What is the best song to give birth to?
Elton John’s ‘The Circle of Life’ has been voted the best song to give birth to, according to a study done by baby and toddler brand Pampers.
The research was conducted using OnePoll.com and aimed to gather information about common prenatal habits and the relationship between expectant mothers and their widwives.
Joining Elton’s classic in the hot list is another feline number, Katy Perry’s Roar, as well as some less up-beat choices like Sunrise by Norah Jones and Easy Like Sunday Morning by Lionel Richie.
According to the findings, 41 per cent of the mothers questioned said that music in the delivery room can distract from the intense pain of labour and giving birth, while over half said that music was an effective relaxing agent.
25 per cent of the women polled played background music on the day and 68 per cent claimed they would play music during pregnancy.
The study came as a result of a wider project by Pampers to showcase the important role played by midwives. The song Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It, which reached number four in the top songs list, features on the brand’s advert promoting its #ThankYouMidwife campaign, launched in December.
“Our new ad has a brilliant soundtrack that really highlights just how much midwives help mums push through during labour”, said Pampers Brand Manager Caroline Gorrie.
“This got us thinking what songs expectant mums listen to in the delivery suite and the results are great!”
The top 20 songs to give birth to…
1. The Circle of Life – Elton John
2. I Want to Break Free – Queen
3. Roar – Katy Perry
4. Push It – Salt n Pepa
5. I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
6. Happy – Pharrell Williams
7. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns n Roses
8. Under Pressure – David Bowie / Queen
9. Get Ready for This – 2Unlimited
10. You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
11. Easy Like Sunday Morning – Lionel Richie
12. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
13. Let It Go – Idina Menzel
14. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
15. The Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve
16. Let’s Go – Calvin Harris
17. Let it Go – James Bay
18. Try – Pink
19. Sunrise – Norah Jones
20. Don’t Panic – Coldplay
While the list contains some great suggestions for the moment of giving birth, you could also consider preparing labour playlist. Our list features a mix of genres so there’s something to suit every mood you may experience and hopefully some of our choices will even make you giggle when you need it most.
Read More: The Ultimate Labour Playlist