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What Is The World’s Most Relaxing Song?

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What Is The World’s Most Relaxing Song?

At the end of a long or hard day, it’s not uncommon to want to just kick back and relax. Many people like to use music to help accomplish this. But which song is best suited for the purpose? Is there a song that can qualify as the “most relaxing”?

The World’s Most Relaxing Song

According to a group of researchers, the award for the most relaxing song goes to a band called Marconi Union for their song titled ‘Weightless’ (You can listen to the song below at the bottom of the article).

Marconi Union is a British band which consists of three members, Duncan Meadows, Jamie Crossley, and Richard Talbot. Their musical style often contains elements of jazz, electronica, dub and ambient.

In October of 2010, Marconi Union collaborated with the British Academy of Sound Therapy to create the eight minute track ‘Weightless’. The researchers at the Academy had but one goal in mind; to create the most relaxing song ever. And it appears they achieved it. In a recently released study carried out by Radox, it was officially labelled as the “most relaxing song ever”.

The Science Behind It

The scientists at the Mindlab institution showed that the song (Weightless) induced a 65% reduction in overall anxiety and also brought the test subjects resting pulse rates down 35% lower than their usual resting rates. The song features piano, guitar, and manipulated field recordings. The song is also marked throughout by low tones that can help to induce a trance-like or ‘zoning out’ state. The altered mental state induced by the song is thanks to the intervals of the beats, which are at a continuous rhythm of 60 BPM. The 60 BPM rhythm causes the brain and heart rate to synchronize. A process called as ‘entrainment’.

After Weightless was made available as a free download, it quickly became a hit with over 60,000 downloads in the first 36 hours. Back in November, Marconi Union was featured in Time magazines’ list of Inventors of the Year, for creating ‘Weightless’. The song is so relaxing that drivers are being warned not to listen to it while driving.

The Top 10 Most Relaxing Songs According To Mindlab International

1. Weightless – Marconi Union
2. Electra – Airstream
3. Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) – DJ Shah
4. Watermark – Enya
5. Strawberry Swing – Coldplay
6. Please Don’t Go – Barcelona
7. Pure Shores – All Saints
8. Someone Like You – Adele
9. Canzonetta Sull’aria – Mozart
10. We Can Fly – Café Del Mar

Weightless – Marconi Union



  1. Ivette Molina

    January 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I love this song. Sure, it’s definitely a relaxing song, but it’s also WONDERFUL, I like to practice Yoga and Hermetic Exercises, while listening to it.

  2. Mike

    July 3, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I kind of disagree with the song being relaxing. For some reason, that Weightless song makes me feel extremely anxious and I’m not entirely sure why. I think the repeated beats doesn’t mesh well with my brain chemistry. I wonder if they take those kinds of things into account. It wouldn’t be so bad if it was muted more, it might actually be relaxing. But as it stands, it’s a bit overpowering and stands out too much. It makes me nervous just listening to it. The beginning of the Pink Floyd song Time does the same thing. I just don’t like those kind of beats in my music.

    • Rose

      October 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      I agree – I couldn’t even listen to it for a couple of minutes. That weird droning sound was very ominous and instantaneously gave me an anxiety attack! My brain did not like that tone or pitch at all!

  3. Bella

    February 8, 2019 at 3:54 am

    I would also include Pachelbel’s “Forest Garden” in the same bucket…

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