What’s The Best Music To Listen To While Reading?

Listening to music whilst you're trying to read a book can be off-putting and annoying; the lyrics can distract you from the text in the book, and you might find yourself turning pages without taking a single word in.

However, listening to the right music as you read a book can be really helpful. The rhythm can help you to keep a steady pace as you read, and the sounds can relax you and make your reading experience more pleasurable.

Here are some examples of some of the best music to listen to while reading:

1) Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

A lot of classical music is suitable for a relaxed reading experience. The lack of lyrics and beauty of the patterns encourage both focus and pleasure.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons is recognisable and easy to listen to whilst still being enjoyable, interesting and inspiring.

Rather than distracting you from your book, it will enhance the experience of reading it.

This progressive masterpiece is a brilliant reading companion.

The musical journey here perfectly complements the experience of reading an exciting book, and it may even help to enhance your visual imagination.

Again, there are no lyrics to distract you from the book's words.

3) Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue

If you find that jazz helps you to relax and to think creatively, 'Kind Of Blue' by Miles Davis is your perfect reading partner.

There are moments of recognisable melodies, chunks of improvised, free playing and a swinging rhythm throughout. All of these elements go together with the free flow of many novelists, and once you settle into it, you'll want to go on the journey of the book together.

Miles Davis

If you find the straight rhythm and repetitive nature of electronic work to be a lot more soothing than any kind of jazz, this classic album by Aphex Twin might be more suited to your reading session.

As is the case with all of our choices here, there are no lyrics, and the chilled out, ambient nature of Aphex Twin's sound work as a great aid for focus on reading.

It might not be as pleasurable as the classical options, though...

5) Eine Klein Nachtmusik - Mozart

...Which brings us to our fifth choice, another classical one.

Anything by Mozart will be recognisable, pleasant on the ear, relaxing and focusing. However, Eine Klein Nachtmusik – which has four recognisable movements filled with memorable melodies – is our top choice.

Listen to this as you read, and enjoy as the words, sentences, paragraphs and chapters take on a new level of life.


Do you have an album that is your go to whilst reading? Or are you adamant that this kind of multitasking is a complete no no?

We'd love to hear your thoughts, in the comments section below!

Roz is a music teacher and our go-to person for anything music theory! When she’s not teaching or writing for Zing, Roz writes and plays in alternative/ psyche /art rock band The Roz Bruce Infusion.

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