When I was writing my articles for msnbc.com, I would usually put on my headphones and play music. But not on party shuffle. It would just be a few albums — ones that I could listen to over and over and over. Somehow, it kept me focused — not to mention it also blocked out all the white noise of the newsroom. It was just easier to write with music.

Here are the four albums that kept me sane. All highly recommended.

I’ve probably listened to those four albums dozens and dozens of times. I’m still listening to them now.

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