Play That Funky Music: The Songs That Inspire Us

By Michael Sosnick

Music both pumps us up and keeps us calm

Walk into the FunkyCorp office and you’ll nearly always be greeted with music playing on the speaker. While our tastes range from modern pop hits to jazz fusion and everything between, we all agree that listening to music while working keeps us creative, productive and sane. Scientists are on the same page, too — music has been proven to promote divergent thinking and focus.

No matter your genre preferences, there’s a time and place for both high-energy and relaxing tunes. Here are FunkyCorp editors’ favorite songs we use to help us perform our best at work.

What songs help you get out of bed, find inspiration and get stuff done? Let us know in the comments below!

Pump us up

We play these jams to jumpstart creativity or power through less-exciting tasks. Listen along with us for a jolt of musical caffeine.

“Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliot

When I need to grind through routine work and keep my energy levels up, hip-hop and music with a strong beat helps keep me motivated. — Kirsty

“Wake Me Up” by Avicii

It makes me feel inspired. I like the beat and the energy. — Erin

“Bones” by Radiohead

While I can’t get much actual work done by listening to this, it’s great for blowing away the cobwebs before getting back to the computer screen. — Jeremy

“TR 707” by Dabeull (feat. Holybrune)

The ultimate Friday song. — Gaby

“Generator” by Turnstile

This song has such a head-banging groove, it’s impossible not to get into a productive rhythm while listening. — Michael

“Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads

It reminds me to focus on the present and enjoy where I am and what I’m doing. — Matt

Cool us down

Especially while writing or editing, we like to get into our own little creative zone. These songs help us find a fertile, focused mental space.

“You Only Live Twice” by John Barry

Instrumental music is good for focusing; the John Barry soundtracks for James Bond are so smooth. I listen to this when I want to reduce stress or get into creative work. — Kirsty

“Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine

Between chilled and energetic, it helps me go through transitions. It gives me a lift. — Erin

“Electric Counterpoint” by Steve Reich

I listen to this when I need to both concentrate and feel inspired. — Jeremy

“Never Be Like You” by Flume

My friend wrote an entire (fantastic) book with this playing on a loop. There’s something hypnotic about it. — Gaby

“Chance” by D.A.N.

This song — especially with noise canceling headphones — not only lets me block out the outside world but nearly makes me forget I’m living in a world at all. — Michael

“Asinn” by Amiina

I play this when I want to block out everything around me and really focus. I can lose myself completely in this song. — Matt

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