Music to RAD to

Ever sit down for a programming project and think to yourself, “I can really use some RAD on this”, but then hit a brick wall in terms of motivation, inspiration and energy?

Well, despair no more!

What you need is a good dose of the proper music to get the memory stream flowing.

The following is an alphabetized collection of tracks I always keep playing in the background when I need to build development equivalent of the Great Wall of China in the span of an [insert absurdity]. Of course you would need to filter these to an appropriate tracklist for the project at hand as some of them don’t go together.

DISCLAIMER:
Tastes are going to be as varied as the hair on my head, so I don’t guarantee these will for you. But I would recommend listening to them at least once. And even if you don’t like the tracks, it may lead you to better ones from the same artists.

  • A Perfect Circle – Judith
  • AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  • Adam Freeland – We Want Your Soul
  • Aim – Birchwood
  • Anthrax – Gung Ho
  • Anthrax – Potters Field
  • Apocalyptica – One
  • Artificial Intelligence – Desperado
  • Audioslave – Bring ’em back alive
  • Battles – Atlas
  • Blockhead – Good Block Bad Block
  • Blues Saraceno – Bong Squad
  • Blue Sonix – Devil Inside
  • Björk – Army of me
  • Björk – Hyperballad
  • Björk – Violently Happy
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula OST – The Hunt Builds
  • Breakage – Ruff Dub featuring Rohan
  • Breakage – Shroud
  • Breakage – Together
  • Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
  • Chemical Brothers – Block rockin’ beats
  • Chemical Brothers – Dig your own hole
  • Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet
  • Cirrus – Back On A Mission
  • Collide – Halo
  • Collide – Like You Want To Believe
  • Collide – Frozen
  • Collide – Razor Sharpe
  • Collide – Transfer
  • Collide – Wings of Steel
  • Crystal Method – Keep Hope Alive (J D S Mix)
  • Crystal Method – Murder
  • Crystal Method – Name Of The Game
  • Crystal Method – Phd
  • Crystal Method – The Winner
  • Crystal Method – You Know Its Hard (Koma & Bones Remix)
  • Curve – Chinese Burn
  • D Bridge – Ponderosa
  • D Bridge – Blush Response
  • Daft Punk – Da Funk
  • Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
  • Daft Punk – Revolution 909
  • Daft Punk – Technologic
  • Dave Navarro – Rexall
  • David Bowie and Trent Reznor – I’m Afraid of Americans
  • Dave Clark – The Wolf
  • Death in Vegas – Dirt
  • Deftones – Back to School
  • Deftones – Change
  • Deftones – Digital Bath
  • Deftones – My Own Summer
  • Deftones – Shut Up and Drive
  • Destruction – Soul Collector
  • Dick Dale – Misirlou
  • Dieselboy & Technical Itch Atlantic State
  • Digital and Spirit – Phantom Force
  • Ed Rush & Optical – Alien Girl
  • Elbow – Grounds for Divorce (instrumental)
  • Exodus – Deathamphetamine
  • Exodus – I Am Abomination
  • Fluke – Absurd (or the Whitewash Edit)
  • Fluke – Atom Bomb
  • Foo Fighters – All My Life
  • Frontline Assembly – Lowlife
  • Frontline Assembly – Unleashed
  • Garbage – I Think I’m Paranoid
  • Hive – Surreal Killer
  • Hooverphonic – Inhaler
  • In Flames – Colony
  • In Flames – Man Made God
  • Iron Maiden – Wrathchild
  • Iron Maiden – Out Of The Silent Planet
  • James Brown – Payback (The Final Mixdown)
  • James Brown – Sex Machine
  • Jeff Loomis – Devil Theory
  • Jeff Loomis – Jato Unit
  • Jeff Loomis – Miles of Machines
  • Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady
  • John Schroeder – Explosive Corrosive Joseph
  • Jonny L – Trouble
  • Jonny L – Let’s Roll
  • Junkie XL – Billy Club
  • Junkie XL – Def Beat
  • Juno Reactor – Conga fury
  • Kidneythieves – Amnzero
  • Kidneythieves – Arsenal
  • Kidneythieves – Before I’m dead
  • Kidneythieves – Placebo
  • Kosheen – Slip and Slide
  • Kraftwerk & Yello – Lola Rennt (English : Run Lola Run) – Running Two (Remix)
  • Led Zeppelin – Moby Dick
  • Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
  • Low Fidelity All Stars – Battle Flag
  • Lunatic Calm – Leave You Far Behind
  • Man on Fire OST – Sanchez Family
  • Massive Attack – Dissolved Girl
  • Massive Attack – Group Four
  • Massive Attack – Teadrop
  • Marilyn Manson – Beautiful People.
  • Marilyn Manson – Burning Flag
  • Marilyn Manson – Disposable Teens
  • Marilyn Manson – mOBSCENE
  • Marilyn Manson – Use your fist and not your mouth
  • Maximum The Hormone – What’s Up, People
  • Maximum The Hormone – Zetsubou Billy
  • MC Tali – Lyric On My Lip
  • Ministry – N.W.O.
  • Ministry – Hero
  • Natural Born Chillers – Rock the Funky Beats (Aphrodite Mix)
  • Nine Inch Nails – Head like a hole
  • Nine Inch Nails – Kinda I want to
  • Nine Inch Nails – The hand that feeds
  • Nine Inch Nails – The perfect drug (always appropriate… even at bar mitzvahs, weddings and funerals)
  • Noise Therapy – Ride
  • Overseer – Supermoves
  • Oasis – F****** In the Bushes
  • Pantera – Walk
  • Pink Floyd – The Great Gig in the Sky
  • Portishead – Fun for me
  • Portishead – Scorn
  • Portishead – Strangers
  • Primal Scream – Kowalski
  • Primal Scream – Rise
  • Prodigy – Babys Got a Temper
  • Prodigy – Breath
  • Prodigy – Firestarter
  • Prodigy – First Warning
  • Prodigy – Smak my Bitch up
  • Prodigy – Their Law
  • Queens Of The Stone Age – Millionaire
  • Rage Against the Machine – Calm like a bomb
  • Rage Against the Machine – Pistol Grip Pump
  • Rammstein – Engel
  • Rammstein – Ich Will
  • Rammstein – Laichzeit
  • Rammstein – Sonne
  • Rob Dougan – Born yesterday (instrumental)
  • Rob Dougan – I’m not driving anymore (instrumental)
  • Rob Dougan – Left me for dead (instrumental)
  • Roni Size – At The Movies
  • Roni Size – Brown Paper Bag
  • Roni Size – Snapshot
  • Sasha & Junkie Xl – Beauty Never Fades
  • Saul Williams – Coded Language
  • Saul Williams – List Of Demands
  • Secret Machines – First Wave Intact
  • Sepultura – Refuse Resist
  • Sepultura – Territory
  • Shaper – World Of Pain
  • Simply Jeff – Put The Needle On The Record
  • Skylab – Knickers of a Girl
  • Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground
  • Soundgarden – Blackhole Sun
  • Stabbing Westward – Violent Mood Swings
  • Stardust – music sounds better with you
  • Static-X – Destroy all
  • Static-X – Loser
  • Static-X – Machine
  • Static-X – Push it
  • Static-X – Sweat of the bud
  • Suede – Filmstar
  • Sven Väth – Dein Schweiss
  • System Of A Down – Sugar
  • System Of A Down – Toxicity
  • TeeBee – Blue Rose
  • Testament – DNR
  • Testament – Fall Of Sipledome
  • Testament – John Doe
  • Testament – Jun Jun
  • Testament – Ride
  • Testament – Sewn Shut Eyes
  • The Cell OST – The Cell
  • The Damning Well – Awakening
  • The Engine Room – A Perfect Lie
  • The (International) Noise Conspiracy – Smash It Up
  • Tool – Aenima
  • Tool – Schism
  • Tool – Sober
  • Tool – Stinkfist
  • Tool – The Grudge
  • Tricky – She makes me wanna die
  • Underworld – Born Slippy
  • Underworld – Jumbo (Deep Dish mix)
  • Unkle – Rabbit in your headlights
  • Unkle – Guns Blazing (instrumental)
  • Rolling Stones – Paint it black
  • Vangelis – Chariots Of Fire
  • Voivod – Astronomy Domine
  • White Stripes – Ball and a Biscuit
  • White Stripes – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
  • White Zombie – More human than human (another classic with few ill-fitting occassions)
  • White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ’65
  • Zao – The Icarus Complex

Of course there are a lot more tracks that I enjoy, but it’s already 12:00AM right now, and I need to finish my work before getting bed!

Update April 11th

Added a few more tracks to this list. In fact, expect to see this list get longer and longer as I find time to go through all 3,682 tracks in my rip folder over time. Eh, I pay for all this and completely forget I have them :(

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