Who out there likes to work to music?
I've found exceptions to that rule - most notably, the soundtrack from the movie "The Social Network", created by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. You remember the movie from 2010, chronicling the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.
What makes for good music in the background to work to? One word - "ambient". Here's the definition of ambient music:
"a style of gentle, largely electronic instrumental music with no persistent beat, used to create or enhance a mood or atmosphere."
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross created great ambient music for work with the soundtrack from "The Social Network".
Good news - I have another recommendation for music that's great for the background while you work - Anna Meredith. Here's a description of who she is:
Meredith first came to widespread public attention through her work froms created for the 2008 BBC Last Night of the Proms which was broadcast to 40 million people. She has since written another BBC Prom commission, her first opera (Tarantula in Petrol Blue – with libretto by Philip Ridley) and collaborated with the beatboxer Shlomo – writing the Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra. Meredith has been a judge for BBC Young Musician of the Year, a mentor to Goldie for the TV show Classical Goldie and is a frequent guest and commentator for the BBC Proms and other BBC Radio 3 and 4 shows.
As an alt rock/hip hop guy, Anna Meredith would not ordinarily be on my radar , but I caught a fragment of one of her songs - Orca - in the background of the Paul Rudd Netflix series "Living with Yourself", which I also recommend.