NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Singer/musician Ed Sheeran performs on NBC's "Today" at the NBC's TODAY Show on July 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Ed Sheeran And Sam Smith Are Putting People To Sleep, According To Spotify

The music of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith shows up on more sleep-inducing playlists than any other artists, according to the data compiled by researchers at Spotify. Something about their songs must be perfect for bed time listening.

Gizmodo reported that the sounds of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are frequently invoked to help Spotify users fall asleep. About 2.8 million “sleep-themed” playlists were examined by Spotify, and the results came back showing overwhelming numbers of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith songs. Of the top 20 most popular sleepy time pop tracks, Ed Sheeran wrote seven of them. Sam Smith was closely behind Ed Sheeran with some soothing songs of his own — a style Smith has become quite famous for.

It is important to note that both Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are some of the most streamed artists of all time. The Inquisitr recently reported on the sudden rise to fame both Sheeran and Smith enjoyed last year, and they show no signs of slowing down. But, their music is certainly helping their fans slow down — to the point of falling asleep.

According to Billboard, the top five songs on Spotify that helped lull people to dreamland were “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding, “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran and “I’m Not the Only One” by Sam Smith. Sheeran shows up five more times on that list, with songs like “Give Me Love” and “Photograph,” while Sam Smith shows up two more times, with his tracks “Lay Me Down” and “Latch (Acoustic).”

What about the music of Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran is dreary enough to make people fall asleep? Another post by the Inquisitr declares that Smith and Sheeran are the new kings of “blandpop,” meaning they produce a kind of inoffensive music just plain enough to appeal to the vast majority of people. Fans of the pop stars would probably not agree that their music is bland, but they might concede that both artists write songs that are relaxing, if a little emotional.

Despite the success of both sleep-inducing songwriters, they’ve managed to stay humble. Ed Sheeran recently admitted that he thinks Sam Smith is a better singer than him. Meanwhile, Smith has been repeatedly humbled by the frequent claims of plagiarism against one of the songs that made the sleep-themed playlist, “Stay With Me.” After Tom Petty settled on signing for co-authorship of the song, some other guy came forward claiming to have come up with the song decades ago. Read more here.

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