Although meditation, yoga and taking naps are effective forms of stress relief, listening to music is one of the easiest ways to get your dopamine flowing. You might have your own personal playlist to calm your nerves, but this one is scientifically-backed. Based on the results, the scientists came up with the 10 most relaxing songs. Marconi Union is an English ambient music band that worked with sound therapists to create what is known as the most relaxing song in the world.
The song actually induced a 65 percent reduction in overall stress among participants. While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat. There is not really a melody; instead it is a series of tones with some samples of natural soundscapes.
The oscillating chord that remains constant throughout the whole song is almost hypnotic. You can practically picture the soundwave waxing and waning. I actually subconsciously sunk into a different headspace while listening. When I paused the video midway, it felt like a trance had been broken. I had to stop and blink a few times to come back to reality.
The mid-range frequencies and absence of a low, heavy bass is less taxing on the nervous system. Yoga fans might find this the perfect background music for their sun salutations. What makes this song relaxing is the reverb guitar above the ostinato, which is a repetitive musical pattern. The repetition frees the mind to feel the music rather than analyze it.
As the title of the song suggests, the beat is mellow and even a little bit sensual. The rainstick and the conga-like drum conjure visions of sipping something frozen on a tropical island. Layered with the chorus is a synthesizer accompaniment that creates white noise, which has been proven to induce tranquility. Save yourself the money on a white noise machine and just listen to this song. This is the first relaxing song on the list with lyrics, which proves that music does not have to be instrumental to be soothing.
It has a slightly higher tempo and does not really promote relaxation so much as a feeling of contentment. It is also written in minor key, which is commonly found in sad songs. The lyrics stir emotion, and the soft, slightly raspy voice makes it sound as if the singer has been crying. You might start crying, too, if you really get absorbed into the song.
This critically acclaimed dream-pop relaxing song has that classic s vibe, seeing as that is the year it was released. You can be alert and relaxed at the same time, which is the optimal state according to yoga practitioners. This iconic song earned its accolades, which included a Grammy. According to scientists , almost everything about this song is arranged to reduce the audience to tears.
When considering genres of relaxing music, classical most often comes to mind. This song by Mozart is one such example. It is light, it is uncomplicated, and it does not ask much of the listener beyond simply enjoying the music. Although this relaxing song is enough to be added to the list, it is last for a reason. There is no discernible melody, and until the drum track kicks in, it sounds more like noise than music.