Music, productivity and YUDU’s desert island disks

By Emily Byrne, Marketing Executive at YUDU

Does listening to music while working remotely increase productivity? Let’s take a look at the facts and figures. One study shows 90% of workers perform better when listening to music, with 88% of employees producing more accurate work when listening to tunes. Business owners seem to agree with their employees, with 65% suggesting music makes their employees more productive and as many as 40% claiming playing music can increase sales. Source.

Meanwhile, another study found an increase in mood and quality of work whilst listening to music, as well as an increase in productivity whilst listening to background music when performing a repetitive task. Source.

The jury’s out at the BBC as to whether music makes us more productive when working: “While some research has found that music can help us stay calm and focused, a recent study found that it can make it hard to communicate basic instructions.” Source.

YUDU CEO, Richard Stephenson posed an important question to the team at YUDU, in preparation for our Samling Zoom video call: “Which would be your five desert island isolation tracks?”

This question got all our staff thinking. Which song would keep us positive? Which track could be played over and over, without getting tiresome? What would our colleagues make of our taste in music?

Here are a few of YUDU staff’s responses of there can’t-live-without tracks:

Ryan Forsdick: Long Road to Ruin; Foo Fighters  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=308KpFZ4cT8

Be mine Tonight; Dave Dobbyn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjT9NxJcwy8

301210; Antonymes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iApmIYURxY4

Surfing with the Alien; Joe Satriani https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoERl34Ld00

Natural Disaster; Zac Brown Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fPPEcAi3Lk

James O’Brien: Stevie Wonder; As https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_sG0weS1d8

Arcade Fire (with David Bowie); Wake up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6c9Ejfu-iU

James Vincent McMorrow; Gold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJsBpng1wY0

Fleetwood Mac; Rhiannon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgmRb3MlpHQ

Blur; Tender https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB8_8tsmg2Y

Alan Tidmarsh: Crossroads; Cream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnJn8XbPeKc

Voodoo Chile; Jimi Hendrix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZBlqcbpmxY

Hotel California; Eagles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=811QZGDysx0

Eight Days a Week; The Beatles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kle2xHhRHg4

505; The Arctic Monkeys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV5VKdcQOJE

Ann Petty: Forever Autumn; Justin Hayward https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJbp_GjD9VE 

Wade in the Water; Ramsey Lewis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skCYAnFcQu8

Handbags and Gladrags; Rod Stewart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CShlFZr8ORw


Born to Run; Bruce Springsteen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxuThNgl3YA 

Summer of 69; Bryan Adams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFjjO_lhf9c

Harvey Brindle: Step right up; Tom Waits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTdScE3Rqh8

Walk on hot coals; Rory Gallagher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvO5OdZgtyM

Voulez Vous; Abba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10yrPDf92hYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwcgMVXuBJc

M.A.A.D. City; Kendrick Lemar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10yrPDf92hY

Bossa Dorado; Joscho Stephan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vusBz4HdnYY

Ruxandra Recoseanu: Kriminal; Robin and the Backstabbers https://youtu.be/3_QFRHMyVYQ
Chop suey!; System of a Down https://youtu.be/CSvFpBOe8eY

Till Kingdom Come; Coldplay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0UN-pVTLf4&feature=youtu.be

The Kill; Thirty Seconds to Mars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yvGCAvOAfM&feature=youtu.be

Closer; Kings of Leon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8agEo6zxeHY&feature=youtu.be

One of the most pressing and controversial questions staff asked was: Who wins? The Beatles or Abba?

Richard’s burning question stemmed a flurry of further Samling discussions. We’ve gone on to discuss our top five Christmas movies, action movies and TV series. Talking about these topics has boosted staff morale and has us all feeling super festive. What’s next? The list is endless.

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