Playing the greatest hits of this decade may be a good way to lift your listeners’ spirits during these gloomy times, fighting stress. Here’s why
“Call me”, “Take on me”, “Eye of the Tiger”, “Girls just want to have fun”, it’s perhaps no coincidence that all these hits from the eighties are played more than ever on many radios. A recent Turkish study, conducted by Vera Clinic (with 1,540 people aged 18 to 65), and reported by the New York Post, explains that the songs of the 80s have a positive impact on those who listen to them by lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
To arrive at this result, the authors of the study had the participants listen to several different playlists including songs from the 1960s, rock from the 1970s, the best songs from the 1980s, R&B from the 1990s, but also dubstep, classical, and jazz. And the result is clear: 96% of the participants saw their blood pressure decrease after listening to 1980s hits, and 36% felt a drop in their heart rate.
Surprising? Yes, but let’s not forget what the 80s are all about: partying, carefree behavior, and nostalgia for a happy time. This allows for: the secretion of endorphins and serotonin in the brain, hormones of happiness and well-being.
What are the other most “anti-stress” musical styles? On the second place of the podium, we find… heavy metal! Then come in order the songs of the 2000s, classical music, and R&B of the 1990s.
But it is indeed the 80’s that are at the top of this ranking, which should certainly be taken with a pinch of salt, but to which many radio programmers in the world will not remain insensitive.
This allows us to mention some of the radio stations broadcast on Shoutcast and which are dedicated to the music of the 80s:
The Big 80s Station: a real reference
The Mix Radio 80’s: very popular in the United Kingdom
Made In 80: the official radio of the ’80s in France
FM 80: rather specialized in Funk
Extended 80: the 80’s in a long version