When I choose to listen to music while writing, I choose orchestral music around eighty percent of the time, foreign music (Japanese music mostly) being the music the other twenty percent.
The kind of Music with lyrics I am able to sing along with distract me from what I’m writing so I only stick with those kinds. If I want to listen to a type of music to inspire me, I usually choose something like 1950’s blues and I write after I’ve become inspired.
But, if I listen to music too often, I start to only see it as background noise. At this point I usually stop listening to music for at least a week and after that I’ll be able to feel those lovely feelings once again. Or, I will get my hands on some new music to listen to and listen to that instead.