The best study music of 2020: Mario Kart
The best study music is currently the soundtrack from all the Mario Kart games. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Hoo hoo! Mario on his way to save Princess Peach with trusty Yoshi by his side, bumping into Bowser and Waluigi on the way. Did you ever think this storyline would be helpful to help you study? That the famous Mario Kart theme will be just what you need to kickstart to finally get started on that essay due in the morning that you haven’t even started? The answer is yes. Mario Kart is the best study music to emerge this year, thanks to a viral TikTok of a student typing furiously with the video game theme blasting in the background. 

What’s the reason behind this? Video game music is designed to keep you absorbed and focused on the game — great for memorising. Plus, Mario Kart’s wild high-speed racing game has a soundtrack that gets your heart racing — it’s the best study music to get things done without procrastinating. Not only is this a nostalgic throwback for all the 90s babies out there, it’s a (mostly) free and safe adrenaline-inducing motivator for students. Below we take a look at some of the best Mario Kart music playlists aka the best study music of 2020:

Spotify: Mario Kart Songs

Including the most popular songs from all the Mario Kart games, this playlist is long and perfectly suited to help you finish whatever assignments you have on hand, and keep you focused on your task as well. Move over lo-fi beats, get your heartrate and word count up with this best study music. 

Super Star 10 Hours – Mario Kart 8

The song appears to be what plays when you use an invincibility star in Mario Kart. While the item is active, the music shifts to highlight both your new power as well the limited time status. Your mind automatically tries to make the most out of the music as fast as it can, which is why it’s perfect for a stressful situation like pulling an all-nighter or a multi-page essay. 

Dolphin Shoals – Mario Kart 8 

This music video is the underwater theme of Dolphin Shoals from Mario Kart 8 which starts off with calm ambience music, like being in an elevator. However, once you get to the surface, there is a full sax solo that will have you bouncing around in your seat — a total saxual experience in the best study music, if you will.

Donut Plains – Mario Kart 8

One of the most recognisable sounds in the Mario Kart soundtrack is the whistles. It’s usually fast and “Donut Plains” has plenty of that. This YouTube video s nearly 30 minutes long and guaranteed to get you to finish writing a couple of paragraphs!

Yoshi Circuit – Mario Kart 8

This Mario Kart music video is known as the Double Dash soundtrack, the tunes from Mario Kart Gamecube. If you know what that is, you truly lived. With so much manic energy in the instrumentals, it’s a tune that’s sure to stick in your head for days, like that song — Baby Shark. Only difference is you’ll actually benefit from the adrenaline rush it will give you.

Mount Wario – Mario Kart 8

Mount Wario is definitely a top-lister on everyone’s Mario Kart music playlist. Online players always vote for this unusual track that has had essays and videos produced about it. The music in the video game adapts depending which section you drive through. The finale is incredible, leaving you feeling triumphant and inspired to get all the words in your homework assignment written. 

Music Park (3DS) – Mario Kart 8

The music from this video might not be the best, but it’s a worthy track nonetheless. Upbeat and quirky, it makes the best use of real-world instruments driving over giant pianos and xylophones to match the melody. Immerse yourself into an electronic rave and get those essays done on time!

Wario’s Gold Mine (Wii) – Mario Kart 8

Does the banjo get you in a mood with itchy fingers, ready to get things done? Wario’s Gold Mine will certainly make you question how fast someone can play a banjo. This track has unmatched banjo energy. With its harsh industrial style, this tune is set to have you easily write out 600 words in three minutes (we know we did!)