Menu Search
Jump to the content X X
Smashing Conf New York

You know, we use ad-blockers as well. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. our upcoming SmashingConf New York, dedicated to smart front-end techniques and design patterns.

Spotify Playlists To Fuel Your Coding And Design Sessions

Some like it loud, others need some steady beats to stay focused, others calm tunes. A while ago we asked on Twitter1 and Facebook2 what music the web community is listening to when coding and designing.

The answers were as diverse as the community itself and certainly too good to live an existence only in a Twitter discussion. That’s why we’ve compiled those hand-crafted spotify playlists, favorite artists, and loved soundtracks in this article to see which tunes fuel the web.

And, well, first and foremost, to provide you with some new ear candy to get you through lengthy coding and design sessions, of course. Get your headphones ready!

Spotify Playlists To Fuel Your Coding And Design Sessions

(Image credit: Corey Blaz3)

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Get Into The Flow Link

Positive psychology describes flow as the mental state when you get fully immersed in what you’re doing, feeling energized, focused, and involved. These playlists will tickle your brain to help you reach that much sought-after state.

Design Vibes Link

Curated by Sherzod Max | 564 songs | 58h 37min | Listen on Spotify108

No words to distract you, only steady vibes.

Design Vibes Playlist9
(Listen on Spotify108)

Hardstyle Playlist Link

Curated by Jesse Stoots | 755 songs | 56h 56min | Listen on Spotify1311

Q-Base, Defqon, and Qlimax. Beats that help you get into the flow.

Hardstyle Playlist12
(Listen on Spotify1311)

Brain Food Link

Curated by Spotify | 139 songs | 9h 39min | Listen on Spotify1614

Low-key electronic to stimulate your brain.

Brain Food Playlist15
(Listen on Spotify1614)

Soundtrack to the Film Blade Runner Link

Artist: Vangelis | 12 songs | 57min | Listen on Spotify1917

Classical compositions meet synthesizers. Melodic.

Blade Runner Playlist18
(Listen on Spotify1917)

Soundtrack to the Film Drive Link

Curated by Servaas Vehmeijer | 31 songs | 2h 30min | Listen on Spotify2220

A small but fine list. Get into the flow with some electronic beats, work your way through and get to the epic, musical-like finale.

Drive Movie Soundtrack21
(Listen on Spotify2220)

Design & Build Link

Curated by Manik Rathee | 225 songs | 16h 06min | Listen on Spotify2523

This one won’t get boring. Sometimes full of energy, sometimes calm.

Design And Build Playlist24
(Listen on Spotify2523)

Coding And Crushing It Link

Curated by Noel Tock | 127 songs | 8h 38min | Listen on Spotify2826

Orchestra meets film music.

Coding And Crushing It Playlist27
(Listen on Spotify2826)

Soundtrack to the Film TRON: Legacy Link

Artist: Daft Punk | 22 songs | 58min | Listen on Spotify3129

A mix of electronic music and 70s-inspired sci-fi sounds.

TRON Movie Soundtrack30
(Listen on Spotify3129)

Soundtrack to the Film The Big Short Link

Artist: Nicholas Britell | 23 songs | 38min | Listen on Spotify3432

A surprising mix — sometimes energetic and upbeat with a bit of 70’s funk, sometimes darker and moody.

The Big Short Movie Soundtrack33
(Listen on Spotify3432)

Hyperspatial Detours Link

Artist: Café Del Mar | 7 songs | 21min | Listen on Spotify3735

Chillout music from the famous Café Del Mar.

Hyperspatial Detours Playlist36
(Listen on Spotify3735)

Stay Focused Link

Staying focused over a long period of time can be hard. The following playlists cater for some background music without being too obtrusive.

Futurebeats Link

Curated by Kyle Hovey | 2,908 songs | 207h 11min | Listen on Spotify4038

Experimental and electronic beat music.

Futurebeats Playlist39
(Listen on Spotify4038)

Deep Focus Link

Curated by Spotify | 112 songs | 8h 29min | Listen on Spotify4341

Atmospheric rock to stay calm and concentrated.

Deep Focus Playlist42
(Listen on Spotify4341)

Reading Soundtrack Link

Curated by Spotify Sweden | 66 songs | 4h 09min | Listen on Spotify4644

Instrumental film music.

Reading Soundtrack45
(Listen on Spotify4644)

4AM Comedown Link

Curated by Spotify UK | 50 songs | 3h 43min | Listen on Spotify4947

Chilled out dance.

4AM Comedown Playlist48
(Listen on Spotify4947)

Bring Me To Sleep Link

Curated by Quoc Nguyen | 10 songs | 31min | Listen on Soundcloud5250

Well, it shouldn’t bring you to sleep, but sometimes peaceful sounds from piano, violins, and guitar might be just what you need.

Bring Me To Sleep Playlist51
(Listen on Soundcloud5250)

Soundtrack For Study Link

Curated by Filtr Canada | 76 songs | 3h 36min | Listen on Spotify5553

Movie hits to help you focus and concentrate.

Soundtrack For Study54
(Listen on Spotify5553)

Acoustic Covers Link

Curated by Spotify | 118 songs | 7h 01min | Listen on Spotify5856

Words can be distracting when you need to focus on a task. So how about some acoustic covers?

Acoustic Covers Playlist57
(Listen on Spotify5856)

Soundtrack to the Film Interstellar Link

Artist: Hans Zimmer | 16 songs | 1h 11min | Listen on Spotify6159

Interstellar Movie Soundtrack60
(Listen on Spotify6159)

Stress-Free Classicals Link

Curated by Can Artuc | 49 songs | 3h 36min | Listen on Spotify6462

Classic, calm piano and orchestra pieces. Satie, Händel, Chopin, Schubert, and more.

Stress-Free Classicals Playlist63
(Listen on Spotify6462)

Chill Out Music Link

Curated by Spotify | 90 songs | 6h 35min | Listen on Spotify6765

Relaxing tunes.

Chill Out Music Playlist66
(Listen on Spotify6765)

Spa Treatment Link

Curated by Spotify | 84 songs | 6h 10min | Listen on Spotify7068

Pleasant background music that doesn’t distract.

Spa Treatment Playlist69
(Listen on Spotify7068)

Intense Studying Link

Curated by Spotify | 100 songs | 13h 46min | Listen on Spotify7371

Mostly classical music to help you concentrate.

Intense Studying Playlist72
(Listen on Spotify7371)

Boost Your Energy Link

The day has already been long and you need a little energy booster? How about one of these?

Liquid Drum & Bass Link

Curated by Björn Zuithoff | 8,959 songs | 847h 52min | Listen on Spotify7674

A huge Liquid Drum & Bass playlist to keep you fueled with energy.

Liquid Drum And Bass Playlist75
(Listen on Spotify7674)

Coding & Designing 0.3 Link

Curated by Ross Dalaire | 27 songs | 1h 59min | Listen on Spotify8177

Electronic beats to push you forward. If you like the playlist, also make sure to check out Coding & Designing 0.278 and Coding & Designing 0.179.

Coding And Designing Playlist80
(Listen on Spotify8177)

Soundtrack to the Film Pacific Rim Link

Artist: Ramin Djawadi | 26 songs | 1h 1min | Listen on Spotify8482

You’re on a quest to conquer this weird browser bug? This is your march music.

Pacific Rim Movie Soundtrack83
(Listen on Spotify8482)

Rock Hard Link

Curated by Spotify | 101 songs | 6h 19min | Listen on Spotify8785

The title says it all. If you like it loud, this one’s for you.

Rock Hard Playlist86
(Listen on Spotify8785)

Punk Essentials Link

Curated by Spotify France | 77 songs | 4h 03min | Listen on Spotify9088

The best of punk rock.

Punk Essentials Playlist89
(Listen on Spotify9088)

Starred Link

Curated by Julian Norton | 29 songs | 1h 58min | Listen on Spotify9391

A good mix to re-load your battery.

Starred Playlist92
(Listen on Spotify9391)

Walking Like A Badass Link

Curated by Spotify UK | 60 songs | 2h 56min | Listen on Spotify9694

Rocking riffs and pounding drums.

Walking Like A Badass Playlist95
(Listen on Spotify9694)

Kesä2016 Link

Curated by Annukka Leppänen | 43 songs | 2h 26min | Listen on Spotify9997

“Kesä” means summer in Finish, and this playlist certainly brings you in a good mood with dancehall, hip hop, and reggae.

Kesä Playlist98
(Listen on Spotify9997)

What do you usually listen to when doing coding and design work? Let us know in the comments below!

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://twitter.com/smashingmag/status/764155100965240832
  2. 2 https://www.facebook.com/smashmag/posts/10154475457287490
  3. 3 https://unsplash.com/photos/cZWZjymwI9o
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/10/increase-workflow-reduce-stress-with-nature-sounds/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/10/you-are-not-a-machine-you-are-not-alone/
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/10/design-what-you-dont-know/
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/12/breaking-out-of-the-box-design-inspiration-december-2016/
  8. 8 https://open.spotify.com/user/sherzodmax/playlist/05MXcCIHQatfHH650058j8
  9. 9 https://open.spotify.com/user/sherzodmax/playlist/05MXcCIHQatfHH650058j8
  10. 10 https://open.spotify.com/user/sherzodmax/playlist/05MXcCIHQatfHH650058j8
  11. 11 https://open.spotify.com/user/jessestoots/playlist/3rB8JUlQ0Be54tTg7rnPcA
  12. 12 https://open.spotify.com/user/jessestoots/playlist/3rB8JUlQ0Be54tTg7rnPcA
  13. 13 https://open.spotify.com/user/jessestoots/playlist/3rB8JUlQ0Be54tTg7rnPcA
  14. 14 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/67nMZWgcUxNa5uaiyLDR2x
  15. 15 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/67nMZWgcUxNa5uaiyLDR2x
  16. 16 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/67nMZWgcUxNa5uaiyLDR2x
  17. 17 https://open.spotify.com/album/6NkuCdMz5tGmHbOXAWbtCW
  18. 18 https://open.spotify.com/album/6NkuCdMz5tGmHbOXAWbtCW
  19. 19 https://open.spotify.com/album/6NkuCdMz5tGmHbOXAWbtCW
  20. 20 https://open.spotify.com/user/svehmeijer/playlist/0X2zqz6B0o5qWVgJZCRBLV
  21. 21 https://open.spotify.com/user/svehmeijer/playlist/0X2zqz6B0o5qWVgJZCRBLV
  22. 22 https://open.spotify.com/user/svehmeijer/playlist/0X2zqz6B0o5qWVgJZCRBLV
  23. 23 https://open.spotify.com/user/manikrathee/playlist/2u5h5ZloqSXRuDMTrRincp
  24. 24 https://open.spotify.com/user/manikrathee/playlist/2u5h5ZloqSXRuDMTrRincp
  25. 25 https://open.spotify.com/user/manikrathee/playlist/2u5h5ZloqSXRuDMTrRincp
  26. 26 https://open.spotify.com/user/1117319416/playlist/6dlwJYNRdkTfZMALZclyIx
  27. 27 https://open.spotify.com/user/1117319416/playlist/6dlwJYNRdkTfZMALZclyIx
  28. 28 https://open.spotify.com/user/1117319416/playlist/6dlwJYNRdkTfZMALZclyIx
  29. 29 https://open.spotify.com/album/40EZGFRJY2R43IPiOnFelG
  30. 30 https://open.spotify.com/album/40EZGFRJY2R43IPiOnFelG
  31. 31 https://open.spotify.com/album/40EZGFRJY2R43IPiOnFelG
  32. 32 https://open.spotify.com/album/1wCHVMR5bCBQa0VYDKxf7X
  33. 33 https://open.spotify.com/album/1wCHVMR5bCBQa0VYDKxf7X
  34. 34 https://open.spotify.com/album/1wCHVMR5bCBQa0VYDKxf7X
  35. 35 https://open.spotify.com/album/77qysX9lYJzOqjwiO1UNUv
  36. 36 https://open.spotify.com/album/77qysX9lYJzOqjwiO1UNUv
  37. 37 https://open.spotify.com/album/77qysX9lYJzOqjwiO1UNUv
  38. 38 https://open.spotify.com/user/1263392702/playlist/30jFwegMo2oIUkXio2JCA8
  39. 39 https://open.spotify.com/user/1263392702/playlist/30jFwegMo2oIUkXio2JCA8
  40. 40 https://open.spotify.com/user/1263392702/playlist/30jFwegMo2oIUkXio2JCA8
  41. 41 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/2ujjMpFriZ2nayLmrD1Jgl
  42. 42 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/2ujjMpFriZ2nayLmrD1Jgl
  43. 43 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/2ujjMpFriZ2nayLmrD1Jgl
  44. 44 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify__sverige/playlist/5e6L2bEgc82yIoqec7Qv1G
  45. 45 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify__sverige/playlist/5e6L2bEgc82yIoqec7Qv1G
  46. 46 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify__sverige/playlist/5e6L2bEgc82yIoqec7Qv1G
  47. 47 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/3NFZhkxiNzfrUWETRF7rqc
  48. 48 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/3NFZhkxiNzfrUWETRF7rqc
  49. 49 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/3NFZhkxiNzfrUWETRF7rqc
  50. 50 https://soundcloud.com/quocnguyenclgt/sets/bring-me-to-sleep
  51. 51 https://soundcloud.com/quocnguyenclgt/sets/bring-me-to-sleep
  52. 52 https://soundcloud.com/quocnguyenclgt/sets/bring-me-to-sleep
  53. 53 https://open.spotify.com/user/filtr.ca/playlist/0hZNf3tcMT4x03FyjKYJ3M
  54. 54 https://open.spotify.com/user/filtr.ca/playlist/0hZNf3tcMT4x03FyjKYJ3M
  55. 55 https://open.spotify.com/user/filtr.ca/playlist/0hZNf3tcMT4x03FyjKYJ3M
  56. 56 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/0UHbhCjKlXnFfv98bKrtKv
  57. 57 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/0UHbhCjKlXnFfv98bKrtKv
  58. 58 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/0UHbhCjKlXnFfv98bKrtKv
  59. 59 https://open.spotify.com/album/7a78GiEowpaCa7ZJs44xUU
  60. 60 https://open.spotify.com/album/7a78GiEowpaCa7ZJs44xUU
  61. 61 https://open.spotify.com/album/7a78GiEowpaCa7ZJs44xUU
  62. 62 https://open.spotify.com/user/canartuc/playlist/3UG9KfPY1tXT6iuAMO4gkJ
  63. 63 https://open.spotify.com/user/canartuc/playlist/3UG9KfPY1tXT6iuAMO4gkJ
  64. 64 https://open.spotify.com/user/canartuc/playlist/3UG9KfPY1tXT6iuAMO4gkJ
  65. 65 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/67rsdtfs0BJIiQYQWKQU95
  66. 66 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/67rsdtfs0BJIiQYQWKQU95
  67. 67 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/67rsdtfs0BJIiQYQWKQU95
  68. 68 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/4TWssDPl7RXSOTRgvzmLcc
  69. 69 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/4TWssDPl7RXSOTRgvzmLcc
  70. 70 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/4TWssDPl7RXSOTRgvzmLcc
  71. 71 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/0ExbFrTy6ypLj9YYNMTnmd
  72. 72 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/0ExbFrTy6ypLj9YYNMTnmd
  73. 73 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/0ExbFrTy6ypLj9YYNMTnmd
  74. 74 https://open.spotify.com/user/1118412559/playlist/41Uf61JyNjhkETfVqI3Jjm
  75. 75 https://open.spotify.com/user/1118412559/playlist/41Uf61JyNjhkETfVqI3Jjm
  76. 76 https://open.spotify.com/user/1118412559/playlist/41Uf61JyNjhkETfVqI3Jjm
  77. 77 https://open.spotify.com/user/rdallaire/playlist/4kaVaQPdZSaBNdIEm1gEJG
  78. 78 https://open.spotify.com/user/rdallaire/playlist/10oWPFqFCfobuMqbnd1AtY
  79. 79 https://open.spotify.com/user/rdallaire/playlist/6WMESqvqP7fp4IfB8Iekmh
  80. 80 https://open.spotify.com/user/rdallaire/playlist/4kaVaQPdZSaBNdIEm1gEJG
  81. 81 https://open.spotify.com/user/rdallaire/playlist/4kaVaQPdZSaBNdIEm1gEJG
  82. 82 https://open.spotify.com/album/0uTUceT9cduDWIsAwK2sCA
  83. 83 https://open.spotify.com/album/0uTUceT9cduDWIsAwK2sCA
  84. 84 https://open.spotify.com/album/0uTUceT9cduDWIsAwK2sCA
  85. 85 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/35OqDBYk7Fx0szRkZJ9zdk
  86. 86 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/35OqDBYk7Fx0szRkZJ9zdk
  87. 87 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/35OqDBYk7Fx0szRkZJ9zdk
  88. 88 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_france/playlist/0jR0hPAPkEJLg3OGFZ3kyE
  89. 89 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_france/playlist/0jR0hPAPkEJLg3OGFZ3kyE
  90. 90 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_france/playlist/0jR0hPAPkEJLg3OGFZ3kyE
  91. 91 https://open.spotify.com/user/julian88888888/playlist/7GYg7qzRFuRwzH3jv8vkCX
  92. 92 https://open.spotify.com/user/julian88888888/playlist/7GYg7qzRFuRwzH3jv8vkCX
  93. 93 https://open.spotify.com/user/julian88888888/playlist/7GYg7qzRFuRwzH3jv8vkCX
  94. 94 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/3V1WI57CMyQdmxy3aibCB4
  95. 95 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/3V1WI57CMyQdmxy3aibCB4
  96. 96 https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/3V1WI57CMyQdmxy3aibCB4
  97. 97 https://open.spotify.com/user/kerppu/playlist/0YSehwM0B62Rrs7cgbYQd7
  98. 98 https://open.spotify.com/user/kerppu/playlist/0YSehwM0B62Rrs7cgbYQd7
  99. 99 https://open.spotify.com/user/kerppu/playlist/0YSehwM0B62Rrs7cgbYQd7

↑ Back to top Tweet itShare on Facebook

Cosima has been an editor at SmashingMag since 2013. Whenever she's not writing articles for the bi-weekly Smashing Newsletter or the Quick Tips series, she’s probably working on a new Smashing eBook.

  1. 1

    Ship it coding. Because huge playlists are mostly filler.
    https://open.spotify.com/user/joelstransky/playlist/1TEZoQWuYWTPkKixs2UMzl

    0
  2. 2

    This would be awesome if it was open and available to everyone.

    2
  3. 3

    Spotify:

    When will Spotify be in my country?

    Spotify is launching regularly in countries around the world. Please keep an eye on the Spotify blog or signup here to be first to hear. We hope to see you soon!

    1
  4. 4
  5. 5

    Kristof Hermans

    November 21, 2016 4:50 pm

    Converting Vegetarians II
    Infected Mushroom

    https://open.spotify.com/album/4UrtCGpfYpNDUdzyt0ionx

    1
  6. 6

    I don’t know why I’m always surprised these lists always have so much techno whatever in them. Nice to see a little bit of reggae, but shame it is mixed in with hip hop and whatever else. What is really great for my concentration though is black metal, death metal, drone metal! You never see that kind of stuff in these lists.

    5
  7. 8

    My go to, Underworld, dubnobasswithmyheadman.

    The best coding tunes for me are:

    1. No vocals
    2. Extreme Repetition, awake but rested heartbeat bpm – no more than 100
    3. Something you’ve heard a few times before.
    4. Synthetic sounds

    0
  8. 9

    @Sherzod Max: Ben Klock – Subzero! :)

    1
  9. 10

    Abegail Louise Acosta

    November 24, 2016 7:12 am

    This is my jam! https://open.spotify.com/user/sonymusicentertainment/playlist/1lSdljPk8zcAdXVMUduDia
    hahaha helps me a lot.
    #WeMakeWebsite

    1
  10. 11

    Soundcloud’s musics are so nice, but I can’t hear Spotify tracks, because this not available in my country… :(

    0
  11. 12

    My modest contribution – a playlist I made for work, funnily named “Creativize” :) Give it a shot!
    https://open.spotify.com/user/dukezg/playlist/4y1dVNEoqN7cIYbeX1HOAA

    1
  12. 13

    Don’t suppose you’ve got these in Google Play Music playlists?

    1
  13. 14

    “Words can be distracting when you need to focus on a task. So how about some acoustic covers?”…….. so did you not listen to any of these playlists before posting? acoustic songs have words in them, and these do.

    0
  14. 15

    No honourable mention to musicforprogramming.net? 44 (as of Dec 2016) compilations of instrumental, mainly electronic/ambient/drone music to get into your coding flow.

    2
  15. 16

↑ Back to top