If you sit at your cubicle making nary a sound, you may be doing yourself a disservice, according to a new study.
The study, conducted at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, suggested that listening to certain kinds of music in the office actually makes people want to work harder and take more control.
Researchers chose 31 songs from different genres like pop, heavy metal, reggae and hip-hop and then asked participants to rate how powerful each track made them feel.
The top three songs for greater performance at work were all ones with a high-powered beat, ranked as follows:
1) “We Will Rock You” by Queen
2) “Get Ready for This” by 2 Unlimited
3) “In Da Club” by 50 Cent
Overall, the study found, just like an athlete would use music to get pumped up for a competition, employees can use music to make themselves better workers.
“Our work suggests that strategically listening to high-powered music can help you perform better,” Kellogg professor Loran Nordgren told ABC News.