Playlist: 10 Songs Tech Entrepreneur Joel Neoh Uses To Unwind After Work
Joel Neoh is in his mid-30s and has already started at least five companies. This includes Says.com, a social news network he co-founded in 2010 that was later acquired by Malaysian internet company Catcha Group and renamed Rev Asia.
He also established Groupon Malaysia, where he served as CEO until 2015 before leaving to start KFit, a fitness sharing platform that was later incorporated into his next and current venture, Fave Group. Today, he is building a tech giant on a mission to help consumers in Southeast Asia save money on food, fitness, travel and more.
When he emerges from the office at the end of the day, he turns to music as one of the ways to help him unwind. In addition to using music as a post-work relaxation tool, Neoh also sees it as a great way to remember special moments in his life.
“Music is the backdrop to life, as well as a way for us to experience the cultures and emotions of others from different backgrounds and generations,” he says. Here, he curates a playlist of songs with Gen.T for anyone who needs a post-work wind-down.
Listen to Joel’s post-work playlist here
O Mio Babbino Caro, Giacomo Puccini, Amira Willighagen and William Hayward
"From the year 1918. A 102-year-old masterpiece of a love song that reminds us why we do what we do every single day—love is our reason."
It’s Been A Long, Long Time, Harry James
"From 1945. This song was written right at the end of World War II to welcome home spouses who were in the military. It reminds me of how privileged we are today to be able to go home to our loved ones after just a day’s work in the office."
The Nearness Of You, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
"From 1956. Very often, the best way to end the day is simply being near our loved ones."
Getaran Jiwa, Tan Sri P Ramlee
"From 1960. The most famous classic Malaysian song about enjoying being in the moment with music and the simplicities of life."
Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
"From 1975. Six minutes of absolute musical diversity—ballad, opera, rock, pop. A '70s game-changer that challenged the status quo of what music was and what it should be."
At Last / Sleep All Day, Jason Mraz
"From 2001. The perfect song for when you’re feeling tired and too lazy to do anything but sleep."
Gravity, John Mayer
"From 2005. We face so many challenges in our lives that are always working against us and can bring us down, but this song reminds me that we need to keep going and never give up."
She Says, JJ Lin
"From 2010. This brings me back to the year I lived in Taipei and had to learn Mandarin in order to communicate with others."
City of Stars / May Finally Come Through, Justin Hurwitz, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
"From 2016. Although it’s tough to get a big break working in the city, these concrete jungles can be where big dreams come true if you have the determination to pursue them."
Any song, Zico
"From 2020. Bringing us back and keeping us connected to the music we consume today is this K-pop song, which went viral thanks to its TikTok challenge."
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