What's your favourite Music or Soundtracks to listen to when getting work done?

My go-to is generally the soundtrack from The Social Network.

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I unironically like the downtempo hiphop beats to study to live youtube channel.

Link: https://youtu.be/hHW1oY26kxQ

For awhile I was listening to the persona 5 soundtrack, but just a few days ago, having listened to David talk about jazz for years, I gave it a go and have been loving listening to a jazz for working playlist on google play music

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https://www.brain.fm on low on top of any EDM (Electronic Dance Music) https://www.di.fm/ has the best selection on the web

normally i can’t listen to any music w/ vocal/lyrics but give me some good deep house/jazz house i hardly notice the singing the repetitious beats get me in my zone

Definitely no lyrics for deep work.
This video game soundtrack is surprisingly great.
Also lots of Pandora: Opiuo, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, Clint Mansell, R. Carlos Nakai, Coyote Oldman, Cliff Martinez, Pretty Lights…

If the lyrics constraint is relaxed: Other Lives, Bat for Lashes, Billie Eilish, Lana del Rey, Cecilia Bartoli, Kiri Te Kanawa, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Panty Raid, Excision, Daft Punk, ELO, Deadmau5…


Frank Zappa.

Weasels Ripped My Flesh.

On loop.

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Mine is Geinoh Yamashirogumi’s mix of ethnic and electronica soundtrack for the film Akira. That opening music always gets me in in the mood. I get things done a lot with the soundtrack playing.

Music from the Hearts of Space


Some good deep- or progressive house. Examples can be found in this great mix my DJ Antonin: https://youtu.be/Sz7Oj8kxBSE?t=3m23s

Daft Punk- Random Access Memories


Some music that takes me through a day of work at the computer…

No lyrics, with one or two exceptions.

Explosions in the Sky


Baroque Music and similar


Modern Baroque-style music:

The Social Network

Ray Conniff TV Music

Yes, actually. Try it. (Warning: has lyrics)

Opera Overtures

(Although sometimes a little too attention-grabbing.)

Hans Zimmer

(Some lyrics here)

Jean-Michel Jarre

Fatboy Slim

(Has lyrics)

Movie Music


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I enjoy the various Spotify “Acoustic” playlists and their “Atmospheric” cousin. Haven’t discovered as many similar playlists on Apple Music. I’m used to working in open plan areas with lots of people talking around me blending into the background, so the flow of lyrics in these playlists helps concentration.

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I can’t listen to anything I know, or I tend to pay attention to it, anticipating chord changes or the bridge or whatever. When I need to focus but also want something on in the background I’ll sometimes stream a foreign language radio station. Italian rock works for me (and got me into a lot of music I’d never otherwise have heard, like Motta), though many of the stations play an inordinate amount of popular American music too, which becomes distracting.

You have great taste! :slight_smile:

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Sounds like a job for Cambodian Psychadelic rock.
Unfortunately, Ros Serey Sothea (linked here) was “disappeared”.

Sounds of nothing. I can’t concentrate if there is any excess noise. I even occasionally use headphones just to block sounds if I really need to concentrate on something difficult.

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When writing, I listen to Yosi Horikawa.

Ananda and Focus@Will, often with noise cancelling headphones. Always looking for new options, so I appreciate this post.


I love listening to Symphony Hall on SiriusXM. I’m old school in that I don’t want to pick my songs most of the time. Instrumental music allows my mind to focus while still having fun.

Smooth jazz for general background, Classical when I’m troubleshooting.