Hacker Beats – Music to Code To

By: Lancelot Carlson

For many coders, a necessarily fuel for productivity is our background music. Filled with the right combination of tracks, I’m able to zone out outside distractions and build momentum as I code. For me, what is most productive day-to-day changes significantly. Sometimes it’s classical, sometimes it’s rap, but most of the time it’s electronic. I find lyrics can be distracting at times, but for the most part I can tune it out.

Some of my favorite artists for allegro coding include:

Sorta old school artists

  • Orbital
  • Prodigy
  • Banco De Gaia
  • Timo Maas
  • Hybrid
  • Enigma


  • Nero
  • Skrillex
  • Bassnectar
  • Rusko


  • Dieselboy
  • High Contrast
  • AK1200

Other goodies

  • Deadmau5 (dead-mau-5?)
  • Calvin Harris
  • Squarepusher
  • Avicii
  • Paul Van Dyk
  • Shpongle
  • Booka Shade

I recently discovered the music service Spotify and paid for the premium subscription so I could listen to all my playlists in my car and while coding. It’s the best thing since Napster. What does everyone else listen to? I’d be glad to share more artists in my playlists if anyone is interested. I’m also curious what gets other programmers in the (M-x) code mode?

~Lancelot Carlson