With final exams for the fall 2020 semester beginning tomorrow, College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu shared some select tunes to help students study on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020:

Dear Students,

For this Reading Day, I wanted to provide you a little bit of background music to help you study and prepare for your final assignments and exams.

Many of the songs you will hear on this playlist are great recommendations provided by your students (special thanks to the Student Government Association), faculty, staff, alumni and, of course, my family.

It’s an eclectic mix of music – 20 songs for 2020, so I hope you enjoy the variety. You can check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/06qnhz6k3Y7cF87qkfn1pA?si=enO7dQ_KTl-Op20bFZTOZQ And if you have any song suggestions for a future playlist, send them my way!

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


Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.
College of Charleston


Twenty for ’20 – Fall Finals 2020 Playlist

  1. “Dreams” – Fleetwood Mac
  2. String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130: 2. Presto – Danish String Quartet
  3. “Can I Kick It?” – A Tribe Called Quest
  4. “Heart of Glass” – Miley Cyrus
  5. “La Bicicleta” – Carlos Vives & Shakira
  6. “Daylight” – Matt and Kim
  7. “Animal Rights” – deadmau5
  8. “Con Altura” – Rosalia & J Balvin
  9. “When I Paint My Masterpiece” – The Band
  10. “Morning in America” – Durand Jones & the Indications
  11. “Hard Worker” – The Avett Brothers
  12. “Them Changes” by Thundercat
  13. “Someone Else’s Dream” – Absofacto
  14. “Heartbreak Hotel” – Kayshawn McCoy
  15. “Near Light” – Ólafur Arnalds
  16. “Lonely” – Swamp Dogg
  17. “BS” – Still Woozy
  18. “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd
  19. “Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles
  20. “chinatown” (featuring Bruce Springsteen) – Bleachers