With final exams for the fall 2019 semester about to begin at the College of Charleston, President Andrew T. Hsu wanted to offer students some musical motivation with the following campus message shared on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019:

Having received so much positive feedback about my midterms playlist, I’m sharing a final exams study playlist with you. This playlist is much longer than my first one and features songs from my family and me as well as many contributions from the campus community. You’ll notice there are some new songs on there, some old, some slow, some fast, some with lyrics and some without. The playlist begins with Grammy-nominated band Ranky Tanky, which boasts three College of Charleston alumni as members. Another song on the playlist is one you heard during the Cougar Night Lights show.

RELATED: Check out President Hsu’s Finals Study Playlist on Spotify.

Let me know what you think. And if you ever have songs to recommend, send them my way!

If you’re in need of a study break or some food on Friday, December 6, I’ll be cooking and handing out free pancakes in Rivers Green beginning at 9 a.m.

Study hard and best of luck! I wish you a safe, wonderful and festive holiday season!




Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.



Fall 2019 – Finals Playlist

  1. Good Time – Ranky Tanky
  2. Thriving – Mary J. Blige, Nas
  3. This Girl (Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners) – Kungs, Cookin’ On 3 Burners
  4. Hello Happiness – Chaka Khan
  5. Classic – The Knocks feat. POWERS
  6. Budapest – George Ezra
  7. Leaving California – Maroon 5
  8. Celeste – Ezra Vine
  9. Good Day – Surfaces
  10. All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  11. Harmony Hall – Vampire Weekend
  12. Préludes / Book 1, L.117: 8. La file aux cheveuz de lin – Claude Debussy, Krystian Zimmerman
  13. River – Ben Platt
  14. Run For Your Life – Attom Chill Remix – Mako, Rat City, Nat Dunn, Attom
  15. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
  16. Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
  17. When You Love Somebody – Robin Thicke
  18. A Marshmallow World – Dean Martin
  19. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Pentatonix
  20. Nocturne in E Minor, Op.72 No. 1 – Frédéric Chopin, Egle Januleviciute
  21. Lippen schweigen (From “Die lustige Witwe”) – Franz Lehár, Jonas Kaufmann, Ádám Fischer
  22. Talk – Alex France
  23. Midnight Flight of the Bumble Bee – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Kygo
  24. Tough – Quinn XCII feat. Noah Kahan
  25. Mama Said – Lukas Graham
  26. Can We Pretend – P!nk feat Cash Cash
  27. I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran with Justin Bieber
  28. Dance with Me – Ehrling
  29. If I Lose Myself – OneRepublic and Alesso
  30. Good Life – G-Eazy and Kehlani