80 Instrumental Tracks for Writing and Studying


Do you listen to music when you write? While I don’t consistently (it depends on how focused I need to be!), I find that having a playlist of songs that capture the settings, characters, or moods of what I’m writing can help me immerse in the feelings of a scene when I’m having trouble doing so. Instrumental soundtracks are especially helpful when you don’t want to get distracted by lyrics, so I’ve put together a list of 80 of my favorite tracks to listen to when plugging away at my WIP. Perhaps you’ll find a new favorite!

  1. A Sparrow Alighted Upon Our Shoulder (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
  2. Amaranthus (Chad Crouch)
  3. Amy (Alexandre Desplat)
  4. Appalachia Waltz  (Mark O’Connor, Yo-Yo Ma)
  5. Arran to Aboyne  (Jim Ghedi, Toby Hay)
  6. Dear, Dolores (Illuminine, Julien Marchal)
  7. Douglas-fir (Chad Crouch)
  8. Elderberry (Chad Crouch)
  9. Every Moment (Abby Gundersen)
  10. Everyone’s Gone (Rupert Gregson-Williams)
  11. Father and Daughter (David Shephard)
  12. Father Comes Home (Alexandre Desplat)
  13. Farewell Summer (Abby Gundersen)
  14. Felix’s Route (Ralegh Long)
  15. Forest Edge (Chad Crouch)
  16. Friedrich (Alexandre Desplat)
  17. Frog (Helen Jane Long)
  18. Full Moon Through Clouds (On Earth, Michael Gungor)
  19. Gentle, the Rain (PHILDEL)
  20. How It Was Supposed to Be (Stanley Roth)
  21. In Remembrance of You (Max Richter)
  22. In the Valley (Abby Gundersen)
  23. Interlude (Abby Gundersen)
  24. Jenny of Oldstones  (Nicholas Yee)
  25. Leaves from the Vine (Samuel Kim)
  26. Left Hand Waltz (On Earth, Michael Gungor)
  27. Lost Song (Ólafur Arnalds)
  28. Mary’s Waltz (Mary Lou Williams)
  29. Meadowland (Chad Crouch)
  30. Merry-Go-Round – from “Howl’s Moving Castle” (Joe Hisaishi)
  31. Mid Air (GÅEL)
  32. Midnight (Abby Gundersen)
  33. Miljarder stjärnor (Per ‘Texas’ Johansson)
  34. momentary (Ólafur Arnalds)
  35. Moon River (Instrumental)  (JJ Heller)
  36. More Sky (Chad Crouch)
  37. Mountain Banjo (Rhiannon Giddens)
  38. Mountains (Hans Zimmer)
  39. No Man’s Land (Josh Garrels)
  40. Noosphere (Guillaume David)
  41. Nostalgia (Abby Gundersen)
  42. Oerwoud (Juan V, Tool)
  43. On The Nature of Daylight (Max Richter)
  44. Only The Winds (Ólafur Arnalds)
  45. Orion (Open Palm, The Field Tapes)
  46. Peace (Sarah Jarosz)
  47. Plumfield (Alexandre Desplat)
  48. þÚ ert sólin (Ólafur Arnalds)
  49. Que Te Mate El Desierto (Woodkid)
  50. Red Gold Yesterday (LUCHS)
  51. Remington (The Honey Dewdrops)
  52. Reminiscence (Dr Jess Duckworth)
  53. Reminiscence (Ólafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott)
  54. Run Boy Run – Instrumental (Woodkid)
  55. Romanian Folk Dances, Sz 56: III. Pe-Lock – Adante (Béla Bartók, Andrew Ragnell)
  56. Some Familiar… (Slow Meadow)
  57. Stars and Butterflies (Jean-Yves Thibaudet)
  58. Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears (A Winged Victory for the Sullen)
  59. Surfacing (Abby Gundersen)
  60. The Badlands (David Shephard)
  61. The Book (Alexandre Desplat)
  62. The Choice (Gustavo Santaolalla)
  63. The Frontier (Woodkid)
  64. The Funeral (Alexandre Desplat)
  65. The Hunger Games (James Newton Howard)
  66. The Imitation Game (Alexandre Desplat)
  67. That Night He Told Me Everything (Craig Armstrong)
  68. The Bluff Trail (Chad Crouch)
  69. The Secret Life of Daydreams (Jean-Yves Thibaudet)
  70. The Wicked Flee (Carter Burwell)
  71. Tjønneblomen (Arr. For String Quartet) (Gjermund Haugen)
  72. To The Stars – From “Ad Astra” Soundtrack (Max Richter)
  73. Vladimir’s Blues (Max Richter)
  74. Waltz No.2 (Dmitri Shostakovich)
  75. We (Too) Shall Rest (Ólafur Arnalds)
  76. White Flowers (Abby Gundersen)
  77. Words of Amber (Ólafur Arnalds)
  78. Light in Between (Abby Gundersen)
  79. Windows (Abby Gundersen)
  80. Ye Ye (Alex Weston)

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