We’ve included a little bit of everything here, so hopefully you can find something that suits you. Some people may like music or ambient sound while others may prefer to talk or be a little more structured and we all have it. Everything in our list is pretty easy going and will work equally well whether you’re tuning in to focus or looking for something to enjoy while taking a break.
Outstanding International Vinyl Mixes: My Analog Journal
If you love music but need a break from your worn out playlists, check out My Analog Journal. Run by a vinyl collector called Zag, the laid-back channel ‘explores rare grooves on vinyl’. It’s full of luscious sets from countries and regions (past and present) around the world, such as Czechoslovak jazz, ’80s Japanese singers and Middle Eastern grooves.
Occasionally there are also guest hosts, which rounds off the channel’s unique and extraordinarily fantastic sound. The videos have a well-produced feel, with all track names and timestamps in the comments. DJs also show you the cover of each vinyl, which is fun to look at and handy to have in case you decide you want to find a copy for your own vinyl library. The videos are all music, without talking. Nothing but well-composed sets.
For those who prefer the spoken word: CrashCourse
We understand it. Sometimes music is just too great and distracting to wear while you work. That is why we present John and Hank Green’s Crash Course. Well, that and it’s entertainingly educational. The channel offers bite-sized educational videos on a variety of topics from biology and chemistry to philosophy and artificial intelligence.
CrashCourse is well crafted and interesting, and the instructors are knowledgeable and easy to listen to. The channel is great to have if you just want someone in the background, but it’s also a really great resource if you’re trying to learn something new.
Huge Soundscapes: Cryo Chamber
Yes that’s right. Expansive soundscapes. Cryo Chamber is the channel for long and slow moving sonic journeys through dark areas. Songs and mixes on the channel have a dark ambient theme centered around topics such as the Lovecraft mythos, Cyberpunk ambiance or dark ambient Gothic Choirs and Ancient Cults.
The channel uses sound effects and tones rather than upbeat music or spoken word, and the soundscapes are great to have with you while you focus on any type of task. Cryo Chamber is also regularly used by Game and Dungeon Masters running Dungeons and Dragons or Call from Cthulhu RPG campaigns for an immersive and ethereal experience.
Chill Lofi Hip Hop: ChilledCow
Chances are, if you’ve searched for background music on YouTube for the past few years, you’ve probably come across a live lofi hip hop video with a cute little anime gif playing in a loop. ChilledCow is one of the more popular lofi options on YouTube, and with good reason. The channel usually has at least one live lofi stream (if not two or three), but it also hosts several regular non-live lofi videos.
Lofi hip-hop videos are super chill and low-key, with no lyrics or much fanfare other than a beat. ChilledCow’s channel is known for its consistently well-curated videos with songs that easily blend into one another for a seamless listening experience. And on a small tangent, there are other variations of lofi videos out there, including one that Star Wars theme.
A Narrative Adventure: Critical Role
If you are looking for a story or an adventure, Important role is here to save the day. We are big fans of it Important role here at Review Geek, and its well-produced actual game Dungeons and Dragons campaigns are the best in the country. The Dungeon Master (DM) and each of the players are all friends and professional voice actors (including the amazing Laura Bailey and Ashley Johnson from The last of us fame), who are not afraid to lend their talents to their characters.
Matt Mercer, the group’s longtime DM, is also each campaign’s brilliant and endlessly creative writer. The group is currently working on their second campaign entitled The Mighty Nein, and has played 120 sessions of four hours (with a lot more on the horizon). There are also 115 sessions in their first campaign, Vox Machinawhich means you have more than enough to listen to and a lifetime of thrilling adventures to keep up with. What else do you want? really questions?
Music mixes for video games: SuperRedGames
The music in video games is specifically designed to immerse players in the game and help them focus on the tasks at hand, so it’s a natural choice for background music even when you’re not playing a game. SuperRedGames has dozens of mixed videos featuring a variety of well-known new and classic video game tracks.
Each video contains a list of the songs contained in it, along with their names and timestamps. Some of the video games in the fun mixes of SuperRedGames include Animal Crossing, Final Fantasy X, Uncharted 3, Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario 64, Shadow of the Colossus, Xenoblade Chronicles, Minecraft, Skyrim, Pokemon Omega Ruby, Myth 2, among other things.
Funny and Lighthearted Chaos: Good Mythical Morning
Sometimes the perfect background sound is two good friends joking with each other and eating weird food. That’s exactly what Rhett and Link do Good Mythical Morning. The guys have known each other since first grade, and their lifelong friendship (and obligatory light-hearted chaos) is exactly what makes the channel so damn charming.
Typical episodes include things like taste tests, coarse brews, international dishes, and differentiating product brands. Most of their videos focus on food, although they occasionally play games, do experiments, or try weird products. The videos have no real plots and are nonchalant and without script, so you can have a nice swim or laugh.
Classical Music Playlists: HALIDONMUSIC
Maybe you are a person of distinguished taste. If you prefer classical music, take a moment to check out HALIDONMUSIC’s beautiful classical music playlists. The channel has an extensive collection of videos, with options ranging from the Best of X Composer to carefully curated videos called “Classical Music to Read”. It is a solid choice for classical music fans and those looking for engaging music while studying.