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The Best Lo-Fi Playlists to Study, Unwind, and Work Productively

Student Life

If you've lived on the internet the past few years, you're most likely familiar with this girl—constantly studying, without breaks.

This is Lo-Fi Girl! But, what is Lo-Fi?

It is nothing but a genre of hip-hop which has the perfect downtempo retro beat for focusing on work!

Allowing you to focus on what you're doing, it can help eliminate distractions like background noise. I'd recommend you to listen to Lo-Fi with headphones on for a more immersive experience. Here are a few playlists you can listen along to!

1. Study Gang

This is the playlist I listen to on loop and have updated quite often over the past year and a half. I'm hooked to it for at least 2-3 hours a day and it has really helped me focus and get through the past year.

2. Songs to Study (LoFi)

This is a playlist you could shuffle with at times and get the study mood on! I found this about 2 years ago and it's a great playlist to study/work/sleep to!

3. Cute Japanese Lofi

I can feel a vibe when I listen to this playlist and it has a very unique collection of music! Each song really tells a story and you can connect with it while doing your work. It's probably the most effective playlist on this list, as long as you're determined to study! 'frad' is a substantial lo-fi artist and their music will surely make you dive into study mode.

4. Lofi Covers of Famous Songs

If you're someone who can't go without listening to their favorite pop songs, yet want to study, consider trying this playlist! These are remixes of the top songs, but mostly without lyrics. The beat is quite similar and you won't feel a mile away from your music! Try not to listen along, and instead, drown yourself into the beat.

5. Lofi Girl's Favorites

How could I go without mentioning the prominent Lofi Girl? Previously called Chilled Cow, their music playlists have been handcrafted and tailored to set the mood to get some work done. They probably have the most famous playlists on both YouTube and Spotify!

Live Streams (YouTube)

1. Chillhop Radio - jazzy & lofi hip hop beats

2. Anime Lofi Hip Hop Radio - nostalgic

3. Japanese Lofi Radio 24/7 - lofi geek

Tips to Study

  • Keep all your supplies handy when you start studying, including books, highlighters, devices (if required), pens, and a water bottle!
  • It's okay to take breaks, as long as you start studying again. We've all been there, when we study for 30 minutes and take a break—just for 5 minutes, which becomes 5 hours in no time, and you end up finishing a whole season of that new series that got released on Netflix. Try using chrome extensions to block such distracting websites during certain hours of the day.
  • Don't study on your bed! We all know what happens when we do so, so it's better to get a table to study.
  • Don't use others' resources. Instead, make your own notes through the textbook, unless you're running very short on time. You can check out my tips for note-making here.
  • "If you can't understand something, teach it!" This is practically the motto I live by, and it really works... When you're unable to understand certain topics, try explaining them to a younger sibling or a neighbor in simple words.
  • And lastly, get those headphones on and blast some lofi music to study along to!

Yashita Jain
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Yashita Jain is a high-school junior from India, currently studying Humanities. She is interested in everything from graphics designing to orating, and is keen to know more about everything around her. She enjoys polishing her designing skills, knowing more about tech, and living life to the fullest!