Soundtracks for Studying

Soundtracks are a great option for listening to something while doing some work. Since they are made to be in the background of a film or video game they are far less distracting than any lyrical music. This allows listeners to have the musical aspect that helps them zone into their work while not inhibiting productivity. You can usually find your favorite movie soundtracks on YouTube or Spotify. They are often for sale on iTunes or google play as well. Here are a couple of my favorite soundtracks and why. They are not in a particular order.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

This movie is one of my favorite movies of all time and has an amazing soundtrack to go with it. From the fight scene music to the traveling music, this score has a great balance of fast paced/more intense music, calm peaceful tunes, and darker more ominous sounds. The fact that this is a darker film, its soundtrack is not overly distracting with sudden changes in pitch. It keeps to a lower tone that works so well in the background I often forget I’m listening to anything at all. That is until the classic “He’s a pirate” comes on.

Star Wars

Star Wars, one of the most popular movie series in the world has an epic soundtrack to go with it. You can pick any of the 8 movies to find a good soundtrack and even though they are all from the same series, each of them are unique in their own way. “The Phantom Menace” has a light feel to it and is very laid back. That is a great soundtrack for just some nice relaxing background music that doesn’t get very intense.

“A New Hope” and the other two originals are completely done by an orchestra, which gives them a nostalgic feel. This means that there isn’t really any of the bass that is used for intense scenes. Which can be a good thing for studying because often it can be distracting. There are superb songs in these scores that are definitely worth checking out. I really enjoy the cantina band music in “A New Hope.”

Currently, however, I have been listening to the “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” soundtracks. The “Rogue One” soundtrack, however, is definitely one of my new favorites. A friend described it perfectly when she said, “It is an excellent combination of the orchestral style of the originals, with the light-heartedness of the prequels. The score has a fun exciting tone to it that keeps you immersed in the music. Yet gives you chills during the more emotional and tense portions. The score overall envelops you into the Star Wars universe. (Unfortunately, there is not a YouTube video for the entire soundtrack currently. It is on Spotify though if you want to check it out.)

Honorable Mentions

The first “How to Train Your Dragon” movie has an excellent soundtrack. It has a more lively style then the others I have mentioned.

The soundtrack for “Jurassic Park” is another great one. It has a gloomy feel to match the rest of the movie.

“Indiana Jones” is another exciting soundtrack. Specifically “The Temple of Doom.”

These are just some of my favorite soundtracks to listen too. You can find all of them on Spotify and most of them on YouTube if you would like to check them out.




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