Top 10 albums for writing code

Today is a code-writing day at work. There is also construction going on outside the building and there is intermittent bone-jarring noise that has already developed into a headache. Headaches are rare for me so you get the idea. I was about to put on my iPod to block out the sound when it occurred to me that I have been meaning to post what are, for me, the top 10 albums for writing code. Keep in mind that I personally feel more productive when I listening to these albums while casting out spells of C# or Transact-SQL or PHP or Perl. The downside is that I am so focused, I usually don’t hear the songs. The list is alphabetcial by album title.

  1. All Ages — Bad Religion
  2. Animals — Pink Floyd
  3. Blizzard of Ozz — Ozzy Osbourne
  4. Boingo — Oingo Boingo
  5. Garage, Inc. — Metallica
  6. Hysteria — Def Leppard
  7. Kill ‘Em All — Metallica
  8. Slippery When Wet — Bon Jovi
  9. Social Distortion — Social Distortion
  10. Wish You Were Here — Pink Floyd

I’m going through the list of albums now, beginning with All Ages. I’ll see how far I get by the end of the day.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.