1. Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross – The Social Network Soundtrack -2010
This soundtrack sounds like it was basically made for coders and developers and their workday. If you are busting your butt in Sublime Text all day and have affinity for some synth you are going to vibe on this excellent bit of cinematic electronica with some bits of more traditional instruments as well.
2. Giorgio Moroder (Giorgio) - From Here To Eternity – 1977
Get really cheesy with the stylistic father of Daft Punk. I also tend to think some of Chromeo’s work finds some inspiration in Giorgio Moroder as well. A bit of lyrics spark some imagination, but they’re very basic so they don’t distract from more analytical tasks too much.
3. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue – 1959
And now for something different. Miles Davis has that free-flowing style that made jazz so culturally revolutionary at it’s roots. Jazz may no longer represent the spearhead of cultural change that it once did, but this album still remains and it will accompany your PHP and CSS writing with a touch of hip, and dare I say sexy sophistication.
4. Infected Mushroom – I’m The Supervisor – 2004
Need to be particularly productive? Infected Mushroom’s weird intensity and a steady influx of coffee may help you get caught up on your coding to-do list. Heavy electronica with a strong psychedelic mood, when I listen to this I can’t help but picture myself wearing bad oakleys, leather pants, and slicked back hair coding in some bad 90’s movie about hackers. Don’t be shy, you know you want to try it.
5. J.S. Bach, Perahia – Goldberg Variations – 2000
This one is a little more classic, and may give you the relaxing counterpoint to some of these more electronic heavy albums.
6. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV – 2008
Damn.. Trent Reznor really has two of the strongest albums on this list. This album has a bit of gritty and dark edge, but really is one of the best along with the Social Network Soundtrack.
7. The Glitch Mob – Drink the Sea – 2010
Bring back up the energy, sign out of your e-mail. Get your to-do list out, and start knocking off items, because this album will help you power through your difficult programming afternoon with a little kick of adrenaline.
8. Massive Attack – Mezzanine – 1998
For a shot of the 90’s without the Zach Dela Rocha screaming for change. I mean we all support the man and his bad-ass intensity, but I can’t imagine myself coding to all that radical lyricism. Ok, now I want to try.
9. Tycho – Dive – 2011
I find this one soothing, but not too relaxing in a way that would hinder productivity. Hey there, we have a graphic designer making music that has gotten him noticed. Scott Hansen was apparently fairly well known for his graphic design work before he ever become known for Tycho. View his work here
10. Infected Mushroom – Classical Mushroom – 2000
Most of Infected Mushroom’s work can be listened to during intense coding sessions. Feel free to listen to this playlist on YouTube, I dare you to try to press play, put it on shuffle and work for the entire playlist.