To that end, I’ve come up with my own list of 9 Songs to Never - Ever - Pair Program To
Afroman Because I Got High - If either you or your partner partake of the wacky weed, this song is only going to lead to one or both of you on the couch watching SpongeBob and OD’ing on Oreos and canned cake frosting.
Pink Floyd One of These Days - If you and your pair programming partner aren’t getting along, playing a song that features the line, “One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces” probably isn’t the way to go.
Anything by Van Halen - The last thing your project needs is two programmers getting into fisticuffs over who was the better VH lead singer: David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar (not that it should even be a discussion; Diamond Dave was Van Halen).
Starland Vocal Band Afternoon Delight - Unless you and your coding partner are a couple, this 70s classic could send the wrong message to your partner (AWKWARD!). Even if you were a couple, this could inspire some activity which could definitely hurt productivity.
The Beatles Helter Skelter - Now, I love the Beatles just about as much as I love my kids. But, even I would strongly recommend against playing a song that was an inspiration to Charles Manson when working closely with another. No need to fan any pyschotic embers that may be smoldering in your partner.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Freebird - It’s going to be hard to get your partner to focus when he or she is standing there swaying with a lighter in hand.
Jimi Hendrix The Star Spangled Banner - If you’re an Agile shop, this will be very bad for your velocity, unless you consider playing air guitar work.