DEV Community

Cover image for What Kind of Music or Podcasts Do You Listen to While You Code?
Ben Halpern for CodeNewbie

Posted on with Erin A Olinick

What Kind of Music or Podcasts Do You Listen to While You Code?

Do you like to listen to music or podcasts while you code? If so, what kind of music or podcasts do you prefer?

Our team has a preference for instrumental music or lo-fi beats to help us focus on intensive projects. Some of our favorites include Nujabes, Lo-Fi Girl, and Tomppabeats. As for podcasts, we enjoy listening to tech-related shows like "CodeNewbie" (of course!) and "Syntax" to stay up-to-date on industry news and learn about new technologies. โ€œRadiolabโ€ is also a particular favorite here at DEV.

What about you? Share your favorite music or podcast recommendations in the comments below!

Follow the CodeNewbie Org and #codenewbie for more awesome discussions and online camaraderie!

If you aren't already exploring or posting over on the #codenewbie tag, find the tag here!


The most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code.

Image by starline on Freepik.

Top comments (33)

urielbitton profile image
Uriel Bitton • Edited

Hardstyle! Hardstyle all day everyday :)

Artists like: Da Tweekaz, Sound Rush, Coone, Hard Driver. Some great energetic tracks!

robbyrussell profile image
Robby Russell ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿš‚

Here's a playlist that I created...titled INSTRUMENTAL Post-Rock Music to Work & Focus to.

pontakornth profile image
Pontakorn Paesaeng

Video game OST and anime songs.


  • Kickback Sega Remix
  • Danganronpa Climax Reasoning
  • Danganronpa Investigation theme (Box 15, Ikoroshia, Despair searching)
c0dehamster profile image
Sergej Smelov • Edited

I like listening to relatively heavy and rhythmically complex music. It creates sort of a wall between me and all the things and thoughts that can distract me from writing code. Usually it is math metal, metalcore or, for example, AI-generated djent:

mistval profile image

I almost always listen to music while coding and I also tend to like instrumental stuff. Lately I've been listening to:

State Azure - perfect programming music for me
Progressive Trance music generally, when I need slightly more energy.
Nier Automata OST some days I just listen to it on loop, minus a few slightly annoying tracks :) it hits a lot of the right spots for me in the right order.

ernst_zero profile image

Today is a good day to Code what with the bloody rain and the bloody wind.
Extra points for knowing the Movie Quote I subverted there.
So it's Soft Guitar music off of Amazon Music.
Got a new kitten and he likes the bass from the subwoofer.
The older girls are protesting by staying outside!
The new kitten is objectionable to their sensibilities.

thomasbnt profile image
Thomas Bnt

Chill with no lyrics, electro and electro pop. And for INTENSE sessions of dev, I listening electro type festival ๐Ÿ•บ

carlosm22700 profile image
Carlos Martinez

I'm currently going through a SE bootcamp, so I have a relatively short experience to pull from haha. So far I love listening to lofi reggaeton/hip hop beats, but tbh any chill music does the trick! Otherwise, I just start singing along and no work gets done lol.

I'll for sure be checking out those recommendations!

olekhy profile image
Alexander Hutorezki

silence is golden

henrytheodore11221 profile image

Many developers enjoy listening to music while coding as it can help them to focus and stay motivated. The type of music people listen to can vary depending on personal preferences, but instrumental music, such as classical or electronic music, is often preferred as it is less distracting than music with lyrics.

devcoder profile image

Lofi girl streaming quietly in the background most of the day

marco_43 profile image

this! And I love the new lofi boy stream they set up (its more synthwave than lofi)

ernst_zero profile image

An interesting thought:
I understand Music stimulates the brain and helps the brain develop mathematics abilities.

From the great god Google search
What Einstein said about music?

"Life without playing music is inconceivable for me," he declared. "I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music ... I get most joy in life out of music."

ernst_zero profile image
Ernst03 • Edited

Oh man I love these "whacha-doing" threads.

Plug: With Amazon Music it's whatever..
But last night it was Zen Music for Coding.
Yeah they have a category of music of "for Coding."

I guess right this moment it's Bob Dylan and "Everybody must get stoned."
I have always loved that song!
It's okay I'm old enough.

A close second has been quiet piano music for Study and Coding.

ernst_zero profile image

How about a little chair dancing music for my break-time?

lubiah profile image
Lucretius Biah

I actually don't listen to music whiles coding. I haven't tried it though but I do think the music will distract me a tiny bit from the problem I'm trying to solve๐Ÿ˜‚

heryhelder profile image
Carlos Heryhelder

Power, Symphonic and Heavy metal. Like Avantasia, Angra, Rammstein, Elvenking, etc. Sometimes i listen to video games soundtracks, like life is strange 1, 2 and 3, Hellblade or Stardew Valley