A Dozen Recruiters Share Their Favorite Songs to Source to

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Do you listen to music when sourcing candidates?

A lot of us do.

We asked a dozen (actually, a baker’s dozen) of our friends and colleagues out in the talent-sphere for their top songs to listen to when scouring the web for talent.

Check out their picks below. You can even listen to the “Songs to Source to” playlist on Spotify (you’ll need an account, but it’s free and takes just a few seconds to sign up). Oh, and don’t forget to share your own fav sourcing song on Twitter using the hashtag #SourcingMusic.

Happy listening/sourcing!

“I’ve always associated the lyrics with a job seeker that I’m going to help out in some way.”


The songs

Marchin’ In / Lo-Fi-Fnk

Song: “Marchin’ In” by Lo-Fi-Fnk (pronounced Lo-fi funk)

Who chose it: Andrew Kyle (@akyle), People and Culture Coordinator at Clearly Contacts in Vancouver: “You’ll find me jumping between recruitment and onboarding, benefits administration and content creation!”

Why: “I instantly fell in love with its feel-good vibes. Working in an open concept office means great conversation and collaboration, but when it comes time to get down to business, this is my go-to track.”


4 AM / Kaskade

Song: “4 AM” by Kaskade

Who chose it: Kim Pope (@kimdpope), People Architect and CEO of Imbelong in West Hollywood, California: “I design and build high performance teams for rapid growth or transforming organizations.”

Why: “This tunes help keep me motivated during the day to achieve the results I need. My favorite line is ‘There is a way I know, there is a way I know, saying I know someday we will surely find it’.”


We Will Rock You / Queen

Song: “We Will Rock You” by Queen

Who chose it: Jeff Waldman (@JeffWaldmanHR), Head of Talent Security Compass in Toronto and Founder of SocialHRCamp

Why: “I’ve always associated the lyrics with a job seeker that I’m going to help out in some way. Plus the beat of the song is unique and I feel really unique when I’m getting my sourcing game on.”


At Home / Crystal Fighters

Song: “At Home” by Crystal Fighters

Who chose it: Danielle Tadman, Recruitment Specialist at Goldcorp:“I manage end-to-end recruitment activities for positions located at Goldcorp’s corporate office as well as look after Goldcorp’s Corporate Office Internship Program”

Why: “It’s a remix and there is a lot going on in the song but not in a way that distracts me from reading. I find it really energizes me too. Something I need when I’m sourcing or screening 100 resumes!”


Best Day of My Life / American Authors

Song: “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

Who chose it: Barb Agostini (@BarbAgostini), Partner at Recruiting Social in Vancouver:

Why:  “The song is fun, upbeat and keeps me in my mindset to tackle anything.”


Moonlight Sonata / Beethoven

Song: Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Piano Sonata No. 14

Who chose it: Maria Ekizian, Technology Recruiter at OpenX in Pasadena, California

Other favorites: Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D minor; Paganini’s Caprice No. 24; “Big Jet Plane” by Angus & Julia Stone


“I find it really energizes me … something I need when I’m sourcing or screening 100 resumes!”


Where is My Mind / Maxence Cyrin

Song: “Where is My Mind” by Maxence Cyrin (Pixies piano cover)

Who chose it: Angela Eckert, Technical Recruiter at Symantec in Los Angeles

Why: “I love the melody of this song. I particularly listen to music without words while sourcing so I can just feel the music but not really listen to it while concentrating on resumes.”


Tri-State / Above & Beyond

Song: “Tri-State” by Above & Beyond (full continuous mix)

Who chose it: Jer Langhans (@bluelabeltalent), GM of Hired in Seattle (and DJ on the side!)

Why: “Listening to EDM is good for the sourcing soul because it typically has a nice set of beats per minute that will sync with and energize you as you scour the interwebs for the ideal candidates.”


What I Like About You / The Romantics

Song: “What I Like About You” by The Romantics

Who chose it: Jim Hamlin, Manager Talent Acquisition at FGL Sports Ltd. in Calgary

Why: “You know when you are completing that pre-screen and in your head you are saying ‘ya, ya, ya … that’s what I like … just a great fit!’”


Nessun Dorma / Pavarotti

Song: “Nessun Dorma” by Luciano Pavarotti (from Puccini’s Turnadot)

Who chose it: Hermano Alves, Manager Talent Acquisition, B.C. & Northern Territories at CIBC in Vancouver

Why: “My most empowering song to source to … when he hits those high notes at end, it’s best thing ever: ‘Vincerò! Vincerò!’ meaning ‘I will win! I will win!’”


You Used to Hold Me / Calvin Harris

Song: “You Used to Hold Me” by Calvin Harris

Who chose it: Kathleen Prior-Louis, Talent Acquisition at Sweety High in Los Angeles: “I love to collaborate in the process of designing a team and then going out to hunt, find and acquire that talent!”

Why: “House music is usually the best to help me get into the zone of sourcing.”


Another One Bites the Dust / Queen

Song: “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen

Who chose it: Stephanie Morin, Operations Recruitment Specialist at FGL Sports Ltd. in Calgary

Why: “Well, it can be that you have closed another role … or that you have one to open as ‘another one bit the dust’ …”



“Well, it can be that you have closed another role … or that you have one to open as ‘another one bit the dust’ …”


Listen on Spotify

“Songs to Source to” playlist on Spotify

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