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Neuroscientists from the UK have come out with a list of the 10 most relaxing songs, with the top-most song being able to lower anxiety by a whopping 65%.
I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long ass week.
So if you’re stressed the hell out like me and need to wind down, listen to this:
Chilled out? Good.
This song by Marconi Union called “Weightless” is extremely chill. In fact, it’s the most relaxing song in the world, according to neuroscientists out of the UK.
The researchers from Mindlab International found this out by playing a selection of songs for participants while they attempted to solve stressful puzzles, according to Inc. By monitoring brain activity with sensors, the researchers found that Weightless lowered overall anxiety by 65% and 35% in their usual physiological resting rates.
Interestingly, this was actually Marconi Union’s intent while making the track. The musical trio collaborated with sound therapists to arrange the harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines in just the perfect way to slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone).
Of course, I don’t need to remind you, but stress sucks. It’s shaving years off our life and making you less attractive.
But before you jump for the listening cure, there’s a warning that comes attached with “Weightless;” it’s so relaxing it’s actually dangerous.
“‘Weightless’ was so effective, many women became drowsy and I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous,” said Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson to Inc.
But if you’re out of the car and/or not worried about the warning, here are the top 10 most relaxing songs, according to the neuroscientists.
10. “We Can Fly,” by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)
9. “Canzonetta Sull’aria,” by Mozart
8. “Someone Like You,” by Adele
7. “Pure Shores,” by All Saints
6. “Please Don’t Go,” by Barcelona
5. “Strawberry Swing,” by Coldplay
4. “Watermark,” by Enya
3. “Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix),” by DJ Shah
2. “Electra,” by Airstream
1. “Weightless,” by Marconi Union
Own The Conversation
Ask The Big Question
Don’t people’s musical tastes affect what they find relaxing? For instance, Coldplay haters aren’t going to feel relaxed by “Strawberry Swing.”
Drop This Fact
Hanging with the boys is scientifically proven to reduce your stress levels.