I like to listen to music when I am coding. It shuts out outside noise, and helps me keep a rhythm in my coding, so to speak (write).
Anybody who has had the misfortune to be trapped in my car with my iPod knows that I have a very varied mix of music there. I have the same set on iTunes on my laptop. I'm beginning to discover that the country songs have a much larger effect on me than the pop songs. I guess this makes sense when one considers the reputation of country music.
The country stuff I have is generally very slow and sad/emotional (Garth Brooks "The Dance" and "Butterfly Kisses), and the fast stuff is really peppy (Avett Brothers (thanks, Christian and Dave, "Two Pina Coladas"). I find that I often have to fast forward through the sad country songs while I never have to skip sad pop or rock songs. The beat is just so sad-sounding. That plus they go for the obvious cheesy tricks to draw out emotion from the general, easily-influenced population who get all sappy any time a violin plays (yeah, that's me).
This is one of those posts everybody is going to make fun of me for, isn't it?