What Music Should You Listen to While You Work?

There have been many, many studies that confirm that listening to music while working can increase your productivity.  Hell, the entire concept of Muzak was built on these principles.  Radio stations make zillions of dollars promoting themselves as “at-work” stations.

But not all music is created equal and not all humans react to music in the same way.  What’s the best at-work music for you?  

Try this handy infographic from Lifehack.  Maybe you should print it out and stick it on the wall in your cube farm.  (Click on the image so you can actually read the damn thing.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “What Music Should You Listen to While You Work?

  • June 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I hated whenever music was played in an office. I've taken a lot of pride in my efforts. Having 'someone constantly screeching and blathering into my ears' is an insult. As a dull numbers cruncher type, my general task is to intently focus within a timeline setting, get it right(!), and create new report modelling. When I've looked across at any reasonably capable manager or executive… surprise, no radio is ever on in their officespace.
    Office radio is for those carelessly performing only menially assigned tasks – likely before a robot or an outsourced worker can take over. Show me an office radio, and I'll show you a self-helplessly losing business.
    Outside of work hours, radio is very welcome.

  • June 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I need background music when I work…. It drowns out the voices in my head.


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