This A Cappella Sea Shanty Playlist Is Ideal for Productivity


“Sea chanteys are work songs, so they’re designed to coordinate effort between a group of people doing physical labor,” says video producer Jamison Hermann, who sang them while working on ships at the Mystic Seaport maritime museum. “The saying in maritime historical circles is that a good chanteyman is worth ten sailors on a line”—because he helps everyone pull the rope at once. Hermann put over 60 sea songs—just the pure a cappella stuff—into a collaborative Spotify playlist, Music for Seaports. It’s classic productivity music, good for physical work. And for those of us who work at desks, it’s an excellent morning pick-me-up.

You might have Spotify. I don’t.

I envy you right now if you do.