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Study: Music successful CEOs and c-level executives listen to when they want to be more productive, 2023

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A survey from the CEOWORLD magazine says listening to music reduces depression, anxiety, blood pressure, and improves sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. An average person listens to 950 hours and 30 minutes of music per year and hears roughly 1.2 million songs in their lifetime.

We asked 210,000 ​CEOs, CFOs, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals what songs they play when they need to get themselves in a more productive mood. From Mozart to Beethoven, here are the music pieces theses c-level executives turn up to get the job done.

– Fully 84.2% of respondents believed that music increases their productivity.
– That positive effect spans industries but especially strong in finance and banking.
– 92.4% of respondents think Classical Music Pieces make them more productive.

Although music doesn’t magically turn us into geniuses, lead researchers at CEOWORLD magazine has a point. Research shows that people are generally more productive when they listen to it. According to one study, those who listened to music finished worked faster and had higher-quality outcomes than those who didn’t.

Here’s a list of songs that successful CEOs, CFOs, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals listen to when they want to be productive to add to your playlist.

Music successful CEOs and c-level executives listen to when they want to be more productive, 2023

RankGreatest Composers
1Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)
2Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
3Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
4Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
5Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
6György Ligeti (1923-2006)
7Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
8Richard Wagner (1813-83)
9Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
10Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
11Frederic Chopin (1810-49)
12Steve Reich (b.1936)
13Johannes Brahms (1833-97)
14Olivier Messiaen (1908-92)
15Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
16Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75)
17Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
18Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
19Kaija Saariaho (b1952)
20Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
21Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
22Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)
23Leos Janáček (1854-1928)
24Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
25George Gershwin (1898-1937)
26Philip Glass (b.1937)
27Charles Ives (1874-1954)
28Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
29Witold Lutosławski (1913-94)
30John Cage (1912-92)
31Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93)
32Alban Berg (1885-1935)
33Morton Feldman (1926-87)
34Pandit Ravi Shankar (1920-2012)
35Edgar Varèse (1883-1965)
36Anton Webern (1883-1945)
37Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
38Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
39Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
40Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
41Harrison Birtwistle (b1934-2022)
42Oliver Knussen (1952-2018)
43Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)
44Hariprasad Chaurasia (born 1 July 1938)
45Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)
46Erik Satie (1866-1925)
47Thomas Tallis (c1505-85)
48Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
49Robert Schumann (1810-56)
50Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

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