Certain types of sounds have therapeutic value, especially for alleviating anxiety. In a study commissioned by Spotify, the digital music service, anxiety psychologist Dr. Becky Spelman of the Private Therapy Clinic in London and her research team investigated music’s ability to relieve anxiety, especially flight anxiety.

Here is Spotify’s playlist, Calming Music to Fly To, based on Dr. Spelman’s research:

  • “Someone Like You,” Adele
  • “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away),” Enya
  • “Piano on the Beach,” Liborio Conti
  • “Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major (‘Elvira Madigan’), K. 467,” Mozart
  • “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
  • “Pure Shores,” All Saints
  • “Buffalo Soldier,” Bob Marley
  • “Scar Tissue,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Paradise,” Coldplay
  • “As I Lay Me Down,” Sophie B. Hawkins
  • “Inside Out,” Britney Spears
  • “Ignition,” R. Kelly
  • “Flaws and All,” Beyoncé
  • “The Christmas Song,” Nat King Cole
  • “Space Oddity,” David Bowie

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