I often write to music. My conversations with other writers leads me to believe this is fairly common. Music helps you cut out distractions, gets you in the mood, inspires you, propels you forward and, in my case at least, helps me get back to a story after a hiatus, since I use the same playlist throughout a writing project (my playlists are actually often named after stories I'm working on).
Thing is, I write to really cheesy music. No no, I mean really cheesy. This is my little guilty pleasure.
Current playlists include things like Francis Cabrel, Michel Pagliaro, Superstition, Eye of the Tiger, and several Bond theme songs. In the past, I've also written to Metallica, Supertramp, and the Pirates of the Carribean soundtrack, among other things.
For those who don't know Cabrel and Pagliaro, the former is a sappy French singer songwriter that no male will admit listening to (and who used to look like this; it was the 70's), and the latter is an old Québécois rocker that sounds like what you'd get if you crossed AC/DC with Bryan Adams, and then put their lyrics through Babel Fish. They're both awesome.
I need to know I'm not alone. What's your writing soundtrack? Is it cheesy? Is it really cheesy? Or is it super-extra hip and do I need to now go crawl under a rock in shame? You can tell me. As you can see, I won't judge you. Promise.