- Researchers have created the ideal soundtrack for the whole day to boost your mood
- They analyzed over two billion songs to put together the right combination.
- Warm songs wake us up in the morning, but slow tracks are better at night
Looking for a perfect day? Spring to ska out of bed, stick to Abba in the afternoon and go to bed with Layla.
Researchers have analyzed over two billion songs to provide the ideal soundtrack… with a little help from their friends on Spotify.
Unsurprisingly, they found that energetic, cheery tunes lift us up in the morning, while slower tracks are best before bedtime—but experts actually pointed to changing tastes at five times of the day.
Dr Ole Hegli of Aarhus University in Denmark, who led the study of songs heard by Spotify users, said: ‘Relatively slow, yet energetic music can help to wake up properly in the morning, or after a morning commute. can provide a good background for ,
His ideal playlist begins with tracks including I’m A Believer and Our House by Madness by The Monkees.
After an afternoon slump in tempo from noon to 2 p.m., danceable tracks—like Mamma Mia, or Summer Nights from Musical Grease—provide much-needed lift after lunch.
Eric Clapton’s Layla or Moby’s porcelain works best at night, while Prince’s Purple Rain or Meat Loaf’s I Do Anything for Love (but I won’t) are best received in the early hours.
Dr Ole Hegli from Aarhus University in Denmark, who led the study of songs listened to by Spotify users, said: ‘People want different things from songs at different times.
After an afternoon slump in tempo from noon to 2 p.m., the danceable tracks provide a much-needed lift after lunch.
‘Relatively slow, yet energetic music in the morning can help to wake up properly, or can provide a nice backdrop for a morning commute.
‘Faster, pounding songs in the afternoon can give an energy boost during those post-lunch hours, whereas people probably want danceable songs with a clear rhythm in the evening because they are in the party mood.’
The Spotify database used by the researchers categorizes music based on characteristics such as ‘bounce’, ‘dance’, tempo and rhythm.
A computer algorithm allowed the songs that people actually listened to be organized into the most popular songs at different times of the day, without leaving them behind.
A clear pattern appeared, with people listening to more happy, upbeat and energetic songs between 8 a.m. and noon.
The tempo of the music played by the people and the dance potential followed by a mid-afternoon silence from noon to 2 o’clock, the favorite afternoon soundtrack was danceable to a nice beat.
This ‘afternoon’ period may include crowd-pleasing summer nights from musical Grease in a typical playlist from noon to 8 p.m.
After an afternoon slump in tempo from noon to 2 p.m., danceable tracks—like Mamma Mia, or Summer Nights from Musical Grease—provide much-needed lift after lunch
The songs were loudest, bouncy and most ‘party-like’ in their tempo in the evening – a period that lasted from 8 pm to 11 pm on weekdays, but was fine until 3 pm on weekends.
Night-time then introduced a mix of faster and slower songs, which were considered less loud.
Dr Hagley said: ‘Maybe some people are dancing at night, while others just want to sleep.’
On the options for the opening hours, between 4 a.m. and 6 p.m., the lead researcher said: ‘This period is characterized by low tempo soft and organic songs.
‘Those returning home from a night out will need some rest, while those who get up very early need a soft start to the day.’
Researchers created a test for people to analyze the best times of day for their playlists, which they tried on 253 people.
About two-thirds of the playlists were liked by people when they were best suited for it.