’80s pop is the best genre to reduce anxiety, study finds



80s pop is the best musical genre for lowering blood pressure, due to its “positive nostalgia,” researchers have found.

Turkish researchers connected 1,540 volunteers aged 18 to 65 to blood pressure monitors and heart rate monitors and played a variety of music to them on Spotify.

Music from the hit TV series It’s a Sin, which is packed with tunes from ’80s legends Wham !, Pet Shop Boys and Duran Duran, was more effective at lowering blood pressure – an indicator of low anxiety – than 10 others. genres.

Other genres that were effective in lowering blood pressure were 2000s pop, like Kylie Minogue and Rihanna, and heavy metal, like Black Sabbath.

Meanwhile, 70s techno, dubstep, and rock anthems were found to be the most likely to raise blood pressure – an indicator of anxiety.

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The research was conducted by Vera Clinic, a Turkish hair transplant company, who wanted to study the link between music, stress and hair loss.

“The results may seem surprising at first glance, but medically they make a lot of sense,” Vera Clinic doctor Ömer Avlanmış told Metal Sucks.

Pop hits from the 1980s could bring positive nostalgia to many people, and their upbeat, festive sounds can induce the release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain, both increasing feelings of happiness and calm.

Angry music like metal, on the other hand, can help listeners “process their feelings and, as a result, lead to greater well-being,” Avlanmış said.

For the experiments, Vera Clinic asked participants to complete nonverbal reasoning tests, which were specifically designed to produce low levels of stress.

Full set of study results.  80s pop was the most effective for heart health, while techno was the least effective

Full set of study results. 80s pop was the most effective for heart health, while techno was the least effective

Participants were given a soundtrack to listen to at the same time, made up of different Spotify playlists.

Researchers used 11 playlists, ranging from 80s pop to It’s a Sin soundtrack, modern classic soundtrack to Netflix period drama Bridgerton, techno, heavy metal classics, 60s golden oldies and 90s R&B.

Participants were fitted with heart rate and blood pressure monitors and were asked to record their statistics throughout the experiment.

According to the results of the study, the successes of the 80s lowered blood pressure in a staggering 96 percent of volunteers and reduced heart rate by 36 percent on average.

Only 4 percent of those surveyed recorded an increase in blood pressure after listening to songs from the 80s.

Techno notice!  'Techno Classics' playlist was least effective as a relaxant, study finds

Techno notice! ‘Techno Classics’ playlist was least effective as a relaxant, study finds

Meanwhile, 78 percent of the volunteers had a rise in blood pressure after hearing techno.

Listening to heavy metals reduced blood pressure by 89 percent of respondents and decreased heart rate by 18 percent on average.

Among other genera, “classic chillout” caused an average 13% drop in heart rates and 90s GNI caused a 12% drop.

The five least relaxing genres – jazz and blues, ’60s golden oldies, dubstep,’ 70s rock and techno – all caused average heart rate increases.

Meanwhile, classical music, often touted for its relaxing qualities, was neither the least nor the most anxious.

Heart rates decreased by only 15 percent on average when participants listened to classical music.

This particular finding appears to call into question a 2016 study, which found that the music of Mozart and Strauss significantly lowered blood pressure and heart rate.

In this study, participants listening to classical performers also showed lower blood pressure levels than people listening to a compilation of Abba’s greatest hits and a control group of people sitting in silence.

However, it is likely that different genres of music cause different people’s circulatory systems to react in different ways.

Last year, researchers at the European Society of Cardiology found that classical music can trigger slower or faster cardiac recovery rates, depending on who is listening.

Patients with mild heart failure showed shorter cardiac recovery times, indicating arousal, or longer cardiac recovery times, indicating relaxation, during particular times of a classical concert.

“We used precise methods to record the heart’s response to music and found that what is calming for one person can be uplifting for another,” said study author Professor Elaine Chew of French National Center for Scientific Research.


Music can relax the body because brain waves are able to synchronize with the beat of a song, according to previous research.

For this reason, people’s moods can reflect what they are listening to – fast or energetic music can make people alert and motivated, while slow music calms them down.

Slower melodies have been observed, slowing people’s heart rates, which in turn slows breathing, lowers blood pressure, and relaxes muscles. A faster heart rate has the opposite effect and can make people tense or uncomfortable.

Researchers at Stanford University in the United States have found that music can have the same effect on the brain as meditation, and that slow, steady melodies are the most relaxing.

In keeping with meditative goals, the most relaxing music often seems to be songs that have no lyrics – perhaps because thinking about words requires active brain effort.

The Stanford team said Native American, Celtic, and Indian strings, drums, and flutes were very effective, along with natural sounds like rain, light jazz, or classical music.



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