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Music by Adele and Coldplay revealed to help people with fear of flying

Music can be very effective in helping those who suffer from a crippling fear of flying, according to a new scientific study, and Adele's 'Someone Like You' has been named as one of the best songs to help alleviate the problem.

Anxiety psychologist Dr Becky Spelman, from the Private Therapy Clinic in London, conducted the research and it commissioned by Spotify. It shows that music can stimulate the part of the brain responsible for rationalising stress and nervousness, which in turn works with fears. Spelman explains: "Travel anxiety is caused by irrational thoughts where the threat is exaggerated and inappropriate. "

"Music that stimulates both the logical left and emotional right sides of the brain is said to stimulate the limbic system, which processes negative memories and emotions, which in turn helps people think in a more balanced, rational way suppressing anxiety."

Spotify's Angela Watts also spoke about the findings, adding: "We all have a strong personal and emotional connection to music so its power when it comes to anxiety control is no surprise. It's comforting that music can help more people enjoy their dream holiday without the fear of the journey at either end. Listening to Coldplay's 'Paradise' might actually get you there."

The songs highlighted as being the most useful in eliminating flight-related anxiety are as follows:

  • 'Someone Like You' - Adele
  • 'Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)' – Enya
  • 'Piano on The Beach' - Liborio Conti
  • 'Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467' - Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus
  • 'Better Together' – Jack Johnson
  • 'Pure Shores' - All Saints
  • 'Buffalo Soldier' - Bob Marley
  • 'Scar Tissue' - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • 'Paradise' - Coldplay
  • 'As I Lay Me Down' - Sophie B. Hawkins
  • 'Inside Out' - Britney Spears
  • 'Ignition' - R Kelly
  • 'Flaws and All' – Beyoncé
  • 'The Christmas song' - Nat King Cole
  • 'Space Oddity' - David Bowie





Watch Coldplay perform 'Paradise' live in Paris here: