Best Focus Music

What music (or sounds) do you like to listen to when you’re in focus mode?

I’m a lofi fan, but one of my all-time favorite work-to playlists is the soundtrack from the Ping Pong anime: Spotify

High energy, no lyrics. Only downside is I feel deep in my soul that I need to watch it as soon as humanly possible every time I listen :stuck_out_tongue:


If I’m writing (words or code), it’s usually jazz or classical.

If I’m debugging, it’s usually something heavy: especially grungy grunge, or thrash metal, etc.


I’ve been listening to a lot of ambient M83 (Spotify)

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It’s definitely lofi for me. I would say I learn more toward chillhop- hip hop beats. However, I could totally be down for some FKJ or Pink Martini.

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The chillhop playlist + ambient coffeehouse combo that is available in the Virtual Workspace is straight magic for me. I never focus better than when I’ve got that going.

That Ping Pong anime soundtrack sounds good, though, @Francesca ! I might need to pull that out when I need some extra motivation.

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Great post @Francesca ! I added your playlist to my Spotify.

Here is my focus playlist:

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This is a good point–I can’t listen to lyrics when I’m doing most things, but if I’m drawing or illustrating, lyrics are great.
lol Iistening to deep-anger-music while debugging is perfect.

I haven’t listened to M83 in awhile! I’m adding this to my Spotify–good stuff

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You know I’m the same :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Thank you for sharing this Sam, I’m fav-ing for listening later today when I’m in head-down mode :smiley:

I really like adding that coffee shop sound with my focus music, too–I don’t work in coffee shops so much these days, and I miss having just ambient people sounds around me while I’m working.

Btw, welcome to the community! :sun_with_face:

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Music is very personal, so one person’s chill list may not work for others.

Here’s a few lists that I listen to:

I have couple other 20+ hour playlists for those times when I need something louder

  • Few lyrics-- melodic, non-lyrical music & soundtracks by Trent Teznor and Atticus Ross (Nine Inch Nails) and related styles: Spotify
  • This has more IDM & ambient electronica including some older stuff: Spotify