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Question #89385 posted on 04/17/2017 6:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm about to start on a boring job of data entry. Can you suggest some good full albums that I can stream on Spotify to get me through this?

-Unmotivated

A:

Dear person,

Music is definitely great, but maybe check out podcasts and audiobooks too. They are really long and personally, I find them more entertaining than music, particularly over long stretches of time (e.g. 8 hours a day). Good luck with your job, I hope they pay you a lot. 

-Sheebs

A:

Dear person,

I named a few of my favorite albums in Board Question #88707. I personally don't have a problem with having words in my music when I study or work on things, but I know some people do, so here are some of my favorite instrumental albums:

  • Apocalypticaby Apocalyptica
  • Times End II: Majora's Mask Remixed by Theophany (the first one is okay too, I guess)
  • Infinity by Revolt Production Music
  • SkyWorld by Two Steps from Hell
  • X-Men: First Class [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack], Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), and Big Hero 6 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Henry Jackman
  • TRON: Legacy by Daft Punk
  • The Legend of Korra: Original Music From Book One by Jeremy Zuckerman
  • Kubo and the Two Strings by Dario Marianelli

Also, I've been listening to extended versions of tracks from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a lot lately. Most of them are about 15 minutes long, so you can listen to them for a really long time, which is an issue if you're working 8-hour days and an album is only 40-50 minutes long.

-The Entomophagist

A:

Dear friend,

That largely depends on what kind of music you like, as well as what music you work well to. Do you prefer instrumental? Calm, coffee shop-esque? Musicals? Or spoken word? For me, it's largely dependent on what mood I'm in as well as what kind of work I'm doing. Having had no experience with data entry, and having no idea what your tastes are, I will try to cover some broad bases and hope something fits your needs.

Luckily for you, I spend so much study time with Spotify and feel qualified to help with this. The album suggestions are ones specifically chosen for the entire album rather than just one or two songs since that's what you wanted. The majority are clean, but some albums may contain swearing so keep that in mind. I'm a little worried that this list is more self-indulgent than helpful, but it does give you a wide variety to choose from

Music

Instrumental/Soundtracks:

  • "Deep Focus" (Spotify album)
  • Romantic Works (Keaton Henson)
  • "Piano in the Background" (Spotify album)
  • Eucalyptus (Matt Costa)
  • "Peaceful Guitar" (Spotify album)

Calm background music:

  • "Your Favorite Coffeehouse" (Spotify album)
  • An Awesome Wave (alt-j)
  • "Melancholia" (Spotify album)
  • "Acoustic Covers" (Spotify Album)
  • "Deep Dark Indie Folk" (Spotify album)
  • Trans-Continental Hustle (Gogol Bordello)
  • "Acoustic Spring" (Spotify album)
  • Hozier (Hozier)
  • Carrie and Lowell (or anything else by Sufjan Stevens)

Musicals:

  • Once
  • Hamilton
  • Any of the "Best Of Disney" albums
  • Les Miserables (The cool thing about Les Mis is that if you listen to the extended soundtrack, you have basically listened to the entire movie because they never just talk)

Not Music:

Audiobooks:

  • "Shakespeare: The Tragedies, Histories, Comedies" (Spotify albums)
  • "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (Spotify album)
  • "Russian Lit" (Spotify album)
  • "Editor's Choice: Fiction" (Spotify album)
  • "The Bronte Sisters" (Spotify album)
  • "The Victorians" (Spotify album)
  • "French Literature" (Spotify album)
  • "Three Men on a Boat" (Spotify audiobook--it's hilarious, if you like Monty Python-type humor)

Poetry:

  • "Poetry: In Their Own Words" (Spotify album)
  • "Love Poems" (Spotify album)
  • "The Romantics" (Spotify album)
  • "Modern Poetry" (Spotify album)

Other:

  • "Mythologies" (Spotify album)
  • "Self-help Gems" (Spotify album)
  • "We Shall Overcome" (Spotify album)
  • "Vintage Radio Dramas" (Spotify album)
  • "Presidential Voices" (Spotify album)
  • "Eastern Spirituality" (Spotify album)

Hopefully this helps! Let me know if you want more specific recommendations. This mostly covers the scope of albums I think are good for mindless working, but you're welcome to email if none of these fit. I could always ask around. Good luck.

-Van Goff

A:

Dear Unmotivated,

All of the other writers have suggested some really great albums, and I'd just like to remind you that Spotify also has full comedy albums, and I'm a huge fan of listening to stand-up comedy. It's hard to find good clean comedy, but here are a couple of my favorite comedians that are on Spotify:

John Mulaney - He has two comedy albums on Spotify, and he's fairly swear-y. However, he's not very crude, which I really appreciate.

Mike Birbiglia - He has four comedy albums on Spotify and swears less than Mulaney.

Jim Gaffigan - Gaffigan has five comedy albums on Spotify and is definitely the cleanest of the three. 

Basically, listener discretion is recommended. But these are some of my favorite comedians, and you can find their stuff on Spotify!

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave