Love Songs to Get Your Heart Racing

New heart rate study reveals the most popular love songs to make your heart race, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Heart Rate Study

A new report by discovered how listeners’ heart rates reacted when listening to some of the world’s most popular love songs. Using high tech heart rate tracking equipment, they compiled a list of the top 20 songs to get people’s hearts racing. Thortful analysed Spotify playlists with the words ‘Love song’ in the title. The top songs and artists from these playlists were then analysed and collated.

Top Beats

According to the findings, Shania Twain’s romantic “You’re Still the One” came out on top, making volunteer’s heart rates bump up to an average of 71.9 beats per minute, rising 9.5 compared to their average resting heart rate. Also featuring in the top five were Phil Collins classic “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)”. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Titanic theme “My Heart Will Go On”, the Celine Deon belter, came out at number 4 in this list, increasing participant heart rate by 8.8 beats per minute. 80’s legend Bryan Adams made it into the top five twice, with hits “Heaven” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”.


It seems that Canadian artists have the potential to set our hearts racing with Shania Twain, Bryan Adams and Celine Dion all hailing from Canada. Another clear trend was movie moments which seem to set pulses soaring; ‘Against All Odds’, from the movie of the same name, Titanic Soundtrack and the iconic “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” from ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’.

Romantic Sing-Along

Karaoke classic ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler, came in at number six, whilst more modern songs still made the cut, like Alicia Keys’ ‘No One’, which made heartbeats increase by an average of 8.2 beats per minute.