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The Best Music for Working From Home

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How often do you listen to music without words? Research shows that listening to certain types of music, such as ambient music, can help increase your productivity at work and help you focus. Read this blog to learn about some of the best types of music for working from home and check out our WFH playlist. 

The Benefits of Listening to Music While Working

Listening to music while working offers many advantages, including: 

Improves Memory

According to the University of Central Florida, music could help you increase neuron activity in your brain, which ultimately helps strengthen your memory. This is a great tactic for prepping for a presentation or reviewing data. 

Helps You Relax

If you’re stressed at work or need to take a break, relaxing music can help you calm down. The University of Nevada at Reno recommends listening to instrumental piano songs or music with nature sounds. 

Increases Divergent Thinking

Divergent thinking occurs when you can take a new approach to information that’s presented to you. Research shows that music can increase divergent thinking, which is good for brainstorming. 

Ultimately, music that is harmonious and pleasing to the ear can help you start your workday off right. We hope you enjoy this playlist that combines electronic, classical, ambient, and new age music. Here are a few songs we wanted to highlight: 

MVPs From Our Work From Home Playlist 

Fields by Nick Box

Nick Box is a pianist who releases music under many band projects along with his solo ambient/classical work. “Fields” is a song that sounds like finding an old photograph that makes you remember good times. Nick Box has a gift to create captivating music that evokes a sense of peace and relaxation. Listen now to “Fields” and the accompanying album that Box released in November 2020. 

Still / Sound by Olafur Arnalds

“Still / Sound” is a classical crossover song from composer Olafur Arnalds that combines piano chords with synths structures and violins. Arnalds released the album Some Kind of Peace in November 2020, which contained beautiful songs that remind us of peaceful places. “Still / Sound” uses a loop sound to create an echo that reflects within itself. This song’s instrumentation is a great soundtrack as you read through emails or schedule meetings. 

Manganese by Brian & Roger Eno

We can’t talk about ambient music without mentioning Brian Eno. His expansive musical career ranges from producing for the Talking Heads and Coldplay to releasing his solo ambient work. Although Brian and his brother, Roger, significantly influenced the ambient music industry separately, they released an album together for the first time in 2020. It was well worth the wait. 

On “Manganese,” the Eno brothers create a collaborative piece of music that’s incredibly compelling and reminiscent of swimming underwater.  “Manganese” is the perfect addition to your work from home soundtrack. 

The Ultimate Work From Home Playlist

  1. Fields by Nick Box 
  2. Morning Fields by Adam Bokesch
  3. Never Will You Be Without by Helios
  4. Environments by Teen Daze
  5. 1517 by Joseph Shabason
  6. Manganese by Brian and Roger Eno
  7. Hallonlandet by Henrik Lindstrand
  8. Song on the Beach by Arcade Fire
  9. Soft Meadow by Green-House
  10. Still / Sound by Olafur Arnalds
  11. Meditation II by Sufjan Stevens
  12. Airplaneshadows by Kiln
  13. In Waves by Svvn
  14. Flagra by Jacob David
  15. Stay by Roary

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