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When it comes to choosing the songs that make it onto a birthing playlist, it’s fair to say that it’s a tough call.
Do you want something upbeat and powerful to push along to or do you want soothing music that’s going to calm your mind and allow you to focus on the task at hand?
Well, according to research from the UK, mums want a more chilled vibe in their delivery suite.
An analysis of 60 ‘childbirth’ playlists on Spotify and more than 16,000 songs by Supplement Place, has revealed the songs and artists which are most commonly listened to by mums while they are in labour.
Shockingly, Salt-N-Pepa’s hit song does not make it onto the list, laid-back crooner, Jack Johnson and his 2005 hit song, Better Together taking out the top spot. The song had 460,197,498 plays on Spotify and appeared on over half of the playlists analysed.
Taking out second place with Jason Maraz’s 2012 song, I Won’t Give Up, appearing on 26 of the playlists, with 530,386,616 spins on Spotify, while Make You Feel My Love by Adele took the third spot.
Ed Sheeran was the most popular birthing artist overall with two of his songs making an appearance in the top 10.
Is the soundtrack to this little one’s impending arrival, Better Together by Jack Johnson?
These are the songs on high rotation in labour wards
1. Better Together, Jack Johnson
2. I Won’t Give Up, Jason Mraz
3. Make You Feel My Love, Adele
4. Only Love, Ben Howard
5. Ho Hey, The Lumineers
6. Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
7. Come Away With Me, Norah Jones
8. Let It Go, James Bay
9. Here Comes The Sun, The Beatles
10. Heartbeats, José González
11. Your Song, Elton John
12. All Of Me, John Legend
13. Follow The Sun, Xavier Rudd
14. A Thousand Years, Christina Perri
15. Holocene, Bon Iver
16. Perfect, Ed Sheeran
17. Stay With Me, Sam Smith
18. Higher Love, James Vincent McMorrow
19. Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
While it seems like a natural song choice, this woman is likely to not be listening to Push It.
Researchers analysing the song playlists also looked at the average beats per minute (BPM) across all of the songs.
The average BPM was 118, which is around the same speed as Alicia Keys, If I Ain’t Got You and Mae Robinson’s What a Wonderful World
This research follows previous analysis, which identified Jeremih’s All The Time as the most popular track to have sex to, with Often by The Weeknd and Genuine’s Pony also making the top 10.