New study: You need to listen to 78 minutes of music each day to stay healthy

If you’re reading this, chances are good that you spend a lot of time listening to music, so what I’m about to tell you won’t come as much of a surprise. It might, however, confirm a few things that you’ve known instinctively for years.

A new study by Deezer, the French streaming service, says that in order to maintain and healthy lifestyle, we should listen to at least 78 minutes of music per day.

The listening habits of 7,500 people were surveyed with a focus on how music affected their physical and mental well being. After crunching all the details, it was determined that the minimum amount of music listening show be 78 minutes per day.

But just like it’s not enough to consume 2,000 calories a day–they have to be the right calories, not junk food–you have to portion out your music in a certain way for maximum effect.

It’s important to give your body and brain an emotional workout. Those 78 minutes needs to include material that is uplifting, relaxing, sad, motivating, and “anger management.” The good news that the specific music chooses are up to you.

Things should break down like this:

  • 14 minutes of uplifting music to exercise your happiness
  • 16 minutes of calming music
  • 16 minutes of music that counteracts sadness
  • 15 minutes of motivational music to help with concentration
  • 17 minutes of music that will help you deal with anger

Deezer has a couple of suggestions, too. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA is always great for happy music while the top song in the anger management category is “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC, followed by Rammstein, Metallica, and, er, Mozart. More hints can be found here.

(Via Kerrang)

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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