There is no one type of music that is perfect for playing in a coffeeshop. Many simply have a radio station playing. However, some of the most popular places have created a specific atmosphere that is enhanced by the song selection. Starbucks, for example, creates approved playlists for use in its stores around the world; my personal favorite is the Starbucks ’90s playlist. Recently, they teamed up with Spotify to allow customers to use the official mobile app to choose songs they would like to hear at their local Starbucks.
When I go to a cafe to write or to do work on my computer, there is a certain kind of music that I would rather hear. If they have too much pop or electronic music, I have to put on my huge over-the-ear headphones and choose my own tunes. The following are just a few of my favorite songs to listen to while drinking coffee and getting things done.
- “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones – a classic song from 2002 with just the right amounts of jazz piano and nostalgia with some blues and folk influences. Anything by Jones is a good choice for staying calm and focused. Other great selections are “Things You Don’t Have To Do”, a more upbeat collaboration with the Peter Malick Group, and “Nightingale”, a smooth lullaby that could put you to sleep if you weren’t consuming a considerable amount of espresso.
- “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver was released in 2007 and has been one of Bon Iver’s most popular songs. The genre is indie folk and the song is beautiful, if a little sentimental. The band has only released two albums and an E.P., but almost every single one of their songs is incredible. I would recommend giving “Holocene” a listen, as well as his cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
- “Big Jet Plane” by Angus & Julia Stone is a 2009 single by the successful Australian duo. Their sound is a unique, pleasant acoustic folk. “Babylon” (2006) is also worth listening to. If you don’t have (important) work to do, make sure to watch the music videos along with the songs, especially for these two tracks.