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New heart rate study reveals the most popular love songs to make your heart race

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New heart rate study reveals the most popular love songs to make your heart race

  •       You’re still the one by Shania Twain revealed as the number one love song to get your heart rate racing

Using heart rate tracking equipment, a new report by thortful.com discovered how listeners’ hearts rate reacted when they were played top love songs.

thortful analysed Spotify playlists with the words ‘Love song’ in the title. The top songs and artists from these playlists were then analysed and collated. 

From this, a group of respondents listened to the top 20 songs from the playlist and thortful measured the test subject’s heart rates, to see which songs got hearts racing.

Shania Twain’s You’re Still the One came out on top, making volunteer’s heart rates bump up to an average of 71.9 beats per minute, rising 9.5 compared to their average resting heart rate. 

Table of results:

               

#

SONG

ARTIST

HEART RATE

AVERAGE

INCREASE

1

You’re Still The One

Shania Twain

71.9

62.4

9.5

2

Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)

Phil Collins

71.6

62.4

9.2

3

Heaven

Bryan Adams

71.4

62.4

9

4

My Heart Will Go On - Love Theme from “Titanic”

Céline Dion

71.2

62.4

8.8

5

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You

Bryan Adams

70.8

62.4

8.4

6

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Bonnie Tyler

70.6

62.4

8.2

7

No One

Alicia Keys

70.6

62.4

8.2

8

How Deep Is Your Love (2007 Remastered Saturday Night Fever LP Version)

Bee Gees

70.6

62.4

8.2

9

The Lady In Red

Chris de Burgh

70.5

62.4

8.1

10

It’s You

Ali Gatie

70.3

62.4

7.9

11

Miss You Like Crazy

Natalie Cole

70.1

62.4

7.7

12

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Starship

69.7

62.4

7.3

13

Listen To Your Heart

Roxette

69.6

62.4

7.2

14

Little Things

One Direction

69.6

62.4

7.2

15

King and Queen of Hearts

David Pomeranz

69.6

62.4

7.2

16

Say You, Say Me

Lionel Richie

69.3

62.4

6.9

17

Foolish Heart

Steve Perry

68.6

62.4

6.2

18

Please Forgive Me

Bryan Adams

68.6

62.4

6.2

19

Through The Years - Single Version

Kenny Rogers

68

62.4

5.6

20

I’ll Always Love You

Michael Johnson

67.6

62.4

5.2

And Shania wasn’t the only Canadian to have the key to romantic song-writing – three of the five top artists to make heart rates jump are from Canada, with Bryan Adams making a double appearance with both Heaven and the classic ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ from the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

The findings also show that movie moments seem to set pulses soaring, with Phil Collins’ ‘Against All Odds’ from the movie of the same name at number two, and Celine Dion’s classic ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from the iconic Titanic coming in at the number four spot, setting pulses soaring by 9.2 and 8.8 beats per minutes respectively.

Karaoke classic ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler, came in at number six, whilst more modern songs still made the cut, like Alicia Keys’ ‘No One’, which made heartbeats increase by an average of 8.2 beats per minute.

For more information, go to: https://www.thortful.com/blog/most-popular-love-songs/