The 10 Sleepiest Rock Songs, According to Science

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Scientists seem to be very interested in music habits lately. Not only are there studies on the exact age at which you stop discovering new music (33, although we disagree) and some research conducted on how festivals can make you a better person (clearly), we now also have the jaw-dropping discovery of the 10 most sleepy rock songs.

And no, it’s not “Freebird” or “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, although you could take a good nap with the time it takes to hear these tracks from start to finish.

The unifying commonality on this list (courtesy mornings.co.uk) is that they are all classic rock tunes and most are from the 70s. Which begs the question: who falls asleep to these songs? Are the people who listen to this music the most the ones who now fall asleep easily?

According to the study, the songs shared characteristics with lullabies, which impact ease of falling asleep. He says: “We analyzed 100 lullabies on Spotify using 10 audio characteristics such as tempo and scale (major or minor). And then we compared our results to a curated list of 1,721 songs, including the Spotify’s most listened to and essential songs across a range of genres.”

Also adding factors such as dancing ability and “acoustics”, results were determined for a number of music styles with Billie Eilish and Post Malone ranking for sleepiest pop and hip-hop songs , respectively.

When it comes to rock though, Elton John ranked number one (and had of them places on the list) and there was also the very obvious choice of “Golden Slumbers” by the Beatles.

Here is the list of the 10 most sleepy rock songs:

  1. Elton John, “Your Song”
  2. Led Zeppelin, “Going to California”
  3. Elton John, “The Mona Lisa and the Mad Hatters”
  4. The Beatles, “Golden Slumbers/Carrying That Weight”
  5. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here”
  6. Jackson Browne, “The Charge”
  7. Lou Reed, “Walking on the Wild Side”
  8. The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
  9. Eagles, “Desperado”
  10. John Lennon, “Imagine”

So now, when you’re having trouble sleeping, there’s a whole playlist to help you get through the night.

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