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Here are the best songs to work to, in four distinct genres

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When it comes to shutting out the world and getting focused on your work, a good soundtrack can make all the difference. Whether that means studying to Mozart, tooling around in the garage to AC/DC, or doing your taxes to Miles Davis, everyone needs good music to fill the space between thoughts.

Studies have shown that music increases productivity and mood, and makes repetitive tasks more enjoyable. But many don’t know where to start when it comes to putting together that perfect work playlist, or simply don’t have the time.

So we did it for you! Here are four playlists sure to make your work more productive and enjoyable. Each is in different genre, so no matter what kind of music you like, you’re sure to find something here to suit you.

Baroque Classical

Ornately constructed compositions such as those by Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi empower the senses, allowing listeners a clarity of mind which isn’t provided by other styles of music. A study which involved eight radiologists has shown the positive side of listening to the classical music, indicating that the genre could help improve mood, diagnostic accuracy, and personal interactions.

Jazz

With ornate harmonies which often sit atop a pulsating rhythmic base, jazz can provide workers who do repetitive tasks with the perfect backdrop. And extremely interactive and conversational genre, jazz is perfect for those who like to listen a little deeper while they work, but may prove distracting to those who need more open mental space to process their thoughts.

Ambient/Electronic

The perfect style for those looking for background sounds that won’t distract, ambient electronica, such as Brian Eno’s famed Music For Airports, provides a welcome no-frills sonic retreat. Designed to help relax the mind and let it roam, the genre is perfect for those who are attempting to come up with some deep insight — especially handy for students who are hard at work on final exams.

Classic Rock

Some of the best music for hands-on workers, hits from the 1960s and ‘70s allow listeners to rock out, and distract them from the greasy work at hand. With heavy grooves, hook-driven jams, and rocking guitar solos, there’s nothing better than a little rock to get folks through another day at the office, or in the garage.