I can’t work to music with words or audiobooks, because it is too distracting. Instead, I listen to movie scores.
The more epic, the better. Think Lord of the Rings, Skyrim, Pirates of the Carribean… you get the idea. When the music crescendos, my productivity improves and I feel invincible in the nerdiest way possible. I finished up the last of my Master’s thesis to this music over a weekend (NEVER AGAIN) and I am pretty sure this music got me through it.
What kind of music improves your work output?