10 Background Music Websites That Help You Focus on Work

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Returning to in-person work may have been an unfortunate reminder that offices are noisy and distracting. And even remote workers have to deal with the neighbour’s pets blowing the leaves and in need, and the one roommate watching TikToks without a headset.

Fortunately, there are a growing number of ways to eliminate distractions and focus on your work.

Here are 10 audio platforms that offer ideal work background music for every type of person.

Endel is a high-tech app that is very popular with Brew readers. Backed by neuroscience, it uses AI to customize soundscapes based on the weather, type of activity you’re doing, time of day, and more. Want to focus? Endel takes care of you. Do you have trouble sleeping? Same. Moreover, it includes stylish and interactive visuals. You can try it for free, but the subscription will cost a few $$$.

The Vault of Ambience YouTube channel features ambient soundscapes based on locations from your favorite fantasy books and imaginary places that only existed in your daydreams – until now. Some of the many settings: the Gryffindor common room of Harry Pottera magical bookstore in the woods and the jazzy rhythms of old New York.

Music for Programming offers playlists spanning a variety of genres suitable for intense coding work. But the site isn’t just for computer programmers – all the beats that can get you through a coding headache will also come in handy for other kinds of hardcore crunch.

There are a ton of options for lo-fi beats, most of which can be found on YouTube’s most popular live streams. However, none quite compare to the versatility of Lofi.co. The service gives you a handful of white noise options (like city traffic and city rain) that you can mix and match to create your own working soundscape. The site also offers a soothing background image that matches your selected sounds.

Brain.fm works the same way as Lofi.co, but replaces options for sounds with options for vibrations. After consulting science textbooks, Brain.fm created soundscapes that best match common moods you might feel during the day. Activate your concentration with the “focus” mode, switch to “relax” mode just before you start packing, then press the “sleep” mode to be well rested the next morning. Unlike most of the other services on this list, Brain.fm requires a paid subscription to use.

Sites like Lofi.co are ideal for escaping into worlds of your own creation, but this platform might suit our cosmopolitan readers better: Radio Garden lets you listen to radio stations from around the world for free. Simply browse the interactive globe to find the perfect audio getaway, whether it’s heavy metal in Germany or bossa nova in Brazil.

Remote workers know how difficult it can be to find that coveted empty table next to a coffee shop outlet. With Coffitivity, you can avoid stress and bring that special vibe home by tuning into different tracks that replicate the vibe of cafes around the world. Start the day with “Morning Murmur” and end the day with “University Undertones”.

Video game soundtracks are popular background jams at work. Some game themes are soothing, while others create a more energetic and impactful environment. Luckily, Rainwave separates these tracks by category so you can find the ones that best suit your pace.

If it is not broke, do not fix it. Rain sounds are a staple in the booming ambient sound market, and most lo-fi streams or tune-up apps are incomplete without them. Rainy Mood doesn’t mess around, delivering a steady stream of rain and thunder sounds. Plus, there’s an option to play some of today’s hottest hits in tandem with the crackle of rain.

If you’ve always wanted to be a DJ, but for different types of ambient sound rather than house music, then check out A Soft Murmur. With its simple dashboard, you can create soundscapes that blend the natural world (birds, thunder, waves) with mankind’s greatest inventions (fire, air conditioning). Or just stick to “cicadas” – your choice. A Soft Murmur is also the favorite music website of Brew editor Neal Freyman.

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