Sometimes I write in silence but most of the time, I listen to music. Songs with vocals and actual words tend to be more difficult to write to, but it depends on how I'm feeling. My list here contains a good mix of albums that I turn to often when I'm writing. Some have been with me for years, others just weeks. Try them out. Pick your favourites.
All Day / Girl Talk
This is a noisy mash up of various songs, samples and sounds. It should be impossible to get anything done while listening to this racket, but somehow it works. The constant upbeat tempo keeps me going. It is musical coffee.
Monument Valley Soundtrack / Stafford Bawler, Obfusc & Grigori
Yes, it's the soundtrack to an iOS game. Yes, it's weird and if you stop and listen intently, you might feel like you're about to fall off the edge of the earth. Yes, it's perfect background music while you're typing like a loon.
And that's my list. What do you think? I'm always on the lookout for more music that's good for writing to, so feel free to send me recommendations in the comments or on Twitter.