Some like it loud, others need some steady beats to stay focused, others calm tunes. A while ago we asked on Twitter1 and Facebook2 what music the web community is listening to when coding and designing.
The answers were as diverse as the community itself and certainly too good to live an existence only in a Twitter discussion. That’s why we’ve compiled those hand-crafted playlists, favorite artists, and loved soundtracks in this article to see which tunes fuel the web, and, well, first and foremost, to provide you with some new ear candy to get you through lengthy coding and design sessions, of course. Get your headphones ready!
(Image credit: Corey Blaz3)
Get Into The Flow Link
Positive psychology describes flow as the mental state when you get fully immersed in what you’re doing, feeling energized, focused, and involved. These playlists will tickle your brain to help you reach that much sought-after state.
Design Vibes Link
Curated by Sherzod Max | 564 songs | 58h 37min | Listen on Spotify64
No words to distract you, only steady vibes.
(Listen on Spotify64)
Hardstyle Playlist Link
Curated by Jesse Stoots | 755 songs | 56h 56min | Listen on Spotify97
Q-Base, Defqon, and Qlimax. Beats that help you get into the flow.
(Listen on Spotify97)
Brain Food Link
Curated by Spotify | 139 songs | 9h 39min | Listen on Spotify1210
Low-key electronic to stimulate your brain.
(Listen on Spotify1210)
Soundtrack to the Film Blade Runner Link
Artist: Vangelis | 12 songs | 57min | Listen on Spotify1513
Classical compositions meet synthesizers. Melodic.
(Listen on Spotify1513)
Soundtrack to the Film Drive Link
Curated by Servaas Vehmeijer | 31 songs | 2h 30min | Listen on Spotify1816
A small but fine list. Get into the flow with some electronic beats, work your way through and get to the epic, musical-like finale.
(Listen on Spotify1816)
Design & Build Link
Curated by Manik Rathee | 225 songs | 16h 06min | Listen on Spotify2119
This one won’t get boring. Sometimes full of energy, sometimes calm.
(Listen on Spotify2119)
Coding And Crushing It Link
Curated by Noel Tock | 127 songs | 8h 38min | Listen on Spotify2422
Orchestra meets film music.
(Listen on Spotify2422)
Soundtrack to the Film TRON: Legacy Link
Artist: Daft Punk | 22 songs | 58min | Listen on Spotify2725
A mix of electronic music and 70s-inspired sci-fi sounds.
(Listen on Spotify2725)
Soundtrack to the Film The Big Short Link
Artist: Nicholas Britell | 23 songs | 38min | Listen on Spotify3028
A surprising mix — sometimes energetic and upbeat with a bit of 70’s funk, sometimes darker and moody.
(Listen on Spotify3028)
Hyperspatial Detours Link
Artist: Café Del Mar | 7 songs | 21min | Listen on Spotify3331
Chillout music from the famous Café Del Mar.
(Listen on Spotify3331)
Stay Focused Link
Staying focused over a long period of time can be hard. The following playlists cater for some background music without being too obtrusive.
Curated by Kyle Hovey | 2,908 songs | 207h 11min | Listen on Spotify3634
Experimental and electronic beat music.
(Listen on Spotify3634)
Deep Focus Link
Curated by Spotify | 112 songs | 8h 29min | Listen on Spotify3937
Atmospheric rock to stay calm and concentrated.
(Listen on Spotify3937)
Reading Soundtrack Link
Curated by Spotify Sweden | 66 songs | 4h 09min | Listen on Spotify4240
Instrumental film music.
(Listen on Spotify4240)
4AM Comedown Link
Curated by Spotify UK | 50 songs | 3h 43min | Listen on Spotify4543
Chilled out dance.
(Listen on Spotify4543)
Bring Me To Sleep Link
Curated by Quoc Nguyen | 10 songs | 31min | Listen on Soundcloud4846
Well, it shouldn’t bring you to sleep, but sometimes peaceful sounds from piano, violins, and guitar might be just what you need.
(Listen on Soundcloud4846)
Soundtrack For Study Link
Curated by Filtr Canada | 76 songs | 3h 36min | Listen on Spotify5149
Movie hits to help you focus and concentrate.
(Listen on Spotify5149)
Acoustic Covers Link
Curated by Spotify | 118 songs | 7h 01min | Listen on Spotify5452
Words can be distracting when you need to focus on a task. So how about some acoustic covers?
(Listen on Spotify5452)
Soundtrack to the Film Interstellar Link
Artist: Hans Zimmer | 16 songs | 1h 11min | Listen on Spotify5755
(Listen on Spotify5755)
Stress-Free Classicals Link
Curated by Can Artuc | 49 songs | 3h 36min | Listen on Spotify6058
Classic, calm piano and orchestra pieces. Satie, Händel, Chopin, Schubert, and more.
(Listen on Spotify6058)
Chill Out Music Link
Curated by Spotify | 90 songs | 6h 35min | Listen on Spotify6361
(Listen on Spotify6361)
Spa Treatment Link
Curated by Spotify | 84 songs | 6h 10min | Listen on Spotify6664
Pleasant background music that doesn’t distract.
(Listen on Spotify6664)
Intense Studying Link
Curated by Spotify | 100 songs | 13h 46min | Listen on Spotify6967
Mostly classical music to help you concentrate.
(Listen on Spotify6967)
Boost Your Energy Link
The day has already been long and you need a little energy booster? How about one of these?
Liquid Drum & Bass Link
Curated by Björn Zuithoff | 8,959 songs | 847h 52min | Listen on Spotify7270
A huge Liquid Drum & Bass playlist to keep you fueled with energy.
(Listen on Spotify7270)
Coding & Designing 0.3 Link
Curated by Ross Dalaire | 27 songs | 1h 59min | Listen on Spotify7773
Electronic beats to push you forward. If you like the playlist, also make sure to check out Coding & Designing 0.274 and Coding & Designing 0.175.
(Listen on Spotify7773)
Soundtrack to the Film Pacific Rim Link
Artist: Ramin Djawadi | 26 songs | 1h 1min | Listen on Spotify8078
You’re on a quest to conquer this weird browser bug? This is your march music.
(Listen on Spotify8078)
Rock Hard Link
Curated by Spotify | 101 songs | 6h 19min | Listen on Spotify8381
The title says it all. If you like it loud, this one’s for you.
(Listen on Spotify8381)
Punk Essentials Link
Curated by Spotify France | 77 songs | 4h 03min | Listen on Spotify8684
The best of punk rock.
(Listen on Spotify8684)
Curated by Julian Norton | 29 songs | 1h 58min | Listen on Spotify8987
A good mix to re-load your battery.
(Listen on Spotify8987)
Walking Like A Badass Link
Curated by Spotify UK | 60 songs | 2h 56min | Listen on Spotify9290
Rocking riffs and pounding drums.
(Listen on Spotify9290)
Curated by Annukka Leppänen | 43 songs | 2h 26min | Listen on Spotify9593
“Kesä” means summer in Finish, and this playlist certainly brings you in a good mood with dancehall, hip hop, and reggae.
(Listen on Spotify9593)
What do you usually listen to when doing coding and design work? Let us know in the comments below!
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