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What music do you like to listen while coding? Here are some of my personal favourites that help me get "in the zone".

Ivan Spoljaric
I love coding and drinking large amounts of coffee.
・2 min read

I've noticed that listening to music while coding helps me to switch into my deep work mode.

Although I sometimes listen to generic stuff, like the current Global Top 50 Hits, most of the time I prefer purely instrumental music (with just a touch of vocals sprinkled in the right places). My personal favorites are soundtracks from sci-fi tv-series and movies.

Why Sci-Fi

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I am a huge fan of the sci-fi genre (also fantasy, but to a lesser extent). Ever since I was a small kid I loved reading novels from great writers like Isaac Asimov (I, Robot), Frank Herbert (Dune), Arthur C. Clarke (The Songs of Distant Earth or 2001: A Space Odyssey) and Carl Sagan (Contact). I also loved watching tv-series like Star Trek, Firefly, Stargate SG1, and movies like Star Wars, Sunshine, The Matrix and Interstellar. This is to name a few.

That's why my coding playlists have soundtracks like;

I don't understand completely why these specific songs (or the sci-fi genre in general) strike an "emotional" chord for me, or how they help me to get "in the zone". I believe it has something to do with my emotional attachment to the stories and characters. Like I'm somehow reliving the experiences I had while watching those tv shows or movies.

Today's recommendation

Here is something I've been listening to for the past few days. The season 3 soundtracks of the 2004-2008 Battlestar Galactica TV Series.

This TV series is absolutely awesome and a must-see for every Sci-Fi fan out there. But so is the music (mainly because of Bear McCreary's brilliance).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I do. My favourites are: 03-Admiral And Commander, 06-Wayward Soldier and 21-All along the Watchtower.

Battlestar Galactica Season 3 Soundtrack

What do you like to listen to while coding? Feel free to write any suggestions you have in the comments. :)

Discussion (9)

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Ryan

I'm easy, I throw the lofi hip hop radio beats to relax/study to and I can groove on server work all morning

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Zachary Lamb (He, Him, His)

Ay, another BSG fan! Not sure if you heard , but SyFy is streaming seasons 1-4 right now!. Anyways, my song contribution to this is October by Icarus. I have noticed that there is a big overlap in terms of music that I like to code to and music that my yoga teachers like to play, haha.

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pontakornth
  • Killer (Elevator Version) : JJBA Part 4 Villain theme
  • AWAKEN JJBA Part 2 Pillarmen theme
  • Magnet Miku and Luka song
  • Undertale Undertale
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Ivan Spoljaric Author • Edited

Thx for sharing :) I added "Undertale Undertale" to one of my playlists.

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pontakornth

Jojo Biazarre Adventure OPs are also good. I recommend Crazy Noisy Bizarre town.

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Sarthak Sharma

GitHub logo sarthology / ProjectSoundtracks

🎧 List of best Soundtracks to boost your Productivity and Focus

Complete Albums

1. Interstellar OSTΒ πŸš€

🎼 Music Composer: Hans Zimmer

πŸ‘πŸ» Best for: Brainstorming and Discussions 🧠

πŸ”— Links: Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, SoundCloud

2. Pirates of the Caribbean ⛡️

🎼 Music Composer: Hans Zimmer

πŸ‘πŸ» Best for: High Concentration Works πŸ”₯

πŸ”— Links: Spotify, Youtube

3. The Dark Knight RisesΒ πŸ¦‡

🎼 Music Composer: Hans Zimmer

πŸ‘πŸ» Best for: High Concentration Works πŸ”₯

πŸ”— Links: Spotify, Apple Music , Youtube, SoundCloud

4. The Theory of Everything 🌌

🎼 Music Composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson

πŸ‘πŸ» Best for: Deep thinking and Creative work ✍🏼

πŸ”— Links: Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, SoundCloud

5. Hobbit/Lords of the ringΒ πŸŒ‹

🎼 Music Composer: Howard Shore

πŸ‘πŸ» Best for: These albums are Jack of all πŸ’

πŸ”— Links: Every easy to find but still Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube

6. Man of steel πŸ’ͺ🏻

πŸŽΌβ€¦

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Ivan Spoljaric Author

Wow. There is some great stuff here. Thx for sharing :)

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Mateusz Iwaniuk

Depends on what you like. I am Metalhead, so every Rock and Metal music makes me more effective

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Madza • Edited

Best one I've came across:
youtube.com/watch?v=WYp9Eo9T3BA

*Also see top comment there, lol xdd