Top 10 Albums For Maximum Coding Efficiency Part Deux

I love finding good music to code to. Sometimes it’s hard to find music that fits my mood or doesn’t have so many lyrics that I get distracted. That’s why every year I put together a list of my top 10 albums (found on Spotify or iTunes). It was tough to choose this year, but below is my list of the best albums to code to.


10. Metric – Synthetica Deluxe

Sometimes a project will come along where I devote late nights to it in order to get it completed. In many cases, an album becomes attached to a project, and it sits on repeat. This was that album for me from December to mid-January. “Lost Kitten” is probably one of my favorite tracks.


9. Kanye West Presents GOOD Music – Cruel Summer

Can’t help it. I love me some Kanye. Spent a good week listening to this and after coming back to it, still enjoy “To The World” with R. Kelly, Kanye and Teyana Taylor and “Creepers” with Kid Cudi.


8. Eyelid Movies – Phantogram

This is on the list because the lead singer, Sarah Barthel is a hottie, and because the music is very chill (watch the music video for “When I’m Small” for proof of both). If they ever come to Columbus, best believe I’m going to that concert.


7. Adult Swim Bumps – Various Artists

Adult Swim started doing bumps where they showed the artists playing the music that was running during the bumps. I thought it was pretty cool and found some playlists on Spotify that actually have a large number of these songs. Minimal vocals, always a plus to me, and a good deal of variety.


6. Minecraft – Volume Alpha – C418

Everyone loves Minecraft. It’s like virtual Legos, except the legos are all 2×2 squares. The first volume of music has a few duds, but overall, tracks like “Subwoofer Lullaby” made this album stand out to me. Same with “Cat” and “Dog.”


5. Heartthrob – Tegan and Sara

I got into Tegan and Sara with “The Con” and their latest venture is a bit more poppy than usual, but overall just as creepy as past albums. There’s always a hint of “I’m a stalker” in their albums and I’m all for themes, so middle of my list seems fitting.


4. Music From Braid – Sieber, Kammen, Fulton and Schatz

Last year I finally managed my way through the indie game “Braid.” So I cheated a bit on the way, but whatever. The music from this game is quite different from many in the sense that it has a lot to do with time (one of the essential aspects of the game). The tempos all have specific meaning and listening to the soundtrack puts me in a great state of mind.


3. Black Sands – Bonobo

One of the first mainly instrumental albums I listened to was “Animal Magic” from Bonobo back in 2009. It was awesome to have some new focus music, but I lost touch with Bonobo over the years. Thankfully in 2012, Black Sands brought me back in with the Remixed edition. With some sounds inspired by the far east, the tracks lilt their way through the album and the non-remixed is just as good. Quite the “intellectual chillout music” it was designed to be.


2. Indie Game: The Movie – Jim Guthrie

If you’ve not watched Indie Game: The Movie, I recommend doing so. Overall it was incredibly inspiring and the soundtrack was awesome. Speaking of Indie games, the winner of this year’s Maximum Efficiency award is…


1. Fez – Disasterpeace

This is the soundtrack for one of the most frustrating/awesome indie games I’ve ever played. 3+ years of development, a whole language, crazy secret codes to unlock things and a sick soundtrack. Sometimes friendly and sometimes daunting, the soundtrack is great for a relaxing or intense day in teh codez.

Just missed: Wolf’s Law – Joy Formidable, SimCity – EA Games Soundtrack

What are your top “music to code to” tracks?

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5 years ago

TRON:Legacy by Daft Punk

By far; All-time favorite for maximum coding effeciency.

John Hartley is a Director of Product Engineering at Beam Dental in Columbus, OH. With 5+ years of leadership experience he has worked in startups, agencies, and began his career as a freelance Front End Developer. Always looking to iterate, this blog is a place for him to share his knowledge as well as hone his craft, challenge assumptions, and build a strong base of leadership and management knowledge. Connect with him on LinkedIn

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