorus hits.



While listening to music on the way to school, you can still learn some important facts!

Why Does the Sun Shine? by They Might Be Giants

This is a handy way to prepare for your introductory astronomy class.


I Love You Period by Dan Baird

Having trouble with grammar and punctuation? Let this little love ditty help you out.


Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic

This summer hit will help you remember all the rules of writing.


We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel

You get a crash course in 20th century history here. Do you know all the references? Start Googling.


Give Me Hope, Joanna by Eddy Grant

Eddy Grant explains what South Africa's apartheid was like in this tropical ode to Johannesburg.


Vincent by Don McLean

Everybody knows who Van Gogh is now, but there was a time when he was a struggling, unknown artist.



After sitting in class all day, it's time to shake things up and get your body moving again. Some days you really need intense tunes pumping to keep you going.

Levels by Avicii

The Swedish DJ knows how to get clubbers moving; his tricks work on your running, too.


Can't Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Up beat and fast, this one's got a rhythm that'll match your heart rate after a workout.


Good Feeling by Flo Rida

When energy is what you need, Flo Rida brings it.


Move by Little Mix

If you feel like stopping to rest, listen to the girls: move!


Animals by Martin Garrix

It's hard to sit still when this Dutchman drops his beat.


Stronger by Kanye West 

With a touch of Daft Punk, Kanye will keep you pushing long after you feel like quitting.



The key here is to avoid anything with distracting lyrics. Pick an instrumental piece or something foreign. And be sure to keep the volume low.

Miles Davis

This king of jazz created some very memorable styles of music. Start with Kind of Blue for a taste.



The Irish singer instantly sets a peaceful background that works in any context.


Dead Can Dance

This duo uses all kinds of world music in their songs, which are often used in movie soundtracks.


Rumour has it that Beethoven is great for any kind of scientific or maths studying.



Mozart's compositions are said to be helpful for creative thinking.



A Grammy-winning artist, this Japanese musician is a modern pioneer.


Hold on!

Homework's done, but you might feel a bit stressed about doing it all again tomorrow. That's normal! Here are a few songs that can help during dark times.

The Middle by Jimmy Eat World

Sometimes it's hard to look past tomorrow, but remember: there's a lot more excitement to come, day after day.


Everybody Hurts by REM

When you feel down, remember you're not alone - and there are things you can do that help.


Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

Everyone feels self-conscious; just remember that personality is what defines who you are!


Born this Way by Lady Gaga 

Don't change the things you love just to fit in.


It's My Life by Bon Jovi

Fed up with having responsibilities and no freedom? So was Bon Jovi. The chorus was made to be screamed.


O-o-h Child by the Five Stairsteps

The song is from 1970, but that doesn't make its message old-fashioned. Stay strong.


Sweet dreams

Any songs that make you feel good are fine, just keep the volume low enough that it's not distracting but loud enough that you're not straining to hear. These are some of our favourite lullabies.

Retrograde by James Blake 

Electronica isn't always dance, sometimes it's a dreamy offering like this one.


Golden Slumbers by The Beatles

The song is part of a longer medley that ends with a beautiful message of love.


This Bitter Earth/On the Nature of Daylight by Dinah Washington/Max Richter

This mash-up from the Shutter Island soundtrack will have you dreaming while awake.


Nature Boy by Nat King Cole

A song written by Eden Ahbez, the original hippy. Recognise it from Moulin Rouge?


Midnight by Coldplay

Hopefully you'll be in bed earlier than this.


Suzanne by Leonard Cohen

He's never been known for his singing, but his poetry will have you dreaming in no time.



This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
A day in the life of your music collection


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