For the second year in a row, a sleep study conducted in the U.K. by Travelodge has found that Coldplay is the musical artist that British snoozers most prefer to doze off to. Chris Martin and company's pleasantly hypnotic Britpop tops Travelodge's 2010 Kip List ("kip" is British slang for "nap"), followed by the equally mellow and soothing Michael Buble, Snow Patrol, Alicia Keys, and Jack Johnson. Mozart is the only classical musician on the list, coming in at #7. Sexy crooner Barry White places eighth, indicating that some survey-takers may have misunderstood Travelodge's question to be "What do you like to listen to in bed?"--but not necessarily while sleeping.
Here's Travelodge's top 10 Kip List:
2. Michael Buble
3. Snow Patrol
4. Alicia Keys
5. Jack Johnson
6. Taylor Swift
8. Barry White
9. Leona Lewis
Anyhoo, we're sure many haters will use these findings as an excuse to easily make fun of Coldplay's supposed boring-ness, but since we dig Coldplay here at Yahoo!, we'll take this survey as a compliment, since the group's dreamy alt-rock certainly does possess lullaby-like properties. Still, we don't think their music makes for the best shuteye soundtrack. After all, "Viva La Vida" is downright peppy in parts, "Yellow" has that jarring guitar riff right at the beginning, and "Clocks" will just remind insomniacs that time is quickly ticking away and they have to get up for work at 6am. Obviously there are better bedtime options, slumber songs that go down as easy as a glassful of warm milk or a fistful of warm Lunesta pills.
So here are some alternate suggestions for our own Kip List. Listen to this melotonic music tonight and it'll be like you overdosed on audio Ambien. Sleep well!
This Mormon Minnesota trio somnambulantly spearheaded the "slowcore" scene of the mid-'90s, which also included Galaxie 500, Spain, the Radar Bros., and the aptly named Codeine. But Low's decelerated-to-a-crawl mood music was so tranquilizing, it made those other slowcore bands sound like Slayer. Fans (including this yawning writer) have regularly fallen asleep midway through Low concerts--which normally would be an insult to a hard-working live band, but in Low's case such an underwhelmed audience reaction is the ultimate form of flattery, proof that their music is effectively trance-inducing indeed. Low's CDs should actually come with warning stickers, advising buyers not to listen to them while driving. So prepare to nod off and have your forehead hit your computer keyboard after listening to the indie-rock lullaby below.
Sure, not all Cure music is so calming (some of their spooky subject matter could induce nightmares), but the goth legends' landmark Faith, Seventeen Seconds, and Disintegration albums are basically bottles of extra-strength Nytol compressed and converted into MP3 form. Disintegration even features a song called "Lullaby" on it, although it's that album's epic track "Closedown" that will have your eyelids closed down for the duration of the night.
This Parisian artronica duo's swooningly romantic, slightly new-agey soundscapes are the best thing from France to enter boudoirs since Chanel No. 5 or, well, French kissing. "We are very into dreams and we are very into otherworld and everything. I don't know why, but when you put on our record, suddenly a sort of dreamy person is in the room. Just your spirit can go away, and that's very cool," Air's J.B. Dunckel once stated in his charmingly faltering English. Air even have a perfect nighttime ode, "Kelly Watch The Stars," but it might as well be titled "Kelly Count The Sheep."
THE FLAMING LIPS
The Lips have started performing their dazed and enthused prog-pop opus The Soft Bulletin in its entirety at special one-off gigs--and, like Low shows, this is another type of sleep-inducing concert for which spectators are advised to bring sleeping bags, pillows, and footsie pajamas. Cosmic complexities, seemingly infinite layers upon layers of lush, rapturous, gorgeous sound, the heavy-lidded hypnotica of "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton" and "Suddenly Everything Has Changed"...honestly, we're getting sleepy, very sleepy, just thinking about this album. Zzzzzzzz...
This minimalist pioneer (who, incidentally, produced Coldplay's most recent album) has been putting music snobs to sleep for decades with his four-volume, genre-defining Ambient album series, the first of which, Music For Airports, was inspired by a long layover at a German airport. And if that doesn't make you want to go right to sleep, then you've probably got a bad case of insomnia that no type of music can cure.