Originally published on Unwritten

If you step into any library or coffee shop, you are likely to see tons of people with laptops open and headphones. Whether, they are actually getting work done or not remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain – they are probably listening to music. Generally, I need instrumental soundtracks to keep me focused. But every once in a while I like to throw one of my favourite singer-songwriter albums to ensure productivity. So here are my top 5 singer-songwriter albums for studying or getting it done.

1. X  – Ed Sheeran

This album, pronounced “multiply” was Sheeran’s second album. Made popular by the singles “Don’t”, “Thinking Out Loud”, and “Sing”, it took the world by storm and was Spotify’s most streamed album of 2014.

Song to look out for: “Tenerife Sea”

2. Early In The Morning – James Vincent McMorrow

The first Irish artist that makes the list, James Vincent McMorrow made his first full length album debut with “Early In The Morning”. McMorrow’s music has been compared to the likes of Bon Iver. You may also know McMorrow from his cover of “Wicked Games” which was used in the full length trailer for season six of Game of Thrones.

Song to look out for: “We Don’t Eat”

3. Rose Ave – You + Me

Rose Ave was the debut album for the folk duo comprised of Dallas Green and P!nk. When the two artists sat down to work through music, they never anticipated recording this album. However, after just one week, the recordings were handed over the studio and the album was named for the studio’s location.

Song to look out for: “Break The Cycle”

4. Hozier – Hozier

If you haven’t heard of Hozier by now, you probably live under a rock. Made famous from his single “Take Me To Church”, Hozier’s debut album packs a punch. He also released a moving video for his song “Cherry Wine” to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Song to look out for: “Cherry Wine”

5. Birdy – Birdy

A young, English musician, Birdy was made famous via her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love”. Since that resounding success, she has released three full length studio albums. My favourite album to both study and work to, remains her self-titled first album.

Song to look out for: “Shelter”

Getting through your to-do list when you just don’t have the motivation to is hard. Hopefully these five albums will inspire something within and help you step up your productivity game! So get to stepping and get it done.

Featured image via Birdy

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