Love this question! I used to listen to a lot of Mac Ayres. I tend to stick to songs that I know well, that way I can zone in an out without getting too distracted. If I listen to anything unfamiliar I will just start paying attention to the music to get the lyrics lol.
Also, I've found that music from brain fm helps for focus when I am working.
I love to listen to Miles Davis, he has an enormous body of work spanning 4 decades, so I can pick a different album every week without getting bored. While his music is freeform jazz, it does have a disciplined structure as well. But you have to listen to his music on HiFi quality. Nugs.net or Deezer are the HiFi streaming services I currently use with noise cancelling headphones. Recently got the AirPods Max and love how comfortable they fit and isolate me from all the sounds of life around me. I was never a fan of noise cancelling headphones, till the pandemic. Having to work with my wife and infant daughter around me all day, has made me so grateful to whoever invented noice canceling technology :)
Lately I've been into pop music that goes classical, so any classical rendition of generic pop songs (that I used to loathe) is now my go-to playlist while doing work! Here's my current favourite band that does a lot of orchestral covers https://open.spotify.com/artist/...
But usually, it's more about mood with that changing weekly. I've moved into ambient/piano/instrumental recently.
My listening is a mix of Pitchfork recommendations, Spotify discovery and open ear. I make a monthly playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/ar...