Ed Sheeran is the most popular artist to play at work, according to new research from LinkedIn and Spotify

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Ed Sheeran is the most popular recording artist to play at the work, with Eminem the least acceptable, according to new research.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter took top spot with 42 per cent of employees’ votes, followed by Coldplay and Bruno Mars.

Rapper Eminem was least popular with 29 per cent of the vote, as rap music proved out of favour on the office airwaves, with Kanye West, Drake and Skepta also in the top five.

Meanwhile pop heartthrob Justin Bieber found himself in third place when it comes to workplace music.

The study, carried out by LinkedIn in partnership with Spotify, looked at the divisive nature of music at work.

It also showed many workers think listening to music at work improves their performance, with almost three quarters (73 per cent) saying it makes them more productive.

And two thirds (67 per cent) of professionals who listen to music at work argue it keeps them motivated, 41 per cent thought it helped them stay relaxed and 34 per cent felt it boosted their creativity.

Employees also said they used music to drown out the sound of their colleagues. 

Darain Faraz, LinkedIn’s careers expert, said: “Ultimately, how we behave in the workplace plays a huge role in developing our professional brand so it’s important to remember what you want to communicate about yourself to others, whether that’s online or offline.

“Listening to music can have positive effects on productivity, creativity and motivation levels – just make sure you’ve been considerate and consulted your colleagues before blasting Eminem on a Monday morning.”

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