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Whether you're studying for finals, organizing your desk, or filling out expense reports, these classical pieces provide the perfect musical accompaniment to help you get the job done. Now get to work!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
George Frideric Handel,
Ludwig Van Beethoven,
Need a little help from the Beatles while you focus on work? This playlist of instrumental jazz, guitar, and soul Beatles covers is the perfect way to enjoy the Fab Four's best compositions.
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Looking to relax, but not get so mellow your book will fall out of your hands? Check out these piano-centric small group jazz instrumentals, heavy on the standards and ballads.
Sometimes you need a little sonic company while your work. This recording of indistinct chatter in a busy coffee shop provides just the right amount of productivity-enhancing distraction.
Here are the most epic scores in modern cinema. Filled with sweeping string sections and thunderous percussion, this is the perfect playlist for saving the world, preparing for battle, or staring up in awe at something miraculous.
Hypnotic breaks and pensive soundscapes from today's greatest electronica artists: the perfect soundtrack for reading, working, or just relaxing.
You've got some reading you're ready to dive into, but you want to keep some music moving through the air. Here's an awesome array of ambient cuts perfect for putting a pillow of sound around your ears but subtle enough to avoid any distractions.
Stars of the Lid,
The Seven Fields of Aphelion,
Uplifting post-rock songs to help you realize how beautiful the world is. Let these instrumentals wash over you.
Explosions In The Sky,
This Will Destroy You,
The Album Leaf,
Take a break from the dancefloor and enjoy these trippy, atmospheric tracks made for the chillout room. Cool down and relax with no distracting lyrics or vocals.
The Future Sound Of London,
Explore the current state of forward-looking electronic music, from minimal techno to electro-acoustic sound experiments.
Low Motion Disco
IDM may have originally stood for Intelligent Dance Music, but it doesn't have to live on the dance floor. This cerebral electronica also makes the perfect soundtrack for studying, reading, or simply relaxing.
To Rococo Rot,
Mouse On Mars
Have a listen to the sonic diversity of dance music's most popular new subgenre -- from the early pioneers on Hyperdub Records to some of today's higher energy offerings -- with no annoying vocals to distract you from your studies.
No vocals, no singing, no samples, no distractions to keep you from your thoughts, your work or your vibe. We dug deep into the crates to give you the ultimate instrumental trip-hop mix.
The Sabres Of Paradise,
Nightmares On Wax,
Two Lone Swordsmen,
Showcasing today's lighter side of classic UK jungle music, these instrumental cuts blend elements of soca, jazz, disco, and trance into the perfect ambient energizer for a hazy afternoon or late night cram session.
Atmospheric and ambient, this is the sound of hip hop producers left to their own devices. Without any vocal assists from rappers, the results are innovative, expressive, and sometimes more than a little trippy.
The Gaslamp Killer,
Developed by John Fahey and artists on his Takoma Records label, this finger-picking style of guitar playing combines country and blues techniques with neo-classical composition.
Think of these progressive instrumentals as the ultimate "temp tracks" -- that is, the music used during the editing phase of a film production to set the mood for a scene. Great for budding indie filmmakers and soundtrack enthusiasts.
Death In Vegas,
Set Fire To Flames
If you're getting set to apply your gray matter to some serious study, let the sounds of a large-scale jazz ensemble in full flight buoy your brain without manhandling your ears.
Stan Kenton & His Orchestra,
Quincy Jones & His Orchestra,
In an industry dominated by a few A-list composers, these artists and their dramatic, modern film scores stand at the vanguard; cool and provocative music from cool and provocative films.
Idyllic electronic sounds that evoke expansive rural vistas, from expressive Teutonic rock (Neu!, Cluster, Brian Eno) to deep-listening drone (Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Emeralds).
A look at the minimalist approach to composing music, with works ranging from modern classical to Japanese new age.
In the '70s and '80s, pioneering artists from the worlds of jazz, classical, rock, and electronic music fashioned ethereal sonic landscapes ideal for a fostering a meditative state. Decompress with these essential cuts from ambient's early trailblazers.
Hailing from the worlds of folk, rock, country, blues, and beyond, these acoustic guitar instrumentals are organic enough to keep from jarring your focus, but they've got enough forward motion to motivate your mind.
One of the oldest instruments still in common use, the classical guitar first found its home in Spain. The Spanish guitar is the voice of an entire musical world, and to this day is still a distinctive sound in rhythm and character.
Federico Moreno Torroba,
This instrumental playlist features folk music from Latin America performed on a variety of lutes. From the Puerto Rican cuatro to the Andean charango, these traditional lutes produce rich, distinctive and enchanting sounds.
Cuerdas De Borínquen,
Highlights from the greatest film scores of all-time, as determined by the American Film Institute.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold,
If you need a little motivation while you work, listen to this mix of the most sweeping and inspirational war movie film scores of the past 40 years.
Here are some recent and memorable film scores from powerhouse composers like Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore and Thomas Newman.
Save the world. Make a quip. Get the girl (or guy!). These pounding, adrenaline-soaked scores from the most iconic action films of the past twenty years will get your blood pumping.
Here are the most revered, referenced, and beloved film scores from some of Hollywood's most legendary composers.
Wendy Carlos and Vangellis' synthesized scores for classic films like "A Clockwork Orange" and "Blade Runner" helped to inspire the birth of popular electronic music, whose superstars recently began returning the favor with their own film scores.
The Dust Brothers,
A collection of the greatest Western movies scores, from Hollywood's Golden Age to the Spaghetti Westerns of the '60s, and even some from modern-day classics.
MGM Studio Orchestra,
City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
While "The Artist" looked back to Hollywood's silent film era (1920s), the film's composer, Ludovic Bource, drew inspiration from the composers of Hollywood's Golden Age (1930s-'50s).
What do Daft Punk, Neil Young, and David Byrne have in common? They all make music for films. These tracks were composed by accomplished pop or rock artists who have transitioned into the world of film scoring.
Soundtrack your (fantasy) football memories in glorious slow-motion with these classic Hollywood and NFL Films soundtracks.
Geek out these highly energetic and foreboding scores from your favorite superhero movies.
Settle in with the quieter side of jazz. Wind down and drift off to the relaxing sounds of post-bop, cool, modern and contemporary jazz, perfect for those mellow late-night hours.
Esbjörn Svensson Trio,
Joe Roland Quintet
Jazz on the light and easy side, spanning the decades with plenty of mellow R&B flourishes.
Bring together 10 fingers, one guitar, and a head full of jazz, and a whole world will spring into view right before your very ears. Listen to these solo-guitar performances by some of the finest fretmasters ever to sling a jazz axe.
During the late 1950s and early '60s, John Coltrane and many of his peers searched for a sound beyond bebop. This cool post-bop set, with saxophones aplenty, balances adventurousness and melody.
A selection of jazz tunes by bandleader/bassist/composer Charles Mingus and the many accomplished musicians that performed with him.
This bop-leaning selection of vintage jazz features the unique and unmistakable pianist/composer Thelonious Monk, as well as many of his esteemed associates.
While icons like Otis Redding and James Brown brought the soul, their legendary backing bands brought the funk. Listen to these funky instrumental grooves from the '60s and '70s.
Booker T. & The MG's,
The best songs from the groups that pioneered that ultra-cool surfer sound. Guitar-heavy and full of reverb, these tunes are perfect for strapping your board to the roof of your woodie and cruising to the beach.
The Bel Airs,
With their penchant for twang and aversion to lyrics, these 1950s and '60s acts -- some fleeting, some lasting -- all reveled in the rock instrumental.
Johnny & The Hurricanes,
The Fireballs Featuring Jimmy Gilmer
Greasy guitar licks, honkin' harmonica lines, and pounding piano riffs take the forefront in these killer blues instrumentals.
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers,
From bellydance accompaniment to classical Arabic musical forms, these instrumentals span a spectrum of moods from playful to pensive.
Raquy And The Cavemen,
Al Turath Ensemble
Tired? Angry? Need some peace of mind? Put down whatever you're doing and enjoy some relaxing and inspiring musical moments at a nice slow tempo.
A full orchestra is not always needed for classical music; in fact, more music has been written for intimate spaces than grand concert halls. Explore the chamber music of the great composers.
Emerson String Quartet,
Beaux Arts Trio,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The solo piano piece is music at its most contemplative. Enjoy these works from the classical, romantic and modern eras in any setting that calls for the quiet intimacy of the pianist and his or her instrument.
Ease into a mellow, contemplative mood with these serene jazz instrumentals from some of the leading lights of the 1950s and '60s jazz scene.
Whether it's amoral thief Parker or the cops of the 87th Precinct, a vintage pulp thriller needs a soundtrack. Sink into that stylish world of the past with these cool, jazzy, and torchy '50s and '60s favorites.