When I’m working in Excel, Access and/or VBA, I’m usually listening to my iPod. That means mostly rock from the ’60s and ’70s and a few other songs thrown in for good measure. There’s a good amount of blues, some country that doesn’t suck, and Amy Winehouse (bit of an outlier, that).
When I’m tech editing, as I’ve been doing recently, I simply can’t listen to music with vocals. I have many classical tracks, but there’s no way I could fit them all on my iPod, so I had to be selective. First I tried Vivaldi – too distracting. Next was Bach – it was OK, but I didn’t want to stop until I’d tried at least one more. Finally I loaded up Mozart’s Eine Kliene Nachtmusik – it’s perfect for reading/editing.
What do you listen to while programming?
 In case my former piano teacher is reading: Phyllis, I know classical refers to only a subset of what is commonly referred to as classical. I didn’t forget.