Music For Care Homes playlists

Welcome. On this page you can find playlists for the elderly, designed to be played by staff and carers at care homes and in the community.

The playlists are approximately fifty minutes to an hour long, created for easy use.

Artists and repertoire have been selected on the basis of the musical interests of residents at Cedar Court Care Home, Cranleigh and Stonehill House, Abbeyfield Haddenham, collected in informal interviews with volunteers and Young Artist Musical Ambassador (YAMA) trainees from the Music Mind Spirit Trust in the period 2018-2020.

The specific tracks and sequencing were automatically selected by X-System, which is a technology capable of predicting the neuro-physiological effects of music. Shorter, twenty minute versions of some of these playlists can be found in the relaxing and enlivening pages on the site.

Wake Up with The Musicals

Total length: 53:09

Tracks have been selected and ordered by X-System to achieve a simple ascending slope of “activation” for the residents - beginning with moderate to low activation to accompany a comfortable awakening, and then increasing step by step to high activation to support getting up, getting dressed etc.

All tracks on this playlist have a positive valence, which means a positive "feel good" factor.

Title Artist Duration Activation Valence
Edelweiss Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews 1.50 0.32 0.46
Memory Elaine Paige 5.15 0.33 0.44
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Henry Mancini 2.46 0.37 0.55
As long as he needs me Jodie Prenger 3.08 0.40 0.44
Somewhere over the rainbow Doris Day 3.39 0.44 0.52
Moon River Henry Mancini 2.41 0.46 0.52
Do-Re-Mi Julie Andrews 5.32 0.47 0.56
Macavity the Mystery Cat Andrew Lloyd Webber 6.57 0.51 0.50
If I were a Rich Man Chaim Topol 5.25 0.54 0.51
We’re off to see the Wizard Judy Garland 0.39 0.56 0.48
Follow the Yellow Brick Road Judy Garland 0.51 0.61 0.48
Consider Yourself Laurence Jeffcoate 6.15 0.67 0.49
The Rum Tum Tugger Andrew Lloyd Webber 3.05 0.72 0.48
Mr Mistoffelees Andrew Lloyd Webber 3.37 0.78 0.52

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Getting Going With The Beatles

Total length: 49:03

Tracks have been automatically selected and ordered to achieve a simple ascending slope of “activation” for the residents, with high valence ("feel good factor").

Title Duration Activation Valence
Yesterday The Beatles 2.03 0.35 0.49
And I Love Her The Beatles 2.31 0.42 0.52
Let It Be The Beatles 4.03 0.52 0.55
Come together The Beatles 4.19 0.53 0.57
If I Fell The Beatles 2.19 0.54 0.58
This Boy The Beatles 2.16 0.55 0.61
Get Back The Beatles 3.12 0.58 0.54
Eleanor Rigby The Beatles 2.06 0.60 0.62
Penny Lane The Beatles 2.58 0.63 0.64
Got to Get You Into My Life The Beatles 2.29 0.64 0.62
Hey Jude The Beatles 7.11 0.65 0.60
Can’t Buy Me Love The Beatles 2.11 0.66 0.53
Ob-la-di The Beatles 3.11 0.67 0.58
Help The Beatles 2.20 0.68 0.59
Paperback Writer The Beatles 2.27 0.73 0.57
All you need is love The Beatles 4.01 0.76 0.52
Back in the USSR The Beatles 2,45 0.81 0.52

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Lunchtime with Glenn Miller

Total length: 57:41

In this case tracks were automatically selected and ordered to achieve a simple curve of “activation” for the residents - beginning with moderate activation to support physical movement associated with the arrival of residents in the dining room, then reducing to medium-to-low activation for eating and digesting, then slowly returning to moderate activation as residents prepare for physical activity, leaving the dining room.

Title Duration Activation Valence
The Woodpecker Song Glenn Miller 2.33 0.71 0.56
Little Brown Jug Glenn Miller 2.52 0.68 0.51
Chattanooga Choo Choo Glenn Miller 3.26 0.66 0.60
In the Mood Glenn Miller 2.35 0.65 0.55
Pennsylvania 6-5000 Glenn Miller 3.06 0.64 0.63
Moonlight Serenade Glenn Miller 3.22 0.56 0.58
Blueberry Hill Glenn Miller 2.53 0.55 0.59
When You Wish Upon a Star Glenn Miller 2.53 0.53 0.52
Tuxedo Junction Glenn Miller 3.28 0.50 0.60
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Glenn Miller 3.40 0.47 0.53
Serenade in Blue Glenn Miller 3.27 0.50 0.54
On a Little Street in Singapore Glenn Miller 2.44 0.53 0.55
Over the Rainbow Glenn Miller 2.28 0.55 0.56
A String of Pearls Glenn Miller 3.14 0.61 0.63
Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree Glenn Miller 3.13 0.64 0.59
Kalamazoo Glenn Miller 3.16 0.65 0.61
When Johnny comes marching home Glenn Miller 3.13 0.67 0.58
Over There Glenn Miller 2.04 0.70 0.52
American Patrol Glenn Miller 3.18 0.73 0.57

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Feeling Better And Better

Total length: 53:18

In this case tracks were automatically selected and ordered to achieve a simple curve of “feeling better and better” for the residents. X-System valence measures were used to calculate a curve from moderately positive valence (medium vagal power) to highly positive vagal power.

Title Artist Duration Activation Valence
My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion 5.10 0.22 0.44
Amazing Grace Judy Collins 3.49 0.27 0.45
Ave Maria Olivia Newton John 6.31 0.33 0.46
Blowing in the Wind Julie Felix 3.30 0.58 0.46
Walking in the Air Aled Jones 3.27 0.45 0.47
Wild Mountain Thyme Marianne Faithfull 3.38 0.32 0.47
Scarborough Fair Simon and Garfunkel 3.08 0.32 0.48
Que sera sera Doris Day 2.08 0.55 0.50
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Doris Day 3.39 0.44 0.52
Close to you Susie Wong 3.16 0.41 0.52
Molly Malone The Dubliners 3.02 0.44 0.52
Moon River Henry Mancini 2.41 0.46 0.52
My Way Luciano Pavarotti 3.34 0.50 0.53
Oh Pretty Woman Roy Orbison 2.59 0.70 0.53
What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong 2.20 0.59 0.61

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Relax With Opera

Total length: 1:04:26

In this case tracks were automatically selected and ordered to achieve a simple descending slope of “activation” for the residents - beginning with moderate to low activation, and with high valence (“feel good”).

Title Duration Activation Valence
Possenti amor mi chiama Bocelli 2.58 0.48 0.55
E buona la mia Tosca Angelotti 2.29 0.47 0.47
Donna Non Vidi Mai Pavarotti 2.05 0.45 0.40
A Forza di Martelli Mozart 3.05 0.45 0.45
Nessun Dorma Pavarotti 3.00 0.43 0.44
Celeste Aida Aida Pavarotti 4.08 0.42 0.40
Turna a Surriento Pavarotti 4.25 0.41 0.42
La Donna e Mobile Bocelli 2.18 0.40 0.47
Addio Bocelli 1.51 0.40 0.54
Che gelida manina Pavarotti 4.41 0.39 0.42
Recondita Armonia Pavarotti 3.00 0.39 0.42
Ch’Ella Mi Creda Bocelli 2.01 0.38 0.44
Ed io venivo Puccini 4.18 0.36 0.48
E lucevan le stelle Puccini 3.16 0.33 0.44
Caro Mi Bien Pavarotti 3.05 0.33 0.41
O dolci mani Puccini 1.38 0.32 0.41
Pourquoi me réveiller Pavarotti 3.07 0.31 0.41
La Fleur.... Bocelli 4.20 0.30 0.40
Aer tranquillo Mozart 6.43 0.29 0.45
Una Furtiva Lagrima Bocelli 4.14 0.27 0.43

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Good Night With Doris Day

Total length: 49:01

Tracks were automatically selected and ordered to achieve a simple descending slope of “activation” for the residents - beginning with moderate to low activation to support the physical activity of preparing to sleep, decreasing to maximum relaxation. Music was also chosen for positive valence (vagal power - feeing good).

Title Duration Activation Valence
The Deadwood Stage Doris Day 3.20 0.66 0.56
High Hopes Doris Day 2.20 0.60 0.55
Shanghai Doris Day 2.24 0.57 0.53
Que sera sera Doris Day 2.08 0.55 0.50
Swinging on a Star Doris Day 2.33 0.52 0.52
The Gypsy in my Soul Doris Day 3.10 0.50 0.52
Cheek to Cheek Doris Day 2.58 0.47 0.52
The Way You Look Tonight Doris Day 3.23 0.46 0.56
On the Street where You Live Doris Day 3.07 0.45 0.51
Long Ago and Far Away Doris Day 2.33 0.43 0.53
Secret Love Doris Day 3.38 0.42 0.47
Three Coins in a Fountain Doris Day 3.16 0.41 0.46
Singin’ in the Rain Doris Day 2.02 0.40 0.50
Night and Day Doris Day 3.15 0.39 0.45
When I Fall in Love Doris Day 2.56 0.38 0.46
Again Doris Day 2.59 0.35 0.51
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Doris Day 2.39 0.28 0.47

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