If you're a nervous flyer, chances are, nothing can put you truly at ease as you hurtle through the air at 800kmh.
But new research has discovered certain songs can have a soothing effect for those anxious in their seats.
British anxiety psychologist Becky Spelman found that breathing in time to music that had a low amount of beats per minute could lower the heart and reduce anxiety.
"Travel anxiety is caused by irrational thoughts where the threat is exaggerated and inappropriate," she said.
"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.
"Piano on The Beach by Liborio Conti works using this method of music therapy, but must be listened to with headphones to be effective."
Sponsored by music-sharing app Spotify, the research found the best song to listen to to calm the nerves is Someone Like You, by Adele.
The playlist of top 15 flying songs however, isn't all sentimental mush (although some of it is).
Top songs to fly to:
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 Chili Peppers
Paradise - Coldplay
As I Lay Me Down - Sophie B. Hawkins
Inside Out - Britney Spears
Ignition - R Kelly
Flaws and All - Beyonce
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
Space Oddity - David Bowie
- © Fairfax NZ News
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