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Music to Code To

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Everybody has music they love to listen to while coding (with the possible exception of those who don’t code). I personally love alt rock, ’80s pop & metal, J/K-pop, and nearly anything that sounds loud, angry & obnoxious (but please, no screaming!). Here are some of my favourite bands and albums to write code to.

The Sleepy Jackson

Aussie alt-rock. Luke Steele, the lead singer, has an amazing, yet bizarre voice.

  • Lovers
  • Personality - One was a Spider, One was a Bird

Empire of the Sun

Aussie alt-rock & pop. Shares the lead singer of the Sleepy Jackson, and home to costumes stranger than The Mighty Boosh’s

  • Walking on a Dream

Sa Dingding

Chinese folk & pop singer

  • Harmony

Modest Mouse

Alt-rock, with an incredible, yet bizarre sound. These guys take some getting used to, but sound great.

  • Good News for Poeple who Love Bad News
  • We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
  • No One’s First, and You’re Next

Daft Punk

Pure electonic. These guys did the soundtrack for Interstella 5555 and Tron Legacy

  • Homework
  • Discovery

Iron Maiden

Classic metal

  • Anything. Seriously. Iron Maiden couldn’t make a bad album if they tried.

Electric Six

Hard/funk rock band that doesn’t take themselves very seriously.

  • Fire

Foster the People

New alt-rock band

  • Torches


German industrial metal

  • Mutter
  • Reise, Reise
  • Rosenrot

Your favourite video game soundtrack

Pick your poison

  • Castlevania
  • Knights in the Nightmare
  • One Must Fall: 2097
  • Super Meat Boy
  • The Sentinel Returns
  • Any Final Fantasy game featuring Nobuo Uematsu as composer