Looking for music to quell your anxiety? Don’t use techno.

COVID got you down? Lockdowns driving you crazy? Yeah, me, too. That’s where music comes in–but it has to be the right kind of music.

Another one of those music use studies (the kind that is commissioned by some company for a marketing campaign) literally wired up 1,540 volunteers between 18 and 65 to see how their blook pressure reacted to various types of music. An increase in heart rate and blood pressure equated to an increase in stress levels.

Here’s what we learned: If you want to relax, head for pop from the 80s and 00s–or, oddly, heavy metal classics. Hey, angry music can help dissipate feelings of angry. Call it music homeopathy.

The most stress-inducing music is techno, followed by dupstep, and classic chillout were the genres that boosted heart rates and blood pressure the most.

Read more at Mixmag.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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