Here’s some of my favorite music to write to

I’ve been writing to music a lot lately. It helps to set the mood and keep me focused. It doesn’t always work, though. Sometimes I catch myself jamming along with the tunes instead of writing. But more often than not it drives me on and I just sort of ride the wave. I dig all kinds of music, but some I simply find easier to write to for whatever reason. So, in no particular order, here’s some of my favorite music to write to:

Alice In Chains

(I just love their spooky sound, and Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell’s harmonies are second to none.) 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

(Great for writing gritty street scenes)

Lou Reed/Velvet Underground

(Another great artist/band for writing urban scenes)

Rolling Stones

(This particular song was used as part of the story in the movie adaptation of Richard Matheson’s A Stir of Echoes, simply titled Stir of Echoes. Really captures the mood.)

The Verve

(Robert McCammon (Boy’s Life, Swan Song, The Listener) heard this song in a restaurant and it inspired him to write one hell of a novel, The Five.)


(The greatest band you never heard of)


(This song closed the movie Stir of Echoes, and it gives me chills every time. It illustrates the ghost’s point of view perfectly.)

The Dandy Warhols

(I just love these guys, and they get a serious groove on.)


(Haunting sound, and Beth Gibbons has the voice of a goddess.)

The Cranberries

(This song hooked me the first time I heard it.)


6 Replies to “Here’s some of my favorite music to write to”

  1. Oh not me! I have to have ambient music in the background. I too will sing along and get distracted with songs. I do like to find fun new things on youtube so it can play while I write. My favorite so far is 10 hrs of Viking music, it’s deep and powerful and has men grunting occasionally. Perfect for the horror mood. Sometimes I’ll have thunderstorms or ships creaking on the ocean. Cool stuff.

  2. Great list! I listen to a lot of Motorhead, Disturbed, Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson when I write. Having said that, there are times when I’m so engrossed in what I’m writing I have no idea what’s coming through the headphones.

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