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I created a Spotify playlist for just this purpose: open.spotify.com/user/1178336656/p.... Has a variety of styles, so give it a whirl.

I recently discovered brain.fm, but haven't used it enough to give a conclusive opinion. Seems great, though!


brain.fm is really good if you want music/sounds with no vocals. I've used it off and on over the last couple years with good results. It also changes regularly, which is a nice touch.


Brain.fm seems pretty neat! I'm loving it so far, about to sign up for a monthly subscription. Thanks for sharing!


I just started listening to that playlist, sounds great! Thanks!


Funny-- I was just thinking the other day that I should look around on Spotify for some new stuff to listen to.

I'm a fan of this one, but I often prefer just having a playlist on my phone. That's mostly comprised of:

  • Boards of Canada
  • Trentemøller
  • Cocteau Twins (Mostly "Heaven or Las Vegas")
  • Múm

I've also come to really like noise generators that mimic the ambiance of the interior of an aircraft cabin. (My favorite is no longer available, but included randomized in-flight noises like the ping of the "fasten seatbelts" light coming on, muffled in-flight announcements, etc.)

If you find some great stuff, let us know!


I almost forgot this playlist. Hadn't listen to it for a while now, but it's great.


Not Spotify, but I frequently listen to musicforprogramming.net

It's a bunch of mixes by a bunch of electronic musicians.

I'll let the website description speak for itself:

function musicForProgramming(task) 
  task = (task === undefined) ? 'programming' : task;
  return 'A series of mixes intended for listening while '+task+' to aid concentration and increase productivity (also compatible with other activities).';

Not specifically a Spotify playlist but various video game soundtracks work a charm for me! Usually ends up being a nostalgia trip then some good ol concentration.


I've heard that video soundtracks are great for concentration because they are designed to keep you focused and hooked on the game without distracting you from the gameplay, which seems ideal for concentrating on coding.


yep definitely agree with this :D


I'll second video game soundtracks. Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI (or any FF, really), etc. As you can see, I'm a fan of RPGs. :)


I made it about two weeks ago for a friend who went back to NYC from Boston. She took the bus and it was my contribution to keep her busy -or at least relaxed- during the trip.

It features ambient tracks with a rather wide variety of influences (Techno, Jazz, Experimental music...)


Also this EP from Damaskin & Seraphim Rytm is absolutely incredible. It is incredibly progressive so no distraction and its mechanical atmosphere always leaves me speechless. I recommend a good soundsystem for this one, plenty of details hide in the low range.


Also soft Drum'n'Bass might be great for you if you enjoy higher BPMs. This playlist features pretty much all the sub-genres of DnB (Jungle, Liquid, Neurofunk, even some Footwork) but always either atmospheric or chill, nothing too aggressive.


Hope you enjoy these !

PS; Almost forgot about this incredible website : Police scanners mixed with random ambient music, absolutely gorgeous and definitely safe for work.



I've got a huge one full of instrumental music: open.spotify.com/user/isaaclyman/p...

It's non-distracting, but interesting enough to keep my brain from getting bored.


My new go-to is this: open.spotify.com/user/newretrowave...

And Mike's Basement Beats from Stranger Things 2: open.spotify.com/user/spotify/play...

Also any playlist made by signalnoise is gold: open.spotify.com/user/signalnoise?...


I've found Synthwave music to be the best for concentration.

Power Glove's Far Cry: Blood Dragon soundtrack is a good starting point. After that you can move into Kavinsky


I’m all about JPop when it comes to coding 8 have some other tips on music and concentrating on code in my most recent article


I usually repeat one song. Clubbed to death, from the Matrix OST youtu.be/APgQ1lNAzdg , Session from Linkin Park's Meteora youtu.be/J1KqQYsUYIk , or Around the World by Daft Punk's Homework youtu.be/_JPa3BNi6l4; work wonders. Also from Daft Punk, their whole Alive 2017 album does the trick for me most of the time.


unlike others, this one makes you dive into the code itself. no vocal distraction. dev.to/ijash/hacking-programming-m...


I'm mostly listening to this Casey Neistat inspired playlist all day long. Kinda chill yet dynamic enough to motivate me.


When I do easy tasks I listen to playlists like "Massive Pop Remixes" and "New Pop Revolution". It gives me some energy to avoid boring.

When I do more complex tasks like designing or reading I listen to something like Instrumental Study. It helps me to be focused on a task.


Deadmau5. I'm listening to deadmau5 all the time. ;)


Hah. This will surely increase my hunger for nap.


Haha, so you probably need some drum'n'bass music to boost your productivity : open.spotify.com/user/hofnarr/play...


I find post-rock great for focusing. My "Programming Focus" playlist: open.spotify.com/user/fidraj/playl...


I really like listening to stoner rock, but mostly on YouTube.
There's a fantastic channel for this, Stoned Meadow of Doom.


Personally I find Liquid DnB has a good balance of calm, no (or minimal) vocals, repetition, with strong consistent beat to keep things moving along.

I find a lot of the other chill mixes lack the beat which keeps things moving forwards.

E.g. open.spotify.com/album/3c7yM2n84Bp...


I don't have spotify but I really love to work with epic orchestral or epic celtic when I'm working.
Makes work incredible !


I'm a big fan of this one; Stranger Things got me into a synth-binge that I can't seem to beat. :)



Many find this annoying but it help me concentrate


Hahaha funny at start but dude its lit and it helped me concentrate


I've found that either folk metal or decent metal in a language I dont understand is helpful. Enough to keep me energized but not enough to distract.


I have noticed that most of these playlists are more chill, does anyone listen to harder stuff to get energised while they code?


Tranquility with a Beat is my go-to.


I really like this playlist (it was used as background music in a workshop by thoughtram)



Science says music is actually bad for concentration, or at least for creativity as listening to music engages the right brain, which is where creativity is. So, preferably a quiet space without disturbances is optimal to get in the flow and be effective and creative.
On the other hand, however, reports from programmers (and lots of other people, for instance, students) is that listening to music is the only way to concentrate and get into the flow. So, to each his own I guess.


I always type 'lowfi' on spotify or youtube and so far not dissapointed.


Here's my playlist-- give it a whirl! 😊
I add to it often!


Beats to think to

Was recently removed but this is a reboot.


Not a playlist but I found that any album/EP by Aphex Twin is just amazing for focus. I use it while coding, writing docs and even driving in adverse weather.


I'm mostly listening to the Stellaris soundtrack


Youtube has a 10 hours version from Hans Zimmers Time, the Soundtrack from Inception.
and i hear a lot of music from Para for Cuva, the DJ Set @ Urban Spree in Berlin is great.