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Study Music: Perfect Albums For Concentration

The best study music can be relaxing or stimulating depending on our state of mind.

What is the best music for studying? In the following lines, you will find a list with some of the best albums to relax and concentrate when studying. They can also be useful while writing and other tasks -beyond being works of exceptional artistic quality.

Best study music: 8 perfect concentration records

In this list, you can find some examples of the best music to study, work and concentrate on other similar tasks, as well as to relax in general.

We have included different styles of music, from classical music by Bach or Chopin to instrumental post-rock by groups such as Sigur Rós and Explosions in the Sky.

1. In a silent way (Miles Davis, 1969)

The composer and trumpet player, Miles Davis, is one of the indispensable jazz musicians  for anyone who is interested in music in general and in this particular style. 

Davis' album we have chosen to top this list, "In a silent way," meant the transition between the stage when he focused on the jazz-fusion and the so-called "electric period," represented in particular by his next album: Bitches Brew (1970). This album has excellent concentration music  for when you need to study.

2. Watermark (Enya, 1988)

Although at present she is possibly best known for her work on the soundtrack of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), the Irish singer-songwriter Enya Patricia Brennan had already achieved fame with two excellent Celtic and new age style albums: "Enya" (1987) and "Watermark", one of the best music records for studying and relaxing that exists. Here you have an example of one of the songs in the album.

3. Bach: The Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould, 1955)

The Goldberg Variations were composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and published in 1741. It consists of an aria and 30 variations composed for harpsichord. Its name comes from Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who could be the first musician to perform the play.

The recording of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, which was released in 1955, is one of the most appreciated interpretations of Bach's work available today, as well as an excellent example of classical music for studying and concentration.

4. Agaetis Byrjun (Sigur Rós, 1999)

The Icelandic Sigur Rós is one of the most popular post-rock band around the world. Their music, close to the ambient music genre, focused on stringed instruments and with a generally very slow tempo,  aims to induce a kind of musical trance in the listener.

Undoubtedly, their masterpiece "Agaetis Byrjun" (Good Start) includes some of the best studying music. Here you have the introduction of the album.

5. Souvlaki (Slowdive, 1993)

"Souvlaki" is the most popular album of Slowdive, an English alternative rock group of the 90's that has recently been considered a cult.

Their music, which has been included in shoegazing and dream pop, is very relaxing and ideal for concentrating and studying, especially at times when we feel a certain sense of stress or restlessness.

6. Jazz Impressions of Japan (The Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1964)

The Jazz quartet led by the pianist Dave Brubeck, whose work is characterized by his creativity and his energy, was inspired in a trip to Japan to compose the music for this album, one of the most intriguing of the history of jazz.

7. Black sands (Bonobo, 2010)

The only electronic music album that we have included in this list is "Black Sands," by the English musician and DJ, Bonobo (Simon Green). Although most of his music is stimulating to concentrate and study, we have chosen this album because it is the best known and appreciated of all his discography.

Apart from the electronic music in general, the style of "Black Sands" has been categorized more specifically as nu jazz (or jazztronica), the trip hop and the new age.

8. The Earth is not a cold dead place (Explosions in the Sky, 2003)

As Sigur Rós, "Explosions in the sky" is another very famous instrumental post-rock band. The style is soft melodies that progress until getting to the climax, and their third album, "The Earth is not a cold dead place", is the best example.