Songs from the 1980s are the best for fighting stress


It is well known, music softens manners. If it has been used for years for its therapeutic effects, we know a little more about the style to listen to to relax in the event of rising anxiety.

The Vera Clinic cosmetic surgery center, based in Turkey, carried out a study on 1,540 adult volunteers aged between 18 and 65. Participants were subjected to a series of stressful tests, during which they listened to different styles of music such as «Golden Oldies» 1960s, 1970s rock, 1990s R&B, jazz, dubstep and classical music.

According to this study identified by the New York Post daily, hits from the 1980s had the most calming effect on participants: 96% of them noticed a drop in their blood pressure while listening to this type of song. 36% also felt a drop in their heart rate. Among the songs listened to, we find some of the biggest hits of that time like “Call Me” by Blondie, “Freedom” by Wham !, “It’s a Sin” by the Pet Shop Boys or “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde.

“Tubes from the 1980s can release endorphins”

“The results may seem surprising at first, but medically they make a lot of sense., analyze Dr. Ömer Avlanmis. Hits from the 1980s could spark nostalgia in many people, and their happy, festive sounds can trigger the release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain, increasing feelings of happiness and calm. “

More surprisingly, heavy metal is ranked second among the most calming musical genres. 18% of those surveyed saw their heart rate drop and 89% their blood pressure.

The 1980s and metal are followed by music from the years 2000-2010, then classical with in particular the soundtrack of the series The Bridgertons Chronicle, and finally R&B of the 1990s.

In last place in the ranking, we find techno music, which on the contrary seems to aggravate stress: bass and percussion caused an increase in blood pressure in 78% of the study participants. If necessary, the 1980s playlist which constitutes the soundtrack of the series It’s a Sin is available on Spotify.


Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.

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