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      Louis Armstrong’s ‘It’s A Wonderful World’ is the song Brits are most likely to play to help them make it through the day.

      The 1967 ballad came out ahead of The Beatles classic ‘Let it Be’ and Elton John’s ‘Your Song’.

      Other popular go-to artists for taking time out include Aretha Franklin, Adele and Ed Sheeran.

      A study of 2,000 adults found pop and classical are the favoured choice to help us relax.

      Almost half admitted music helps them cope with their hectic lifestyle.

      Modern mellow tracks in the top 30 include two of Adele’s hits, ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Hello’, and Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’.

      Coldplay, U2 and The Eagles were also defined as relaxing artists to listen to.

      The research was commissioned by Rescue Remedy to encourage Brits to tune into inner positive playlists during overwhelming times.

      The research also found 43 per cent believe listening to songs helps them concentrate and over half feel ‘less worried’.

      Therefore, 38 per cent listen to songs whilst ‘doing housework’, almost half have it as background noise ‘when driving’ and one in 10 put tunes on when ‘concentrating on a piece of work’.

      Other times when adults are likely to rely on music include at work, when cooking and at home in general.

      One quarter said they listen to songs to help them sleep and while on the daily commute.

      Half of those polled feel ‘relaxed’ when hearing mellow sounds and other feelings generated from listening to music were found to be ‘positive’, ‘motivated’ and ‘happy’.

      The most popular genre regularly listened to by Brits was found to be pop, followed by rock and easy listening.

      But six in 10 admitted the genre of music they chose to play depends on their mood at the specific time.

      During the average week, Brits listen to 56 songs, suggesting many rely on relaxing sounds to block out everyday life.

      A further 53 per cent believe singing along to music tends to help them ‘calm down’.

      Eight in 10 adults agree it’s important to make time for relaxation in today’s busy work and almost one quarter are not currently happy with their work/life balance.

      The ideal balance was found to be an equal 50/50 split, although one sixth admitted 10 per cent work and 90 per cent life would suit them best, the OnePoll study found.

      Top 30 song which keep Brits calm
      1. Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
      2. The Beatles – Let It Be
      3. Elton John – Your Song
      4. Adele – Someone Like You
      5. Adele – Hello
      6. Coldplay – Fix You
      7. Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
      8. Enya – Orinoco Flow
      9. Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken
      10. U2 – It’s a Beautiful Day
      11. Dido – White Flag
      12. Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
      13. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
      14. Bob Dylan – Lay, Lady Lay
      15. The Eagles – Peaceful Easy Feeling
      16. Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
      17. Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy
      18. Coldplay – The Scientist
      19. Simon And Garfunkel – America
      20. The Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There
      21. David Gray – Babylon
      22. Maroon 5- She Will Be Loved
      23. Sam Smith – Lay Me Down
      24. Katie Melua – Nine Million Bicycles
      25. Ed Sheeran – The A Team
      26. All Saints – Pure Shores
      27. Lily Allen – Smile
      28. Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
      29. Corrine Bailey Ray – Put Your Records On
      30. Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness

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