Queen’s “I want to break free” as Top Track for Anxiety Relief

  • 75% of Brits listen to music to reduce their stress levels
  • 49% of Brits say they sing because it makes them feel good
  • ‘I Want To Break Free’ by Queen is top of the list of songs that people listen to, to lessen their levels of anxiety

Sir Elton John once said “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a little while” which is proven by 75% of people listening to music to reduce their stress levels and 49% having a sing because it makes them feel good according to research by the charity, The Children’s Trust.

Today marks European Music Therapy Day (Friday 15th November), which aims to promote and celebrate the connection between health and music, something The Children’s Trust says is an integral tool to help build a child’s confidence, cognition, speech and language, memory and even ease pain.

Music Therapy utilises different musical styles, methods and instruments to improve positive changes in emotional or physical wellbeing. This year’s theme is ‘Beat The Drum’ which is not only something that releases tension but something that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Following on from the success of the film, Bohemian Rhapsody, the research shows that Queen’s ‘I Want To Break Free’ comes top of a list of songs that people listen to, to lessen their levels of anxiety. Followed by Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’ and Louis Armstrong ‘What A Wonderful World’.

The UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, The Children’s Trust, has launched The Magical Music Appeal to raise money for music therapy.