Science has discovered the rock songs most likely to put you asleep

With all the stress in the world, do you find yourself staring at the ceiling unable to sleep? Maybe the solution lies with listening to correct rock songs.

Scientists–the kind that is forever looking at the relationship between music and humans–dug into Spotify this way: “We analyzed 100 lullabies on Spotify using 10 audio features such as tempo and scale (major or minor). And then we compared our results to a curated list of 1,721 songs, including Spotify’s most streamed and essential tunes from a range of genres.” They also incorporated concepts such as “acousticness” and “danceability.”

The results were…surprising. My question is “What’s with all the classic rock songs?” These are the ten most sleep-inducing rock tracks according to science.

  1. Elton John, “Your Song”
  2. Led Zeppelin, “Going To California”
  3. Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”
  4. The Beatles, “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight”
  5. Pink Floyd, “Wish You Were Here”
  6. Jackson Browne, “The Load”
  7. Lou Reed, “Walk On The Wild Side”
  8. The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
  9. Eagles, “Desperado”
  10. John Lennon, “Imagine”

These are just the rock songs. The most sleep-inducing artist is Billie Eilish. Nothing will put people out faster than her “I Love You” followed by “When the Party’s Over.” Also on the list are Maroon 5’s “Memories,” “Favourite Crime” by Olivia Rodrigo, and XXXtentacion, “The Remedy for a Broken Heart (Why Am I So In Love).”

There’s much more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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