The Best Writing Playlist of the Year - Access Marketing Company

The Best Writing Playlist of the Year

Featuring Music From 2018

I know what you’re thinking: who is this blogger chick and why is she telling me what music to listen to? So let me first acknowledge: taste is subjective. I like what I like. You like what you like. If you listen to Justin Timberlake’s horrendous Cave Man album (or whatever it’s called) in the shower, I think that’s great. #YOLO #instalife

But here’s the deal… I like music…and writing… a lot.

And I’m not just an appreciator. I play music. I’ve played guitar for 15 years and have toured myself – four times. I understand what goes into making music, releasing records and promotion. And even with all my disillusionment of the music industry, I still love music.

I also love writing. I have an MFA in fiction from CU Boulder. I’ve also managed to build a career as a writer in marketing (I like to joke that marketing is where artists go to make a living). As you can probably guess, any way I can blend words and music is the sweet spot. One really simple way I get to do this every day is listening to music at my desk, and I know I’m not alone here. For all those writers or desk jockeys who listen to music to find a productive groove, this one’s for you. The best part: all this music is brand new, so next time you’re around your music snob friend (like me), you’ll steal the show.


Note: These are categorized by mood.

No Words

Fists of Fury – Kamasi Washington


Deeeeeeeep Concentration

Black Car – Beach House

Come to Pass – Mutual Benefit

Lazy Love – Tanukichlan

Black Moon / Silver Waves – Phosphorescent

Grow into a Ghost – Swearin

Extraordinary Love – Erika Wennerstrom

The Bug Collector – Haley Hendreickx

Jupiter 4 – Sharon Van Etten

Parking Lot – Grouper



Wait by the River – Lord Heron

Wished Out – Carl Bromel

Light On – Pinegrove

Recover – Bill Ryder Jones

Slow Burn – Kacey Musgraves

Slow Disco (piano version) – St. Vincent

Mariners Apartment Complex – Lana Del Rey

The Louder I call, the Faster it Runs – Wye Oak

Chemicals – Gregory Alan Isakov


Dancing with Myself (at My Desk)

Because it’s in the Music- Robyn

See How – Young Fathers


Pynk – Janelle Monae feat. Grimes

Saturn – Nao feat. Kwabs

Ace – No Name

Heaven’s Only Wishful – MorMor

Your Own – SALES

One Trick Ponies – Kurt Vile

Funeral Singers – Sylvan Esso

Why Didn’t You Stop Me? – Mitski

Sunlit Sparks – Rubblebucket

SGL – Now, Now

Baby Luv – Nilufer Yanya

4 Leaf Clover – Ravyn Lenae feat. Steve Lacy

It Gets Better (With Time) – The Internet

Nice for What – Drake

Falling into Me – Let’s Eat Grandma

Rosebud – US Girls

Talia – King Princess


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