We all know that listening to music can help you get into the ‘zone’. It’s that powerful state that developers hit from time to time where the only thing that matters is the problem you’re working on.
When you’re trying to focus, music is the best way to keep yourself entertained as it can be difficult to listen to podcasts or watch Youtube videos. And whether it’s the passing traffic, a squeaky floorboard or dull office chitter-chatter, a cracking playlist can go a long way to blocking out unwanted noise!
Now, Ko2 have scraped Spotify for coding playlists to work out which songs and artists are the most popular to programme to. With a list of 58,000 songs from an eclectic mix of genres, they have been able to crown the winner.
At the top of the list is The Weeknd’s 2019 hit, ‘Blinding Lights’, which featured on the most coding playlists. Whilst clearly a popular choice with programmers, the song is also a favourite all-round, with Spotify revealing that it is the second most-streamed song on the platform with over 2.2 billion listens.
Close behind, and tied with [bsd.u], is ‘One Day’ by Hans Zimmer, who nabbed 3 of the top spots. ‘One Day’ was written and produced for the film, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, serving as the romantic theme for the movie and featuring in most of Will and Elizabeth’s scenes. Well, its soft string ostinato is clearly a popular background choice for writing code.
According to Ko2’s research of coding playlists, these are the top songs most likely to be on a programmer’s playlist:
1. Blinding Lights by The Weeknd
2. Day One by Hans Zimmer
2. French Inhale by [bsd.u]
4. Both of Us by Idealism
4. Cornfield Chase by Hans Zimmer
4. Solar Sailer by Daft Punk
4. Time by Hans Zimmer
8. [oops] by potsu
8. Affection by Jinsang
8. Controlla by Idealism
8. Snowman by WYS
12. 5:32pm by The Deli
12. A Walk by Tycho
12. Awake by Tycho
12. Away with the Fairies by Sleepy Fish
12. I’m closing my eyes by potsu