Brits encouraged to press pause and tune into their inner positive playlist

Louis Armstrong, The Beatles and Elton John are some of the top artists Brits are most likely to listen to to get them through the day.

A survey of 2,000 adults found pop and classical were revealed as the most relaxing genres and almost half admitted music helps them cope with their busy, hectic lifestyle.

Other popular go-to artists for taking time out include Aretha Franklin, Adele and Ed Sheeran.

The most calming song according to one in five is Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’, followed by The Beatles classic ‘Let it Be’ and Elton John’s ‘Your Song’.

Modern mellow tracks in the top 30 include two of Adele’s hits ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Hello’ and Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’.

The research was commissioned by Rescue Remedy to encourage Brits to tune into inner positive playlists during overwhelming times. The research also found 43 per cent believe listening to songs helps them concentrate and over half feel ‘less worried’ and that one quarter of those surveyed are not currently happy with their work/life balance.

So how can music help you reduce you stress levels and improve your wellbeing? Music is a powerful way to disconnect, switch off and counter-balance the ‘always on’ culture we find ourselves in. RESCUE caught up with expert in stress management and Chief De-stressing Officer from the Stress Management Society, Neil Shah, who explains how having a soundtrack to your life can have a powerfully positive effect to your mental and emotional state.

find more information Elevates mood

Many forms of music are designed to prompt an emotional response – think love songs for warm, fuzzy feelings, or upbeat rap to get you pumped. There is a song out there that is guaranteed to make you smile and feel good. According to a 2013 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology, people who listened to upbeat music could improve their moods immediately and boost their happiness in just two weeks![1]

check this site out Sit back and relax

If you have had a demanding or difficult day then one of the most enjoyable ways to wind down and relax has to be listening to music. Select your favourite playlist, run yourself a bath, close your eyes and float away!

Decrease stress levels

During or after a demanding day, tuning into your inner positive playlist and using the power of music can be an extremely effective stress management tool. One song in particular was found to reduce stress levels by up to 65%, according to a study by Dr David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International.[2]

Boosts your immune system

Music can also boost your immune system. When listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting dance music, studies show that the levels of antibodies in individuals increased. At the same time it has been found that the stress hormone levels (which weaken the immune system) decreased when listening to uplifting music.

Improve your focus

Listening to music can also help improve focus and concentration. Some researchers claim that music helps us to organise incoming information. Other researchers cite that music with a constant beat help us to march along in a productive fashion. Slow classical music (whose timing is about that of a human heart at rest) is supposed to help us concentrate best of all.

Improve your sleep

When we are stressed, often our sleep is one of the first things to be affected. If you are not getting enough sleep, you will know how this can make you feel more stressed and the cycle continues. Lullabies aren’t just for babies—they can be great for adults, too. Using soothing music to wind down before bed each night can be a fantastic relaxation technique.

Top 30 song which keep Brits calm

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World

The Beatles – Let It Be

Elton John – Your Song

Adele – Someone Like You

Adele – Hello

Coldplay – Fix You

Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer

Enya – Orinoco Flow

Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken

U2 – It’s a Beautiful Day

Dido – White Flag

Keane – Somewhere Only We Know

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Bob Dylan – Lay, Lady Lay

The Eagles – Peaceful Easy Feeling

Norah Jones – Come Away With Me

Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy

Coldplay – The Scientist

Simon And Garfunkel – America

The Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There

David Gray – Babylon

Maroon 5- She Will Be Loved

Sam Smith – Lay Me Down

Katie Melua – Nine Million Bicycles

Ed Sheeran – The A Team

All Saints – Pure Shores

Lily Allen – Smile

Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why

Corrine Bailey Ray – Put Your Records On

Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness