Pili Pili - Hoomba Hoomba  

The older I get the more relaxed the music I listen to seems to be which also has a big influence on the work I make for myself. 5 or 10 years ago I would have predominantly listened to guitar music but now I seem to be far more inclined to listen to some chilled out euphoric Balearic track like this Afro Beat classic. I seem to like anything with flutes, saxaphones or pianos and this one has 2 out of 3.

Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita  

I love my Italo and I could have chosen a handful that I regularly listen while working but this one more than any other is the one I listen to time and time again. It has all the marking of a great Italo track and is probably the closest thing to a perfect pop song.

The Beatles - The End  

The Beatles are to me the greatest band ever to walk the planet and Side B of Abbey Road also known as 'The Medley' is possibly my favourite piece of music of all time. If I had to pick an actual song from the medley I guess it would be 'The End'  but I love all of it. Incredibly inspiring stuff.

Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time  

I'm an 80's kid and the 80's being such a bold and distinct decade with both its music and popular culture had and still has a huge influence on me. Whenever I'm listening to music on shuffle and an 80's pop song comes on it'll always put me in a good mood. The 80's did pop music brilliantly and this is definitely one of my favourite songs of all time.

Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony 7 - II. Allegretto  

Classical music works brilliantly when working and I wasn't sure whether to chose this or the beautifully delicate piano piece 'Gymnopédie No.1' by Erik Satie which I also love. I chose this one in the end because it is so unbelievably powerful and emotive and really gets you going when working, some days I've ended up listening to this song on repeat for a couple hours.

Lee Hazlewood - Long Black Train  

Lee Hazlewood is arguably the coolest man ever and I love all his songs where he talks in his husky voice about some nonsense for about a whole minute before the song has even started. He totally should have made children's audio books, they'd be great.

Lenny Bruce - Thank You Masked Man  

A lot of the time when working I need a break from music and listen to quite a lot of comedy. Lenny Bruce along with Bill HIcks are probably the comedians I listen to most and this is a classic Lenny Bruce sketch that I've listened to hundreds of times.

Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4  

To get a lot of work done it's always good to listen to some long ambient/prog/new age music to get you in the zone and it doesn't get much better than music by Manuel Göttsching and especially his seminal album E2-E4. I've kind of cheated because this is a whole album as well as a song. It's also the perfect song/album to listen to when you're looking out the window of a train, works perfectly.

Michael Shrieve - Transfer Station Blue  

This track has probably the sexist guitar riff ever and I never ever tire of hearing it. It takes nearly 3 minutes to get going but once it does it's pure Balearic sexy bliss.

The Beach Boys - 'Til I Die (Alternative Mix)  

Along with The Beatles, I could listen to The Beach Boys all day long and probably do sometimes. I could pick pretty much any song of theirs but have chosen this beautiful alternative mix of a Surf's Up song, 'Til I Die. I like working late at night when there are less distractions and this along with a few others works perfect on a quiet late night.

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