Scientists say this is the most relaxing song in the world; now, bid stress farewell

Aptly called 'Weightless', the song was created Marconi Union with the intention of relaxing its listeners.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 8, 2016 7:04 pm
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Most of us know that music can be very calming, but the exact song or piece of music that will relax you will be different for different people. After all, what touches the heart and mind is very subjective. Well, not if these scientists have anything to say about it.

Neuroscientists in the UK claim to have identified that one song that will destress you and soothe your soul more than any other song in the world. According to various media reports, sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union came up with the song, which was played to 40 women as they completed puzzles. It was found that this piece of music helped to calm and relax them much more effectively than songs by Enya, Coldplay and even Mozart!

Aptly called ‘Weightless’, the song was created Marconi Union in collaboration with Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, back in 2011. “‘Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions,” Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists, told Shortlist.

The 8-minute, 8-second song apparently results in a 65 per cent reduction in stress among listeners along with lowering blood pressure, heart rate and breathing speed, and has been deemed 11 per cent more effective than other similar soothing songs by, say, Adele, according to reports by Daily Mail.

Listen to Weightless here.

The song features guitar, piano and electronic samples of natural soundscapes. The continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm in a process known as ‘entrainment’. Along with ‘Weightless’, the other titles to make it to the scientifically proven list of calming songs were:

ELECTRA by Airstream

MELLOMANIAC (CHILL OUT MIX) by DJ Shah

WATERMARK by Enya

STRAWBERRY SWING by Coldplay

PLEASE DON’T GO  by Barcelona

PURE SHORES by All Saints

SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Adele

CANZONETTA SULL’ARIA by Mozart

WE CAN FLY by Cafe Del Mar

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