What do I listen to while coding?

I have spent as much time listening to music as I have writing code. People say that you need to practice for 10,000 hours to be a professional, and since I have spent well over 10,000 hours writing code, I think it makes sense to consider myself a professional music listener.

I have one master playlist in Spotify that has a good variety of music. I listen to just about everything, though I would say electronic music is the most prevalent in my playlist. The simple beats seem to set a certain pace; however, this can get, and I find myself looking for something different from day to day, so I look to classical or rock or country.

Other devs have told me that songs with vocals distract them because they cannot help but focus on what the musician is saying. Personally, I am not distracted by it. I guess I have a unique talent for not hearing voices—just ask my family. Music can be the background noise that helps me stay focused while programming but there are times where it is more than that.

It might seem weird, but there are times where I will hear a song and remember what I was feeling at the moment I was writing code and listening to that song. I think it is refreshing to have moments like these since I think the general mindset is that programming is void of emotion.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” - Helen Keller

I could not imagine programming without my music. Here is my crazy playlist that has a good variety of genres, a lot of fun, and is always growing. Please send me an email if you like the playlist or if you think that my playlist is lacking in some music essentials.


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