With homework, meetings, comps, jobs, and more starting to pick up this semester, it’s about the time
that we all start to feel a bit crazy. For some cathartic relief, you can listen to this playlist as you work
into the late hours. We’ll go from some classic jams to get you in the groove to some intense guitar to
keep you awake, and then hit the softer stuff again right about that introspective time of night when the
problem set or paper is not quite done but you’re pondering existence instead of writing. We get it.
#1 “19th Nervous Breakdown” – The Rolling Stones
Written right after the Stones “had just done five weeks hectic work in the States,” (source) this upbeat track will catch you off guard as it switches between rhyming regularity and drawn-out phrases. Listen for Bill Wyman’s beachy, dive-bombing bass around the outro (source).
#2 “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” – The Ramones
In classic Ramones style, this track is lyrically straightforward and will last you only a couple of minutes. But if you want to keep jamming to that distorted guitar and Joey Ramone accent, you can put it on repeat.
#3 “Detroit” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
This song, off RHCP’s wonderfully dreamy latest album, “The Getaway”, is an homage to Detroit and its bands. Featuring nods to Anthony and Flea’s inspirations Funkadelic, The Stooges, and J Dilla, it tells the story of the Motor City that Anthony grew up near, as well as evokes RHCP’s own particular brand of craziness (source). You can just hear that “motor madness” as the song starts off as strong as a revving engine.
#4 “Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne
Now get out of the car and board the train. I’m not sure you should trust Ozzy as your conductor, but no one can resist Randy Rhoads’ guitar riff, which makes full use of the minor scale (source).
#5 “Psycho” – Muse
If you think Ozzy was concerned about brainwashing by the media when he criticized post-Cold War paranoia in the last track, don’t even get Matt Bellamy and Muse started. Harsh and loud, this song gets right to the point, even though its epic riff was sixteen years in the making (source).
#6 “Papercut” – Linkin Park
Like all the best Linkin Park, this song comes straight from the heart. The opening track on their first album, Hybrid Theory, it beautifully features their unique blend of rap and hip hop with electronica and rock, which went on to spark a movement in nü metal even though critics may have discounted it at the time (source).
#7 “Mister Asylum” – Highly Suspect
This captivating, heavy song is the title track of Highly Suspect’s first full-length album, and it’s a great example of their original style. Johnny Stevens bares his soul in this song as his incredible vocals describe feelings of intense angst and a loss of control—but hopefully, by now this does not describe your attitude toward your p-set.
#8 “Sound of Madness” – Shinedown
If you ever doubted that Shinedown can seriously rock out, then think again. “Sound of Madness” is tough, catchy, and has an incredibly powerful beat—listen to it a few times and see if you don’t start humming to yourself when you need a reality check!
#9 “Kryptonite” – 3 Doors Down
Is it just me, or does this tune remind you of “Californication” by RHCP? Whatever it is, this song is beautifully poignant, and it shows that even Superman has rough days.
#10 “Comfortably Numb” – Pink Floyd
A trippy song from The Wall, “Comfortably Numb” will reflect your late-night musings as you wonder how you will ever feel yourself again after having focused all of your efforts on your paper, or your p-set, for so long. Listen to David Gilmour’s haunting refrains, and to that guitar solo, and wrap up your work so that you can get some sleep!
Hope you had fun with this, and remember that whenever things are getting a bit too crazy, you can
reach out to your friends, or take advantage of your resources at Harvard!