What Is New Age Music?

March 9, 2012

I love New Age music. I have been listening to it off-and-on for the past 20 years, but ever since taking a job as a computer programmer six years ago I have listened to a lot of New Age music while working. So here are my thoughts about New Age music and why it may be something you might like to try.

What is New Age music?

What exactly New Age music is can be difficult to pin down. I really like how Wikipedia describes it: "New Age music is music of various styles intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, and reading as a method of stress management or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments."

That pretty much describes why I listen to it while I am writing computer code - it creates a relaxed environment where I can focus on my work. I also listen to it while I commute to and from work - it does wonders for lowering my stress levels during traffic jams! Anyway, over the years I have come to enjoy certain New Age artists and songs more than others, and here are some of my favorites.

My favorite New Age artists and songs:

Like I said above, it is very hard to define what is and what is not New Age music. Anyway, for this list I have grouped some of my favorite songs into 4 general areas - just to make things a little easier. (Click the links to listen to clips of the songs)

Where to listen to New Age music:

So, if New Age music interests you there are some great free sites on the internet to listen to it. Here are the sites I use to find and listen to the best free New Age music:

Here are some other online places you can use to find great New Age music:

Anyway, I hope this little article helps you. If you have any questions, suggestions or some great New Age music you think I should try feel free to contact me.

Enjoy,
-Rusty