Whether you commute to the office or work from home, listening to the best work playlist can significantly improve your mood, concentration, and motivation. However, if you’re indecisive, deciding which music to listen to at work can take forever. In these cases, pre-designed work playlists are ideal.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your work playlists, you’ve come to the right place.
One of the most famous scientific studies on productivity and music involves the Mozart Effect. Researchers claimed that listening to just a little Mozart daily can help enhance abstract reasoning and that Mozart's piano sonatas induced a subjectively relaxing state.
The study worked with 36 students split into three groups. The first group listened to a selection of Mozart tracks, the second a relaxation tape, and the third was subjected to 10 minutes of silence.
Once the listening activity had finished, all 36 participants took the same test. The Mozart group averaged an IQ increase of 8–9 points compared to the other two groups.
String Quartet No. 1 in E-Flat Major by Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 4 in A Major by Mendelssohn
Karelia Suite, Opus 11 by Sibelius
Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor by Beethoven
According to CNET, listening to music while you work or study can increase productivity. Many studies have shown that instrumental music, in particular, can improve cognitive performance. Instrumental music is preferred as music with lyrics can be distracting.
In 2014, a group of researchers set out to answer the question: Does listening to a particular type of music make us feel more in control or powerful?
They created a study that monitored how music could influence motivation and behavior. Primarily, they played several songs for participants and asked them, on a scale of 1–7, how dominant, determined, and powerful they felt after listening to each piece.
To calculate how music can influence behavior, participants were asked to listen to a track and decide whether they would like to go second or first in a debate. The results showed that those who listened to a high-power playlist were twice as eager to go first than those who didn't.
This tells us that our brains are trained to produce feel-good chemicals when we hear our favorite music. Although feel-good songs differ from person to person, this Pop/AC playlist could help you get thinking:
Alaska by Maggie Rogers
Butterflies by Kacey Musgraves
Green and Gold by Lianne La Havas
You Make My Dreams (Come True) by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Ain't a Thing by Oliver Nelson
Birds by Coldplay
Budapest by George Ezra
Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran
Come Alive by Years & Years with Jess Glynne
Dancing in the Moonlight by Kind Harvest
Reggae music can help to boost the positive atmosphere in your office, especially when you're working on a tight deadline or things are getting manic. Nothing says relax better than a chilled-out reggae playlist.
So, if you've had a busy week and want to wind things down on a Friday afternoon, why not fire up some Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, and other classic reggae stars on your work playlist?
One Love/People Get Ready by Bob Marley & the Wailers
Wonderful World, Beautiful People by Jimmy Cliff
Pressure Drop by Toots & the Maytals
Musical Heatwave by Dennis Brown
More Love by Rebelution
Lee’s Dub by King Tubby, The Aggrovators
Israelites by Desmond Dekker
I’m Your Puppet by Dandy Livingstone
Love Is My Religion by Ziggy Marley
Funky Kingston by Toots & the Maytals
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