Half of the Lifehacker staff can’t work with music on. The other half needs it. Here’s what we listened to this year while working on Lifehacker.
Nick Douglas, Staff Writer
My most-listened album this year was the Succession soundtrack, which is just 26 versions of the Succession theme. Nicholas Britell’s like “What if the Succession theme but only French horns? What if only strings? What if drum machine? What if bluegrass?”
I also worked to:
Music from the CBC/Netflix sitcom Workin’ Mums: This show has a weakness for cracking percussion and punchy female vocals, and so do I.
A Portrait of John Doe by Floex and Tom Hodge: If Kafka wrote a spy thriller, this would be the soundtrack.
M83’s DSVII: What if Jim Henson had made Dune and hired Mike Oldfield for the soundtrack?
Inscape by Alexandra Stréliski, a wistful piano album for the post-lunch drowsy hour
Max Richter’s “recomposition” of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, complex and a little sad, which also makes it perfect if you’re reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jon Brion’s soundtrack to Lady Bird: All Jon Brion’s soundtracks make great boppy morning music.
Apple Music’s playlist of “Oscar Peterson Essentials,” though honestly it’s even better for Saturday morning
“Vanille fraise” by L’Impératrice: The most glamorous vacation I ever took was to the Standard in Miami Beach, where they pipe music underwater in the swimming pool. This song is the most pool-pipeable song I’ve ever heard.
Beth Skwarecki, Health Editor
OK you know I love God Is an Astronaut (I’ve had the same album on repeat as my work music for YEARS). Caspian is another artist in a similar genre. If I’m not listening to music or silence, I like ambient noise videos like this one that evokes arctic machinery (I’m not sure if it’s ACTUALLY of an icebreaker ship but I don’t care).
Claire Lower, Food Editor
I cannot write to any music at all, but I CAN tell you the albums I cooked to, which were Operators’ Radiant Dawn (the only new album I really listened to this year with any regularity), Warren Zevon’s self-titled, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ self-titled, and a playlist comprised mostly of Archers of Loaf and Descendants. Oh, and Tusk. Tusk is a really excellent cooking album.
Melissa Kirsch, Editor-in-Chief
Lisa Rowan, Personal Finance Writer
I know I’m supposed to listen to classical music when I’m trying to focus, but I never really “got it” until I stumbled across the album on Spotify, Classical Study Music. The music moves a bit more than the lo-fi mixes I tend to listen to while I’m working, but it’s not distracting at all. Which, I guess, is the entire point.