Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ the best song for nervous flyers, study finds

Unsurprisingly, research from Spotify finds slow songs are best for calming nerves

Slow songs like Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’ are the best for calming nerves, research from Spotify has found.

According to the research, which was carried out by anxiety psychologist Dr Becky Spelman, is the perfect tune to listen to for people who have a fear of flying because of its tempo of 67 beats per minute and harmonies.

According to Dr Spelman, breathing in time to music with a low bpm at a controlled and reduced pace reduces the heart rate and blood pressure which in turn reduces anxiety. Another method is apparently to listen to tracks which stimulate both sides of the brain, which induces Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), which cals and relaxes the body. Music which is “harmonious” and “emotive” is said to achieve this.


The Top 10 tracks to help people with a fear of flying, according to Spotify, are:

‘Someone Like You’ – Adele
‘Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)’ – Enya
‘Piano on The Beach’ – Liborio Conti
‘Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major (“Elvira Madigan”) K. 467’ – Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus
‘Better Together’ – Jack Johnson
‘Pure Shores’ – All Saints
‘Buffalo Soldier’ – Bob Marley
‘Scar Tissue’ – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
‘Paradise’ – Coldplay
‘As I Lay Me Down’ – Sophie B. Hawkins
‘Inside Out’ – Britney Spears
‘Ignition’ – R Kelly