How I found the best music for programming

In my whole life I always had something to listen to while I was doing work and I’m sure most of you guys are listening to something in the background all the time. We all have our best music-activity combinations but I’ll share my experience about how I found the best music for programming.

Where am I coming from?

Mid teen’s, I was the typical passive music listener (through tv, radio) and my family didn’t have strong connection with music either but then… I got my first computer and I played loads and loads of Age of Empires 2/3, Prince of Persia Warrior Within, Need for Speed UG2/MW and GTA : Vice City and my taste in music started to form containing hiphop, metal, rock, classic and ambient. The new music genres and the fact that I was filled with hormones was a good fit for my first application in C#. I was struggling, I was angry but I enjoyed cracking seemingly impossible problem and my first Hello World console application has been created.

How do I find music I like?

This will be the most important part for you.

  • Listen carefully to movies and series and use Shazam religiously when you find something you like.
  • Search for playlist made by other people (eg on Spotify).
  • Search for mixes in case of electronic music (1001tracklists).
  • Search for different musicians at the same festival stage, clubs, venues where your favorite performed.
  • On Bandcamp/SoundCloud checkout random people’s collection.
  • Start radio from your favorite music (eg on Spotify).
  • Start your own playlist with similar track on it and check out recommended additions (eg on Spotify).
  • Open threads if you can’t find similar music, it’s pretty neglected but people on Reddit and Facebook closed groups are really helpful.

What is the absolute best for my productivity at the moment?

My most recent favorites are Jan Blomquist, Makeness, Max Cooper, Be Svendsen, Christian Löffler but what absolutely mops the floor with my procrastination and fear and puts me in the flow instantly is Viken Arman.

Choosing the unknown

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