It's been proven by science: listening to music can help you to be more productive while working. This goes for whether you are poring over spreadsheets at your office desk, doing chores around your home, or challenging yourself to increase your songwriting output. But not all music works for every situation. The songs to listen to while you work depends on what you are doing at the time.
According to one study, listening to background music containing lyrics increased the productivity of people who carried out repetitive tasks. On the other hand, it might be better to listen to classical music and other ambient sounds that have no lyrics if you are doing tasks that require deep focus or learning something new. Yet another study indicated that people who were allowed to choose their own music exhibited greater degrees of accuracy than those who listened to music chosen for them.
Whatever umbrella you fall under, it is now an undisputed fact that music aids productivity, one way or another. The challenge is, therefore, finding the right type of songs to suit your situation. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of playlists available on various streaming platforms that are dedicated to songs to listen while you work. And now, we have put together a playlist of our own that you might like. Here are 14 songs (in three categories) that you can listen when you want to be more productive.
Upbeat songs with lyrics
"We Will Rock You" - Queen
"In Da Club" - Fifty Cent
“Get Ready for This" - 2 Unlimited
"Run The World (Girls)" - Beyonce
"Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" - Will Smith
Optimized background music (without lyrics)
"Upbeat music for songwriting" - Tunedly
"Upbeat music for concentration" - Tunedly
"Interstellar Main Theme - Extended Soundtrack" - Hans Zimmer
"Firewatch" Soundtrack - Composed Chris Remo
"The Last of the Mohicans - Promontory (Main Theme)"