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winterazalea:

CLASSICAL

The old masters. I tried not to include most opera composers, since singing/lyrics interfere with concentration. Most of these playlists are at least an hour long:

Baroque (prancing through the flowers with royalty):

  • Albinoni
  • Bach
  • Corelli
  • Handel
  • Guerre
  • Purcell
  • Scarlatti
  • Telemann
  • Vivaldi

Classical (sipping tea with royalty while listening to their woes and gossip):

  • Beethoven
  • Haydn
  • Mozart
  • Paganini

Romantic (watching a heartfelt, teary-eyed scene in a soap opera):

  • Berlioz
  • Bizet
  • Borodin
  • Brahms
  • Bruch
  • Bruckner
  • Chopin
  • Dvorak
  • Field
  • Franck
  • Gade
  • Grieg
  • Liszt
  • Mendelssohn
  • Rachmaninov
  • Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Rubenstein
  • Saint-Saëns
  • Schubert
  • Robert Schumann
  • Clara Schumann
  • Smetana
  • Strauss II
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Wagner
  • Weber

Impressionistic (stargazing in an open field at midnight):

  • Debussy
  • Ravel

Late Romantic/Early Modern (dramatically confessing your love in the pouring rain):

  • Albéniz
  • Beach
  • Chaminade
  • de Falla
  • Dukas
  • Elgar
  • Fauré
  • Glazunov
  • Mahler
  • Respighi
  • Satie
  • Sibelius
  • Strauss
  • Vaughan Williams

Modern (these get sub-categories because they’re so different):

  • Emotional and moving
    • Barber
    • Bartok
    • Glass 
    • Holst
    • Ives
    • Kabalevsky
    • Kodaly
    • Poulenc
    • Schoenberg
    • Trimble
  • We’re off on an epic adventure!
    • Copeland
    • Grofe
    • Prokofiev
    • Tailleferre
  • Dramatic theme for every super villain ever
    • Adams
    • Musgrave
    • Shostakovich
    • Stravinsky
    • Tower
  • Curious and off-putting, but hypnotic
    • Cage
    • Higdon 
    • Rodrigo
  • Jazz hands and big city lights
    • Gershwin
    • Joplin
    • Milhaud
    • Still

Long, random playlists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)

Youtube Channels:

  • Classical Music
  • The Spirit of Classical Music
  • TopClassicalMusic
  • naxosorchestral
  • Classical Music11

There’s also playlists on Spotify (just go to Browse > Genres & Moods > Classical).

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CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL

Sometimes the old masters are too stuffy. I get it. Have some more long playlists from a few of my favorite contemporary artists:

Piano

  • Yiruma
  • Michael Nyman
  • Ludovico Einaudi
  • Brian Crain
  • Jim Brickman
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Joe Hisaishi
  • Yann Tiersen

Violin

  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Vanessa Mae Storm
  • Emilie Autumn (electric)
  • David Garrett

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EDM

Maybe you don’t like classical at all. That’s fine, too. Here’s some wub-wub to get your mind on track:

Aggressive & Intense (dubstep, deathstep, metalstep, etc)

  • Long, random playlists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  • Youtube Channels:
    • Glitch Mob
    • Excision
    • TheSupremeKronus

Chill & Melodic (chillstep, deep house, melodic dubstep)

  • Long, random playlists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  • Youtube Channels:
    • Pulse8Music
    • ChillYourMind
    • Fluidified

Upbeat & Dancy (electro house, club music, more chillstep)

  • Long, random playlists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
    Youtube Channels:
    • Madeon
    • Paul van Dyk
    • Omnitica

There are countless other Youtube channels and mixes. You can also find some playlists on Spotify (Browse > Genres & Moods > Electronic).

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INSTRUMENTAL COVERS OF POPULAR SONGS

Here are a few channels to check out if you’re starting from nowhere:

Piano

  • Miri Lee 이미리 Pianistmiri -  pop, r&b, rap, some classical, rock, and k-pop
  • David Sides - pop, r&b, rap, some rock
  • oysterlovers - pop, r&b, rap, some classical and rock
  • The Theorist - pop, r&b, and rap
  • TheUnsungHeroine - pop & electronic/dubstep
  • YourPianoCover - mostly pop, a few rap
  • Steve Siu Piano - pop, country, classical, some rock and rap
  • Yoonha85TV - pop, rap, r&b, some k-pop
  • Brooklyn Duo (piano & cello) - pop
  • ThePianoGuys (piano & cello) - pop, r&b, classical, rock

Hour-long, yearly pop playlists by oysterlovers:  2013, 2014

Yearly pop medleys by AlexTanMusic:   2012, 2013, 2014

Violin

  • The Mad Violinist & SCO - pop, r&b, rap, dubstep
  • Lindsey Stirling - pop, r&b, rap, soundtracks, classical
  • Momento - pop & rock
  • Josh Vietti - pop, r&b, rap, rock, classical
  • JuNCurryAhn - pop, k-pop, classical, soundtracks
  • David Wong - pop, r&b, rock, rap
  • Bryson Andres - pop, r&b, rock, electronic
  • JasonYangViolin - pop, rock, rap, soundtracks

Of course, there are countless people who don’t have huge channels and maybe only a cover or two. The search bar is your friend. And don’t forget to make a playlist!

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VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACKS

Think about it, there are tons of people whose only job is to get the atmosphere of a game right by carefully composing the right music. And there are plenty of games with beautiful music. I love these playlists:

  • Remember Me (brilliant mix of electronic and classical)
  • Papo & Yo (relaxing and tropical)
  • Rayman Origins (springy, lighthearted, and amazing)
  • Rayman Legends (energetic, goofy, and wonderful)
  • Dark Cloud 2/Dark Chronicle (beautiful, bouncy, heart-racing)
  • To The Moon (dreamy and moving)
  • Kingdom Hearts (gorgeous, epic, breathtaking)
  • Mirror’s Edge (soothing and mechanical)
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite (adorable 8-bit)
  • Alice: Madness Returns (odd, creepy, and carnival-esque)
  • Journey (peaceful and atmospheric)
  • Child of Light (melancholic and powerful)
  • Trine (epic and mystical)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (mysterious and haunting)
  • Valiant Hearts (pretty and heartbreaking)
  • Walking Dead Season 1 (depressing and beautiful)
  • Braid (relaxing, Celtic vibes)
  • Botanicula (breathy, vibrant, playful)
  • Machinarium (earthy, futuristic, energetic)

Long, random playlists:  (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Youtube Channels:

  • VGameOSTs
  • SoundtrackVideoGame
  • Video Game Soundtracks

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MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS

Just like video games, movies rely heavily on music to set the mood for the audience. Here are some of my favorite playlists:

  • Studio Ghibli
    • Spirited Away
    • Howl’s Moving Castle
    • Princess Mononoke
    • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
    • Kiki’s Delivery Service (x)
    • Castle in the Sky
    • My Neighbor Totoro
    • Ponyo
    • Porco Rosso
    • The Wind Rises
    • Grave of the Fireflies
    • random playlists: (1) (2) (3)
  • Classic Disney piano covers (1) (2)
  • Lord of the Rings
    • The Fellowship of the Ring
    • The Two Towers
    • The Return of the King
  • Amelie
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Coraline
  • The Secret of Kells
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • The Piano
  • Schindler’s List
  • Harry Potter
    • Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone
    • Chamber of Secrets
    • Prisoner of Azkaban
    • Goblet of Fire
    • Order of the Phoenix
    • Half-Blood Prince
    • Deathly Hallows pt 1
    • Deathly Hallows pt 2

You can also view a full list of Grammy Award-winning soundtracks here

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ANIME SOUNDTRACKS

You’ll look like weeaboo trash, but at least you’ll be concentrating. You might need to skip a few tracks here and there if they have lyrics (that messes up my concentration, at least). That said, here’s some recommended playlists:

  • Elfen Lied (flowy and pretty)
  • Tokyo Ghoul √A (powerful, electronic, heart-wrenching)
  • Samurai Champloo (funky, hip-hop, soothing, amazing)
  • Hellsing Ultimate (epic, funky, aggressive, but also sad and moving)
  • Death Note (emotional, edgy, rock n’ roll)
  • Attack on Titan (sometimes emotional & harrowing, sometimes epic & gritty)
  • Ghost in the Shell (hollow, lonely, mysterious)
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (gritty, funky, upbeat)
  • Blue Gender (funky, badass, intense)
  • Mnemosyne (jazzy, upbeat)
  • Cowboy Bebop (sometimes smooth jazz, sometimes wild & funky)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (more smooth jazz)
  • Fishugi Yuugi (emotional, romantic)
  • Sailor Moon (happy & upbeat)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura (lighthearted, bubbly)
  • Inuyasha (epic, emotional, inspiring)

Long, random playlists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Youtube Channels:

  • Dolan Zoldhost
  • EpicAnimeRequiem
  • Epic San
  • MrAnimeSoundtrack
  • Erolox OST

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Like I said, this isn’t a complete list but hopefully a good jumping-off point. Feel free to add to areas with your own suggestions. Have fun listening and go be productive!

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