Your Developer Playlist for 2018
One of the best ways to create a fun atmosphere in our engineering open space, is to put on music. In fact, one of my passions is to play songs for other people. Matching the right song to the right person is one of my passions in life, just like a DJ. When the right song is played in the right mood, people react happily, and that makes me happy. I especially enjoy when people react by asking how I thought of playing that song that was just right, or when everyone sings along together.
Do you want to become the office DJ? Do you have a passion for making people feel good through music? Are you looking for the right tunes to accompany your development? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, this blog post is for you. Because in this blog post, I will share my favorite office melodies. So let’s get started.
1. Upbeat and Fun
These songs will lighten the mood and make everyone feel awesome. I usually play them in the afternoon, when people are already a bit tired from the day or heavy from lunch. They are guaranteed to get everyone driven and energized.
Michael Jackson - Beat It
A classic that everyone likes and gets everyone in a positive mood.
Ariana Grande - Into You
The song that gets everyone feeling upbeat. A contemporary pop song that is always fun to sing and dance to in the office.
Justice - D.A.N.C.E
A song that sends a positive and fun message, while blending a few different music styles (house and disco).
Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
This song is our office jest, and when it first came out it was put on constant repeat. It’s fun to listen to because the rhythm and lyrics are theatrical, and when we play it we sing along and put on a mini show of the lyrics.
2. Chill Out and Relaxing
The songs in this category are easy-going and easy to listen to. I usually play them in the morning, when I don’t want to burden people with “heavy” music.
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
A classic blast from the past that always hits people at the right spot. It’s also a touching, feel-good song that makes your spirit rise, which is a good companion to the effect caffeine is supposed to have in the morning.
Drake - Passionfruit
A relaxing, enchanting and alleviating song, for creating a heartening atmosphere.
3. In Between
Songs to be played in between - between the morning and lunch, or between lunch and the afternoon.
Paramore - Hard Times
A song to be played when it’s hard - before lunch or immediately after. We play it ironically, laughing about how hard it is for us now.
John Paul Young - Love is in the Air
A song that works like magic and makes everyone smile. No matter your mood, when you hear this song you’ll get in the right one.
4. Bonus - What I Hear in My Headphones
In the afternoon or early evening, I like to play songs that I know won’t be everyone’s taste. So I put on my headphones and play my favorite clubbing playlist consisting of Boiler Room, Mixmag sets and festival performances. These playlists can go on for an hour and a half or two hours, and usually don’t have lyrics. They make me feel focused, relaxed and energized.
Here are 3 of them:
Honey Dijon - Boiler Room Berlin
The Black Madonna at the Sonar Festival
Disclosure - Boiler Room Shanghai
When choosing what to play for my office mates and friends, I try to pick songs from different decades that everyone will enjoy. I know that if I put on something too loud or too exotic, people will get distracted and agitated. Over time, our office playlist has become polished and just right for us. It has also become a very good way to get to know people - I know exactly what each person likes and what will activate her or him.
What are the songs you like to play for your co-workers or for yourself while working? Let us know in the comments section!