What’s the best music for freediving? This is not only the type of music that gets you in the freediving mood, but also the music that makes you think of freediving, music that transports you to a a different (underwater) world.

You’d think that music for freediving would be too much of a personal thing to produce recommendations, however, thanks to the power of facebook, we decided to ask the world’s most distinguished freedivers for their thoughts and were very surprised at the results.

We discovered that music does indeed play a very important part in freediving. For some, it was reaching a meditative state (even sending some to sleep), for others it was for more practical reasons such as timing, concentration and focus. And then there are those who loved songs purely for the nostalgia of our Liveaboard Holidays!

We also found that a few tracks kept coming up again and again as being the favourite tune to tune out to…

Well the votes have been counted, and the results are out. We now know the best music for freediving and you can decide which track or genre floats your boat below!

Music For Freediving Poll Results:

Pop Music

Roughly 14% of you claimed the best music for freediving is Pop music, though I do know that due to the participants inherent ‘wit’ (Mark Evans, Editor in chief at Scuba Diver Magazine I’m looking at you here) some of these were just for fun and Red Sea nostalgia! Here are the ones that made the list:

But it was the fabulous Florence and the Machine who was crowned top of the pops with two votes their song How Big How Blue How Beautiful.

Pop Music 14%

Classical Music

Roughly 12% of you stated the best freediving music is Classical (big coloratura shout out to my more cultured freediving friends), with music including Puccini’s  la Traviatta and la Boheme, Sibelius’  Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 and Verdi, Aida duet from Act 2 scena 1 Fu la sorte dell’armi standing out as the favourites. The votes went to:

…and Mozart – which apparently if you visit the Y40 in Padua, Italy is the perfect complement to the view of some nice Italian freedivers. Very tenuous link, Irena, but we’ll let that pass, won’t we?

Classical Music 12%

Kids Music

Proving we all still have our inner-child, 10% were adamant that kids themes are the best music for freediving. We had the whole range, from our favourite mermaid film Under the Sea to the Magic Roundabout and more, but I think my favourite has to classic Sesame Street – Octopus’s Garden. I defy you to not be humming this one all day long!

You voted:

and….er….Spongebob – but more about him, later!

Kids Music 10%

Trip Hop

Not only did Trip Hop prove to be one of the best freediving music genres  with 12% of the votes, but it also happened to have the most voted for and ‘liked’ song of all – and what an utterly fabulous song it is too… Massive Attack’s Teardrop – a very worthy winner (in my opinion, anyway).

testYou voted:

  • Massive attack
  • Smoke City
  • Massive attack
  • Massive attack
  • Massive attack
  • Massive attack

See? I wasn’t joking!

Trip Hop 12%

Hip Hop/Dance

6% of you love a bit of hip hop/dance/you choose the genre and said this was the best music for freediving –  and why not? Mr Probz proved popular with voters with his song Waves which has become synonymous with our freediving holidays.

You voted for:

Hip Hop 6%

Rock

LET’S ROCK! Get ready for some classic rock, as the likes of Status Quo, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd grab 6% of the votes and tell you to go down, down, deeper and down. Hmmm… Again, I’m sure the Quo song was chosen more for the title than an affinity with freediving…

Here is the music you chose:

Rock 6%

Easy Listening

This is a bit of a catch-all for all the zen, trance, relaxed electronica, easy listening, relaxed freediving music you chose. I’m surprised that it only accounted for 8% of the votes (I thought it would be way higher), only narrowly beating listening to the sound of your own breathing which scored 4%!

You voted for:

  • Anything Zen – A good suggestion from Zen Master Nick Kenny is Dolphin Dreams, below.
  • Sound of my own breathing (so the next time I pick up the phone and hear heavy breathing I know it is either Andrés Muñoz or Andy Laurie!)
  • Worthy mentions go to:

Vangelis…..
Antarctic Echoes
Song of White
Deliverance
Dream in an Open Place
Piano in an Empty Room

Easy Listening 8%

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal scored 6% of the votes (from just one person, I might add. John B Griffith from the good ol’ US of A you are a very special man!). However, if you want to hear one of Metallica’s best songs (no thrashing, smashing or any other unmentionable behaviour), watch the video.

Heavy Metal 6%

Film Themes

The most iconic freediving film of all time is the amazing ‘Le Grand Bleu’  So it is no surprise that made the list. However,  when you see Star Trek  and Jaws and earning some of the votes you really start to wonder if it is safe to go back in the water with these guys!

Votes went to:

Worthy mentions also go to:

John Barry
Theme from “The Deep
Theme from “Octopussy” instrumental ( apparently, you gotta have a little Bond!..)
Film Themes 4%

Indie Rock

Indie Rock was the best music for freeding for 4% of you, with Editors Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors and  Electrelane’s Blue Straggler (Jagz Kooner remix) gaining the votes

Indie Pop 4%

DJ Mix

The remaining 18% of the votes were spread between alternative/indie, dream pop/electronica, R&B/Soul, Rap, Reggae, Synthpop, proving just what a diverse bunch you all are!

The Best of the Rest 18%

Personal Favourites

My own choices are based a lot on memories. I started freediving in 2000, so the music I associated with relaxation and being chilled out became linked to freediving. When I first started making freediving films, I also chose tracks that I felt went along with the images, and so now whenever I hear them, it makes me think of freediving.

As I’ve gone further down the rabbit hole of my music for freediving journey, what strikes me is that the music I am drawn to is from my past, when I was (ahem) a few years younger, and when life seemed (in retrospect) to me more free and with more possibilities. Freediving for me is about this freedom, this one-ness, and a sense of relaxation.

The music people have chosen will reflect their own memories and experiences and so whilst there are some great suggestions here, it’s likely your choices will be very much unique to you, but here is my favourite music for freediving:

So, here is my favourite music for freediving!

morcheeba – “the sea”

Air – La Femme d’Argent

Air – All I Need

Henryk Górecki Symphony of Sorrowful Songs – 2nd Movement

Moby – Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep. (2016) Full Album

Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby (Ambient Vocal Mix)

Ludovico Einaudi – Melodia Africana III

Ludovico Einaudi – I Giorni

Eric Serra – Le Grand Bleu – Soundtrack

Chicane – Saltwater (Original)

Random Tunes

These ones also cropped up in conversation!

Levi’s 501 commercial (Mermaids) (1997)

Underwater times by digital underground

Spongebob Squarepants …. Sorry!

So there you have it!

The results of the most scientific research into freediving music ever conducted by Go Freediving!

If you missed our poll and want your song added to the list, just add it to the comment box below!

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