In a study that may come as a stunning New Age challenge to artists like Yanni and Enya, a group of UK scientists have gotten together and clinically determined the most relaxing song ever made.

The track, titled ‘Weightless’ and performed by a Manchester-based band named Marconi Union, was described as “even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea.” 

It might sound more than a little silly, but the study, sponsored by a company that makes bubble bath and shower gel, actually monitored listeners’ heart rates, blood pressure and stress hormone levels. In addition, the study found ‘Weightless’ to be 11 percent more relaxing than songs by Adele, Coldplay or Mozart.

Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy for Sound Therapy, worked with the band to create the song, which she described as “ideal for putting on at the end of a stressful day and unwinding.”

Cooper said, “The song makes use of many musical principles that have been shown to individually have a calming effect. The harmonic intervals — or gaps between notes — have been chosen to create a feeling of euphoria and comfort. And there is no repeating melody, which allows your brain to completely switch off because you are no longer trying to predict what is coming next.”

Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson, one of the scientists who helped conduct the study, even went so far as to warn, “I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous.”

So the next time you’re feeling stressed out and craving a little break from our overwhelmingly fast-paced modern world, just remember: eight minutes of clinically proven relaxation are just a mouse click away.

Listen to Marconi Union’s ‘Weightless’

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