10 concentration-boosting songs to play while you work

Mental Health

Get in the zone with these tracks from across the genres

We’ve all be there, your to-do list is sitting untouched while your mind wanders and brain fog descends. You need to get your head in the game, but how?

Music has the ability to both soothe and energise us, and can have a real effect on our mood and mindset – it can also help make tedious tasks fly by. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together 10 of our favourite songs across the genres to put on in the background while you work.

1. Ludovico Einaudi, ‘Nuvole Bianche’

It’s topped every ‘soothing piano’ playlist around, and for good reason. If you’re contending with a frazzled mind, let this piece wash over you, and transport you to a place where things move a little more slowly – unlocking your creativity and helping you to settle into an even pace.


2. A Tribe Called Quest, ‘Check The Rhime’

It’s time to take it back with this classic. Looking for a strong, steady beat to carry you through that task you’ve been procrastinating on all week? The search ends here. This track will be sure to energise you without becoming a distraction – the perfect mix.


3. Tom Rosenthal, ‘Run For the Hills, Babe’

With what is undoubtedly one of the most soothing voices around, Tom Rosenthal’s gentle vocals will help you set a quiet, thoughtful atmosphere. And if that’s not enough, just imagine all the hills you can run for once you’ve filed this work.


4. Bill Evans, ‘Spring is Here’

When you’re looking for background music, jazz might be one of the first genres that you turn to, and studies suggest that it can spark creativity and soothe anxiety. Ready to explore the genre? Bill Evans is a great place to start.


5. Robyn, ‘Ever Again’

Looking for something with a driving beat? Robyn has the answer. These smooth sounds are perfect for the background, creating that soothing atmosphere that eases stress – while the beat keeps you moving forward.


6. Fleetwood Mac, ‘Albatross’

Perhaps one of the greatest atmospheric tracks of all time, ride the workload wave with Fleetwood Mac’s iconic Albatross.


7. Claude Debussy, ‘The Girl with the Flaxen Hair’

Let’s take it back, right back, with this masterpiece from Claude Debussy. Follow the rise and fall of this piece, and embrace its relaxing tones.


8. La Femme d’Argent, ‘Air’

With a groovy beat that will keep you moving forward and perk up your mood, this track blends seamlessly into the background, while providing a toe-tapping rhythm.


9. Vitamin String Quartet, ‘thank u, next’

You may recognise them from the soundtrack of Bridgerton – and if you want to listen to your favourite tracks, but are distracted by lyrics, the instrumental covers by Vitamin String Quartet are a relaxing alternative.


10. Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony, ‘Big Black Car’

Gregory Alan Isakov is known for his mellow music, but his collaboration with the Colorado Symphony takes this to a whole new level. Sway to the sound, and find your focus with this modern masterpiece.


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