Top 10 Minecraft songs that boost your focus and productivity

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Did you know Minecraft has over 50 songs that kick in at random intervals? They're wonderfully relaxing, and a great backdrop for building, surviving, exploring or even doing non-Minecraft related things like studying or cleaning your gamer lair.

Minecraft music is really something of an enigma. C418 brilliantly paints the atmosphere of the game in his songs. And yet, they're so unobtrusive that you may not even notice them kick in when you're neck-deep in building the fortress of your dreams.

Chances are, you're not going to be whistling or humming along like you would with traditional Zelda songs. However, if you're looking for music to do your homework or chores to, Minecraft has the perfect selection.

That's right, Minecraft music is specifically designed to boost your ability to focus. The quiet, repetitive, unobtrusive nature of C418's songs are fantastic for immersing you into the task at hand, which by extension bolsters your productivity.

... the repetition is intended to induce a state of relaxation or concentration ...

-Kill Screen paraphrasing C418

So if you have trouble focusing on your work, you might consider adding "Minecraft - Volume Alpha" and "Minecraft - Volume Beta" to your playlist. You can purchase the digital albums off of Bandcamp (Alpha, Beta) or iTunes (Alpha, Beta).

Personally, I don't believe Minecraft has a song that's definitely the best. All 55 of them are truly mesmerizing. However, there are a select few that stand apart from the rest. And we're counting down the 10 most outstanding songs from C418's repertoire.

Now, let's let the music do the rest of the talking, shall we? Plug in your best set of headphones, grab yourself a snack, and relax to the sounds of Minecraft.

Dead Voxel - C418

Minecraft - Volume Beta

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This song starts out slow, but it really picks up in the later half. It's a great song to ease yourself into your playlist of music without grasping too much of your attention. Start out with this song at the top of your playlist and you can't go wrong.

Kyoto - C418

Minecraft - Volume Beta

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Kyoto is another slow, yet hauntingly beautiful piece. It's again, great for easing into the playlist and is a natural follow up for Dead Voxel. It's even a great song to throw on when you need to catch some Z's (sleep).

Droopy Likes Ricochet - C418

Minecraft - Volume Alpha

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Any longtime Minecraft fan should have a place in their heart for this song. It was one of the few songs that originally made it into the game. It's a mellow groove with an unforgettable melody and a solid beat.

Taswell - C418

Minecraft - Volume Beta

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Taswell is one of C418's longer tracks. Like Dead Voxel, it starts out quiet and slow, making for another fantastic playlist starter. It takes over two minutes for the melody to even kick in, but when it finally does, it swells into one of the catchiest tracks in Minecraft.

Danny - C418

Minecraft - Volume Alpha

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This is another nostalgic track for old Minecraft fans. It's got a prominent, relaxing melody and a steady rhythm to start. Then it drops into some soothing, atmospheric tones before jumping into a completely different melody with the same beat. It's almost like two songs in one.

Haunt Muskie - C418

Minecraft - Volume Beta

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All right, it's another good playlist starter. A lot of C418's songs start softly. Haunt Muskie is another unforgettable tune that accompanies you throughout your Minecraft journey. Its mesmerizing harmonies combine together into one of C418's best Minecraft tracks yet.

Mice on Venus - C418

Minecraft - Volume Alpha

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A slightly better playlist starter than Haunt Muskie. It starts quiet and slow, then comes in with a soft, unforgettable piano melody. Like Danny, Mice on Venus is another two-in one track, where it has two separate melodies with identical beats -- one at the beginning and one at the end. Once again, this song tugs at the nostalgia heartstrings that come from 6+ years of Minecraft.

Mutation - C418

Minecraft - Volume Beta

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Despite being a more recent addition to Minecraft, it sometimes feels as if Mutation was always there. Aptly named, the song draws inspiration from "Minecraft - Volume Alpha" and throws in it's own, unique spin. It's both nostalgic and fresh.

Sweden - C418

Minecraft - Volume Alpha

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This is another steady-beat playlist starter. It has a sweet piano melody that flows sweetly throughout the song. It's one of C418's most popular songs from Minecraft, and small wonder. It's simple and even easy to pick up for novice musicians; yet it has a certain charm in its simplicity.

Alpha - C418

Minecraft - Volume Beta

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What better way to end off the top 10 Minecraft songs that boost focus and productivity than with the wonderfully composed Credits music?

Minecraft's unobtrusive soundtrack has always been my favorite to work to. I just can't focus with a playlist full of upbeat, melodic, or lyrical songs. C418's repetitive music keeps me so concentrated I hardly even notice the songs change.

What are your favorite Minecraft tracks to listen to? Surely our top 10's can't be the same! Leave your own list of Minecraft songs in the comments section below.

Published Oct. 17th 2016

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Autumn is a freelance writer that grew up on GameFAQs walkthroughs trying to suss out how to get through her favorite PC and Nintendo games. These days she's a capable game pioneer, mapping out guides and tips so players of all skill levels can join in on the fun.

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