Brexit… President Donald Trump… Toblerones getting revamped to reduce the number of triangles. We live in dark, uncertain times, so it’s probably no surprise to learn that research around the ‘most relaxing song ever’ has suddenly resurfaced.
Back in 2011, a study commissioned by bubble bath brand Radox found that the track Weightless by Manchester act Marconi Union was the most effective at reducing your heart rate, blood pressure and levels of stress hormone cortisol.
Marconi Union worked with the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) to uncover “the perfect relaxing song”.
According to BAST’s Lyz Cooper, tests were carried out on 40 women to monitor their stress levels while listening to different pieces of music.
Weightless came out in first place, above tunes like Coldplay’s Strawberry Swing and All Saints classic Pure Shores.
“It contains a sustaining rhythm that starts at 60 beats per minute and gradually slows to around 50. While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat,” said Cooper.
“It is important that the song is eight minutes long because it takes about five minutes for this process, known as entrainment, to occur.
“The fall in heart rate also leads to a fall in blood pressure. The harmonic intervals – or gaps between notes – have been chosen to create a feeling of euphoria and comfort.
“And there is no repeating melody, which allows your brain to completely switch off because you are no longer trying to predict what is coming next. Instead, there are random chimes, which helps to induce a deeper sense of relaxation.”
Just what’s needed after a bleak 2016, don’t you think?
The top ten most relaxing song list is as follows:
Marconi Union – Weightless
Airstream – Electra
DJ Shah – Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
Enya – Watermark
Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
Barcelona – Please Don’t Go
All Saints – Pure Shores
Adele – Someone Like You
Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria