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Music to code to

Whenever I need to put my head down and focus on a coding task, I have found that listening to music can help me focus and increase my productivity.

There are two main criteria that I have for music while I am programming: 1) it needs to be instrumental, and 2) it needs to have a decent beat/tempo. If a song can check both of those boxes, then it gets added to the rotation.

Here is a list of songs/artists that I enjoy listening to while I work, in alphabetical order:

As of writing, these artists are all in similar, but as the lists grows I plan on organizing things by genre.

Happy listening!

About the author

Sean McPherson is a software engineer for Khan Academy who specializes in web and mobile app development. He lives with his wife, sons, and dog in Pittsburgh, PA.