30 Musical Theatre Songs To Get You Through Finals


1. Totally Fucked – Spring Awakening

Because let’s face it, with that essay due tomorrow that you only remembered because you saw the word finals in the title of this post, you are.

2. 9 to 5 – 9 to 5

Because you wish you could stop working at 5pm.

3.You and Me (But Mostly Me) – The Book of Mormon

Because if you get through finals, you too can do something incredible!

4. Razzle Dazzle – Chicago 

See: bullshit

5. I Believe in You – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 

Because if Daniel Radcliffe believes in you, anything is possible.

6. What You Want – Legally Blonde

Because you might not want to get into Harvard Law as a Fashion Merchandising student at UCLA, but you can learn a thing or two from Elle’s work ethic.

7. One Day More – Les Misérables

Because everyone needs an anthem right now.

8. Tomorrow – Annie

Because the sun will come out tomorrow, even though you’ll probably be in the library.

9. Seize the Day – Newsies

Because the Newsie struggle makes that 8:30 am exam you’ve got tomorrow look like a cakewalk. Or a Step Ball Change.

10. On the Right Track – Pippin

Because if Patina Miller’s biceps can’t motivate you, I don’t know what to tell you.

11. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Rock of Ages

Because you know they will.

12. Hot Patootie / Bless My Soul – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Because if meatloaf can deliver this rockin’ number with a nail in his head, you can take an extra hour to make flash cards.

13. Hold On – The Secret Garden

Because strong encouragements seem more earnest when sung in a charming Yorkshire accent.

14. Hasa Diga Eebowai – The Book of Mormon

Because everyone needs someone to blame.

15. Louder Than Words – Tick, Tick… Boom!

Because a semester of hard work is about to pay off big time, and you aren’t alone in your misery.

16. I’m Alive – Next to Normal

Because no matter what grades you get, you’re alive and your life will go on.

17. Defying Gravity – Wicked

Because it’ll take more than a difficult essay or six to bring you down.

18. Revolting Children – Matilda

Because sometimes (most of the time), educators just don’t get it.

19. Purpose – Avenue Q

Because everyone’s got one, and you’ll find yours, too.

20. Superstar – Jesus Christ Superstar

Because you’re a superstar! Go get ‘em!

21. I Can Do Better Than That – The Last 5 Years

Because you know when you’re not doing your best, and there’s no excuse not to be the best that you can be.

22. Don’t Rain on My Parade – Funny Girl

Because if you’re on a studying roll, don’t let yourself be distracted by parties or Netflix or writing lists for Thought Catalog.

23. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Mary Poppins

Because saying this five times fast is harder than any research paper your professors will throw at you.

24. Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better) – Annie Get Your Gun

Because a little healthy competition always pushes you to be best.

25. Luck Be A Lady – Guys and Dolls

Because no one ever said no to a little bit of good luck during finals.

26. I Wish I Could Go Back to College – Avenue Q

Because even though you’re cursing academia now, you’ll be grateful for the time you spent here – exams and all – ten years from now.

27. You Can’t Stop the Beat – Hairspray

Because you’re going to need to wake yourself up, so go on – dance!

28. Once And For All – Newsies

Because sometimes you need to daydream about crushing authority in order to get through the Iliad.

29. I Got Life – Hair 

Because getting your life back is so close, you can almost taste it. In between sips of coffee and Red Bull.

30. Out Tonight – Rent

Because finally, finally, you’re free. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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