Music For Productivity: The 10 Most Inspiring Albums of 2010

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There are some people who need constant audio companionship to keep us sane/motivated. Music is the soundtrack to our creativity. It makes work possible, helps define who we are and adds just enough fuel to our day to get us over most major hurdles. Each week, thanks to our friends at Inspired Mag, we aim to bring you a new musical suggestion, complete with a recommendation for it’s “intended use”.

As 2010 comes to a close we realize that this year has turned out to be a surprisingly great year for music. We bought hundreds of new albums this and a handful stuck out as being the most inspirational and exciting. Rather than just picking one for this week, we’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of the ones that had the biggest impact around our office that were release in 2010.

The List
Midlake “The Courage Of Others”
Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”
Broken Bells “Broken Bells”
Gorillaz “Plastic Beach”
New London Fire “Happiness Through Radios & Wires”
Janelle Monáe “The Archandroid”
Surfer Blood “The Astro Coast”
Mumford & Sons “Sigh No More”
The Gay Blades “Savages”
Menomena “Mines”

You can conveniently preview tracks from each album in the widget below:

Have a music tip for us? What music do you listen to while working? Any favorites this year? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know!

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  • 90% of the music I listen to is some sort of heavy metal, but a colleague of mine is a massive drum and bass lover and I’ve found it to be really awesome to listen to when you really want to focus.

  • JVM

    Have to add the new MCR album, “Danger Days” to this … seriously the best album I’ve heard in the last decade. It oozes creativity and I’ve done some really great work while listening to it!

  • Really, anything by the Black Keys works for me. Good rhythm seems to be the key to productivity music. I generally listen to house and trance when working on anything that involves writing. I enjoy well-written lyrics, but they just get in the way when you’re trying to create your own words.

  • I actually can’t work if there’s no music at work! :) The first thing we do when we get to work is to turn on the radio. We usually listen to .977 radio and we love it.

  • I made a Spotify playlist with the listed music you can subscribe to, found everything but Arcade Fire,

    I made it collaborative, so if you know any good tunes for work, please add it =)

  • Scott

    It’s “Sigh No More”, not “Sign No More”

  • I also made a selection on Spotify, based on your list. Also didn’t find “Arcade Fire”.

    I just didn’t read the comments since now, so I didn’t realize that someone else have already done so.

    Here it is, anyway:


    30 Seconds to Mars “This Is War” album. Over and over and over. The soundtrack of the eschaton.

  • Straver

    You should listen to The Velvet Underground and The Doors.. You can’t find any more inspiring bands out there.. I mean Lou Reed and Jim Morrison, artists ever..

  • Mumford & Sons are pretty awesome. Though I don’t listen to them while working.. the lyrics and vocals are distracting :)