I enjoyed reading the following article by a fellow Dev.to'er:
Favourite albums to listen to while coding
Hussein Al Hammad ・ Nov 18 '18 ・ 2 min read
And I wanted to share with the community what I listen to.
I have different modes for when I'm coding, hacking (e.g. bug bounties), working (e.g. writing emails), or just doing mind-numbing chores.
The following is what I jam to for each of those modes.
No distractions. No lyrics. Soft tracks are ideal, but not too soft that I would fall asleep during late-night coding sessions.
Genres that meet these criteria: Chill Step, Deep House, Liquid Trap
Get pumped and get in the mood 😈 with upbeat jams. Fast, electronic beats with sick bass drops are ideal. Lyrics are fine too.
Genres that meet these criteria: Drum and Bass, EDM, Trap, Dubstep, Nightcore
Upbeat, poppy, but not-too-fast tracks hits the spot for this category.
Genres that meet this criteria: ePop
Podcasts, actually. Word? 🤓
Wait. Hear me out.
Because of the inherent nature of chores, I don't need focus on the minutiae of the task. Instead, I take these opportunities to catch up on the many technical/coding/engineering podcasts.
Genres that meet these criteria: Podcasts
Spotify actually has podcasts you can listen to, but I will shamelessly plug my collection of awesome-podcasts 😅
Every once in a while, I get a craving for something entirely new and different, but they still tend to fall within broader categories.
Genres that meet these criteria: Synthpop, Remixes, Hip Hop, but with a twist 👩🎤👨🎤
- Women Wa Bas! - Arab women in one playlist
- Arab Hip-Hop
- Arab X - Global cross-overs with/by Arab artists
- Arab Raggae
- Hacking - Synthpop
- Synthpop / Electronic / Dark Wave
- Pop / Rock Remix
- Remixes Of Popular Songs
- K-Pop Daebak
- K-Pop Rising
- JPop / Anime
I love getting exposed to new music, so what do you listen to?
Top comments (43)
Melodic death metal anyone? Black metal?
It really depends. I am very syncretistic in my taste. My spectrum ranges from Chillout to Dubstep, from Pop to Rock and (Death-) Metal. But I too enjoy good Old School like NWA.
If somebody hacks my Spotify account he may wonder if I am a whole family instead of a single person 😂
I feel you. I’m the same way. In my Spotify account, I’ve got pop folder, rock folder, hacker folder, coding folder, acoustic/instrumental folder, yoga folder ...etc
I could keep going, but I’ll stop embarrassing myself now. 😂
Yes! Black Metal is my jam when coding, especially Funeral Mist, Behemoth, Marduk, and Spectral Wound!
I'm listening to a really wide range of music too 😄From country to blackest black metal. Depends on the mood I guess.
Yes! Sometimes it has to be Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir :D
CoF!!!!! That brings back memories...
Prog metal. Just posted about the new Haken FINALLY dropping.
Industrial techno, Psytrance, Hardstyle, Hardcore, Frenchcore !!
If it's under 150BPM, it's not worth :D
Wow. Two new genres for me to try out: Industrial Techno and Frenchcore!
Hey ! I hope you like it ;)
Here some suggestions :
Frenchcore : Dr.Peacock / Sefa / Radium / The Sickest Squad / Angerfist (hardcore dj but he do some frenchcore too !)
Industrial techno : I just discovered this genre 2weeks ago so I don't know the big name in the scene yet ! But usually I just go to soundcloud, search for industrial techno playlist and lets roll :)
Here's a good site to find any set in any genre u want => lsdb.eu/ they got everything u need ;)
Hardstyle gets me in the zone and helps me concentrating ;)
I don't listen music when I work.
When I'm OoO, I listen to classic rock, pop, electro, hardtek & hardcore.
Do you find music distractive while working?
Yes, it is.
And I need to talk with my colleagues very often.
Ah, yes, this reminded me of when I worked in a completely open floor plan with 20+ other engineers (because collaboration!) and some music would be playing on external speakers. Some engineers put on headphones (without music necessarily - just to cancel noise), which had the reverse effect on collaboration. It was the most unhealthy environment I've been in.
I totally see your point!
I don't work in an open space (I couldn't). We're only 3 in my office, but we need to talk very often with my team mates, and not only about work :)
I prefer rock and metal (the Beatles, Dio, Guns 'n Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc), but very often I listen a mix of a lot of genres (pop ballads, rap, hip-hop, techno, bachata, salsa, etc).
Sometimes, I like to listen to totally new genres (for me at least), and for that I check out this page: Every Noise at Once. It's an incredible work of data analysis where you can listen to practically every genre of music.
There I've discovered genres like ambient trance, fallen angel and new tribe. It's pretty interesting, check it out! 😁
Wow. That’s awesome. Definitely bookmarking that!
I listen to a wide variety of music although I tend to avoid most manufactured pop and dance tunes. A lot of the music I listen to will tend to be strongly guitar oriented in some way since I play guitar. Another preference is toward more raw and rootsy music, like country blues and punk, rather than slickly produced songs.
It doesn't matter too much as long as it's the same few songs over and over again. The noise gets tuned out when I slip into a focus-state. Which... is why I can't listen to podcasts when I code.
Here's a screenshot of my spotify playlists. Haha!
When I'm doing something that needs great focus I usually listen to a song I know on repeat. The genre is either rap or classic rock or anything else I just like. I let my discovery services help guide me. Recently it was songs off of Jay Z's Blueprint 2 over and over and over.
I guess that's my "hacking" mode. In code mode, I sort of listen to whatever, and it's usually a bit chiller.
I totally am with you on podcasts for chores. A lot of work doesn't actually need that much brain power and I definitely don't mind having people chatting it up in my ears while I work.
Basically Tech-House, UK Garage, Shallow/Getto/Bass House, and little bit Techno, Acid 303, 808 909, Jungle Terror, Tribal & Percussions, Futuristic.
Not That Boring List:
Lately, I've discovered that in order to give a better performance while writing code or thinking for problem solutions music is really distracting so I rather not listening during that time. But I will definitely listen to a lot of this playlist later.
It depends on what I'm doing. If I am deep in thought, or in the flow, or generally just getting a lot of work done I look up mixes of Trance / Progressive House / PsyTrance etc. Some of my favourite YouTube channels for this are:
If I'm researching, doing admin work or generally testing new concepts, I generally go to Deezer and listen to my Flow, which is a selection of favourited songs and songs the Deezer thinks are similar. I have found several new artists like this.
If I'm struggling to focus, I've honestly found the "lofi hip hop music - beats to relax/study to" playlist on Spotify to be very useful for helping me focus without distracting me. Not my style of music necessarily, but it works.
If I'm already feeling focused, I like listing to post-rock or post-metal. Russian Circles, Caspian, Pelican, or Explosions in the Sky are some great bands to have on in the background and get you pumped, although certain Explosions songs can put me to sleep...
For when I'm not coding, Brand New, Kevin Devine, alt-rock in general, or some embarrassing post-hardcore from my teen years will find it's way onto my Spotify.
Rock, rock, and then, more rock.
And when I'm feeling lazy.
Radiohead that's my jam!
Grindcore, Death metal, Black metal, thrash metal, powerviolence, crust punk, discore (Confuse, Gai, etc.), harsh noise, & experimental. And some folk and small amounts of jazz and 70's synth.
black metal like Taake, Limbonic Art, early Burzum when i dont want to be too distracted.
more melodic black metal like Vintersorg, Emperor, Solefald, Falkenbach, Cor Scorpii when I feel i can follow more the tunes.
if doing coding chores I can go hard with Anaal Nathrak, Obscura, Beyond Creation
if i feel groovy then stuff like Clutch, Kvelertak
but it´s not always only metal. sometimes the office is noisy, and I want to be isolated but not with too much noise in my head and then i put on some synth ambient techno stuff like Ogre Sound, VHS Glitch, Electric Universe..