Music for coding

I don’t know about you, but I can’t code without music. It’s just something that I do in auto-pilot, right before writing any line of code I put my headphones on and start my music player.

Although I love lots of rock bands and different styles, when it comes to coding I’m very, very picky.
One of the first requirements is that it can’t have people singing, or at least keep it to the bare minimum. I just find music with lyrics too distracting at times. I tend to concentrate more and get more productive while listening to hypnotic or haunting songs.

So while coding I normally listen to Post-rock, Downtempo, chill-out, progressive house and so on. Funny enough tho, I can’t listen to any sort of music if I’m learning something new.

Anyway, I decided to compile a few of my favourite albums while I’m hacking through the day/night.

Without any further due, here’s my favourite albums recommendations.

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Burial – Untrue

Dubstep, 2-step garage, ambient
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Deadmau5 – Lack For A Better Name

Progressive House
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Explosions In The Sky – First Breath After Coma

Post-Rock
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Gustavo Santaolalla – 21 Grams OST

Rock, Ambient
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Hans Zimmer – Inception OST

Rock, Ambient
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Justice – Justice

Electro-House
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M83 – Saturdays = Youth

Electro-House
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Mogwai – Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Post-Rock
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Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV

Ambient industrial, dark ambient
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Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun

Post-Rock
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This Will Destroy You – This Will Destroy You

Post-Rock
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Trent Reznor – The Social Network OST

Dark ambient, post-industrial, experimental, electronica
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Wolfgang Gartner – Weekend In America

Progressive-house
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XX – Coexist

Indie Pop
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Aes Dana – Perimeters

Downtempo, Progressive Trance, Ambient
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Carbon Based Lifeforms – Interloper

Downtempo, Ambient, Acid
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God Is An Austronaut – Age of the Fifth Sun

Post-Rock
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Mono – Hymn to the Immortal Wind

Post-Rock
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I’ve compiled all of these albums in a Grooveshark Playlist in case you want to hear it in the background.

Hope you’ve liked my selection, and let me know what are your favourite albums in the comments below ;)

  13 comments for “Music for coding

  1. January 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Hey, great list there.

    I like coldplay, a lot, but ya, song with people singing in it sometimes become a distraction when you need to fully concentrate and just code. So I tend to look for ambient or electronics type of musics, lately I have been listening to these while coding. Not bad.
    http://workbench-music.com/release/zoo/
    http://workbench-music.com/release/synesthesia/

    So now, I have a whole new list of music to play while coding, thanks to you :-)
    By the way, I am listening to “Mono – Hymn to the Immortal Wind” now, and I think it is great!

    • Henrique B.
      January 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Glad you liked it ;) I’m going to check it out the links you posted. Thanks for sharing

  2. Ant
    January 23, 2013 at 2:31 am

    A few names on that list I recognise, many I don’t.

    Thanks for some avenues to explore :)

  3. January 23, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Now, this is a great list of music! The more I do not know, the better! :) Coding session, begins now!

  4. Adam Paterson
    January 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Absolutely brilliant list Henrique, most of these have been on repeat for me all last year.

    • Henrique B.
      January 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Great minds think alike ;P

  5. Nono
    January 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I can see some nice albums in this list :)

    I personnaly prefer listening to trip hop/downtempo/electronic hip hop – so there is generally not much of lyrics in those genres.

    These days I’m using tublar (www.tubalr.com) to listen to streamed music.

  6. GeekGao
    January 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    That’s very cool. Thank you.

  7. Rai
    February 10, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Cool list, I also can’t code without music, but only when I’m not learning something new. I think the music becomes a distraction in that case. Check out thievery corporation. They make cool music with minimal singing as well.

  8. April 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Nice list Henrique. Erudite. If you’re into that kind of subliminal music, my guess is you might like this: Free Falling , or for a bit more soul, maybe this: Mood Machine Just a suggestion. :) Charles.

  9. June 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

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  10. Karam
    June 24, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Really awesome list.. A lot of new material :D

    I would like to recommend “summit” for skrillex, I think it would work for your taste ..

  11. February 10, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Although some of these are good albums and I should have added the Social Network album to my list. In reality listening to music while coding is an efficiency wreck. And here is why: http://www.tomordonez.com/blog/2014/02/08/music-for-coding-or-not/

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