Study Finds That Marconi Union’s “Weightless” Is the World’s Most Relaxing Song

A recent study commissioned by Radox Spa — a manufacturer of shower and bath products — has resulted in a list of the world’s ten most relaxing songs. The winner? ​“Weightless” by Marconi Union, which the study’s participants described as more relaxing than even a massage. (Other songs on the study’s list included Enya’s ​“Watermark”, Coldplay’s ​“Strawberry Swing”, and Mozart’s ​“Canzonetta Sull’aria”.)

The song, which the band composed with the help of therapists, contains several elements that cause its ultra-relaxing effects, such as a slowly decreasing rhythm (which slows your heart rate and lowers blood pressure), euphoria-inducing harmonic intervals, and the lack of a repeating melody (“which allows your brain to completely switch off because you are no longer trying to predict what is coming next”).

Now, I don’t know about it being the world’s most relaxing song, but it is a lovely slice of ambience that is a fine example of Marconi Union at their dreamy, somnambulistic best. I’ve embedded the song below, and if you like what you hear, than I highly recommend purchasing a copy of 2005’s Distance.

In related news, Marconi Union’s latest album, Beautifully Falling Apart, is now available.