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Benefits of listening to music while coding

Music, it seems like it could be distracting when you are coding. All those different sounds and voices running through your head. It might not seem logical, but there are a lot of benefits when you listen to music while coding.

Nydia Welling
March 9, 2020

Here are some of the benefits of listening to music while coding

Music helps you focus

When you listen to music, you will get in the zone. The focus will only be on the code you are writing. Nothing else around you will matter.  

When you have headphones on, people also are less likely to talk to you. The headphones are like a barrier. People will only pass this barrier if they need to talk to you.  

Music can motivate you  

Music will make you happy. When you are happy, you will work more effectively. Also, the ending of tracks and changes in rhythms can urge your brain in making decisions.  

Music can help to keep the brain alert and prevent it from switching off  

With the different sounds in the background. Your brain will notice the rhythms changing and tracks ending. With this difference in background sound, your brain will be alert.

a man listening to music while working in front of a laptop

Music reduces stress and anxiety

When you listen to music, you can lower down your stress hormones. The brain also stimulates the formation of dopamine; a molecule that makes you happy. When you listen to your favourite song, you will produce extra dopamine. This way the music helps in reducing stress.  

The mind also becomes clear when you listen to music. A clear mind will help to clear your anxiety away. You forget about all the ‘what if’ scenarios.

Your mind will clear because music helps your blood flow. This way more oxygen will come to your brain. With extra oxygen, you have fewer distracting thoughts.  

Music increases the ability to collect thoughts  

When you hear a specific piece of music, your brain will connect it to a memory that is stored in your brain & helps you relax. This way you can put your thought together.  

As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of listening to music while coding. In the video down below, you can see what kind of impact music has on your mind.  

But what kind of music should you listen to?

How much you will get in the zone depends on the kind of music. Here are some tips for finding good coding music.

Limit the vocals

Your brain tends to focus on the words that are being sung. When there are no vocals, the music will fade away in the background. This way you will get yourself in the zone and it will be easier to solve a difficult coding problem.    

Listen to familiar music  

If you listen to new music, you tend to focus on the music. Unknowingly your mind will wander off for a bit. When you listen to familiar music, your brain will recognize the music. The focus will not be on the music then, but on the coding.  

Listen to music with a good beat and pace

If you listen to slow music, your brain will also move slowly. The same applies to fast music. When the music is fast, your brain will feel rushed. The middle way is perfect. Your brain will still be active enough to solve coding problems, but it won’t be rushed.  

Here is a good example of a playlist you can listen to while coding:




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