Want to get your song on playlists for studying? Here’s what you do.

Sometimes when you have to cram for something–school, work, some kind of special project–it helps if you have some music on in the background. Spotify has plenty of playlists for that. But what does it take to make it?

According to this story at Music Radar, you have the best chance of placing your song on a Spotify “study” playlist if it runs no faster than 112 beats per minute. How fast is 112 BPM? About walking pace. That’s the right tempo for tasks that require mental focus.

This is based on the analysis of more than 100,000 songs. The most popular? “Driver’s License” from Olivia Rodrigo. Next up is “Slow Dancing in the Dark” by Joli (89 BPM) followed by “Ophelia” by The Lumineers (76 BPM), Harry Styles, and “Falling” (110), and “Before You Go” from Lewis Capaldi (112 BPM).

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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