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A Few Spotify Playlists for Work

A few weeks ago, I was talking with some others about the types of Spotify playlists we listen to whenever we’re working primarily to help us focus and get things done. (And no, I’ve nothing against Apple Music, fanboys, I pay for it, too so ease up. ).

Spotify Playlists for Work, Volume 1

I forgot to ‘heart’ or ‘like’ or ‘star’ or whatever Twitter is calling is currently calling the act of bookmarking a tweet, but I still thought it was a neat idea to list out some of the things we all listen to whenever we’re writing code, writing words, or taking a break.

So here’s what I’ve been listening to lately.

Spotify Playlists for Work, Volume 1

To say that I like one type of music would be a terrible misrepresentation of my tastes; however, when it comes to getting things done I usually listen to ambient music or soundtracks.

I don’t know when this happened exactly. From high school through my early 20s, I was almost listening to some type of classic rock or punk rock – and I still do – but not when I work. That’s probably fodder for another post.

Anyway, so here are some of my favorite ambient Spotify playlists for getting work done. If any of these links don’t work, don’t hesitate to let me know. Otherwise, enjoy.

  1. Atb – Distant Earth (especially Disc 2 or starting with Moments in Peace)
  2. The American Dollar – Music For Focus and Creativity
  3. February Four – Sparks
  4. The Echelon Effect – Seasons (I combined all of their EPs into this single playlist)
  5. An Introduction to Hammock, Volume 1
  6. Helios – Caesura
  7. Lights & Motion – Chronicle
  8. Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
  9. Slow Dancing Society – The Sound of Lights When Dim
  10. U137 – Dreamer on the Run

There you go: 10 Spotify playlists that you can add to your list of ambient playlists (or start your collection of ambient playlists) and that you can spin whenever you’re focused on getting work done.

Maybe I’ll turn this into a periodic thing (hence the whole Volume 1 in the heading), but I’m also interested in whatever it is you have to share, too. Feel free to link ’em up in the comments.


  1. Nate

    Thanks for sharing these. I’ve got a few go-to playlists and youtube channels I like (I don’t spotify yet, not available in South Korea, yes, VPNs, anyway…:-) ). Mostly anything Sigur Rós, Christopher O’Riley covering Radiohead on piano, as well as the Postmodern Jukebox and David Hicken piano YouTube channels give me what I need: music I don’t know and can’t sing along to that is mostly inspiring-sounding and keeps me motivated.

    If it’s Friday, EOD, or I’m needing to power through, that’s when I get out the GSD (Get “Stuff” Done) playlist, where I keep a lot of that classical and punk rock you mentioned, as well as the occasional Taylor Swift, Owl City and Carly Rae, sprinkled with Black Eyed Peas, Carlos Vives, Juanes, John Legend, Sister Hazel, and of course, Jamiroquai, Nelly and B.B. King. Fun stuff.

  2. Paul Oaten

    I like that Moments In Peace track.

    Myself and a colleague put together this playlist on Spotify called Music For Coding:

  3. Robby

    Perfect timing. I was just thinking to myself that I needed to go research some new work stations. Thanks, Tom!

    Along with any of the “focus” Spotify playlists, I find everything from the group Boards of Canada to be great working music. Their Pandora Station has been one of my long-time go tos.

    I’m working my way through the ATB playlist today. Will report back after :)

  4. Mike

    Ahhh i’ve needed this.. Thank you! I’ve played out my music

  5. Michael Kelly

    Great List!

    Also a huge fan of Lowercase Noises (

    • Tom

      Awesome — thanks for the share! I was just looking for some new tunes :).

  6. Joe

    Thanks for the share, some really good stuff here.

    I usually listen to soundtracks as well, one of my favorites for writing code to is the soundtracks from the Halo series. I managed to find a list with songs from the various game editions on Spotify here,

    Looking forward to volume 2!

  7. setbeat

    I love this playlist. Unfortunately, Spotify stopped working on my device. But, thank for the list of good songs. I will play them on alternative apps.

  8. Fildo

    I love these playlists. I am enjoying them while doing my work. Thank.

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