Perfect Playlist for Focused Writing

There are two types of writers: ones who like writing to music, and ones who don’t. If you’re the second type, I would recommend Rainy Mood for some calming rain sounds. The rest of us, though, have a dilemma: what kind of music to write to? Well, it all depends on the mood, doesn’t it? Sometimes, all you want to do is nod your head to the beat while you type, and other times what you want is a chill, atmosphere. Other times still, what you really need is a kick in the rear. I’ve got you covered on both counts.

Too Many Zooz + Moon Hooch

These two New York bands are known for their subway performances. They’re very similar in style, in that it will make you vibrate with energy. They call it cave music: it’s like house, but done with live instruments — trumpet, sax and drums. What they achieve is an intense, jagged, jazzy sound. Be advised, though: Moon Hooch has been banned from performing at subway stations by the NYPD for causing impromptu riots, so hold on to your seat.


Milo is an underground-famous rapper with a signature mellow flow and an intricate, philosophical lyrical style. Write to some Milo if you want a low-key atmosphere, and enjoy rap with deadpan delivery. Where else are you going to hear a Pablo Neruda reference mixed in with references to Star Trek?


Tune-Yards is a great performer to write to if you like eclectic music with crazy vocals and outrageous instrumentals. Merrill Garbus is a multi-talented self-taught performer, and every track on every album of hers is bursting with fresh ideas. If you like funky, jazzy, punky folk music and nodding your head to the beat, Tune-Yards is for you.

Sleigh Bells

If you like noise pop, put on some Sleigh Bells. It’s loud, melodic, and lo-fi. Turn up the volume, and let Alexis Krauss make you feel like a teenager sneaking out past bedtime to go to a rock show your mother wouldn’t approve of.

Simian Mobile Disco

Simian Mobile Disco came from a failed rock project by three guys from England. Since then, the two remaining guys have been consistently pumping out EDM that exists somewhere around the intersection of house, disco and techno. Catchy beats: check; minimal lyrics: check; a huge discography you can get lost in: check. What else do you need?

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Laconic Lemming
Content crafter at Write!, spends all his time writing or learning how to write better. A few time was caught reading The New York Times and watching TED talks during working hours.
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  • Wow! Impressive!

  • I prefer classic calm music while writing.

    • Many people do prefer classic music as well:)

  • I can’t write listening to Simian Mobile Disco.

    • Different music for different people 🙂 What kind of music do like to listen while writing?


  • I agree with Eternal Monsoon that lyrical music sucks, but the post is awesome anyway!

  • Awesome, thank you!

  • I honestly don’t know how you can listen to lyrical music and write at the same time but I do like using soundscapes and field recordings to be drawn out of any natural distractions. I say this as a lover of a variety of musical styles and yet I dins it maddening to listen and work at the same time. Each to their own of course!

    • Hi there! Both Too Many Zooz and Moon Hooch don’t have any lyrics in their music, so you should check them out. It’s not calming like field recordings, though.

      We’re planning a sequel to this post, and it’s going to include more lyric-free music, so look out for that!

      • Ooh! Bookmarked them for listening tomorrow in that case. Right now it’s bedtime and noise generators! Currently loving which has some incredible content, all customisable too.