The 10 best classic rock songs for falling asleep to, according to science

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When choosing the perfect track to take you to dreamland, Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” probably isn’t for you. But classic rock also has plenty of softer offerings – and a new study by Mornings.co.uk has identified which ones you should add to your sleep playlist.

First, the researchers rated 100 lullabies on 10 measures to determine what makes a good one. These included factors such as tempo, time signature (number of beats per bar), whether it uses a major or minor scale, whether it features vocals, and more. They then used all of this data to create a scale on which they could rank other songs. The higher the score, the more it looks like a lullaby.

Of the 500 rock songs measured on the scale, Elton John’s “Your Song” landed first place with 81 points out of a possible 100. It wasn’t the only Rocket Man track in the top 10: “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” took third place with a 79.8. The two were separated by Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California.”

Considering Paul McCartney literally says “Sleep, pretty darling, don’t cry / And I’ll sing a lullaby” to The Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers,” it’s no surprise the soothing song made the list. He is in fourth place (associated with “Carry That Weight”, in which he continuously feeds Abbey Road).

Other sleep-inducing classic rock songs come from Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, and more. Listen to all the top 10 numbers below and find out what’s on Mornings.co.uk’s other genre-specific sleep playlists – from country to hip-hop –here.


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