Is your African violet wilting, or is your aloe vera on the dry side? Maybe that stunted spider plant needs its mood lifted. Just like people, plants seem to respond to music. SaveOnEnergyUK.com recently analyzed top plant-growing playlists based on Spotify and released recommendations for revving up people’s leafy companions.
The energy-comparison group considered 100 plant-growing playlists to see which songs and genres were most frequently included as well as what song length and beats per minutes plants liked best. Your peace lily’s ideal jam? A 4-minute pop song with 114 BPM.
After pop, the next two top genres were indie folk and indie pop. Some plants preferred rhymes and a stronger beat, boosting hip hop to No. 8, while those who wanted more “Hey!” in their folk drove stomp-and-holler music to place seventh.
It’s no wonder that Mort Garson appeared in 24 out of 100 playlists. This Canadian composer released Mother Earth’s Plantasia in 1976, and plants have been listening ever since. Green-House and Clairo each made it onto 15 playlists. Clairo is the professional name of American singer-songwriter Claire Elizabeth Cottrill. Green-House, also known as Olive Ardizoni, writes ambient music specifically for plants. Her Six Songs for Invisible Gardens was described in a press release as “designed as a communication with both plant life and the people who care for them.” Walt Wanderly came in third, Tame Impala fourth, and The Beatles, SZA, Stevie Wonder and Bon Iver all tied for fifth in top artists for plants.
Ever since Peter Tompkins’ and Christopher Bird’s The Secret Life of Plants came out in 1973, people have been thinking more seriously about the musical enjoyment of these familiar yet mysterious sentient beings. There was even a 1970s plant music genre, and Stevie Wonder recorded a soundtrack of the same name when The Secret Life of Plants was adapted as a documentary movie.
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