The 30 most relaxing songs ever have been revealed, according to Brits

3 June 2019, 15:24 | Updated: 2 September 2019, 11:32

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By Sofia Rizzi

A recent survey has ranked the top 30 songs which keep Brits calm, and the results show pop ballads come out on top.

At Smooth Radio, we're all about the most relaxing music. And a new poll of 2,000 Brits has revealed some interesting facts about how we unwind using music.

The study, commissioned by Rescue Remedy, has shown that over 50% of British adults believe listening to songs help them to feel 'less worried'.

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Coming out on the top of the list of best songs to keep us calm was Louis Armstrong's 'What A Wonderful World', followed by The Beatles' 'Let It Be', and Elton John and Bernie Taupin's 'Your Song' at No. 3.

Sandra Niland, Rescue Remedy's brand manager, said: "It's clear from the research that our moods and music are closely linked.

"Today’s hectic and 'always on' lifestyle can quickly get on top of us and everyday things from the commute to managing a balance of work, family and social life can seem overwhelming."

She added: "Music can have a big impact on managing moods."

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The full Top 30:

1. Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
2. The Beatles - Let It Be
3. Elton John - Your Song
4. Adele - Someone Like You
5. Adele - Hello
6. Coldplay - Fix You
7. Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer
8. Enya - Orinoco Flow
9. Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken
10. U2 - Beautiful Day
11. Dido - White Flag
12. Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
13. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
14. Bob Dylan - Lay, Lady Lay
15. Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling
16. Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
17. Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy
18. Coldplay - The Scientist
19. Simon And Garfunkel - America
20. The Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
21. David Gray - Babylon
22. Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
23. Sam Smith - Lay Me Down
24. Katie Melua - Nine Million Bicycles
25. Ed Sheeran - The A Team
26. All Saints - Pure Shores
27. Lily Allen - Smile
28. Norah Jones - Don't Know Why
29. Corrine Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
30. Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness

On top of this, the study found that one in four Brits said they listen to songs to help them sleep and on their daily commute, concluding that we listen to 56 songs on average a week.

Listening to this music evoked emotions in listeners including feeling 'positive', 'motivated' and 'happy'.

Niland added: "We're encouraging Brits to tune into their inner positive playlist and relate music to feelings of calm and relaxation."