Music to Listen to while Coding

Link to my Spotify Playlist!

A lot of people listen to music while coding, including me. The trick is which music will help to create an environment that encourages calm and productive code. Here’s a list of the music I listen to whilst coding:

Tycho Dive 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingTycho - Extremely calm and mellow. Used for right when I get into the office in the morning.  Personally I think his best album is Dive but he’s also coming out with more soon!


02112013 blackmill miracle 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingBlackmill - I’ve heard it described as “melodic dubstep”, great for late-night coding or if Tycho is too slow for you. I highly encourage you to check out his full album Miracle for his best work.


BOC 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingBoards of Canada - If you’re not into the electric or dubstep kinda music then this is for you. Technically electronic but more ambient rock. My favorite album of theirs is Trans-Canada Highway.


God Is An Astronaut ST Cover 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingGod is an Astronaut – Instrumental rock or “space rock”. Great if you need to get through a lot of boring work.


explosions in the sky take care take care take care 2011 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingExplosions in the Sky – A lot like Boards of Canada mixed with God is an Astronaut. Suggested by /u/-entropy.


JohnButlerTrio LiveAtRedRocks CoverHiRes 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingJohn Butler Trio – Really only just one song, but holy hell is it fantastic.




bdd73d38 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingNujabes – I can stress how awesome nujabes is. Jazz/Hip-hop mix, most of it instrumental. Big shoutout to /r/Nujabes.


1235369707 00 vibrasphere   selected downbeats vol.2 web 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingVibrasphere - Unfortunately retired band but they left behind a great collection of chill music.



a0503235282 10 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingSolar Fields – I love the Solar Fields because there is almost no “rhythm” to their music, making it difficult for my brain to distract me from coding.


a3339901167 2 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingEmancipator - Defined as trip hop and down tempo I love this music because it’s calm and very easy on the ears.

collected 1304245811 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingMassive Attack – Trip hop and experimental rock, suggested by /u/autra1



EDIT281113 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingedIT – Member of the Glitch Mob but also has some smooth “glitch” music.



TSNcover 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingThe Social Network Soundtrack – Suggested by /u/murdocsvan



1351008661 juno reactor gods and monsters 2008 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingJuno Reactor – A lot like Solar Fields but a little quicker. Suggested by /u/thesolitaire



dj shadow reconstructed 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingDJ Shadow – A little like Nujabes except more hip-hop



1325859501 57617e296005b3d1d511f915ea24f58f 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingLittle People – Downbeat electronic. Extremely chill.



homepage large.eac1d3bc 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingBurial – Dubstep, trip hop. I love his music mostly because it’s perfect “rain” music.



the brookes brothers 513142cc95e68 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingBrookes Brothers – Drum and Bass, a whole lot quicker and really upbeat!



1 pretty lights 150x150 Music to Listen to while CodingPretty Lights – Trip hop electronic.



Chillstep Mixes – there are tons of them out there on Youtube, most are more than an hour long, and they’re fantastic!

musicForProgramming(); – A site dedicated to long playlists of music to aid concentraction. Suggested by /u/TheCoryKid

 /r/MusicforConcentration – A subreddit dedicated to this kind of music


I only included my top two to three of each artist, however I highly encourage you to explore each artists music.

15 Responses to “ Music to Listen to while Coding ”

  1. Try: The American Dollar, Music for Focus and Creativity

  2. It would be great if you had a spotify to follow. I took some of your postings here and created a playlist

  3. Try Emancipator – Safe In The Steep Cliffs!

  4. Protip: Add all of these artists as variety to a single station in Pandora, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks for the list!

  5. I put together a Spotify list a couple years with similar music that I use when coding everyday. 10+ hours thus far…

  6. Made a quick youtube playlist with all the tracks above, feel free to use it :)

  7. It’s scary how much this matches my Spotify code music. Little People are great!

    PS Keith Kenniff / Helios & Bonobo :D

  8. If you like videogames, try: OverClocker ReMix.

    Thousands of free soundtracks and increasing. Literally days of music. This has been my favorite soundtrack for years.

    Styles vary: rock, blues, jazz, dubstep, techno, 8-bit, etc.


  9. Awesome suggestions! Some of these are really great.

    I would also suggest Groove Armada, Zero 7, Air, and All India Radio. All are great chill options to listen to while coding. Admittedly Groove Armada can be all over the place with their songs, but they have some gems that I listen to religiously when coding.

  10. Great list! Thanks!

    I’d also recommend Arms and Sleepers, Jon Hopkins (particularly his album Insides), BT’s album This Binary Universe, Epic45, Goldmund (anything of Keith Kenniff’s work actually), Manual, and Telefon Tel Aviv.

  11. I have created Rdio playlist using your Spotify playlist

    Here is link

  12. Leonard Huebner

    I would suggest Phaeleh and Synkro, seem to be quite similar to the styles you have listed above

    Although I personally prefere to listen to 200bpm psytrance, while coding

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