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Beep Beep Beep? How to Find the Ideal Alarm Tone.

Beeps, buzzers and babbling brooks – there is nothing more redundant than the sound of our morning alarm tone. And while it's safe to assume (we think) nobody  loves the sound of their alarm in the morning, many still depend on that rhythmic burst of morning misery to wake up on time.

There has to be a better way though, right? Well, actually, there might be.

First thing's first.


If you're not a “morning person," it's unlikely that a new alarm tone is going to change that. For most, the process of waking up concludes with a tired, grumpy state of being – the struggle is definitely real.

So, while we'd love to tell you the perfect tune will have you feeling alert, full of energy and ready to seize the day from the second you open your eyes, we can't promise anything  that drastic. What we can tell you, though, is that help is on the way.

Pop is not perfect.


These days, the airwaves are jam-packed with up-beat, catchy tunes – odds are one of them is stuck in your head right now. After a long day of work or during a weekend road trip with friends, there's nothing better than cranking the volume on the latest pop hit and belting the lyrics out loud for all to hear.

These songs seem to make you happy, so you should just set one of those as your alarm tone, right? Wrong! While yes, pop music is generally energizing and uplifting from the get-go, your mind processes sounds a lot differently in the wee hours of the morning.

Yes, that Coldplay song.


Knowing what we now know about the mind's ability to process sound in the morning, it shouldn't come as a surprise that your alarm tone should carry you through multiple stages of the wake cycle, transitioning you through increasingly more alert stages.

Find a song that eases listeners in, building up to the catchy beats and positive lyrics. Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" (we know you know it) is an excellent example, as the song begins with an extended string intro and slowly works its way into a highly rhythmic, super catchy verse.

Your snooze, your tunes.


In the event you're Coldplay-ed out, Dr. David M. Greenberg worked with Spotify's data team to identify the ideal morning  playlist. While the 20-song playlist kicks off with “Viva La Vida," it also includes classics like Bill Withers' “Lovely Day," and more recent hits like Avicii's “Wake Me Up."

Gone are the days of relentless buzzing and beeping. Set yourself up for success with an alarm tone that's right for you! With so many options to help optimize your wake cycle, you may not have to repeat an alarm tone all month. We can't promise you still won't be tempted to hit that snooze button once or twice, but it sure beats three or four times…right?

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