I’m not quite sure how to start off this post without sounding like a TV commercial, and at the same time without sounding awkward. So I guess we’ll stick with awkward.
Today, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite music I like to listen to while I do homework or other intellectual activities. So the next time you’re sitting at your desk doing whatever you do and you’re needing something to listen to but tired of listening to the same old stuff, here’s a selection of different and exciting music you can try!
Please note that all the music on this list is instrumental, as I work better with instrumental music than lyrical music. If you want advice on lyrical work music, don’t come to me. I’d just say, “Christian pop in general.” XD
So without further ado. . .
10. Classical music
A go-to choice if you want something simple and classy (obviously), yet elegant and inspirational. It makes wonderful background music for pretty much everything from writing an essay to cleaning the kitchen! My personal favorite piece is Ravel’s Bolero. It has such a beautiful and soothing rhythm. You can find classical music pretty much everywhere. My sister and I like to use Telarc, with has 8+ albums full of it with a colorful splash of jazz and polka added in. It’s a lot of fun to dance to in your chair while working.
(Especially Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. SO. MUCH. FUN.)
9. “Machinarium” soundtrack
I know next to nothing about “Machinarium”. Apparently it’s some kind of puzzle game. I’m not sure. Dad just collects random soundtracks from random games, even if we don’t play them. But this soundtrack in particular has earned my love. If you like electronic/game music, this is a pretty decent find. It’s catchy, well-composed and beautiful. My two favorite songs from this album are Mr. Handagote and The Glasshouse with Butterfly.
8. Touch the Strings
Beautiful and highly underrated, this gorgeous acoustic album by Mark McCain features hymns like Old Rugged Cross and I Love You Lord as well as original pieces, played on guitar, violin and piano. The music will soothe you to the bone and quiet your soul. My two favorite songs are Appalacian Way and Those Who Wait.
7. Windham Hill Records
Windham Hill is a record label, but I have encountered some of the most wonderful music under it. When I was younger, I was obsessed with it because it offered some EPIC music to daydream to. My favorite albums from it include the Winter Solstice series (various artists), Piano Sampler and its sequel (also various artists) and Autumn by George Winston.
6. “Studio Ghibli” music
If you’re a fellow Studio Ghibli fan, you can probably back me up to some degree. Most of the music found in the movies (at least as far as I know) is written by Joe Hisaishi, who is, by the way, a genius. The music of Studio Ghibli is heart-throbbing, unique and oh, so superb. My favorite movie soundtracks include Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Nausicaa: The Valley of Wind, Whisper of the Heart (the latter was written by Yuji Nomi, not Hisaishi) and, most recently, The Secret World of Arietty. I almost cried when I heard that last one just a week or so ago — it was fantastic.
5. BBC “Planet Earth” soundtrack
If you’re anything like me, and you love to listen to David Attenborough’s voice as you watch a cheetah chasing down a gazelle, or a migrating herd of elephants, or a chimpanzee rampage, then this two-disc compilation of masterpieces by George Fenton is a must-have. Experience the wonders of the planet from Antarctic petrels rolling in the snow to a gathering of blue whales to a meadow bursting with color in the spring all in your ears. . .
Hopefully all that epicness won’t distract you from work though.
On a random note, this soundtrack, for the record, goes surprisingly well with Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind (not that I recommend the book. I do buuuuut. . . I don’t 😛 ).
4. New Age and Jazz by Magnatune Compilation
Magnatune is another record label. I don’t know too much about all the music you may find under it. All I know is that they put together a bunch of new age and jazz music into an album and it is some of the AWESOMEST music I have ever heard. It’s very diverse, containing every adjective from psychedelic to emotional to catchy. Hands down, my two favorites from that album are The Tale of Room 620 by Ehren Starks and Immrama by Stellamara. I just looked up the album online, and it looks like they changed up some of the songs. So your experience might be a little different from mine.
We have reached the top three!! Hold on to your seats. . .
3. “Minecraft” soundtrack
I am currently obsessed with this music. Composed by a dude known as C418, It’s possibly the best game soundtrack I’ve ever heard. It’s like “Machinarium”, and “New Age and Jazz” combined into one. I have a funny feeling it was deliberately written to go with work (mainly, building stuff with blocks, but homework works, too). I can hardly pick a favorite — it’s all just so amazing.
Because it’s a top three, I shall show you now that I’ve told you. BEHOLD. . .
2. Two Steps from Hell
Don’t let the title of this masterful trailer music company scare you off. This collection of albums, founded and written by Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix, teeming with fantastical epicness, will make you want to climb the highest mountains and leap onto the back of a dragon, and maybe fight a toothy cow or two along the way. Well since doing all that is pretty unlikely, you’ll just have to settle with slaying the notorious monster of Homework instead. The last time I was listening to this music, I managed way more paragraphs in my essay than I thought possible. What is it about that music that’s so magically inspiring?! Again, I can’t pick a favorite. Too many songs and TOO MUCH EPIC.
Check out their YouTube channel here! (the stinker won’t embed the link haha)
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1. You Me & Gravity: Planet Coaster soundtrack
I have played Planet Coaster before. It’s excellent and very high-quality. But the thing that stuck out to me the most about it was, for sure, the music. The first time I heard it as I was minding my own business, building roller coasters and lengthening paths etc., I immediately decided that it was some of the best music I had ever heard in my life.
It’s been one and a half years, and it’s still some of the best music I’ve ever heard in my life.
This magnificent modern music, composed by Jim Guthrie and J.J. Ipsen, was designed to go hand in hand with work. It teems with optimism and cheerfulness, inspiring productivity and joy in all who lend an ear.
Do give it a listen! Even if you don’t try my other nine recommendations, please try out this one. You will not be disappointed.
So there you have it! My top 10 favorite work music. I hope you gave at least one of them a listen, and if not, I expect you to come back later when you’re more prepared. 😉
Do tell! Did you like any of my suggestions? What sort of music do you like to listen to while you work (because I loooove recommendations)? What do you want to see on this blog next?
Hope you have a great rest of your evening! Happy listening. 😉