This is what I listen to when I’m trying to be productive and study. It needs to have some oomph and rhythm, and yet not be too repetitive, annoying, or stressful.
Here’s a playlist I’ve imaginatively titled: “study no lyrics” – the track name is in bold, artist in italics, album in normal text.
American Wake (The Nova Scotia Set) Riverdance (Music From the Show)
The Butterfly Celtic Woman Celtic Woman
Celebration Michael Kieran Harvey In the Time of Sakura – the Piano Music of Mike Nock
Cerro Negro Fiesta Fiesta Downloaded Jazz
Classical Gas Mason Williams Music – 1968-1971
The Harvest Riverdance (Music From the Show)
I am the Doctor Murray Gold & BBC National Orchestra of Wales Doctor Who: Series 5 (Soundtrack from the TV Series)
Last Of The Mohicans (Last Of The Mohicans) Musica Paradiso The Very Best of Cinema & TV Classics
Minor Swing Rachel Portman Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli Chocolat – (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music for a Found Harmonium Penguin Cafe Orchestra Preludes, Airs & Yodels
Music for a Found Harmonium West Australian Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Northey Simon Jeffes Just Classics 2: The Gold Collection
Party Preparations Rachel Portman Chocolat – (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Pride and Prejudice Carl Davis & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Carl Davis: The World At War, Pride and Prejudice, and Other Great Themes
Reel Around the Sun David Spillane, Des Moore, Des Reynolds, Eoghan O’Neill, Kenneth Edge, Maire Breatnach, Mairtin O’Connor, Nikola Parov, Noel Eccles & Tommy Hayes Riverdance (Music From the Show)
Spanish Flea Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Star Wars Overture (Credits) Johannes Schwartz Sr. & South Pacific Symphony John Williams Sci-Fi Classical
Tsar Saltan: The Flight of the Bumble-Bee Queensland Symphony Orchestra & Vladimir Verbitsky Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Cardio Classics – Orchestral Workout!
Vianne Sets Up Shop Rachel Portman Chocolat – (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
William Tell: Overture (excerpt) The Tasmanian Symphony & Ola Rudner Gioachino Rossini Cardio Classics – Orchestral Workout!
I also listen to the Cardio Classics – Orchestral Workout! album; items by Mozart, Vivaldi and Bach; The Hallelujah chorus in full; The Sound of Music Sound track (yes really.) and when things get really bad, “The Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (from the Rocky album). Also a “yes, really”. Unlike Sound of Music, which I’ve seen 20+ times, I haven’t ever seen a Rocky film.
What do you study to? Do you have similar tastes or am I just really weird?