All day when I'm at my graphic design internship, I listen to music. When I'm designing for class, there's music. When I do the dishes; music. When I'm hosting my radio station at kspu.org, I'm listening. It's a constant.
So here's a short list of some albums and artists that constantly put me in a good place. This list is very objective, but hey, it might inspire some ideas, or lead you down a music avenue yet to be explored.
Overall, music is such a great source to get you thinking, inspired and back on the grind. Whatever the genre, style, or decade, it's always important to keep your mind sharp, and ears filled with good tunes.