Music or No music while coding?

madza profile image Madza ・1 min read

As I've noticed, some devs see music as a distraction and absolutely hate it, while some won't write a single line of code without headphones on ears.

Which type of person are you and could you please elaborate a bit on your reasons behind it?


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Definently music FTW!
I generally have one of the chill lofi or classic jazz playlists on spotify while I work. I personally can't work or focus when the music has vocals/lyrics in it.

But if I have to really get into "the zone" while coding which requires long periods of undivided attention, I go for the binaural beats. You have four different types depending on the result you are looking for like for high intense concentration or different frequncies when you want to relax or even for deep sleep.


No music for me. I can generally focus just fine even when unusual stuff is happening as long as it isn't music. The quieter it is, the better. I will occasionally throw on headphones not to play music but to drown out some environmental chatter if I really need to focus.

Probably depends entirely on the person and whether or not they grew up listening to music while studying for school.


Before noise canceling headphones, with music which I knew by heart, order by album and year. Those ones can't steal much processing power like a random playlist would as long as they keep predictable in every channel.

Then, noise canceling headphones, anti-social t-shirt and a reputation for being rude when interrupted FTW;

But now with quarantine where I have a whole room to myself, a shut door will suffice. Never want to leave home office again. \o/


I like no lyric music to stay focus when coding. But silence does help when watching tutorials or books.


yeah, it depends on the situation for me.

If I'm having to learn something or focus on a deadline then no music or super low-fi beats.

If it's maintenance updates or similar then I might go with something a little more upbeat to help me get through it lol.


I've gone through a few things while working, music for me works sometimes however whenever I get to a song that I'm "not in the mood" for I find myself taking time out to skip it or change playlist. I've tried netflix/prime video for it as well watching something that I don't really have to pay attention to, still found myself paying attention to it.

Most recently I've been listening to rain ASMR, not really sure what it is just find it really relaxing with no distractions and helps me work more efficiently than music.


I always use music because it helps me focus so much better. The genre of music changes with the mood, though. Most of the time it is some sort of electronic music but will progress to rock or hip-hop if I am just feeling it.


I only listen to music (without lyrics, Jazz mostly) when there is some other noise that distracts me while coding (e.g. some drilling, colleague having loud conversation etc).

Otherwise, I prefer silence. As a musician, I tend to think about the music I listen to and my thoughts drift away from the code. And, I hate headphone. After a day wearing headphones, my ears and my head aches...


I need music to focus at all, sitting in silence is sooo much more distracting. And this applies to everything I do, if there's not music/noise/something in the background I get antsy and distracted from whatever I'm doing.


Music. Mostly because it drowns out all the noise around me and allows me to focus better. I do get distracted by conversations or people moving around me. A good pair of noise cancelling headphones and some music with no lyrics and I can work for hours.


Generally when I need to really focus on some task that requires a lot of attention, I work with quiet lofi, nature sounds, jazz or classical music. Sometimes I code without any music at all. Often when I start my personal projects and I need to create/generate the boilerplate code and clean it up, I listen to rock or techno, because it doesn't require so much of my attention. It all really depends on my mood and the complexity of a given task.


It depends on the cognitive load of the task at hand. If it's low, I'll generally listen to a podcast or watch a video on a second screen. If it's something that needs my undivided attention, I'll put on music in my noise cancelling headphones. Usually it's metal without lyrics, or with growls where I can't pick out words. It helps me drown out distractions


For me this heavily depends on the music. For example I can listen to jazz without a problem but I cannot even write more than two lines while listening to rock or metal.


No music for me. I start coding with background music but after few minutes I find it very distracting and have to turn it off.


Music!!! And almost always the same playlist, it seems to me that my brain made an association between some playlists and working, so when I sit down and put certain music on I kinda go into production mode haha


no music i rather be silent make me focused


For me, music is very important !😁 From Juice WRLD to Approaching Nirvana
Music is very important because it is my inspiration source


Hahah, actually been listening to Go this evening and also a lot of Righteous couple weeks ago xdd


No music, I cant focus on two things at once.

I rarely listen while refactoring


No music for me.. I’m usually listening to space white noise on YouTube - helps me focus on what I’m doing and tune out other noise around me


Music don't work to me. Because I needed to change a song that I don't like from a playlist. Maybe if I put more effort creating a perfect playlist with all my favorite songs It can work.


I'm a music guy, it helps me unwind so I can focus on the task at hand instead of other things I'm thinking about, or other people.


Some sort of background noise is needed. Music of some sort is usually playing while I work.

I'm a people person, love catching up between features.


Depends on the mood. I do listen into country, rock and blues music especially when I cant get my code to work.


I listen to music when I am doing regular tasks. However, some tasks require thinking and contrasting; music can be a distraction in this case.


It depends what I'm working on. If I need to focus hard, music helps. Music without words though someone like Nils Frahm or Hans Zimmer. Cinematic music seems to make me focus for longer.


Music help me to focus and make "Relaxing code"=Coding slower but Better. No music...fast fingers :S


as a person with ADHD, the only way I can manage to look at my screen for more than 5 minutes is to keep my brain occupied with music long enough to actually work.
so yeah, music


Really depends on the type of music


Depends on the job in hand. Generally prefer music, but if intense brainpower is required then switch it off


Music because it helps me focus so much better. Any genre of music puts me in the mood. Most of the time hip-hop and pop.


Generally not music, but I do play thunder and lightening sounds. A bit of background noise is helpful.


Changes from time to time. If I am doing a boring task that I hate to do, I just play a Jazz playlist. When the work is important and hard, I don't take any chances


I like Trip Hop for coding. Lyrics pull my focus.


Depending on the mood. But most of the time no music. If I go with music mostly jazz instrumental.


Music helps me to focus while I'm coding. I like to listen metal, synthwave, lofi or video game OSTs. But I don't listen podcasts while I'm coding since it distract me to follow it...


I mostly go with Music, even if it gets stressy when the code doesn't work music takes my mind off it, makes me calm and to finish the job :)