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Music for coding: 50 Spotify playlists for developers

thegeoffstevens profile image Geoff Stevens Originally published at software.com ・6 min read

If you’re on the hunt for new music for coding, we’ve got you covered.

We recently launched the beta version of Music Time, our VS Code extension that lets you control your music right from VS Code and provides recommendations based on the music you listen to while coding.

Rewind, play, pause, and skip songs from the status bar. Browse your playlists and discover new music recommendations right in VS Code without context switching to the Spotify app.

You can check it out in the VS Code marketplace.

If you're looking for music to listen to right now, we've compiled some of the best and most popular Spotify playlists to get you started.

A quick breakdown of music categories in our list of the top 50 playlists for coding:

  1. Focus (1-9)
  2. Study (10-18)
  3. Mellow (19-24)
  4. Binaural (25-27)
  5. Beats (28-31)
  6. Energy Boost (32-42)
  7. Feel Good (43-46)
  8. Experimental (47-50)

Let's dive in.

Focus

Coding music for focus

1. Software Top 40

Want to know what other developers are listening to while coding? Check out the Software Top 40 for the most popular songs from the developer community.

The Software Top 40 aggregates data from Music Time listeners. You can follow the playlist on Spotify or software.com/top40.

2. Brain Food

Hypnotic electronic for studies and a relax. [50 songs, 3.42m followers]

3. Deep Focus

Keep calm and focus with atmospheric music. [184 songs, 3.15m followers]

4. Soft Focus

Free your mind and let your thoughts flow, or let the world fade to a soft focus as you drift off to dream. [45 songs, 290k followers]

5. Classical Focus

Enhance your focus with classical music. [200 songs, 16k followers]

6. House Focus

Instrumental house for when you need to focus. [82 songs, 55k followers]

7. Indie Folk for Focus

Zone in (or out) with ethereal, meditative instrumental indie folk and acoustic tracks. [110 songs, 713k followers]

8. Focus Now

Piano music to hone your focus and thought process. [176 songs, 257k followers]

9. Focus Flow

Focus your flow with uptempo instrumental hip-hop beats. [191 songs, 274k followers]

Study

Coding music for studying

10. Music for Concentration

Minimalism, electronica, and modern classical to concentrate to. [90 songs, 1.2m followers]

11. Perfect Concentration

Calming piano music for enhanced concentration. [189 songs, 668k followers]

12. Productive Morning

Get into a morning flow with this focus playlist. [67 songs, 453k followers]

13. Intense Studying

Score your study sessions with some calm, focus-enhancing classical and instrumental works. [212 songs, 2.1m followers]

14. Intense Studying: Mixtape Edition

Classical music to help you concentrate and stay focused during your most intense studying sessions. [100 songs, 106k followers]

15. Soundtrack for Study

Instrumental music from your favourite movies specifically curated to help you concentrate. [90 songs, 364k followers]

16. Reading Soundtrack

Beautiful scores to accompany your reading. [164 songs, 776k followers]

17. Instrumental Study

A smooth musical backdrop to keep your focus on the task at hand. [268 songs, 1.3m followers]

18. All-Nighter

Stay focused with these instrumental electronic and trap beats. [75 songs, 204k followers]

Mellow

Mellow coding music

19. Chill Out Music

The ultimate chill out playlist. [85 songs, 681k followers]

20. SPA Treatment

Music wellness for your soul. [165 songs, 393k followers]

21. Your Favorite Coffeehouse

Curl up in your favorite spot with some sweet, mellow tunes. [117 songs, 3.8m followers]

22. Peaceful Piano

Relax and indulge with some profoundly beautiful piano pieces. [264 songs, 5.8m followers]

23. Creamy

Melodic future bass, warm vocal drizzle, and dreamy dance music. [185 songs, 602k followers]

24. Calm before the Storm

Improve your concentration with aerial post-rock sounds. [40 songs, 239k followers]

Binaural Beats

Coding music: binaural beats

25. Binaural Beats: Focus

Enhance your concentration by traveling through different brainwave frequencies until you reach peak awareness in Gamma state. [44 songs, 107k followers]

26. Binaural Beats: Gamma Brainwaves

Tones with sound frequencies that increase focus and concentration. [15 songs, 16k followers]

27. Binaural Beats: Beta Brainwaves

Tones with frequencies that encourage alertness. [22 songs, 11k followers]

Beats

Coding music: beats

28. Gold Instrumental Beats

Timeless hip hop instrumentals and contemporary beats inspired by the golden era. [46 songs, 202k followers]

29. Beats to think to

Focus with deep techno and tech house. [80 songs, 257k followers]

30. Lo-Fi Cafe

Chill instrumental beats for cool coffeehouse vibes. [114 songs, 118k followers]

31. Lo-Fi Beats

Beats to relax and focus. [450 songs, 2.9m followers]

Energy Boost

Coding music: energy boost

32. Rage Beats

The absolute hardest electronic tracks. [132 songs, 214k followers]

33. Lowkey Tech

Chill techno and tech house. [60 songs, 413k followers]

34. Walk Like a Badass

Big riffs and pounding drums to help you strut the streets like the badass you are. [50 songs, 1.8m followers]

35. Rock Hard

For those who like the newest songs loud. Very loud. [100 songs, 687k followers]

36. Punk Essentials

Punk rock from the 90s and 00s that you need in your life. [50 songs, 559k followers]

37. Chilled Drum & Bass

Escape with these melodic liquid drum & bass beats. [60 songs, 14k followers]

38. Confidence Boost

You’re on top of the world. Don’t forget it. [60 songs, 3.1m followers]

39. Creativity Boost

Need a burst of inspiration? These artsy and innovative tracks are sure to spark your creativity. [86 songs, 361k followers]

40. Workday Soul

Soulful tracks to help you get through your day. [121 songs, 84k followers]

41. Cleaning Kit

No dust was found after cleaning to this playlist. [80 songs, 317k followers]

42. Groove Theory

A feel-good soulful house and disco selection. [108 songs, 218k followers]

Feel Good

Coding music: feel good

43. Pura Vida

Musica para feeling good. [47 songs, 441k followers]

44. Cafe con Leche

Savor life like a cup of your favorite cafecito. [49 songs, 440k followers]

45. Acoustic Covers

A fun mix of folksy and acoustic covers. [108 songs, 3.6m followers]

46. mint Acoustic

Dance music unplugged. [100 songs, 235k followers]

Experimental

Coding music: experimental

47. Organic Experimental

The ethereal world of experimental music with organic sounds. [50 songs, 77k followers]

48. Minimalism

Including genre-defining classics, postminimalism, holy minimalism, and more. [50 songs, 122k followers]

49. Deep Listening

Drown in an ocean of atmospheric soundscapes. [50 songs, 194k followers]

50. Exospheres

A deep dive into Experimental and Ambient music today. [100 songs, 72k followers]

Create your own coding playlist

Listening to playlists curated by Spotify or other developers is a great way to discover new and productive music. As you listen to music while coding, you'll start to find what music works best for you.

If you want to control Spotify from VS Code, explore your best coding music, and get automatic song recommendations, check out our Music Time extension.

Thanks to Vijay Verma at illlustrations.co for the open source illustrations kit.

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Sarthak Sharma

Great list !!
Would you like to contribute in my list ?

GitHub logo sarthology / ProjectSoundtracks

🎧 List of best Soundtracks to boost your Productivity and Focus

Complete Albums

1. Interstellar OST 🚀

🎼 Music Composer: Hans Zimmer

👍🏻 Best for: Brainstorming and Discussions 🧠

🔗 Links: Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, SoundCloud

2. Pirates of the Caribbean ⛵️

🎼 Music Composer: Hans Zimmer

👍🏻 Best for: High Concentration Works 🔥

🔗 Links: Spotify, Youtube

3. The Dark Knight Rises 🦇

🎼 Music Composer: Hans Zimmer

👍🏻 Best for: High Concentration Works 🔥

🔗 Links: Spotify, Apple Music , Youtube, SoundCloud

4. The Theory of Everything 🌌

🎼 Music Composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson

👍🏻 Best for: Deep thinking and Creative work ✍🏼

🔗 Links: Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, SoundCloud

5. Hobbit/Lords of the ring 🌋

🎼 Music Composer: Howard Shore

👍🏻 Best for: These albums are Jack of all 💍

🔗 Links: Every easy to find but still Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube

6. Man of steel 💪🏻

🎼

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Mike 🤘

For all my metal lovers, here's a 40 hour playlists of high-energy metal.

open.spotify.com/playlist/0OncSXie...

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Jastria Rahmat

unlike others, this one makes you dive into the code itself. no vocal distraction. dev.to/ijash/hacking-programming-m...

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Gerry Wolfe

Shameless plug but certainly relevant.

As a fellow developer I find instrumental music is really important when intentionally focusing.

I'm also a piano instrumental composer. I compose, play and record neo classical lite jazz and a number of my work colleagues listen to my music while coding. Give it a listen. Hope it helps you code. It helps me but I'm biased. 😀

soundcloud.com/crywolfe will have my complete playlist.

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Dwarak Babu

Great list!!! FYI Learn how to Create a Spotify Like Music Streaming App & Website That Actually Doubles Your Revenue

Ref: hackernoon.com/create-a-spotify-li...

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Mat

Thank you mate!

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The Leb Dev

Noob here. How do I open a link from here onto my Spotify app? Ubuntu user. Much love.

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guillaumepn

Spotify still doesn't have a button to open a link to the desktop app :/

In the meantime, you can do this : manually replace the url like "open.spotify.com/playlist/xxx" to "spotify:playlist:xxx" in your browser

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Leandro Ardissone

I just paste the link in the search box in the app and it works.

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Jan Dvorak

Ultimae Records for me!

spotify:playlist:5v2m6CwzfbK21jiLkugHdv

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Dhruv garg

Really liked LowKey Tech one. Thanks for this great list.

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Edson J Vargas

In my country Spotify is not available. :(

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Lincoln Pires

I thought I would find several playlists of metal. But I'm gonna try some anyway :)

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Paweł Kowalski

I recommend: "The stress buster" - Its pretty good, as you probably dont need more stress in your work anyway :)

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Joshua Rieth

I've really enjoyed the extension. Keep up the good work!

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Grace S.

Awesome list! Thanks

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shichibukairai

That makes me love the spotify app. I also have my own playlist using the spotify apk techbigs app

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peterpataa

Thanks for Sharing this ...Those were some good general guidelines. indiamp3

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BenedictMagnus • Edited

Spotify playlists are flawless, and there's plenty of content for me to check out in this article.
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