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I find that lyrics can distract me, but not when I'm in "The Zone". Classical music seems to help me reach the zone, so my playlist begins with a couple of classical albums then continues into my favorite modern music with lyrics. Once that starts, I'm usually so into the coding, that it doesn't adversely effect my concentration ... and I find I can even sing along with my favorite songs while still programming. (This is not so good for others around me ... but I enjoy it :)



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