Music for Getting Things Done!

Fun fact: I love music. LOVE it. And I’m not a snob about it. You know, I don’t say things like, “Oh I don’t listen to anything that was released after 1999” or whatever. I’ll give anything a shot at least once—even this new-fangled crazy-sounding stuff.  That said, once I’ve determined I don’t like someone, it takes an act of God for me to give them a second shot. (Maybe someday I’ll do a list of the artists I don’t like. Hmm. Yeah, let’s put a pin in that.)

Today, I’m going to share my favorite playlists to blast when I’m working.  Which, if you’ve read my last post, you’ll know takes up a large chunk of my time. You’ll notice a lot of these are movie scores and soundtracks, and that’s because I prefer to hear instrumental music when I’m working. Lyrics make me sing along, then I get very distracted—I end up looking up the lyrics to a song, or looking up the artist on Wikipedia, and 45 minutes later I’ve completely lost track of what I was doing.

  1. “Amélie” film soundtrack (totally Parisian, takes me back to France every time I hear it, I’m obsessed with this soundtrack)
  2. Any “Harry Potter” film score, but #1 is my favorite (I love Hedwig’s Theme)
  3. “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” film score
  4. “Stardust” film score
  5. “Alice in Wonderland” film score (I should make an entire list of Danny Elfman soundtracks I love, but this one is my favorite right now)
  6. Compilation of Disney/Broadway songs I put together (stuff from Wicked, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Little Mermaid, Lion King Broadway, Mamma Mia, Aladdin, Pinocchio, Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  7. Doctor Who Seasons 2-6 soundtrack (Note: even if you’ll never be interested in watching the show, it’s got some of the best music I’ve ever heard on ANY television show, period)
  8. My own “Gospel Throwbacks” playlist, which features nearly every song I’ve ever sung, with any gospel choir I’ve ever been a part of.  Right now it’s up to 70+ songs, but I’m still hunting for a few outliers on Spotify.

Author’s note: This list by no means covers all the types of music I enjoy. But my musical tastes are very compartmentalized; I have working music, driving music, shower music, cooking/cleaning music, etc. 

What kind of music do you listen to when you’re working, driving, etc.? Comment below!