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Revealed: The world’s favourite relaxation songs

Music has always been a popular avenue through which people can unwind, but according to new research, certain songs are perceived as the best for chilling out.

Analysing music streaming platform Spotify, London-based wellness company Beeja Meditation examined over 500 music playlists featuring 100,000 songs in order to extrapolate which songs appear most often on playlists that people listen to help them meditate, chill out and unwind.

“The song ‘Conscious Journey’ by Benny Bernstein takes the top spot, appearing 21 times in the 501 playlists. With 38,428,111 plays on Spotify, this New Age track has proven to be the most popular relaxing song,” the company said.

“The [full] list of most popular songs is filled with ambient tracks and nature sounds, which are perfect for meditating and clearing the mind.”

The most popular relaxation songs (in order):

  • Conscious Jorney – Benny Bernstein
  • Mirror Lake – The Relaxation Principle
  • The Golden Path – Kumbhaka
  • Threads – Ebb & Flod
  • Anticipating Your Arrival – Zoe Chambers
  • Butterfly Effect – Timothy Byrne
  • Escape Gravity – Juni Tinley
  • Heavenly – Elise Magnefold
  • Namaste – Gaea Rising
  • The Tower of Embellion – Muni Yogi
  • Glowing Waters – Night Sounds Association
  • New Endings – Bon Vie
  • Suaimhneas – Ceilidh
  • Ambre – Nils Frahm
  • Blitz – Gogenheim
  • The Lighthouse – Zoe Chambers
  • Time Travel – Antologie
  • Underbart – The 2 Inversions

“Alongside these tracks, we also found a number of popular and contemporary songs which ranked in our list, allowing us to create another list of top songs that you are more likely to hear on your radio, so whether you prefer ambient tunes or songs you can sing along to, you can create your own playlist of relaxing tracks,” Beeja stated.

“On this list, Sam Smith’s hit, ‘Stay With Me’ takes the top spot, appearing 12 times across our playlists. The song is incredibly popular, with 1,032,300,527 plays on Spotify.”

The most popular relaxation songs to sing along to (in order):

  • Stay With Me – Sam Smith
  • Let Her Go – Passenger
  • Redbone – Childish Gambino
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  • The Night We Met – Lord Huron
  • I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith
  • Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
  • Location – Khalid
  • Say Something – A Great Big World
  • Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
  • Shea Butter Baby (with J. Cole) – Ari Lennox
  • The A Team – Ed Sheeran
  • Too Good at Goodbyes – Sam Smith
  • All of Me – John Legend
  • How to Save a Life – The Fray
  • Lovely (with Khalid) – Billie Eilish
  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • Photograph – Ed Sheeran
  • Skinny Love – Birdy
  • The Scientist – Coldplay

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