Revealed: The top songs to increase your productivity levels, according to Spotify users

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 revealed the top 10 songs for your everyday activities. Songs were picked by identifying the most-featured tracks across Spotify playlists created for various scenarios from exercise to studying.

The top 10 songs to play in the office

  • Among the top 100 office songs, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay are the most-featured artists
  • AC/DC appears twice in the top 10 songs, making them the most popular band to feature on workplace-themed playlists
Rank Top Tracks Top artists
1 Blinding Lights – The Weeknd AC/DC
2 Closer – The Chainsmokers Ed Sheeran
3 Till I Collapse – Eminem Coldplay
4 Shape of You – Ed Sheeran Post Malone
5 Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey The Chainsmokers
6 Hotel California – Eagles The Weeknd
7 Circles – Post Malone Harry Styles
8 Dreams (2004 Remaster) – Fleetwood Mac Bruno Mars
9 Thunderstruck – AC/DC Drake
10 Back in Black – AC/DC Eminem

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 38.9/100 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:

  • CROWN – TOMORROW X TOGETHER
  • Dynamite – BTS
  • Time – Hans Zimmer
  • 5:32pm – The Deli
  • Comptine d’un autre été, l’après-midi – Yann Tiersen
  • controlla – Idealism
  • Affection – Jinsang
  • The Imitation Game- Alexandre Desplat
  • Nuvole Bianche – Ludovico Einaudi
  • Again – Wun Two

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:

  • The Business- Tiësto
  • Head & Heart (MNEK) – Joel Corry
  • Roses – Imanbek Remix – SAINt JHN
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  • Lose Control – MEDUZA
  • Friday (feat. Mufasa & Hypeman) – Dopamine Re-Edit – Riton
  • Your Love (9pm) – ATB
  • Breaking Me – Topic
  • Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)
  • 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

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

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


Methodology:

Playlists were created using the Playlist Miner tool that aggregates the top tracks from the most popular public playlists on Spotify that match your search criteria. For each category we used five keywords to pull the top 100 tracks for each one. We then cross-referenced each list to select the top 10 that appeared the most times across all search terms. In the case that multiple tracks feature the same number of times across all lists, lists were narrowed down to 10 using the following criteria:

  • Only one track from a particular artist/band will feature in the top 10 (the highest ranking one will be selected)
  • A particular track will not feature in more than one themed playlist
  • Tracks with a higher total number of features on playlists with a set keyword in will be prioritised – this data is available on Playlist Miner

The top artists are those who appeared the most times across all 500 tracks aggregated for each theme, whether this be with one popular song, or with multiple tracks.

The formula for the ultimate song for each activity was revealed by calculating the average tempo and length, most popular genre, as well as scores for energy, instrumental and happiness. Data on BPM and length, as well as scores for happiness, energy and instrumental-ness is courtesy of Chosic.

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