My Favorite Ambient Websites

“A moderate level of noise enhances creativity compared to both low and high levels of noise. Moderate background noise induces distraction which encourages individuals to think at a higher, abstract level, and consequently exhibit higher creativity.”

Source: Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition

Working in the library at 2 in the morning never helped me get the concentration. Lyrics used to distract me more. So I used to go to the Headington campus and work in the cafe which was bustling with people around. And now that I do not have a ‘campus’ or a ‘library’ or an ‘University cafe’, I need that feel to work. It was in University when I discovered a few ambient websites, but now I actually use them in full force. I have compiled my six favorite sound & musical websites that give me the right ambiance to concentrate. It’s amazing how many of these websites exist!


For all those pluviophiles out there, this one is for you! Listen to the sound of rain as if it were falling right outside of your window. It believes in “Rain Makes Everything Better” and that couldn’t be more true.

What started as a website with a singular purpose has morphed into both an Android and iOS app that will let you take Rainymood with you wherever you go.

Jazz and Rain

This one is my personal favorite. Jazz and Rain is a website that is similar to Rainymood in its function, but with a twist since it lets you listen to rain and Jazz music at the same time. It’s super relaxing and eliminates the need to search for music. Just go to Jazz and Rain and hit play -instant relaxation. You’ll feel just like you’re in an old time Jazz Club.


Coffitivity is a website that gives you the background noise of a coffee shop with mostly the low sounds of people talking and chattering about. It has 3 modes that you can choose from; “Morning Murmur” which imitates the early morning bustle of a coffee shop, “Lunchtime Lounge” which has all the sounds you’d expect to hear in any cafeteria or lounge, and “University Undertones” which has the slightly more lively sounds of a college campus cafe.


Soundrown is probably the simplest most organized of all the websites on this list. It has a super clean interface that doesn’t take a lot of time to load and doesn’t weigh your browser down. Their slogan is “Relax. Focus. Escape.” With all their sound options, we’re sure you’ll find it pretty easy to do that.

Soundrown hosts 10 different ambient sounds that you can click to listen to individually, or play simultaneously creating new ambient atmospheres. Want to listen to night sounds and the sound of waves? Easy peasy. How about birds and the sound of a fountain? Can do! Now, I just want them to launch their app. That would be cherry on the cake!

A Soft Murmer

A Soft Murmur is a simple and clean audio site that allows you to listen to various calming sounds such as rain,thunder, and many more sounds individually or combine them for your own personal calming audio track. A Soft Murmur will surely have something for you to sit back and put your feet up to.

Rainy Cafe

Rainy Cafe combines the sounds of a bustling cafe setting with the sounds of drizzling rain. You can control the volume settings for both the rain and the cafe sounds as well as turn one or the other off completely.


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