What are your programming hype songs?

itsasine profile image ItsASine (Kayla) ・1 min read

I've been meaning to put together a playlist of songs to get into the zone to finish ALL THE FEATURES EVER.

Right now, it's just Code Monkey on repeat.

What are your suggestions for some good hype songs?


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At the moment Cyberpunk 2077 trailer soundtrack more often than not.

But also God Of War soundtrack, Mr Robot soundtrack, latest Doom soundtrack, John Wick soundtrack... hmmm... There seems to be a pattern here :D


You can switch it up and do something like the Videogames Meet Metal albums from Erock. Skyrim Meets Metal is great :D


Cheers, will check it out later :)


Doom soundtrack is just pure (argent) energy :D


Yeah, pretty good for getting pumped up, but doesn't get "in the way", if that makes sense. Guess that's the beauty of soundtracks, they are designed to be on background.

That is a solid point -- anytime you hear a game has a good soundtrack, it tends to be one to get you hyped without being distracting.

Or it's Brutal Legend where they got a ton of amazing licensed material that fit the feel of the game.

Ah man Brutal Legend... Wish they did a sequel for that one, v solid game (minus the RTS :D ) in my opinion.

Same! If I remember correctly, it requires tweaking to work on modern systems. I'd like to see a GOG version that Just Works or a full-blown remaster (with adjustments to the RTS)

It was free on Amazon Prime few days ago. I think Double Fine now owns the IP so if they wanted to, they could make another, but I guess they're busy with smaller games now. Kind of makes sense, going solo with massive open world AAA games is a big risk.

Tim Schafer (Double Fine's founder) is willing to make a sequel to the game and the last official news were basically "It will done... eventually."

Last time I heard about it the main reported issue was... money. Although the deal was "if Psychonauts 2 does well, Brutal Legend 2 will be possible"... and Psychonauts 2 crowd-funding was indeed pretty successful 😀

The biggest thing with money is getting the licensed songs and the big name actors and singers to be voice actors... it'd need to be a huge Kickstarter to get that to line up again

Yeah, that's the reason why the first has no songs from artists like Iron Maiden, too expensive :'(

There is slight problem that big games usually take 3-5 years complete, but seeing as music biz struggles, wouldn't be surprised if artists would see this as way to PR their band and not charge full price.

I'm actually trying to convince few bands I know or am related to through family, showing off little Guitar Hero rip-offs I've put together in GameMaker, but smaller bands are very... erm... slow to put much effort into promo :D


Synthwave / retro tech, mostly instrumental. I find this to be the most focussing music, and it gives me energy to go all day.



My current Concentrate playlist includes tracks from:

  • Toundra.
  • Polyphia.
  • Intervals.
  • Plini.
  • Madeon.

Instrumental techno/trancey/metaly/rocky stuff seems to work for me.
Also the entire album Siren Song Of Counter Culture by Rise Against if I really need noise to block out my surroundings.


I love djent too <3

I am currently listening to the album 'Flux' by Sean Ashe, it is really good
Also you might wanna check out Starsystem



I'm super into Porter Robinson, ODESZA, xxyxxx & Robotaki as well.


To be honest, the best music for coding (any task requiring concentration) is music I don't know or, at the very least, music without familiar lyrics. I find that familiar music, particularly if I know the words, tends to pull me out of the zone. New-to-me music or music that I don't know the words to, I'm better able to leave far enough in the background that it can pace me without distracting me.


I can't focus writing code with music on. The code that I'm about to write gets drowned by the lyrics :(


Try music with no lyrics :)


I guess I'd try! Some orchestral score of the original Pokemon R/B/Y soundtrack should be a good one :D


I like to just chill out with a serious-ish vibe, preferably no lyrics. Kaytranada definitely stands out. Also any nice sounding jazz-based beats. This is a Spotify playlist I love to put on.


Depends on what I'm doing.

If I'm problem solving, researching or general googling, rock and metal are my go to genres. Anything like Arcane Roots, Slipknot, Biffy Clyro, Bullet For My Valentine, etc.

If I'm trying to get in the zone and I have a lot of code to write, I listen to The Grand Sound on YouTube, or other dj mixes that have no words in it.


I like to open youtube and listen to random "epic music". I prefer music more than singing as it I tend to subconsciously focus on lyrics since english is not my native language. Only exception is female vocals...

In time I created my own playlists from my personal favorites and my person favorite is Strength of a Thousand Men from Two Steps from Hell, the 10 hour version of course :D


I've got a playlist of interesting but low-energy songs I use for coding:


It's mostly lyric-free so it won't distract you.


If you're still working on this, I find that songs in foreign languages are also good for working, assuming that you don't speak that particular language. You can more or less zone out.


Rush's 2112 Album is one I just listen to straight through for programming, and IDIOTAPE's album 11111101


I listen to a lot of different things while working, but if I want to get really hyped I listen to some anime op or Japanese rock band like ONE OK ROCK. Those guys know how to do epic music


Anything by Sam Smith.