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The perfect playlist for productivity, sleep and more

Different occasions call for different tunes – what you jam to during the day might not be your go-to when trying to drift off to sleep at night. So Currys PC World has created the ideal playlist and formula for the perfect song for your everyday activities. Songs were picked by identifying the most-featured tracks across Spotify playlists for exercise, sleep, housework, studying, partying and romantic occasions. The most-featured artists were also unearthed based on who appeared the most across the categories.

A combination of lots of instrumental and a slow tempo is the recipe for the ideal concentration track

  • The average tempo of the most popular songs to concentrate to is 102.2 BPM, and the average length is 3 minutes 1 second
  • 2013 is the average year of release for the top 10 concentration songs
  • The studying playlist is awarded an energy score of just 35.8/100, a happiness score of 38.9/00 and a high instrumental score of 68.2/100

It appears the trick for maintaining your focus is keeping your music lyric-free. Low-fi beats is the most popular genre, with pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi among the top three artists. That said, he is joined by K-pop bands BTS and TOMORROW X TOGETHER in the top three, bringing a more upbeat vibe to study sessions.

These are the top 10 most-featured songs across concentration-related playlists: 

  2. Dynamite – BTS
  3. Time – Hans Zimmer
  4. 5:32pm – The Deli
  5. Comptine d’un autre été, l’après-midi – Yann Tiersen
  6. controlla – Idealism
  7. Affection – Jinsang
  8. The Imitation Game- Alexandre Desplat
  9. Nuvole Bianche – Ludovico Einaudi
  10. Again – Wun Two

The most popular genre to sleep to is pop

  • The average tempo of the top bedtime songs is 110.3 BPM, and the average length is 3 minutes 44 seconds
  • 2016 is the average year of release for the top 10 sleep songs
  • The sleep playlist is awarded a low-key energy score of 30.4/100, a happiness score of 23/100 and an instrumental score of just 9.9/100

While pop is the dominant genre among sleep-related playlists on Spotify, with BTS and Billie Eilish making it into the top three artists, it’s the ambient electronic music project, Miracle Tones, that ranks as the most-featured artist.

These are the top 10 most-featured songs across sleep-related playlists: 

  1. Film Out – BTS
  2. I love you – Billie Eilish
  3. Falling – Harry Styles
  4. Heather – Conan Gray
  5. 528 Hz Release Inner Conflict & Struggle – Miracle Tones
  6. Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
  7. Get You the Moon (feat. Snøw) – Kina
  8. Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
  9. Jealous – Labrinth
  10. Fix You – Coldplay

The perfect workout song tempo is 131.1 BPM 

  • The average length of the top workout songs is 3 minutes
  • 2016 is the average year of release for the top 10 workout songs
  • The workout playlist is awarded an energy score of 76.4/100, a happiness score of 60/100 and an instrumental score of 0.4/100

Turns out dance pop is the most popular genre for workouts and exercise, with lots of upbeat dance tracks appearing in the top 10. When it comes to the top artists, however, it’s a real mixed bag, with AC/DC, Calvin Harris and Eminem ranking in the top three.

These are the top 10 most-featured songs across workout-related playlists: 

  1. The Business- Tiësto
  2. Head & Heart (MNEK) – Joel Corry
  3. Roses – Imanbek Remix – SAINt JHN
  4. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  5. Lose Control – MEDUZA
  6. Friday (feat. Mufasa & Hypeman) – Dopamine Re-Edit – Riton
  7. Your Love (9pm) – ATB
  8. Breaking Me – Topic
  9. Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)
  10. Thunderstruck – AC/DC

 Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ is the ultimate housework anthem 

  • The average tempo of the most popular housework songs is 126.3 BPM, and the average length is 3 minutes 54 seconds
  • The cooking and cleaning playlist is awarded an energy score of 63.4/100, a happiness score of 74/00 and an instrumental score of 2.8/100

When it comes to cooking and cleaning, it turns out people love to listen to the golden oldies, with 1995 the average release year for the most popular tracks. Pop and rock are the main genres of choice, with Ed Sheeran, Fleetwood Mac and Harry Styles the most popularartists.

These are the top 10 most-featured songs across cooking and cleaning-related playlists: 

  1. I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
  2. Dreams (2004 Remaster) – Fleetwood Mac
  3. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  4. Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
  5. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) – Mark Ronson
  6. You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates
  7. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
  8. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
  9. Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae
  10. Electric Love – BØRNS

Ed Sheeran, Camilla Cabello and The Weeknd are the most popular artists for love and sex  

  • The average tempo of the most popular romantic songs is 118.7 BPM, and the average length is 3 minutes 54 seconds
  • 2001 is the average year of release for the top 10 romantic songs
  • The love and sex playlist isawarded an energy score of just 40.3/100, a happiness score of 23.1/00 and a high instrumental score of 2.9/100

When it comes to romance, apparently pop is the go-to genre for setting the mood. Ed Sheeran steals the top spot as the most-featured artist and for the most-featured track. He’s joined by Camilla Cabello and The Weeknd in the top three artists.

These are the top 10 most-featured songs across romantic playlists: 

  1. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  2. All of Me – John Legend
  3. Daddy Issues – The Neighbourhood
  4. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  5. Love is a Bitch – Two Feet
  6. Don’t – Bryson Tiller
  7. All the Time – Jeremih
  8. Often – The Weeknd
  9. Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
  10. Stand by Me – Ben E. King

The recipe for the perfect party playlist is high energy and the happiness factor

  • The average tempo of the most popular party songs is 116.9 BPM, and the average length is 3 minutes 48 seconds
  • 2008 is the average year of release for the top 10 party tracks
  • The partying playlist is awarded a high energy score of 76/100, a happiness score of 64.5/00 and an instrumental score of 0.1/100

It turns out party music peaked in the noughties, with Usher’s ‘Yeah!’ topping the list of the most-featured songs in Spotify’s party playlists. Plus, Pitbull, Flo Rida and Calvin Harris ranking in the top three artists maintains the noughties theme.

These are the top 10 most-featured songs across party playlists: 

  1. Yeah! (feat. Lil John & Ludacris) – Usher
  2. Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer) – Pitbull
  3. Flo Rida- Low (feat. T-Pain)
  4. Hips Don’t Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean) – Shakira
  5. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
  6. Temperature – Sean Paul
  7. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  8. SexyBack (feat. Timberland) – Justin Timberlake
  9. Party in the U.S.A – Miley Cyrus
  10. Memories (feat. Kid Cudi) – David Guetta