I probably got the most abstract assignment I’d ever received at work earlier today. I was asked for my work from home playlist recommendations to share with our community. This is because our CEO, Michael, happens to know that I DJ in my free time at the occasional wedding or party. Twist my arm. I’ll do it. Whatever…
As such, I spent some time thinking about my favorite playlists that are helping me get through stay-at-home. Specifically, the music that is getting me energized through our new remote work. Some of these might be familiar. Hopefully, some of these are new discoveries that can add a jolt of freshness into your day and help replace ones where you just can do it anymore. I’m going to also guess that you aren’t listening to the radio. This is not the time for you to hear the 1-800 Cars 4 Kids jingle (haha gotcha).
To that end, below are my work from home playlist recommendations to keep you going.
Have a Great Day Playlist
The best way to describe this playlist is a plethora of throwback classics mixed with some new-age feel-good staples. This is a playlist that can mix Elton John and Jack Johnson together without really changing the vibe all that much. If your AirPods are hurting your ears too much, throw this on a speaker, this a playlist even your mom can get behind.
Music for a Workday
The vibe is in the playlist name. These songs aren’t going to take you away from your work. Great to have on in the background. You’re not going to find many radio hits in this playlist. We are talking deep cuts here. Calming. Soothing. Just right for a work from home set-up.
I’m not going to lie to you, 95% of the time I am listening to dance music. Why? Cause I like to get groovy. I’m all about changing my inputs, if there is a euphoric melody paired with a driving 128 BPM baseline, you best believe I’m pumping out some of my best work. Guess what I’m listening to right now…
Personally I am an Apple Music guy. Always have been and always will be. So there. Take that, Spotify users!
Home Office DJ
This playlist used to be called “Office DJ” (lol). Way to stay on top of the times Apple. I used to use this playlist all of the time in the office. It has a nice mix of new pop music but also throws in some older classics. The only problem, you are going to start singing along. Hope your family, spouse, or roommates like your singing voice…
Living Room Dance Party
In this playlist we are taking the Home Office DJ playlist and turning it up just a bit more. You might want to use this playlist for one of those mandatory 15-minute breaks that HR tells to take. These are definitely some of the best “get up and get moving” songs of the previous two decades. I mean it’s got “Party In the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus… uh, excuse me, clear the living room!
Dance Pop Hits
Back to dance music we go. I understand that heavy baselines and abstract robot noises aren’t for everyone. So this dance playlists teeters on the edge of Dance and Pop. You get the best of both worlds. For some reason, most of the Apple Music Dance playlists are a little too “aggressive” for even my liking. This one is just right though. FYI -the side effects of this playlist include an occasional sense of euphoria and smiling.
This is normally the point in any article written by a DJ where they ask you to follow them on SoundCloud. That’s too mainstream for me. Instead, let us know what you think, or other work from home playlist recommendations in the comments. You can also share this article for your friends on social media – we’d be grateful for a tag! Music heals all wounds and it will help us get through this time. I hope this was a nice break from all the news and stress in your day. Be healthy and stay groovy!