Not to worry – with our selection of Spotify playlists, you can relax and unwind wherever you are. For those who don’t use the service, Spotify offers users all the music they could ever want through their PC, mobile or tablet. It’s a free program made possible with adverts, though paying customers (£9.99 per month) can remove ads, and also save playlists for offline use.
Below, we’ve put together a handful of playlists depending on your own tastes. From classical music to “scientifically proven” shortlists, we hope there’s something for everyone here.
If you choose any type of music to kick-start a set of stress-fighting playlists, it has to be classical. Here, we’ve collected a few old favourites and a number of others you may not have heard. Due to its typical low beats per minute, classical music is a great accompaniment to work, games, reading or times when you just want to clear your head. You don’t have to be an aficionado to appreciate it, as we hope this list proves.
Over the last four decades, some of the greatest music ever created has been without the use of traditional instruments – and it’s resulted in a cavalcade of relaxing songs. From Kraftwerk and The Chemical Brothers to Air and Goldfrapp, there’s plenty to discover on this playlist.
Back in the days when TV was bland and inoffensive, music was still one of the best places to get your kicks. Combining songs from the 1930s to 1960s, this list combines rhythm and blues, doo-wop and great vocals to take you away from any present-day stresses you may have.
Our so-called Science playlist comes off the back of a purportedly scientific study carried out by a team at Mindlab International, on behalf of one of the UK’s foremost bubble bath producers. However, we’re not that cynical here in the Relaxation Zone, so we’ve included the list of songs anyway.
Eight of the ten de-stressing tunes are available on Spotify, though Café del Mar’s “We Can Fly” is available here on YouTube. Barcelona’s “Please Don’t Go” is also unavailable on the music service, but it’s best seen as the backing track to this incredible video – together, the visuals and audio may be the silver bullet for stress.