Distraction lurks around every corner in today’s busy world. Emails ding, phones buzz, and before you know it, your deep work session has gone off the rails.
The solution? Cue up some calming, lyric-free music. Instrumentals have been scientifically proven to enhance focus while drowning out disruptions.
Below are 6 of my go-to tracks when I need to tune the world out and dial in. They range from melancholic piano to atmospheric post-rock to movie soundtracks.
Pop in some headphones, press play, and prepare to get in the zone!
1. “Misty Mountains” by Enya
Irish singer Enya is renowned for her soothing, dreamlike instrumentals. “Misty Mountains” embodies her ethereal style with lush synths over a simple piano melody. Let this transport you to a peaceful, introspective headspace.
2. “Weightless” by Marconi Union
If you only listen to one song on this list, make it “Weightless.” Scientists conducted research to determine the world’s most relaxing song based on brainwave patterns, heart rate, and other metrics. This blissful 8-minute journey emerged victorious.
3. “Solar Fields – Movements”
Cinematic sweeps and glitchy beats drive this electronic track forward. It’s energizing yet focused – perfect for when you need to crank out work but feel sleepy. The pulsing synths will lock you in.
4. “Fields of Gold” by Sting
Before he fronted The Police, Sting flirted with jazz and classical. “Fields of Gold” shows off his melancholic acoustic side, with evocative Spanish-style guitar licks surrounding his wordless vocal melody.
5. “Requiem for a Dream” by Clint Mansell
Haunting, dramatic, and cinematic – this standout track from Requiem for a Dream will make any task feel more epic. Let the swelling strings absorb you as you get lost in the flow of work.
6. “The End” by John Murphy
Remember that paper you’ve been procrastinating on? Pretend this cinematic track from Sunshine is the soundtrack as you furiously try to beat the deadline! Murphy’s soaring strings and driving beats will push you on.
The next time you need to block out distractions and hyperfocus, put on these atmospheric instrumentals. They’ll enable deep work while providing a calming oasis in your day.