According to the British Academy of Sound Therapy, the song ‘Weightless’ is the most relaxing song ever recorded. The institution, in collaboration with English musical trio Marconi Union, produced the quintessential tranquility track using numerous scientific theories that are known to have calming effects.
The study commissioned by Radox Spa was conducted on 40 women, who were then given timed puzzle games in order to create a stressful environment. The women were connected to sensors in order to test their heart rate and blood pressurewhile different songs were played. Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson, Director of Research at Mindlab International, who conducted the study, stated that the study clearly showed that the song “induced the greatest relaxation — higher than any of the other music tested… In fact,” he pointed out, “Weightless was so effective, many women became drowsy and I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous.”
The study showed when “Weightless” was played, it caused a 65% decline in the women’s overall anxiety.
The eight-minute composition features conventional instruments like guitar and piano, but also includes samples of natural soundscapes and implements specific sound therapy principles to calm the listener. The song stars at 60 beats per minute, but then gradually slows down to 50, causing the listener’s heartbeat to match the BPMs of the track.
Here’s a list of the top 10 most relaxing songs, including “Weightless”:
1. Marconi Union, “Weightless”
2. Airstream, “Electra”
3. Dj Shah, “Mellomania”
4. Enya, “Watermark”
5. Coldplay, “Strawberry Swing”
6. Barcelona, “Please don’t go”
7. All Saints, “Pure Shores”
8. Adele, “Someone like you”
9. Mozart, “Canzonetta Sull’aria”
10. Cafe Del Mar, “We can Fly”
So why not go ahead and listen to some of these relaxing tracks whilst you unwind.