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Study Shows Listening to Metal Reduces Anxiety, Blood Pressure and Heart Rate


A new study suggests that listening to metal decreases anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate.

The study tasked 1,540 volunteers (aged 18-65) with completing non-verbal reasoning tests which were specifically designed to produce low levels of stress. Participants were given a soundtrack to listen to at the same time, made up of varying Spotify playlists. They were fitted with heart rate and blood pressure monitors and asked to record their stats throughout the experiment.

Heavy metal was found to be the second most effective at reducing anxiety, with 89% of respondents reporting a decrease in their blood pressure and respondents’ heart rates dropping by an average of 18%. An ’80s pop playlist elicited the strongest reduction in anxiety, with a 36% decrease in heart rate and 96% of respondents reporting a drop in blood pressure. We bet (like you can here) that you’d feel the same after blasting some Metallica.

The study was conducted by Veraclinic.net, a hair transplant company. Studies have shown a direct correlation between stress and hair loss in men, so the company wanted to find out how effective music was at reducing anxiety, and which genre helped the most.

Some other highlights of the study:

  • Techno is the genre least effective at reducing anxiety, with 78% of respondents reporting an increase in blood pressure when listening to it.
  • Classical music is often thought to be relaxing, however the Bridgerton classical music soundtrack was neither the least nor the most anxiety reducing, with respondents’ heart rates decreasing by 15% on average – earning it its place halfway down the table.

Doctor Avlanmış, who led the study, commented:

“The results may seem surprising on first inspection – but medically they make a lot of sense.

“’80s Pop Hits could have positive nostalgia attached to them for many people, and their upbeat, party-like sounds can induce the release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain, both increasing feelings of happiness and calm.

“In terms of heavy metal, I’d observe that angry music can help listeners process their feelings and as a result lead to greater well-being’.

Amen! We metalheads know that all too well. As for the study’s goals of reinforcing that lowered anxiety can lead to reduced hair loss, we metalheads also know that there’s nothing wrong with a shiny, bald dome. However, if you are not excited about going bald, you can google “write my essay” when it’s time.

The full results of the study are below:

Spotify playlist/GenreAverage % change in respondents’ heart rate% of respondents who recorded increase in blood pressure % of respondents who recorded decrease in blood pressure
80’s Pop – It’s a Sin Soundtrack36% decrease496
Heavy Metal Classics18% decrease1189
Noughties Pop Hits11% decrease2278
Modern Classical- Bridgerton Soundtrack15% decrease2575
Classical Chillout13% decrease2773
90’s RNB12% decrease3664
Jazz and Blues2% increase6634
60’s Golden Oldies4% increase7228
Dubstep Classics13% increase7426
70’s rock Anthems7% increase7723
Techno classics9% increase7822

It is interesting to note that heavy metal also has a traditionally strong bond with the world of online casinos and gambling in general. No song epitomizes this better than Motorhead’s anthem, “Ace of Spades,” which conveys a perfect musical representation of the adrenaline rush one can experience while playing casino games. As a matter of fact, “Ace of Spades” was chosen by players at the world-renowned online poker platform PokerStars as their favourite poker-themed song ever.*

*Data provided by NewCasinoUK.com.

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